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My SF Bites: Bi-Rite Creamery

September 27, 2011

Where there’s a line, there’s got to be something really good – food and otherwise.  When we walked by the Bi-Rite Creamery in the Mission in SF before dinner and saw the 20 person long line, I felt assured.

“Let’s come back after dinner for dessert.”  I told my companions, excited that I had dessert already lined up before dinner had even started.  I was sure the line would be a lot more manageable by the time we were done.

Unfortunately, the line was still there when we came back at 10PM.  There it was, snaking down the block from the front door of Bi-Rite, even longer than in the afternoon!  So I waited, patiently in line at 10PM in 50 degree weather for, yes, for ice cream.

Luckily, the line moved fast and I ran out of the small storefront into the car with two bowls of ice cream in hand, giddy as a kid.

My first bowl was filled with two scoops of Bi-Rite’s unique’s flavors, roasted bananas and the famous salted caramel.  Both were packed with natural flavor, each making a wonderful swirl in my mouth.  The banana led with the caramel leaving lovely creme brulee taste.

The second bowl was a Sam’s Sundae, two scoops of chocolate ice cream drizzled with bergamote olive oil and sea salt.  And yes, it was one of the most unique ice cream combinations that I have ever had and to my surprise, it worked and I loved it.  The bergamote olive oil had a light hint of citrus which peaked through the deep rich chocolate flavor and every once in a while, my tongue caught a speck of salt and woke up the taste buds.

While I was happy to share the ice cream with my fellow car mates, I was really glad that they were too full from dinner to steal more than a few bites.  I sat in the back seat as we drove back to the hotel, blissfully scooping alternately from the two bowls until I finally saw the bottom.

Bi-Rite Creamery | 3692 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 |

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