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” (the “buttery” “kouign amann reigns supreme” ); 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.
Chile Pies Baking Co.
Mexican · NoPa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Yummy pies " of both the " sweet and savory " variety are the raison d'être of this " down-to-earth " NoPa cafe where fans indulge in " awesome " desserts featuring a " flaky " crust, or turn their attention to the " extra-sinful " pie shake; it may be on the " expensive " side considering the " casual " setting, but the " nice " staff is a sweet perk; P.S. " delish" stews from Green Chile Kitchen are also on the menu.