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SF: Ice Cream Tour: one afternoon

Let's say you wanted to do a 4 hour tour of San Francisco ice cream. With car. Take into account parking / walking. Weekday. Long walks aren't in order but 5 or 6 blocks are good.

My list is:
Smitten
Bi-rite
+ Tartine, walk over to Dolores
HS
MMM

Mitchel's kind of fell off my list, but with this crowd, I can argue for Mitchel's over HS. Heading out to Polly Ann's for Durian I would do with another crowd, but not with these guys. A little HS in the middle would be a fun break. I wish I liked one of the taco places within a block or two.

We're coming from the south (peninsula), so its easier to head home from MMM.

Have I forgot anything?

Is there a restaurant open in the afternoon that has great ice cream, and maybe a snack as well? (Orson is closed in the afternoon, but has great ice cream)

Is there another ordering?

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  1. If you become pressed for time, Smitten is close to Falleti, which has Humphrey Slocombe by the scoop in a case in the Delessio bakery section of the store. The number of flavors will be limited to around 6 or 8, but better than missing it!

    On the other hand, if you do end up at Humphrey Slocombe, Taqueria Vallarta around the corner (on 24th) has great tacos with more kinds of meat than anywhere else on that block. It tends to be better at night than during the day, but for $1.75 it's a good snack any time.

    And FFIW, I would move MMM to the top of that list, mostly for their candied violet and their plain chocolate, both of which I find incredibly addictive.

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    Taqueria Vallarta
    3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Personally, I would dump the car. You will spend more time looking for parking and walking to and from parking spots than you would if you just walked the city and relied on public transportation.

      And I wouldn't discount Mitchell's by virtue of the fact that a recent Chron tasting had it ranked higher than anticipated in blind tastings...

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        You might, I won't. A muni delay can be 10 minutes, or 40. Walking from BiRite to HS and back is possible, walking that and Smitten not so much.

        MMM is on the end of the list because it's the best.

      2. Bombay Ice Cream's in the same general area. They also have chaat and are open all afternoon.

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        Bombay Ice Cream
        245 South Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Forgive my ignorance please. What does MMM stand for?!

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          1. re: Ingrid Ingrid

            Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous.

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            Bi-Rite Creamery
            3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
            2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
            699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

            Smitten Ice Cream
            Octavia Blvd Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          2. I just discovered Xanath on Valencia. The flavors were really unique. I had a goat cheese with a caramel flavor, delicious.

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            1. re: mlutsky

              Xanath was on my list when I was planning an ice cream crawl. I'd add Bombay, but then I'm a cardamom slut.

              1. re: mlutsky

                Xanath seems to be under the radar, and a worthy stop, especially if you're fond of vanillas.