Humphry Slocombe vs. Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous - If You Could Pick Only One....
Heading to SF in a few weeks, and my partner and I are debating between the two above ice cream shops. We could, obviously, visit both, and may still do, but I'm trying to make sure we have the chance to hit all of the other snack places we have in mind (and there are so many of them....). If you had to pick between Humphry Slocombe (which is my choice) or Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (which is HER choice, only because Yigit Pura recs it), which would you pick?
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Mr and Mrs hands down. Humphrey Slocumbe's got wacky flavors but doesn't have the texture down. Of course HS is open at night.
But yes, you could easily go to both--they're less than 10 minutes' drive from each other, or 15 minutes on the 48 bus--rather than make it a theoretical debate.
HS will definitely have the crazier flavors but they are more hit or miss. The "extras" at M&MM are also delicious -- marshmallows, brittle, etc. And their cones are the best I've had. Go to both.
I agree not tough to do both, HS is more popular and has crazy flavors but I think M&MM is much better overall. Maybe share a scoop or two at both places to compare?
Slocombe is easier to get to, and far more unique. If you don't try it, you might feel like you missed out on something. The only problem is the flavors can sell out, and they're pretty hit and miss to begin with. Not just with the combinations, but also with the execution. Off days can mean some favors have icey chips. Slocombe is also a more generous scoop.
Mr and Mrs. is a solid shop, but if you're looking for interesting flavors, theirs are a lot more muted, or standard tasting despite the names and on and off effort to compete (I've visited when Chai and Chicory were the only oddball flavors). For a bare bones flavor, or slightly unique flavor, Bi-Rite is the safer, and more importantly, creamier option.