Bi-Rite Ice Cream

This last week in San Francisco the weather was brilliant, sunny, clear, but not too hot.  Perfect Ice Cream eating weather in other words .

On an almost daily basis I would walk by the most famous ice cream maker in San Francisco: Bi-Rite. Each day I was greeted by this:

And this:

And this:

The line not only went up the block but around it and up the next one as well!

Bi-Rite has two ice cream shops next to each other, the bigger one is dedicated to Sundaes and scoop-able ice cream, the adjacent smaller space is for baked goods and soft serve.

The day I finally hit the jack pot was at the soft serve place where the two flavors of the day were coffee and salted caramel.  I had a twist of both.  Yum.  But I’m not so sure I think any ice cream is worth waiting in line for.  Though even as I typed that I know we often wait in line at Il Laboratorio del Gelato for a bowl of something creamy cool and sweet. It’s just the lines are never as long here!  The other thing is that Bi-Rite is also just down the block from one of the largest hang out parks in the city Delores Park.  Where in addition to hanging out there are many intrepid entrepeneurs selling, “edibles” which have the miraculous ability to actually make you hungry.

I’m glad I finally did get to sample the delicious -ness  that is Bi-Rite ice cream, my only regret is that they don’t have a branch here, I want a sundae!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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