Friday, April 24, 2009
Last week I picked up my kiddo Baxter and his two friends, Jade and Sophia, after school and we went for our weekly ice cream treat. Often it is just Spongebob-on-a-stick from the Mexican "paleteros" who wait at the school bus stop, but Jade's mom has talked me into upgrading the event to "real ice cream". So, we have been ending up at the Bi-Rite Creamery on warm San Francisco afternoons.
Bi-Rite is located at 3692 18th St. in San Francisco at Dolores, right by Dolores Park. They use local, organic ingredients and make their ice cream in small batches. They have a really cute store front and, on a beautiful afternoon, a line that can reach the corner. It is always worth the wait, the staff is always friendly, the ice cream is delicious and it is always fun to try and pick a flavor.
They always have unusual flavors available which is a treat for the adventurous pallet. On this day they were offering Salted Caramel (so good), Vegan Chocolate Coconut, Honey Lavender and Orange Cardamom (which was actually Blood Orange and was an amazing shade of red).
If you are in SF and you are lucky enough to have a nice, warm day, I highly recommend driving around the block 20 times to find a parking space, waiting in a 15-minute line down the street, settling on a flavor or two (because you will want to try at least 3 or 4) and enjoying one of the best ice cream cones in the city.