San Francisco has become quite the town for ice cream, despite hot days being a rarity. Rather than finding this incongruous, we think it's a sign of the city's true dedication to its frozen treats. With that in mind, we set out to find the best ice cream sundaes San Francisco had to offer, armed with little but our love of dairy and a hefty supply of Lactaid.
Of course, the question on everyone's minds was: is it really possible to make a bad ice cream sundae? Probably not (although we did deem a combination of olive oil and chocolate ice cream more interesting than good). However, serious considerations must be made for proportions in sundae construction—did the flavors work together well? Did anything dominate the other sundae components? One sundae we tried was overloaded with peanuts; another was served in a waffle bowl that proved to be more awkward to eat than tasty.
Overall, though, San Francisco did not disappoint with its sundae offerings. With excellent examples of both classic and cutting edge, the six sundaes here are the best dressed ice cream we found. While we do maintain that the Mission is the city's ice cream epicenter, there are spots all over worth trying. Get your spoons ready, the sundaes are calling.
Bi-Rite Creamery: S'mores Sundae »
Swenson's Ice Cream: Walkaway Waffle Cone Sundae »
Humphry Slocombe: Gabba Gabba Hey »
St. Francis Fountain: The Battleship »
Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous: Sundae »
Chile Pies & Ice Cream: Snickerdoodle Sundae Bowl »
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