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Bi Rite Creamery

September 19, 2010

It’s tough for a man who’s partially lactose intolerant to love ice cream.  I’m not talking about just a certain flavors, or just soft serve, or anything not as bad as just plain loving me some ice cream.   There’s only one BEST ice cream in the world, regardless of what flavor it is, it’s always the best, that’d my one and only Spork’s house-made version.

Long story short, we’re out anywhere on the weekend, on a nice warm afternoon, and the craving begins, Spork’s on the Google Maps search for ice cream.  We found a couple places to add to the San Francisco list of ice cream and dessert places, the Bi-Rite Creamery recommend came from Sunset Magazine’s article about the best ice cream places in the west.  Little did we know, that Bi-Rite is known not only for their ice cream, but also for the line that goes out the door and around the corner.  By the graces of the confectionary goddesses, we walked over for a little after dinner frozen goodness after Monk’s Kettle to find only a handful of people in line.  Very much like a good craft beer tap that’s handwritten on a board, Bi-Rite has their flavors handwritten on the front of their case, see below.

The final selection included three scoops consisting of Rincanelas (cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodles), Salted Caramel, and Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel Swirl.  First of all, I’d like to commend the hometown, backyard birthday party style serving – three scoops piled into a paper bowl with a pair of wooden spoons stuck in on opposing sides.  A paper bowl doesn’t allow the ice cream to melt and sit around, but when that first upside down wooden spoon wipes that creamy masterpiece across your tongue, there’s not time for melting anyway, it’s way too damn good.  It’s got layers of flavors, texture, and ends with a fluffy creaminess that’s no where near heavy or too rich.  While I’m glad there wasn’t a line around the corner (as this may have deterred us from this level of enjoyment), now that I’ve had it, I’d gladly plan ahead of time and wait faithfully for my Bi-Rite.


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