1. Bi-Rite Creamery - A favorite for ice cream, be prepared to wait in a snaking line of hipsters from nearby Dolores Park. The wait, however, is well worth it with rewards of unbelievably creamy, organic ice cream and even fresh fruit popsicles. And the cups and spoons are biodegradable. Favorites: Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Sam's Sundae, Blood Orange Popsicle.
2. Tartine Bakery - Crowds fill this mission bakery daily for transcendent bread pudding, chocolate croissants, and pressed sandwiches. Fresh bread comes hot out of the oven at 5pm and is the best loaf in town. Favorites: Bread Pudding, Fresh Bread.
3. Mission Pie - Grab a coffee and a slice of pie at this cozy corner café. Mission Pie is committed to "environmental, social and economic justice". Behind the counter, the staff is a collaboration of local youth advocacy organizations. And of course, everything is seasonal, local, and delicious. Favorites: Banana Cream Pie, Ginger Pear Pie.
4. Three Twins Ice Cream - Neal Gottlieb (pictured) quit his corporate job to follow his dream of making ice cream. With 3 Bay Area shops he's well on his way. His product is 100% organic from start to finish and quite delicious, too. Favorites: Mocha Difference Ice Cream, Lemon Cookie Ice Cream.
This article was written by Evan Bloom. Evan lives in San Francisco and is working to plan the 2nd annual SF Street Food Festival with non-profit La Cocina, an incubator kitchen for low income and immigrant food start-ups. He has his sights set on opening San Francisco's only authentic Jewish Deli, currently smoking pastrami out of his backyard. You can find Evan blogging at sfdelicatessen.blogspot.com
Bi-Rite image via Serious Eats
Mission Pie image via Delicious Musings