Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous: Artisanal Ice Cream in the Dogpatch

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Ice Cream San Francisco

Annabelle Topacio and Ian Flores are early adopters to the burgeoning Dogpatch.

San Francisco is currently engaged in what could easily be described as an ice cream war. Based on pure popularity (308,945 Twitter followers and counting), Humphry Slocombe reigns supreme, but to my mind, Bi-Rite Creamery delivers a better (albeit less outlandish) product. Both establishments routinely draw out-the-door crowds, so surely there’s enough interest to support other high-quality competitors. Mr. & Miscellaneous is that newcomer, backed by Annabelle Topacio and partner (in work and life) Ian Flores, who opened over the summer in the still emerging Dogpatch neighborhood equipped with plenty of culinary ammunition.

Topacio and Flores both worked for Wolfgang Puck for years. He was pastry chef at CUT Beverly Hills and the now defunct Postrio. She was at Spago before baking bread in San Francisco.

The industrial space features a two-story-high ceiling, plenty of natural light, dark wood tables sporting bamboo and succulents in glass jars, concrete flooring, and blackboard menus.

Ice Cream Menu San Francisco

10 flavors change daily, but some are constant, including vanilla, candied violet and Ballpark.

Topacio and Flores use dairy from Straus Family Creamery, same as Bi-Rite.

Ice Cream San Francisco

My double ($3.75) order afforded me a choice of two scoops: rooibos and Ballpark.

Ballpark was a nod to nearby AT&T Park, or whatever it’s called these days, featuring hometown Anchor Porter, peanuts and chocolate-dipped Newman’s pretzels. The pretzels supplied complementary salt and crunch, but the chocolate was unnecessary. Other than that, it’s a fun and effective signature flavor. Rooibos Chai, was redolent of red bush tea. In general, Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous’ ice cream is rich and dense, with distinct flavors.

My friend Matthew “Mattatouille” Kang soon after our trip became a professional ice cream man.

Ice Cream San Francisco

Kang ordered scoops of olive oil and candied violet and tacked on an inverted house-made cone ($0.50 extra).

Olive oil was somewhat underwhelming, but the candied violet really popped thanks to the crunchy, caramelized bits of the namesake ingredient. Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous also offers house-made toppings – $1 extra – including buttered rum and whipped cream, but we abstained.

Topacio and Flores further demonstrated their range on the secondary counter-top, which touts cookies, marshmallows and brittles.

Cookie San Francisco

The Peanut Brittle & Brown Sugar cookie ($2) was remarkable, soft and pull apart with crunchy caramelized peanut and sugar pockets.

The couple crafted other tempting cookies, including one with 70% dark chocolate and cherries, but that will have to wait until my next visit. Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous proved that they’re a viable option on the San Francisco ice cream scene, and could easily command their own lines.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

Blog Comments

SF is just loaded with cool ice cream places. This is one of them.


You’re right, the Bay Area has some great ice cream. Too bad Skratch closed before I could get there, and too bad Ici wasn’t more impressive during our visit.

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