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Late night dessert

Hi fellow chows! I have an confession to make: I like simple, old school desserts. I love a foodie dinner, but several times I've skipped the dessert menu to make a run by Bob's for some doughnut dessert instead. That being said, any good suggestions for some late night/after our dinner reservations place for a comfort, throwback dessert? Think ice cream, doughnuts, milkshakes, baked goods (cupcakes, cookies, cake), etc. Please keep the suggestions to places in San Francisco (any neighborhood), places open after 10, and bonus points for easy parking. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Excellent topic.

    Last time I checked, Wings Wings on Haight had desserts from the Creme Brulee cart.

    Not sure if it's your bag, but there's lot of Asian dessert places in the Sunset or the Richmond that are open late. Fluffy Snow on Noriega and Purple Kow on Balboa are two that come to mind, but there are several.

    1. it's a little fusion-y, but NOPA is open until 1am and has a few traditional dessert (usually have milk and cookies, some other cakes, ice creams, etc.)

      1. Thanks hyperbowler and vulber! My tastes are low bor enough to skip the Asian dessert, but Wing Wings and Nopa sound good. Any other suggestions? I'd even do a good pie.

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        1. re: debbie421

          Gotcha--- it sounds like you're looking for places that have somewhat of a "homemade" feel.

          The price might be reminiscent of a scene from Pulp Fiction with hyper-inflation, but the Butterscotch and the Pistachio milkshakes at Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley have no rival. There's plenty of weirder stuff on their menu, but don't let that scare you off of the good stuff. Also, the scoops of ice cream aren't noteworthy, but they have creative sundaes, and in the summer, a very good strawberry shortcake. They're open till 11PM on Fri & Sat.

          1. re: debbie421

            pig and pie in the mission is open until 1am and has delicious pies

            1. re: vulber

              Have you been to Pig & Pie after the kitchen shake-up?

          2. I will often drive miles out of my way to Tart to Tart on Irving for their chocolate pecan tart...

            Open 'till 1:00 a.m., baby!

            1. what about Cafe Jacqueline for the souffles ?

              1. chocolate cake 24 hours 'round the clock at Sparky's on Church Street

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                1. re: Cynsa

                  do they make it? the one time i went to sparky's i got the sense that everything came from sysco

                  1. re: vulber

                    no doubt. but it's still a chocolate fix at 3 am

                    1. re: Cynsa

                      I wonder if they might get it from Just Desserts? That is the old Just Desserts location, right?

                2. Toy Boat, in the inner richmond, is open until 11 and is straight up ice cream. Funky atmosphere.

                  Wayfare Tavern is 11pm, and has a decent little desert list. Upscale atmosphere.

                  Zero Zero is open until 11pm on weekends, and has soft serve.

                  Absinthe has a nice little desert menu and is open till 12. The deserts are kind of small though. Parking in that area is better later.

                  Citizen's Band has a nice little diner feel, and is open till 11

                  Then there are all the actual diners - Mel's, Sparky's, Lori's, It's Tops, probably more. Sparky's is 24 hours.

                  Sysco is low brow.

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                  1. re: bbulkow

                    Toy Boat has Double Rainbow ice cream, nothing special, but they make shakes and sundaes too.

                    Come to think of it, Joe's ice cream on Geary is open till 11 on Fri and Sat. They have excellent housemade ice cream.

                    Yeah, outside of higher-end restaurants, it's looking like the Sunset and the Richmond are the neighborhoods with the most late night dessert offerings. North Beach and the Mission and other neighborhoods are far more booze oriented.

                    Edit: Mitchell's Ice Cream, on the border of the La Lengua neighborhood, is open till 11PM everyday.

                    1. re: hyperbowler

                      Yes, the OP didn't ask about anything special, specifically said "lowbrow".

                      My favorite lowbrow after hours sweet is an apple fritter from the Happy Doughnut at 3rd and King, but it's for eating in the car on the way home. That's not a sensible place for lingering, unless you are a cop or homeless.

                    2. re: bbulkow

                      Oh yeah, the soft serve at Zero Zero is great.

                    3. Comfort - Mel's seems like an obvious one! If NOPA is lowbrow enough, then I'd also suggest Zuni Cafe, think they're open late (and plus then you can order the secret burger for a second dinner).

                      1. The Ice Cream Bar is open till 11 on the weekends and I like the milkshakes even if they are pricy.

                        1. How about pig and pie? They are open till 11 during the week and 1am on the weekend. The savory stuff is hit and miss but I've like the german chocolate cake there and the pies.

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