This place gets mad props from lovers and fanatics of fresh, artisanalsmall batch, made-to-orderlocally sourced (and other buzz words often found in San Francisco area) products. Smitten boasts made to order ice cream in 60 seconds flat. It’s fresh, it’s delicious, and it’s delightful to watch them make it. 

Shacked up on a corner of Hayles Valley, in what used to be a parking lot, Smitten serves up some seriously amazing ice cream – one that even I was willing to get a bite of in the dead of winter (in spite of cold toes and nose) – right out of a little wood and glass box. That one bite obviously led to an entire cup of meyer lemon ice cream with cookie bits which is the ice cream cousin of Drea’s incredible lemon meringue pie.

The farm fresh ingredients are flash frozen with liquid nitrogen in a machine they call “Kelvin” (sounds so friendly huh) while you wait (about 60 seconds) and each batch (a single scoop) is made specially for you. You can order on or off the menu, though I highly doubt you’ll be able to top their selection as they create the most unique flavour combinations (maple brown sugar butternut squash and candied pecans; banana chocolate chunk; strawberry and white balsamic).

Smitten Ice Cream
432 Octavia St
(between Fell St & Linden St)