07/28/2011 07:14 pm ET | Updated Sep 27, 2011

San Francisco's Top Five Ice Cream Shops

We are no longer seven years old. We need to get that out of the way early when discussing San Francisco's Top Five Ice Cream Shops.

Here's what that means: We don't care about toppings, mix-ins, family-friendly furniture or specials on your birthday. We don't even care about waffle cones. All we care about -- the ONLY standard we're using for this Top Five -- is the ice cream itself. How delicious is it? How interesting? Is it really worth a special trip, even on a chilly summer day? The answer to that last question for these five is a clear "Oh yeah!"

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