|Maggie Mudd, Brief Review|
|Overall||Service||Food Quality||Atmosphere||Vegan Options|
|Location: San Francisco, CA|
|Recommended Dish: Banana Split|
|Hours: Mon-Thu: 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Sat: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 9:00pm
|Times Visited: 3|
The Stumptown Vegans Travel!
Maggie Mudd is a nondescript ice cream shop in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. In addition to dairy ice cream, they have been serving up unique homemade flavors of non-dairy ice cream for years. Vegan ice cream options include soy and coconut-based treats. Flavors range from Vanilla to Rocky Road. Yes, vegan Rocky Road! The options rotate but their set list of flavors is always around for custom orders.
While a plain coconut-based Mango ice cream in a sugar or waffle cone may be enough for some, they offer much more, such as sundaes, shakes, and ice cream cakes! The cakes are all custom order, and in a way, the sundaes and shakes are also custom order, but there is a short waiting period of about five minutes while they prepare your treat. Take your time to flip through the cake book to see what you didn’t order – but don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach – everything looks delicious!
Coconut-based ice creams typically leave a bitter flavor in my mouth, so I tend to avoid them, but Maggie Mudd’s coconut ice creams are an exception. They seem to understand that not all flavors they use soy can be made into coconut-based ice cream. The majority of the fruit flavors are made with coconut, while the soy is paired with richer chocolate and peanut butter flavors (a combination that is difficult to avoid in this shop). Both bases are creamy, smooth, but a little on the too-soft side for ice cream cones. This problem seems typical for non-commercial non-dairy ice cream.
Maggie Mudd offers great vegan sundae toppings from hot fudge, to sprinkles, to whipped cream. I enjoyed the most extravagant Banana Split in a waffle boat. It had three different kinds of ice cream (Chocolate, Strawberry, and Coconut), hot fudge, peanuts, sprinkles, whipped cream, and of course, a cherry on the top! This was all for only $7.50. This dessert is more like a meal for one, or a nice dessert for two to three.
The two shakes (Smores, and Chocolate Caramel) I have tried have been too sweet for my sweet tooth. Adding chocolate syrup to chocolate ice cream and marshmallow cream creates a mash of flavors where nothing stands out above the others or textures. The presentation of the caramel and marshmallow cream on the side of the plastic to-go cup was very pretty. I’d like to try the other shake combinations that included chunks of cookies, nuts, or fruit instead of a smooth blend of good, but unidentifiable, sweetness.
The store front is small while the hand crafted dairy-free ice cream selection is big. The seating arrangements is less than optimal with a few tall tables, but it seems most people take their order to-go. Maggie Mudd is a great addition to San Francisco’s vegan options, a specialty Portland is missing. As a bonus, they are open later for your random cravings. This indulgence shouldn’t be skipped over on your next Bay area gastro-tour.