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Four great ice cream floats

From old-fashioned to newfangled, a treat due for a comeback. 

Japanese
Geisha float ($5.75)
Regular J-Town mall visitors know to head straight to this classic spot, Murata’s Café Hana, for an East-West mix of green tea slush, sweet azuki beans, vanilla ice cream, and squares of mochi, all topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Murata’s Café Hana, 1737 Post St., S.F., 415-567-9133

Boozy
Bison chocolate stout float ($7)
At what’s likely the only place in the city devoted to New Mexican cooking, dark-as-night beer meets Madagascar vanilla ice cream—a true over-21 special. Chile Pies & Ice Cream, 601 Baker St., S.F., 415-614-9411

Southern
New Orleans hangover ($8)
Cole Valley’s new, yet nostalgic, soda fountain and ice cream shop offers a rich mix of chicory coffee syrup, soda, golden eagle tincture (aka sarsaparilla), and sweet-cream ice cream, all served up by a guy who calls himself a soda jerk. The Ice Cream Bar, 15 Cole St., S.F., 415-742-4932

Classic
Root beer float ($4.50)
At this Mission district landmark soda fountain and restaurant, aging hipsters bring their kids to belly up to the counter for Barq’s root beer with a scoop of Mitchell’s vanilla ice cream. Simple, sometimes, is best. St. Francis Fountain, 2801 24th St., S.F., 415-826-4200