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SF - Bi-Rite Creamery update - Chocolate olive oil sundae with Malden salt, popsicles & the best ginger ice cream ever

rworange | Jan 27, 200708:12 AM     17

The double ginger ice cream is hot, intense and the soul of ginger. I’ve never had better. Period.

The pineapple popsicle ($1.95) was wonderful … and … if such a thing is possibly in a frozen bar ... juicy as biting into a fresh cut perfectly-ripe pineapple slice.

Sam’s sundae ($4.50) was the first time I saw the point of olive oil on ice cream.

It added rich velvetiness to the experience. It was a lightly applied golden drizzle so it didn't overwhelm.

The Malden sea salt / chocolate ice cream was a marriage made in heaven. This Sundae was about the whole. The chocolate flavor wasn’t intense and this isn’t what I’m looking for in that flavor … but the whole was intensely enjoyable … like the rest of the world fades away while you focus on the goodness in the cup.

That being said, I liked it but not enough to order again. I’m just not an olive oil on ice cream person as much as I liked this … then again …

Oh, yeah … I was asked if I wanted whipped cream and said yes. Great whipped cream that is like a crème fraiche … but on this sundae it was wrong and detracted from the experience. The salt got caught up and lost in the cream. Have more restraint than I did and skip the whipped cream for this one.

Cookies ($.75): Snickerdoodle & oatmeal raisin

The thin cookies are everything that is good about cookies … soft, with a little chew, buttery but not noticeably or greasily so. The cinnamon on the snickerdoodle was lovely, Maybe a bit sweeter than I’d like … but … hey, they’re cookies.

- Blood orange – tart, citrusy and pretty. It was said to be excellent paired with ginger
- strawberry balsamic – ok, but not intense enough
- salted caramel – despite all the positive posts, nice but not my favorite

They have hot chocolate too. I had a tiny sample but either wasn’t in the mood or it just didn’t catch my attention.

Without a doubt this is some of the best ice cream in the Bay Area … a real close contender to Fairfax Scoop. I’ll have to bite the frozen bullet and make the sacrifice to try more at both places before bestowing The Orange award on one. But it is an honor for me to nominate them both. Dark horse … Café Fanny.

Bi-Rite is what ice cream should taste like ... not frou-frou or hi-faluting ... not too dense, icy, light, sweet, hard, soft, etc. etc ... perfect texture with pure straight-foward flavor.

The staff is super helpful, the samples are generous. The prices are fair and unlike another place I don’t feel like what I get for my money IS a sample. The size of the portion is an excellent deal for the quality and price.

This seems like it will be one of my favorite places in the City and a must-stop when I’m in the neighborhood … parking be damned … worth a ticket.

Previous posts:

bi-rite creamery opens

So, did Bi-Rite Creamery open on Dec 1st as promised?

Pumpkin and gingerbread seasonal sundae


NOTE that they are closed Wednesday. They said these were the winter hours and they MIGHT open Wednesdays in the summer.

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