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May 26, 2009 05:32 PM

Three Twins Ice Cream opens

Three Twins Ice Cream just opened on Fillmore and Haight, yay!

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      Three Twins Ice Cream
      254 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The bittersweet chocolate was creamy and rich, but not too sweet.
        I took a bite of my friend's cardamon, which was potent and full flavored, but I don't think I could handle a whole cone of it.

        And they do have what I would consider the best cookies and cream I've ever had-the cookie chunks came in all shapes in sizes, some bites would be a welcomed addition to the vanilla ice cream, others were mostly cookie, which were crunchy on the outside and still soft on the inside. yum!

        So happy lower haight got Three Twins, we really needed them.

        1. re: itsapeugeot

          Thanks for the info. Cookies n cream is not a flavor I'd normally gravitate toward, but with your description, I'll have to give it a try.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I second the Cookies & Cream - really delicious! It isn't a flavor I normally get but so glad I did. My husband and I have been twice: loved the Mocha Chip, Cookies & Cream, and Vanilla. The Strawberry je ne sais quoi was great the first time, flavor and texture wise, but a miss on the texture the second time. The girl had a hard time scooping it as the ice cream wouldn't form a ball. Kept falling apart. Also liked the Chocolate with Orange Blossom, although the orange was a little overwhelming towards the end. Only had a taste of the Coconut but really liked it as well.

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          Cardamon and Lemon Cookie are their two best flavors I've tried - but they rarely have the Cardamon in stock. I've actually been very letdown by the other flavors I've tried.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I had the coffee/chocolate last night...delicious and quite a big cone! And, in my neighborhood with no line like Mitchell's/Bi-Rite. What more could I want!

            1. re: sf415

              It's been over a year since i've had TT. Coffee has been my favorite of many flavors sampled. The style is a bit muted for me, but if it were in my own nabe, yeah, I'd be delighted!

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I sampled a few flavors at a party last month (purchased from one of their farmers' market stands, in Berkeley I think). One was mocha chip, I think, and it was pleasant though, as you note, a bit muted. I liked the cardamom as an accompaniment to cake, but agree with itsapeugot above that it might be a bit much on its own. I'm not generally a big fan of strawberry ice cream, but thought the "strawberry je ne sais quois" flavor had decent flavor and texture. It has a bit of balsamic vinegar in it, which you can't taste per se, but I assume is intended to bring out the berries' flavor.

          2. Too bad Peninsula/South Bay doesn't have anything like this or BiRite. Downtown Palo Alto just saw its third frozen yogurt shop, L'Amour, open. Sigh.

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            1. re: ceekskat

              I prefer Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream in Palo Alto to Three Twins product myself by a long shot.

              Edited to add: And I love the cardamom ice cream at Real Ice Cream in Santa Clara. Have you tried either place?

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                It's been 10+ years since I've tried Real Ice Cream but don't recall it making a big impression. Perhaps I'll give it a try again next time I'm down that way. The only Indian ice cream I seem to enjoy is Zee Foods' kulfi pops (malai & mango) where as others taste either too sweet or a bit artificial. My family makes me stock up these when they come to visit!

                I went to Rick's about 6/7 yrs. ago & recall enjoying pistachio or some saffron blend ice cream but didn't find anything I liked on my last visit a year ago (perhaps my taste has changed).

                Good to know about your take on Three Twins as I assumed it is in line with Bi Rite...first ice cream/food item for which I don't have to twist my husband's arm to make a detour in the City :)

                BTW, I had the opportunity to taste L'Amour (lamour for search purposes :) the other night, & found it fairly commercial; vanilla flavor reminded me of Foster's Freeze "custard" ice cream. Fraiche still rules even though pricing makes it an infrequent treat.

                1. re: ceekskat

                  Am I the only one who doesn't like Three Twins ice cream? I visited their first place in north San Rafael a few times and never liked it. I certainly haven't tried all their flavors but I didn't like the ones I tried, probably basic vanilla and chocolate and a few others. I love Fairfax Scoop in Fairfax and BiRite in the city and some others, but not Three Twins.

                  1. re: Mick Ruthven

                    I apologize for not making myself clearer. I have not tried them, just assumed based on the raves that it was one of the better creameries in SF such as Bi Rite.

                    1. re: ceekskat

                      I wasn't aiming my post at you at all, and probably shouldn't have put it under yours. It was really a question for all the people who like or love Three Twins ice cream, of which there seem to be several here.

            2. Chocolate Orange Confetti.

              My knees nearly buckled the first and second times I had it.

              Chocolate Ice Cream with chocolate shavings. Haven't quite figured out where/what the
              orange is. Guess I'll have to try it again a dozen times just to make sure.

              The best ice cream flavor I've had in three years.

              1. We have had Three Twins up here in Napa for about a year now and my fiance and I are ADDICTED to it! We have a bite or two every night...not great for the dress fitting in the fall, but it makes me so happy! Their best flavor IMHO is Coffee, Milk, and Cookies. Their coffee ice cream base, crushed up Newman's chocolate and chocolate, and chocolate and vanilla cookies....oh, to die for. I have also loved their lemon cookies, Dulce de Leche, Roasted Banana, and Maple Walnut.

                I am not partial to BiRite at all. Their ice cream is overboard on flavor intensity. We've had a pint of their Salted Burnt Caramel for over a month now...and it's not going anywhere...which I think says a lot since we are having a Three Twins "make your own ice cream sundae bar" at our wedding sans cake.