Mister and Missus Miscellaneous

by foodhoe on June 14, 2010

699 22nd. St. @3rd, SF, CA, 94107 | 415.970 .0750 | facebook, no website yet… | Hours: Tues thru Sat 11:30 am-8pm. Sun 11:30-5pm

I was in the City this weekend enjoying the lovely weather at the 7th Annual Crawfish Boil and Ho Down with my friend the food blogging Single Guy Ben, along with steadfast dining posse Daisy, P and JT.  The sun was blazing in an unusually summery way and after spending several hours in the Marina Green trashing our fingers cracking open mountains of spiny little carapaces and sucking the heads of spicy mudbugs, we headed out to Potrero Hill to the cozy little dogpatch neighborhood to check out a newish ice cream parlor that the Single Guy had read about.  It is located on the corner of Third and 22nd streets, across from Serpentine restaurant.  You can tell it is new by the temporary sign taped to the window and I just love the name, Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous.  It sounds old fashioned and magical, full of promise and mystery.  We got there slightly before the 4 o’clock rush, which Ben said was the time that everyone would begin to scream for ice cream.  True enough, a line did form all the way to the door around then…

It’s hard not to compare with other ice cream purveyors Humphry Slocomb and Bi-Rite Creamery, as they all make small-batch ice cream with organic, seasonal, and local ingredients, but the Miscellaneous Couple offers something more in a new old-fashioned ice cream and sweet shop.  The ice cream is served in scoops or cones, as hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, root beer floats, or with homemade toppings like caramel, hot fudge, pineapple, strawberry, and toasted marshmallow.  The flavors listed on the menu (which changes daily) all sound delicious, nothing outlandish here, but Chai Tea, Ginger Glace and Lemon Verbena are adventurous enough.

They also offer a variety of sweets, candies, and delicious looking cookies.

The small store is run by a two person staff, who must be Mr. and Mrs., as indicated by matching tattoos and earlobe disks.  The diminutive Mrs. is obscured behind the counter, but the couple, Annabelle Topacio and Ian Flores, both have a pastry background at places like Spago and CUT in Los Angeles, and locally, at Postrio and Brick Maiden Breads in Pt. Reyes.  Flores and Topacio make all their ice cream, confections, and baked sweets from scratch at the store using organic, seasonal, and local ingredients

I couldn’t resist the  peanut butter malt balls because I love good malted milk balls, and was curious whether the peanut butter was inside as a filling.  I asked for a half pound, which was poured into a brown paper bag.

At first I was apprehensive when I bit into the ball, because my teeth encountered very little resistance going through the chocolate coating into the thick layer of soft peanut butter, but the two flavors combined and melted in a voluptuous mouth tantalizing way as I crunched the maltball nugget in the center.  Is very good this…

Daisy got a bag of the Almond Brittle, which we sampled and got our teeth glued together and our fingers all sticky.  She said it wasn’t as good as the stuff she got at the Farmer’s Market, which is only heresay to me until I see it!  It was lovely and golden and delightfully crunchy.

I got two scoops, the Ballpark, which is made with Anchor Steam beer, and studded with chocolate-covered pretzels and salted red-skinned peanuts, along with a scoop of Chocolate Malted Crunch which was dotted with Vahlrona chocolate coated crispy pearls.  The texture was creamy and rich and the ice cream was not very sweet and blended nicely with the variety of candies contained within.

P had a cone of Bananas Foster, which he let me sample.  It was bursting with banana flavor and I decided that I prefer to lick my ice cream, even if it is messier and drippy.

Licking is a much more satisfactory way to eat ice cream, but I don’t think it is socially acceptable behavior to lick your ice cream when it is served in a cup.  The ice cream was good, parking was easy and Piccino is just up the street.  I will definitely come back as I’d like to see what miscellaneous marvels are on the counter, and perhaps try the candied violet ice cream if it’s on the menu…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa June 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

Those ice creams look fantastic! What an awesome place.




Phyllis June 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

So funny, while I was reading this post (and studying your photo of the menu) I found myself torn between the Ballpark (clever combination of flavors) and the Bananas Fosters (one of my favorite all-time desserts). And those are the flavors you guys ended up getting! I also love anything thing to do with malt balls so those peanut malt balls are right up my alley 🙂
.-= Phyllis´s last blog ..Vancouver Poutine Chronicles 2010: Brado’s Poutine Pizza, La Belle Patate, Refuel & Costco(?!) =-.


Bonnibella June 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The peanut butter malt balls look like it worth the trip! Last weekend was a perfect day for ice cream.
.-= Bonnibella´s last blog ..Wine, Cheese Platter and Charcuterie for Masquerade Party =-.


Single Guy Ben June 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm

It was fun hanging out with you and your friends this weekend! What a day of food gorging, huh? You didn’t mention how I also got the Ballpark flavor but my scoop looked totally vanilla while yours had all sorts of things mixed in. BTW, you caught me in your photo and I totally look like I’ve been eating one too many scoops of ice cream. Ack! I’m hitting the gym today!
.-= Single Guy Ben´s last blog ..Crawfish Boil Ho Down in the Marina =-.


Cookie June 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

We totally lucked out with amazing weather this past weekend and I was really craving ice cream!
.-= Cookie´s last blog ..Go Lakers! =-.


amy June 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I wrote an over excited post about them recently:


Juliana June 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Wow, nice ice cream place…sure a nice place to hang around Summer 🙂


grace June 15, 2010 at 2:20 am

so true–whether it’s mental or actually physical, licking is much more satisfying than using an ol’ spoon. those flavors sound fierce–beer in ice cream? wowza.
.-= grace´s last blog ..this post brought to you by the letter ‘c’ =-.


hungry dog June 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

I haven’t heard of this place but now MUST try it! I like Serpentine and have been meaning to get back there, now I have no excuse not to hit this delicious little intersection of the City soon!
.-= hungry dog´s last blog ..Blueberry buttermilk cake =-.


Gastronomer June 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

OH, YUM!! Love mom and pop ice cream shops 😉
.-= Gastronomer´s last blog ..The Manila Machine – Los Angeles =-.


Carolyn Jung June 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Thanks for the tip on the ice cream shop. Have not heard of this one. So sweet that it’s run by a hip, talented couple who certainly look like they know their sweets.
.-= Carolyn Jung´s last blog ..Bay Area Rising Star Chefs Shine the Night Away =-.


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