Last week I did what felt like a marathon post on all.of.the.things. I ate in San Francisco. This week I’m back with one more post covering a few more of my favorite places— I mean c’mon, did you think this girl would just forget to eat dessert on vacation?
So here we are again, if you missed part one and you’re looking for places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in San Francisco, I suggest you go back and start reading here.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
I’m the kind of person who can easily down an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting so I was big on the “ice cream scene” in San Francisco. On my trip I visited two ice cream shops, one in the Fisherman’s Wharf and one in the Mission District, and both were worth the calories.
The Baked Bear
Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf, this place clearly draws a ton of tourists. I found The Baked Bear on Instagram, when I was doing research for my trip — the colorful photos of ice cream sandwiches immediately caught my eye. And when I saw the donut ice cream sandwich, I was sold. Served out of what looks like a small food truck, at The Baked Bear you can make your wildest ice cream dreams come true.
Step 1: Choose your top and bottom —cookie (there are more than 10 flavors), brownie or donut. If you’re feeling crazy you can mix and match. Step 2: Choose your ice cream. Step 3: Pick your toppings. If you’re boring you can go with a regular ol’ waffle cone if you so choose.
I went with the donut and bear batter (blue cake batter with brownies & fudge) ice cream sandwich. And I was not convinced that it would live up to the hype, but surprisingly it did. The donut wasn’t overly sweet and the bear batter ice cream was creamy and delicious.
Bi-rite creamery was a suggestion given to me by both Hunter at Stock Provisions and Erin at Little House Green Grocery. But one thing they did not warn me about was the line. Located in the Mission District next to Dolores Park, Bi-rite Creamery is typically packed with a line around the block. I went on a Saturday evening around 6 p.m. (you know, when most reasonable people are eating dinner) and still waited in line for a good 20-25 minutes. This small batch ice cream shop just celebrated it’s 10th birthday and is still going strong with some of the more popular flavors being salted caramel, roasted banana, honey lavender.
One way to make a bunch of people hate you is to ask for ten samples when it is your turn to order. So as much as I wanted to try everything, I settled on tasting just two flavors — salted caramel and the Ricanelas (cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookie pieces). And while the salted caramel flavor was so rich and decadent, cinnamon ice cream is my favorite, so I went with the Ricanelas.
P.S. If you find yourself near the Painted Ladies on your next trip to San Francisco, you can visit the Bi-Rite Market at Divisadero and Hayes Streets and grab a scoop with out having to worry about the crazy line at the original location.
Savory guilty pleasures
After anxiously waiting to eat here for the past 10 years, this was our first stop after landing in San Francisco, #vacationdiet. After traveling all day and not really having anything to eat except airplane pretzels, you could say we were hangry by the time we made it here. Our hunger pains were quickly cured with cheeseburgers and an order of Animal Style fries — crispy shoe string fries topped with cheese, spread (Thousand Island) and grilled onions.
For the Fourth of July my family attended a San Francisco Giants game, what can I say we’re true patriots. I’m partial to enjoying a classic hot dog at the ballpark but because Gilroy Garlic Fries are one of the area’s iconic foods, I was happy to make an exception. The thick and crispy fries are coated in garlic and herbs, and the smell almost permeates the park. Fact: they smell and taste amazing.
Sandwiches in Sausalito
We made a quick stop for lunch in Sausalito, which is just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, on our way to explore Muir Woods. The cute little town had a much different vibe than San Francisco — the pace of life just seemed to slow down. I love a good sandwich and after eating my In-N-Out Burger a couple days earlier, I wanted to eat something that at least looked somewhat healthy. My parents and I found a cute sandwich shop, Sausalito Gourmet Delicatessen and I was thoroughly impressed when they sliced the cold cuts for our sandwiches to order.
I had the turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich on Dutch crunch bread, and now I firmly believe that all sandwiches should be served on Dutch crunch bread. My dad had the prosciutto de Parma and my mom had the turkey and havarti.
Overall San Francisco was a food lover’s paradise and I cannot wait to come back and visit more of the city’s amazing restaurants.