On my dessert run in San Francisco a few months ago, the one place I didn’t get a chance to try was Bi Rite Creamery. The line was simply too long and I felt too guilty to let my non-foodie friends wait for the ice cream. I’ve been wanting to visit ever since.
On this last trip to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival, I had all sorts of spots I wanted to visit while in SF like the farmer’s market, the Ferry Building, the amazing melt-in-your-mouth Dynamo Donuts I had last time, and of course Bi Rite Creamery. Unfortunately, the schedule was so packed or I was so exhausted that I didn’t get to do any of these things–except Bi Rite Creamery.
The traffic getting to Bi Rite was awful, but I just had to visit. Luckily there was no line out the door this time. Bi Rite specializes in making small batches of ice cream with local ingredients. They offer a few select flavors a day. Many have proclaimed this place to be the “best ice cream.” It has over 2000 positive reviews on yelp.
On the day I went, there were about 8 flavors available. I sampled a few before deciding. Unfortunately, none of the flavors were ones I was particularly interested in. Lately, I’ve really been into more unique flavors, and Bi Rite’s offerings were more common and mainstream.
I chose a creme fraiche and a honey lavender, which were two of the more “unique” offerings. BF got a vanilla and cookies and cream. The ice cream was creamy and rich. It was one of those things where at first bite, I wasn’t that impressed, but as I kept eating, I really began to admire the rich and creamy texture. I think Bi Rite Creamery serves some delicious ice cream. It’s not my favorite ice cream shop though. I also wish they had some more unique flavor offerings, like Slocombe Ice Cream, which is nearby.