If you are on upper Mission near Leticia's Bakery, Adilita's serves a great treat for a hot day ... and ... it will last you at least an hour.
The ice is along the snow cone / shave ice / slurpee idea but with much, much coarser ice. Agua fresca type of jars hold the fruit syrups and it is poured over the ice.
At first I thought, bad idea. The ice is so coarse that the syrup sinks to the rim of the cup. However, what happens is that it makes a soupy, icy kind of mixture.
I was going to get the strawberry or tamarind, but two teenage girls who were wiling away the afternoon (literaly) over their ices suggested the caramel (miele?). It's the brown syrup. Good choice.
There are a few more flavors, but my Spanish is not as good as it once was.
It was hot, I had a lot of stops and left it in the car a few times. It was still cold at the end an hour. In fact, some of the ice at the bottom had fused together in larger pieces. It was really refreshing on a hot day. It took a long, pleasant time to chew and slurp my way to the bottom.
The ice gets ground to order and, I'm guessing, Adelita, emerged with a metal bowl of ice.
I think if I looked in the dictionary, Adelita's would be under the definition of hole in the wall. It advertises itself as a bakery, but there are only a few Mexican type pasteries in the glass case. There's a piece of paper on the wall with some Spanish dishes. Pots and pans are stacked all over. Well worn stools at the counter and mismatched tables. Very nice people though. The ice is about $1.50. I forget what size I bought.
Stop by Leticia's across the street to take home some of their excellent cakes. The tres leche is the best of it's kind. They do very nice whipped cream cakes as well. I ordered a birthday cake from them one year that was great. They taped a package of matches to the box. Good idea.
The address for Adelita's listed in the yellow pages is wrong. It's a few doors down. There's a bar two doors down and the day I was there there was a loud "discussion" going on with some of the patrons ... FIGHT. This is the first time that I've been in the neighborhood that I've seen anything like that, but you might keep your eyes open.
Adelita's Cakes & Bakery