BBE Editor's Pick
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St., San Francisco (Dogpatch)
You may stumble a bit trying to say Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous out loud, but there’s plenty on the menu to soothe your twisted tongue. Opened by two former pastry chefs, the black-and-white-decorated shop has a spacious feel (unlike some other ice cream spots around town). Mason jars loaded with homemade peanut and almond brittle, sticky coconut marshmallows in cookie jars and big fat chewy cookies stacked on cake stands tempt you on your way to the ice cream counter. Familiar ice creams like chocolate chip and vanilla bean sit next to sassy siblings like White Sesame, Candied Violet and PB&J, all with handcrafted ingredients. More intriguing are the boozy adult ice creams, like Honeywine, made from Ethiopian honey mead; or Pink Squirrel or the Manhattan, inspired by their namesake cocktails. This being San Francisco, it’s pretty much a given that the menu choices come and go with the seasons. Which means Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous’s signature flavor, Ballpark, a mix of Anchor Steam beer, roasted peanuts and chocolate-covered pretzels, will be coming back soon. A lot going on in one scoop, but what do you expect from a place called Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous?
Honeywine ice cream
White Sesame ice cream
Bourbon and Caramel ice cream
Ballpark ice cream
*flavors changes daily
In the spare space there are no bad seats, but if you can, snag the narrow antique table next to the large communal black table. It’ll give you a great view of the up-and-coming Dogpatch neighborhood through the floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as the entire shop itself, letting you scrutinize your fellow customers as they contemplate what ice cream flavor to order.
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Just as the ice cream and treats are a mix of modern and old-fashioned, the shop itself is a perfect combination of the Mr. (Ian Flores) and Mrs. (Annabelle Topacio) aesthetic (the two are engaged to be married). Flores likes modern lines and surfaces, which shows in the clean white-walled space, while Topacio favors antiques and old furniture. Various items and furniture sprinkled throughout the space were originally from Topacio’s home.
price range for menu items
$4.50 (ice cream cone and one topping) to $14.99 (takeaway quarts)
Tues.–Sat. 11:30 AM–6 PM; Sun. 11:30 AM–5 PM