On those warm Dolores Park or Alamo Square days, sunning San Franciscans will line up around the block for a Bi-Rite cone. Their chocolate ice cream is traditional and satisfying. For something a little more daring, try their signature “Sam’s Sundae” — a sweet and savory concoction of chocolate ice cream with bergamot olive oil, Maldon’s sea salt, and whipped cream.
Made in small batches, this is San Francisco ice cream at its finest. Order like an insider (tip: stick to fan-approved flavors such as honey lavender, salted caramel, and balsamic strawberry) and you’ll understand why the line routinely wraps around the block.
All of Bi-Rite's ice creams are, first and foremost, incredibly creamy. Look at the recipe for their standard base and it's easy to see why: they use a higher ratio of cream to other ingredients than most other recipes out there, 1 3/4 cups cream to 3/4 cups of milk for not-quite-a-quart. It's best not to think about the caloric impact of it, and focus on the flavor instead, which rings clear and true in a superbly creamy, almost fluffy ice cream.