Samples: Jesus Juice, Maple Walnut, Coconut & Shoyu Caramel, White Russian Black Forest
Double on a Sugar Cone – Secret Breakfast, Blue Bottle Coffee
Kids Maple Walnut on a Sugar Cone
Having first tasted Humphry Slocombe nearly a decade prior while visiting San Francisco it was exciting to learn the brand had recently expanded to Los Angeles, and with a location at the inland end of Abbot Kinney Boulevard a post-dinner stop seemed ideal, though a complete dearth of patrons in comparison to Salt & Straw’s twenty-deep line just up the road tells a tale about Food in 2018.
Owned by Jake Godby and Sean Vahey, the plain-Jane appearance of their Mission flagship transported to So. Cal. with a few Instagramable flourishes, it was in perusing ten flavors with tastes of most that the a sudden realization occurred that what once seemed “weird” now feels mundane, the base still one of the best but only Coconut & Shoyu Caramel attesting to ongoing creativity even as brands including Jeni’s, Rori’s, Wanderlust and others have continued to push the envelope nationwide.
Chuckling at Used Spoon bins labeled “Dirty, Filthy and Nasty,” the two servers pleasant and efficient, it was with little debate that a decision was made to invest in old favorites, the Secret Breakfast still an all-time favorite thanks to caramelized Cereal and booze with yeasty a yeasty linger while Blue Bottle Coffee came across creamier than recalled but still with enough bitterness to avoid register more Espresso than Latte.