Bourbon Ice Cream at Humphry Slocombe

I am back from my week-long trip to San Francisco.  My first stop as soon as I arrived was visiting the long-anticipated ice cream parlor, Humphry Slocombe.  Located in the Mission District, Humphry Slocombe is known for its unique, crazy concoctions of ice cream like salt and pepper, peanut butter curry, foie gras, and a lot more.  The flavors change daily and are updated on their Twitter feed.  We had one of their most famous creations :: bourbon and corn flake ice cream, called Secret Breakfast.  We mixed it with the Harvey Milk, a honey and graham cracker mix.
Bourbon/corn flake & honey/graham cracker ice cream at Humphry Slocombe.
As a whiskey lover, I thought the bourbon ice cream was delicious!  The bourbon flavor is prominent, but it mixed perfectly with the vanilla flavor.  (The ice cream is made with real Jim Beam whiskey, as explained in this NY Times article.)  The honey and graham cracker scoop was light and refreshing, with a more familiar taste that was just as delightful.  Even on a rainy day, the ice cream was a welcome refreshment!
Humphrey Slocombe
Enjoying bourbon-flavored ice cream at Humphry Slocombe.
Humphrey Slocombe is well known (it was voted Best Ice Cream by SF Weekly) and there is usually a line out the door and down the corner to get in.  In fact, on one of the sunnier days that I was in town, we walked passed the shop to see nearly 20 people waiting outside.  I don’t blame them!  The ice cream is a little dose of adventure, a great dose of flavor and a wonderful statement of San Francisco’s diverse (and sometimes odd) features.
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  • Definitely one of two best ice cream spots in the city (the other being Bi-Rite). The flavors can be hit-or-miss (the Fat Elvis, peanut butter brittle and banana ice cream was not as flavorful as I expected), but the different savory flavors bring entire new elements to ice cream. They deserve all the praise they get.

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