While the Smitten website says they are opening soon, I can assure you that they are open and cranking out some incredibly delicious ice cream! I find myself in Hayes Valley on a pretty regular basis and since yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to “review” their ice cream. Of course, since it would be a challenge to find ice cream that I didn’t like I took along my daughter to see if it would pass muster with her rather particular palette.
For those of you that don’t know, the deal with Smitten is that they make your ice cream – right their from their homemade mix – while you wait, thanks to some rather ingenious custom designed machines that look exactly like the kind of high school chemistry experiment I always dreamed about getting to do but sadly never did.
When we arrived yesterday they were serving Chocolate (having run out of Salted Caramel), Vanilla, and Green Tea ice cream flavors. We ordered a chocolate and a vanilla, and I’m not kidding you when I say that the chocolate was some of the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had the pleasure of ingesting. I’d tell you that the Vanilla was awesome as well, but my trusty sidekick ate it so fast that I never even had a chance to taste it, but given the velocity with which it disappeared I’m fairly certain it’s also awesome.
The cash register is an iPad with a square credit card reader, and the shop is made out of two shipping containers. If that doesn’t score bonus points for SF hipster cred, then I’m not quite sure what would. The ice cream isn’t cheap ($9 for a regular and a kiddo size), and while this might sound rather obvious, it also has the texture of brand new home made ice cream (which is to say along the lines of soft serve). It comes in a cup for that reason, so if you have your heart set on an ice cream cone you might want to pick some place else. But if you’re in the mood for some pure unadulterated ice cream goodness, you’d be hard pressed to find better!
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