Mitchell's Ice Cream

Last Updated October 31, 2014
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Why We Love It: For the nostalgia. Mitchell's is one of those Mom-and-Pop success stories, a family-owned business that opened its doors not long after WWII ended. Ever since, they've been sating Mission District palates with the likes of banana, black walnut, coffee, ginger, halo halo, as well as classic flavors and a smattering of unusual tropical fruit renditions.

History: The Mitchell family has deep roots in San Francisco. They moved to the city from New York in 1965 and started a dairy farm above Noe Valley. They also built the apartment building in which the ice cream shop is now located—though they were forced to lift it up and turn it on its side in order to save it from destruction when the city widened San Jose Avenue in 1947.

Favorites: Fans flock here for the tropical flavors; ube (purple yam) and mango are most popular.

Extra Scoop: Mitchell’s sells two seasonal desserts not to be missed. From late spring to early fall each year, halo halo appears on the menu. The traditional Filipino dessert is a sundae featuring mongo and sweet beans, buko, langka, ube, pineapple, kaong (palm fruit), evaporated milk, shaved ice and a scoop of ice cream.  Come November, their annual rum-flavored eggnog drink arrives.

Find it

688 San Jose Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-2300

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