Food & Drink

The best frozen treats in SF, from blended cake shakes to absinthe sorbet

Published On 06/07/2013 Published On 06/07/2013
The Rebound Fling from The Ice Cream Bar
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1. Maven 598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Maven is a chic bar and restaurant in Lower Haight that pairs all of its dishes with different cocktails. The highlight of the menu is the burger, which begins with beef that's ground with a few dashes of angostura bitters and is paired with the Mr. Wiggles cocktail, made with bourbon, amaro, vermouth, and bitters. The bar's morning cocktails make it a popular brunch spot, as do the duck hash and Bananas Foster French toast. The seating is all communal, and the best seats in the house are either on the second-floor loft or at the chef's counter.

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2. Sift Cupcakes and Dessert Bar 2411 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)

This Pacific Heights spot is full-on dessert, which should be clear from its name. And although cupcakes certainly aren't anything new, Sift is taking them to new heights, particularly with the outrageous Cake Shakes, which are the result of your favorite cupcake getting blended right into a milkshake. They've also got frosting shots, 15 'cake varieties, and a ton of cookies and macarons.

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3. The Ice Cream Bar 815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

This ice cream parlor sports three different bars, black marble tables, and enough Ayn Randian decoration to fit into any level of Bioshock: art-deco tiles, porthole mirrors, glowing blue diamond lights, and presumably soon, terrifyingly dead-eyed children.

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4. The Corner Store 5 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

The Corner Store is set in a completely renovated space that was once a soda shop and then a speakeasy. Now, it's a 20-seat, outdoor-patio-featuring restaurant dominated by a mix of wood and white tile. The menu mixes things up with both small and large plates, which include lamb shoulder pasta, roasted duck breast, and brioche dinner rolls.

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5. Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center Parking Lot, San Francisco, CA 94123 (North Beach)

Off The Grid continues to grow, meaning that it's becoming more and more on the grid. The newest stop for this food truck collective is a weekly gathering of 8 vendors at the Joe DiMaggio Playground in North Beach every Wednesday evening. Off the Grid operates 23 weekly markets in the greater bay area, and works with over 150 vendors weekly, to create a unique dining experience.