Best Cheap Desserts in San Francisco

December 9, 2014
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by Zagat Staff

Satisfy your sweet tooth on the cheap at these SF Area eateries.

Mitchell's Ice Cream
Noe Valley · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

What an ice cream parlor should be " is how fans describe this " old-school ", family-run Mission " institution " cranking out an " absolutely fabulous " array of " super-rich " and " innovative " " seasonal flavors " (think purple yam or avocado) right " on the premises ", and offering them by the scoop and in sundaes and shakes; yes, it's relatively " expensive " and " always busy regardless of the weather ", but the " line moves quickly " and the " friendly " crew " provides tastes ", while prepacked gallons keep " locals buying by the tub.
b. patisserie
Bakery · Lower Pacific Heights · $
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Even when compared with Paris standards ", this " charming " Lower Pacific patisserie/cafe is an " awe-inspiring " showcase for baker Belinda Leong’s " world-class " " array " of " decadent pastries " (including a great chocolate banana almond-croissant); the space sports an " appealing " " European feel ", and while " the line can be daunting ", " dessert addicts " " pretty much can't go wrong.
Bi-Rite Creamery
The Mission · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

It's worth the wait " and " extra weight " insist fans of the wares at this " cute " Mission creamery and bakeshop, where the " ridiculously creamy " scoops in a variety of " witty and unique flavors " are " gourmet as gourmet ice cream gets "; there's " limited seating ", but " friendly " staffers manage to keep " round-the-corner-lines " moving and gladly offer " samples ", while impatient types can always " grab a pint " to go or " try the soft-serve window instead.