No, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day is not a necessary holiday.
But it's here, and it insists you put a cherry on top of it.But this is San Francisco, so you should feel free to get creative. You might even, say, dump the hot fudge and team your scoops with something a little more interesting—like cornflakes, cornbread, olive oil, or crème fraîche.
Here's where to get your sundae on.
Humphry Slocombe's Cereal Sundae
The best part of waking up is Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast (bourbon vanilla) ice cream topped with caramelized corn flakes, caramel or a drizzle of honey. // Multiple locations, humphryslocombe.com
Bi-Rite Creamery's Blood Orange Olive Oil and Malden Salt Sundae
If you're going to wait in that line, it better for a Dainty Gentleman (lavender ice cream) or Sam's Sundae (chocolate ice cream), both of which are finished with a unique pairing of blood orange olive oil and Maldon sea salt. No matter which you choose, each is worth the calories. // Multiple locations, biritecreamery.com
Smitten Ice Cream's Dough My Goodness Sundae
Embrace your childlike craving for cookie dough and ask for the Dough My Goodness, made with cookie dough ice cream and cookie dough pieces, TCHO chocolate sauce, and organic whipped cream, and served in a handmade waffle cone bowl. Not a fan of chocolate sauce or just hankering for something different? Ask for lattice of brown sugar or spicy caramel instead. // Multiple locations, smittenicecream.com
Ice Cream Bar's Keller's Farm Sundae
Cornbread and ice cream—who knew?! Ice Cream Bar's Keller's Farm Sundae starts with a pillow of cornbread shortcake and then gets a topping of Morello cherry ice cream and crème fraîche. It's finished with cherry sauce and rosemary syrup for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable treat. // 815 Cole St. (Cole Valley), theicecreambarsf.com
Mitchell's Flavor of the Month Sundae
Mitchell's 16 percent butterfat ice cream is a decadent, old school treat—a staple in SF for more than 65 years. While any of their 40-odd flavors can be served a la sundae, make sure to ask for the monthly special, something akin to mammoth mint or peanut butter blitz. // 688 San Jose Ave. (Bernal Heights), mitchellsicecream.com