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sweet craving in Mission area

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When my husband and I get a chance to go out for a date night, we spend so much time on the savory part that we usually have to race out before dessert (the clock's always ticking with the babysitter). Do you have recommendations for places in the Mission/Potrero area where we can get things to-go, it's open late and has things like donuts, cream pies and cakes? Oh how I miss Bepples Pies these days, although I think my taste buds have changed a bit, but you know what I mean, the idea of getting a banana cream pie late at night. We usually have dinner at Range, Foreign Cinema, Bar Tartine and other Mission greats, and have tried taking dessert to go but most don't travel well. Yes - we do sometimes hit Whole Foods and Safeway (ugh), but we're not looking for store bought stuff. Thanks for getting us out of the rut!

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  1. What about buying something before dinner that you can stash in the car?
    Otherwise, you must know the standard suggestions : Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite Ice Cream, Bombay Creamery on Valencia and Mitchell's out on 30th. There's Mission Pie (not my favorite, but it's far better then Safeway), and vegan cupcakes plus other pastries at Ritual if you get there before 10pm closing. There's Ti Couz for a dessert crepe if you want to sit down. There's Dianda's which is an italian bakery not too far away, if you pick up dessert first. Stick to the napoleon looking things, or the almond torte. La Corneta has a good Flan cake by the slice, and creme filled cookies.

    The Mission has tons of Mexican/Latin American bakeries. Most all the cookies will taste the same, which is part of the fun, and they usually have something like cream horns. Check the side streets below Mission and fill up your tray with anything that looks good.

    1. Bi-Rite Creamery is open till 10, 11 on weekends. They have pies and other baked goods in addition to ice cream.

      Pauline's has fabulous desserts. Don't know if they're into selling them to go.

      Most Mexican bakeries' stuff is just sugar, shortening, and food coloring. All looks and no flavor.

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      Bi-Rite Creamery
      3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks for the tip on buying before dinner, sugartoof! Never even thought about that. We can pick up a yummy cake from Bi-rite or I can go to Mission Pie in the afternoon. However, I'm with RL on the mexican stuff. While great in the am with coffee, doesn't quite satisfy my sweet tooth.
        Will check into Pauline's and Dianda's.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          The no flavor thing is part of the point. There's something addictive about them, and each bakery seems to make at least one really good cookie. Finding it is part of the fun. The cream horns are always plenty sweet. Not my first choice for quality but still fun.

          1. re: sugartoof

            Gingerbread pigs. Mmmmm.... gingerbread pigs. Even though they contain no actual gingerbread.

            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              Maybe no ginger, but at old-school panaderias, they do contain actual pig.

        2. How about crepes at Ti Couz? You can't get pie there, but it's stays open until 11 on weekends. The basic sweet crepes are pretty tasty.

          1. I haven't tried it yet, but the new Dynamo Donuts on 24th near York might be good.
            http://sf.eater.com/archives/2008/07/...

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            1. re: Candice

              I had half of a cinnamon honey donut and half of a chocolate donut from there this morning. Apparently they have two flavors each day. Neither were super sweet (which I liked), but they somehow didn't seem to be the right texture either. The cinnamon honey was better then the chocolate.

              1. re: shivani

                Owned by a Liberty Cafe alum? Now I'm worried. I hope she didn't work in their (urp) bakery.

            2. Mission Beach Cafe has wonderful pastries, cookies, and tarts (available all day) and because they're a restaurant, they're open until 10 or so.

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              1. re: Windy

                I've noticed the case can be on the empty side even mid-day though...does that jive with your experiences?

                1. re: sugartoof

                  I generally go by late afternoon on the weekends and have never left without something I liked. I suspect you could also call and order something to pick up later.

              2. Mission Pie has incredible banana cream pie-- best I've had.

                Plus, they are just a great local business to support. They do great work with Mission High School students and have an innovative collaboration with a local non-profit , Pie Ranch, focused food sustainability and education.