Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
688 San Jose Ave
(between 29th St & Valley St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
I’ve been dying to try Mitchell’s Young Coconut “Buco” ice cream ever since it made it on 7×7’s Big Eat SF list. I used to come here all the time when my brother worked here over 10 years ago. Now, it’s super packed because of the local buzz.
Mitchell’s is always busy. Every time I drive by the storefront, there is a line out the door. When you come, you pick a number and wait to be called and then you can taste the array of interesting flavors. Trust me. It’s worth the wait.
After tasting several flavors (yuzu – like a lemon, ube – taro, mango, etc), K and I both decided to share a scoop of the buco (young coconut) ice cream. The only reason why we shared was because we had Bi-Rite only a few days before.
Dispersed throughout the creamy buco ice cream are tiny morsels of young coconut. If you’ve never had young cocount before, it tastes like coconut (because it is), but the texture is more like gelatin. I’m big on texture when it comes to ice cream, and more often than not, a crunch from a nut or even a chocolate chip in an ice cream can really throw off the balance for me.
All-in-all, Mitchell’s is a childhood favorite that I’ll always come back to.