Off-the-charts ice cream options
It may not be a zillion degrees here, but summertime still makes us crave ice cream. And luckily, we?ve come across a few flavors and floats that go way beyond the typical vanilla variety.
At Elmira Rosticceria, a new gourmet café near the Civic Center, Humphry Slocombe's Fernet ice cream gives a frothy float topped with Bundaberg ginger beer a bittersweet, boozy kick ($6). 154 McAllister St.
Wine aside, it?s worth the trip to Napa just to taste the otherworldly ice cream flavors chef Chris Mortenson dreams up at La Condesa: avocado coconut curry, mint cilantro chip, even Point Reyes blue cheese ($3 per scoop). 1320 Main St., St. Helena
New to the menu at the modern-day soda fountain Ice Cream Bar is Tiny Bubbles--a float infused with spice and black peppercorn tinctures, it combines turbinado sugar syrup with roasted pineapple ice cream and soda. ($8). 815 Cole St.
Artisan ice cream shop Smitten has revolutionized scoops with its liquid nitrogen mixing machine, which creates an insanely creamy texture ($3 a scoop). July?s specialty flavor--honey nectarine--is one of our current favorites. 432 Octavia St., #1A
Ask The Corner Store bartender Daniel to make you his heavenly, yet-to-make-it-to-the-menu float with violet liqueur, cherry juice, olive oil and pink sea salt ($10). It?s so good, we forget that it?s not sunny out. 5 Masonic Ave.