During my recent trip to the Bay Area, I was really excited to try tons of great San Francisco food. During our Hop On-and-Off bus tour the driver told us that in San Francisco there is one restaurant for every 40 people in the city. The history of the city, the smells of Fisherman’s Wharf, I didn’t know what to expect. I would have never guessed the favorite item I had during my trip was ice cream!
Humphry Slocombe is located in the Ferry Building right at the beginning of the Embarcadero on San Francisco Bay. The Building was a good chance to sample and try different foods without walking long distances. You can find chowder, burgers, sandwiches, empanadas, and all kinds of other foods. Even the famous Slanted Door Vietnamese restaurant is located here.
The white board menu is what initially attracted me to Humphry Slocombe. I sampled the secret breakfast first, and my mother-in-law actually ended up ordering that flavor. It consisted of bourbon and corn flakes. I know right? First time I’ve ever heard that flavor combination in an ice cream. The Salt N’ Peppa ice cream was just as described, it was basically an ice cream with salt and pepper in it. The peanut butter curry was pretty tasty too. HS has traditional take home flavors out of their freezer, or if you want to try a gourmet flavor, they have something for everyone. Be prepared to try something you would never have dreamed of in ice cream, and be prepared for it to be awesome.
I’m about to drop this next statement like its hot. I hate doing this, but feel compelled to do so, and have no qualms with it. The Humphry Slocombe horchata ice cream was the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Period! Let’s start with the flavor. Horchata is probably my all-time favorite drink. If you have not had it, think of your cereal bowl milk after you just finished some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Horchata is a drink made with rice and cinnamon and it’s awesome. This ice cream captured all of the creamy cinnamon-y deliciousness that is horchata, but what really made this amazing was the consistency. Ice cream can come hand scooped from places like Baskin Robbins etc. and we all know what that tastes like, or you can get it soft-served. Some how Humphry Slocombe managed to capture both. It was cold and creamy and soft all at the same time. Even the spoon and recycled cup somehow felt right to me.
During my two days in San Francisco I had the horchata ice cream 3 different times. My wife and I both agree it was a major highlight of our trip! Definitely check out The Ferry Building and definitely check out Humphry Slocombe!