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ShakeDown: ice cream in the TL!

Posted in Around the Bay Area, ice cream with tags , , , on September 16, 2015 by junkfoodie

The Tenderloin in SF has long been known as a seedy area, with a lot of hidden food gems if you know where to look. It is now starting to gentrify, starting with the hipster bars, upscale restaurants and small boutiques. One could always go to the TL and find great Vietnamese food, authentic Thai cuisine, dive bars, hookers, crack or heroin. What it was not known for is a place for great ice cream…until now.

Shakedown outside

Shakedown SF 835 Geary St. SF 94109

Shakedown crew

the Shakedown crew

Shakedown is the coolest ice cream shop in the least likely location. Right in the thick of the TL, you might drive or walk right past it without giving it a second look, and that would be a mistake. The graffiti-style artwork covering the façade might have you mistake the place for another abandoned storefront or the latest skate shop, but inside you will find some fine artisanal ice creams made by some of the most down to earth people selling high end ice cream anywhere. These guys may look like they are running a craft brewery or tattoo parlor, but they are very passionate about their craft.

Ask any of them about their flavors, and you’ll see how much they care as they describe how their S’Mores ice cream is made with housemade marshmallows, graham crackers made from scratch, and chocolate ganache which is whipped up on site.

Order a scoop or two in a waffle cone and you’ll see how carefully they make the cone to order in front of you, delicately removing the hot waffle from the iron, rolling it by hand , then thoughtfully dropping a marshmallow (homemade no doubt) into the bottom of the cone to keep your ice cream from leaking out.

The flavors are some of the most interesting in the City. Their flavors change often, but if you can, try the Pennsyltucky (pieces of walnut chocolate chip pie swirled into bourbon ice cream), Jacker Crack (popcorn infused ice cream with swirls of dulce de leche & crushed peanut brittle), the aforementioned S’mores, or two of my favorites: the Acapulco Gold (pineapple ice cream with Grand Marnier) and the Pineapple Orange Guava sorbet ( made with Pineapple, Cara Cara oranges, SoCal guavas and coconut milk). They do great shakes and imaginative sundaes as well.

shakedown case

Not only do the décor and crew make this place perfect for the neighborhood, it’s also open late: until 11:00PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Midnight on Fridays, 1:00AM Saturdays, and closed on Tuesday. The best part about this place is it is still relatively under the radar, so no Bi-Rite like lines! Come check it out next time you are in the area, we need to keep these guys around for a while.

Shakedown SF 835 Geary Street SF, CA 94109 (415)374-7523


I’m back!! “New” Ice Cream in the City

Posted in Around the Bay Area with tags on April 10, 2009 by junkfoodie

humphry-slocombeSorry for not posting for so long. Been pretty busy, but we are back!

Here is my latest favorite ice cream in the city. Made a stop at Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream in the Mission. The name comes from one of the characters in one of my favorite british comedies, “Are you Being Served?”. Anyway, it’s a few doors off the 24th Street on Harrison at 2790A Harrison Street. Had two scoops of ice cream in a cup, which is considered a single. The two flavors were, get this, Boccalone Prosciutto, and a flavor called “Secret Breakfast”. The “Secret Breakfast” is now in my top two flavors of ice cream in the City, next to Bi-Rite’s Salted Caramel. The “Secret Breakfast” flavor is Bourbon and Cornflakes. It’s a great flavor, but overall the texture of the ice creams here are a bit “icier” than Bi-Rite, and not quite as creamy IMHO. THe Boccalone Proscuitto tasted like the very sweet fat from a slice of proscuitto. Other flavors that I tasted there were lue Bottle Vietnamese coffee and “Salt and Peppa” (yuck!). They also had Yuzu, Vanilla, Valrhona chocolate Sorbet and Blood orang yogurt. They rotate flavors almost daily, and I’ll be back when they are offering the Pistachio Bacon! yummm….

Sno Flake Drive In, South Lake Tahoe

Posted in Road trip with tags , on September 13, 2008 by junkfoodie

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in South Lake Tahoe, stop by the Sno Flake Drive In off Highway 50 right by the lake. It’s located right across the street from the Campground by the Lake, near the boat launch. It’s an old fashioned burger stand that has a great ice cream counter. They’ve got great hand scooped shakes, sundaes and splits. We always stop by for a chocolate dipped soft-serve or a chocolate malt. I’ve never tried anything from the grill, but it seems to always be crowded with locals chowing down on burgers and fries, and finishing off with a shake or sundae. Just take a look at the people in the picture above. We waited about 30 minutes for ice cream over the 4th of July weekend this year. If you see the crowd lining up inside, but you only want something from the fountain, like a shake or cone, don’t wait inside and head to the express window in front. We found out the hard way that the inside line is only for the grill. There are no signs, and we just fell into the line because we just followed the crowd. Prices are cheap, with shakes under $4, and burgers under $5.

There is a plaque inside proving that hey were voted ” Best Shake in Tahoe” for the last couple of years. Not sure how much competition there was for that award though.


Sno Flake In 3057 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (530)544-6377