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Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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    This was one of my favorite spots around San Francisco. I love places that still make nice, creamy ice cream from scratch.

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    Fun flavors and long lines is what you get at Bi-Rite. If you don't mind popsicles or if you're only trying to get prepackaged icecream, you can go towards the front right and cut the line! ;)

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    Get This: Honey lavender ice cream - Maldon sea salt - blood orange olive oil - hot fudge. It's called the Dainty Gent and he's as sweet as it gets!

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    i finally tried the salted caramel and wow, it is so delicious! i've heard people rave about the unique and distinct flavor and they are right. it is also great that the creators make the ice cream locally and wants to keep it a neighborhood scoop shop. now i'm excited to try other flavors soon!

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    The best ice cream I have had. Dreamy velvety texture and stunning distinct flavors.

    Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender and Roasted Banana.... they are all made out of love.

    Finally some ice cream truly worthy of a long drive from South Bay to the city. The lines are nothing. I could wait an hour for this if I have to.

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    For all the exemplary press, I was surprised how small and unassuming this place was. And there was no line! I also found the the staff service to be very sincere and friendly.

    I ordered a combination of chocolate and the banana ice cream. The chocolate was excellent and the banana was good, but not especially noteworthy. But, it did take the edge off that Indian roll I had at Kasa for lunch!

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    Hours after running a half marathon and burning 1400 calories, I decided to reward myself with ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery. My cousin wasn't as enthusiastic but was game after she found out they had a vegan flavor called chocolate coconut. So we hopped on the bus from Union Square and headed down to the Mission district in search of this famous ice cream place. You see, Bi-Rite has the distinction of being the most reviewed business on Yelp. It was also featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. I'm sure there are countless articles and news clippings I can dredge up but the point is, they serve up some delicious ice cream and are always busy.

    We walk by and there's a huge line. We decided to get a drink at the nearby bar and have dinner before rounding back to get dessert. By the time we head back, the line was just as long as it was when we had walked by earlier. There's a slew of flavors. Most of the flavors are gourmet like balsamic strawberry, salted caramel, pumpkin, or honey lavender. There are the lactose free flavors like chocolate coconut and melon sorbet. But then there are the sundaes. Sam's sundae was particularly interesting to me because it was the sundae that was featured on the Food Network. It features chocolate ice cream, bergamot olive oil, Maldon sea salt & whipped cream. But I decided to taste a few flavors before making up my mind. The cool thing is they give you metal spoons for tasting and wash them for reuse. Way to go!

    I tried the balsamic strawberry, pumpkin and honey lavender flavors. I was sold on honey lavender and ordered the Dainty Gentleman sundae: 2 scoops honey lavender ice cream, blood orange olive oil, Maldon sea salt, and hot fudge. The spoons and containers are eco-friendly! Let me just tell you, this sundae will change your life! It was a flavor explosion and was so delicious I didn't mind eating the ENTIRE thing. The combination of chocolate & sea salt with the citrusy olive oil along with the honey lavender ice cream was AMAZING. You will just have to go try it or create your own. Bi-Rite is simply delicious ice cream and I'm so happy I was able to try it.

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    Odes have been written to Bi-Rite's salted caramel ice cream, and one or two lovestruck imbibers have undoubtedly professed a desire for marriage to the strawberry balsamic flavor. Need we also mention the honey lavender, toasted coconut, or cinnamon Snickerdoodle to convince you to make the trek out here? Across from what is more a beach than most of San Francisco's real beaches (Dolores Park), Bi-Rite sees half-hour long lines on sunny days. But have no fear, the people watching is almost as good as the ice cream.

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    You haven't lived until you've had Bi-Rite Creamery - especially the Salted Caramel.

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    This place is pretty good. They have some unique flavors but I still prefer gelato from Italy.

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    Tasty ice cream from a friendly family owned shop in the Mission. Some of the flavors are unusual and unexpected; others are old standards. There was a line when I was here on a cool Saturday afternoon, but it moved quickly and anyway, this stuff is definitely worth waiting for!

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    I've been hearing about this ice cream for so long I had high expectations, I figured I'm going to be disappointed. I'm not a huge fan of ice cream, especially not plain vanilla ice cream, but after tasting bi-rite vanilla ice cream I can't wait for the next time I'll be in town for another scoop. The balsamic-strawberry is also amazing if you are looking for something less plain.

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    Tasted the basil ice-cream.... Interesting!

    Settled on cookies and cream with salted caramel. Single serve was plenty.

    Will be back! Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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    Their ice-cream is amazing! My favorites are the salted caramel and honey lavender. They used to have a special called Sam's Sundae but it's been unavailable for a few months now. Whenever they bring it back, be sure to try it. There's a long line usually, but it moves pretty fast.

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    This spot is one of my top 5 ice cream spots of all time. Be prepared to wait in line on a cold day. And be even more prepared to wait in a long long loooonnnng line on a sunny day!

    People come here rain or shine, but then again I'm one of them!

    Favorite Flavors:
    - Earl Grey
    - Meyer Lemon
    - Coffee Toffee
    - Balsamic Strawberry
    - Honey Lavender (it's definitely an acquired taste)

    They have something here for everyone! And I love that they only use the freshest and most simple ingredients. Cheers to that!

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    The quintessential trip to the most beloved ice cream parlor in San Francisco - ask anyone and they'll tell you Bi-Rite. Are there better places? Probably. Shorter lines with the most reasonably compared? Absolutely.

    Does that mean I'm going to go there instead of here? No.

    Crazy flavors done with perfection...sounds like San Francisco!

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    I was expecting a line to wrap around the block but when we went (around noon on a Sunday) it was only a 10 minute wait! :)

    I tried Honey Lavender, Salted Caramel, Roasted Banana, and Earl Grey before I felt bad in holding up the line.

    Ended up getting a cup of Roasted Banana and Honey Lavender.

    I LOOVE banana ice cream and I liked that this had a smokier flavor. It definitely surpassed the Honey Lavender, so I should've just gotten a full cup of banana :P

    The prices are pretty reasonable, but I don't feel it's a MUST-GO if you're an out-of-towner like me. I've tried it once, enjoyed it, and now moving on. However if you're in the area, and there's no line, then it's a great dessert option. Especially since it's so close to the Dolores/Helen Diller park!

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While their salted caramel ice cream is the full-fat dairy product of legend, this ice cream shop's got dozens of flavors from similarly exotic (chai-spiced milk chocolate or cinnamon with snickerdoodles) to comfortingly recognizable (cookies and cream, toasted coconut). Be ready to wait in line, as there almost always is one, especially on warm days. Walk across the street and you'll reach Dolores Park, the hipster epicenter of San Francisco.

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