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