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Apr 22, 2010 07:49 PM

Hot Fudge Sundae in SF

I want to celebrate something on Saturday and a post in the LA board made me crave a hot fudge sundae. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good sundae in SF with whipped cream, decadant hot fudge and almonds? I want to sit somewhere to enjoy the sundae so I don't want to go to Mitchell's, Bi-Rite or Ghirardelli (although Ghirardelli might be the best bet). Is Fenton's in Oakland worth a drive from SF?

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  1. Bi-rite is newly remodeled and now has a seating area. It's certainly not luxury accommodations, but it is the best sundae I have ever tasted. I got dragged to Ghiradelli about a month ago - the sundae was so, so sweet, in no small part due to the incredibly sweet and otherwise bland ice cream. I did not care for it at all. The fudge sauce was admittedly tasty though.

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    1. re: artemis

      Thanks. I find the line at Bi-Rite way too long. Was there a long wait for seats? I don't want to feel rushed either.

      1. re: Mari

        On a saturday night circa 10pm, the line was *very* long (30 mins?), but the seating gods smiled on us because seats opened up right after we paid. It was probably especially bad because this was either the first or second Saturday they had reopened after the remodel. I think it was the first Saturday, so there was a lot of pent up demand.

        There's a fixed bench along the wall, and little tables spaced apart attached to the floor in front of the bench. The bench probably seats 10, maybe a bit more. I don't think you'd feel rushed unless you wouldn't be keen on all the hustle and bustle. It does sound like what you're after then is a soda fountain-type place. I've never been to the East Bay ice cream shops, but please report back if you do!

        ETA: come to think of it, check please said hayes street grill is supposed to have a good sundae - and unless it's during the seating for people going to the opera/ballet/symphony, you can probably sit there as long as you want.

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

        1. re: artemis

          Loard's in the east bay has very tasty ice cream and creative sundaes. Lots of seating pink and white booths. Alameda and El Cerrito are two locations

          Loard's Ice Cream & Candies
          2265 S Shore Ctr, Alameda, CA 94501

    2. Across the bridge, in Larkspur at Pizzeria Picco, they make the best hot fudge sundae. It is not too sweet and made fresh and simple.

      Pizzeria Picco
      320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939

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      1. re: tstrum

        Thanks for the suggestion, but I want scoops of ice cream rather than soft serve and I don't think they have whipped cream and cherries. Otherwise, Picco's sundae is a good one with a modern twist.

      2. I remember trying out Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae a long time ago and it was great.

        1. St Frances Ice Cream Parlor and Sandwich shop had it on the menu. 24th St Mission. Old -fashioned ice cream store. Haven't had it in years.

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          1. re: stanbee

            St. Francis now serves Mitchell's ice cream.

            St. Francis Fountain & Candy
            2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. For an old fashioned hot fudge sundae, I used to like Fenton's a lot. I haven't been there in years, but I assume they haven't changed. My son often goes because it's the only place around there a teen can go fairly late at night. He prefers milkshakes, but his friends love the sundaes. Don't eat the food.