Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco, CA)

December 02, 2011

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Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schulz

At Bi-Rite Creamery they create ice cream, soft serve and baked goods by hand in small batches, to taste like the stuff that they grew up with.  They strive to create unique and delicious flavors with local, handmade and organic ingredients in a responsible and sustainable way.

Bi-Rite also supports local farms and respects the seasons. Balsamic Strawberry is one of their most popular flavors, but they only make it in the spring and summer, when local strawberries are at their juicy, fragrant peak. All of the granitas, sorbets and popsicles Bi-Rite makes are from fruit sourced from local farms and orchards. The Concord Grape popsicles are made from grapes grown on their own farm in Sonoma. Come winter, they switch over to Earl Grey, Eggnog, Peppermint Stick and Orange Cardamom to take advantage of the local citrus harvests.

Bi-Rite bakes cakes, pies, puddings, pastries and breads; their chang­ing menu reflects the fruits offered by each sea­son as well as hol­i­day clas­sics like pump­kin pie, Christmas stollen and hot cross buns.

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Named as one of the best ice cream spots in the US by Food & Wine and Bon Appetit, this was high on my list of priorities to eat in San Francisco. I flew over to SF for a weekend to attend the Foodbuzz Conference and to check out the food scene. It was around 50F and raining when we arrived at Bi-Rite but I had to get some of their delicious ice cream. C’mon, I didn’t travel this far to not get at least a scoop! After sampling some of their flavors like salted caramel and pumpkin, I decided on the honey lavender. Ann from RunningWithChopstix had the salted caramel, which Bi-Rite also make by hand.

The ice cream was very smooth and creamy with very little ice particles. It’s a big difference from ice cream that is made in large quantities, whereas Bi-Rite makes it by hand. It was slightly sweet from the natural honey with a touch of lavender.

Lavender is naturally calming and soothing so I can just imagine if I had a bowl of this before bed, I wouldn’t have trouble sleeping at all!

They even have cute little holders that hold your ice cream cone while you check out! The honey lavender is on the right (mine) and salted caramel on the left (Ann).

Right after the Foodbuzz Tasting Pavillon, Ann and I rushed from the Metreon to Tartine Bakery and then Bi-Rite. The fastest way is take a cab but the BART train was pretty convenient.

We look pretty happy in this picture right? But we were really freezing and miserable from the cold rain. The ice cream did help!

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600
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Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.