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debbie421 Nov 12, 2012 06:06 PM

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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    tjinsf Nov 15, 2012 02:58 PM

    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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      Melanie Wong Nov 17, 2012 11:10 AM

      What kind of pie is the new baker making?
      http://www.pigandpiesf.com/

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      tjinsf Nov 15, 2012 02:50 PM

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

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        mr_darcy Nov 15, 2012 10:17 AM

        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. bbulkow Nov 14, 2012 08:51 PM

          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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            hyperbowler Nov 14, 2012 09:39 PM

            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.

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              bbulkow Nov 15, 2012 05:55 AM

              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.

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              Robert Lauriston Nov 17, 2012 11:55 AM

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

            3. Cynsa Nov 14, 2012 11:47 AM

              chocolate cake 24 hours 'round the clock at Sparky's on Church Street
              http://sparkysdinersf.com/menu.html

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                vulber Nov 14, 2012 08:04 PM

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

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                  Cynsa Nov 15, 2012 08:13 AM

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

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                    Robert Lauriston Nov 17, 2012 11:55 AM

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

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                kevin Nov 13, 2012 06:43 PM

                what about Cafe Jacqueline for the souffles ?

                1. CarrieWas218 Nov 13, 2012 02:26 PM

                  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!

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                    debbie421 Nov 13, 2012 01:32 PM

                    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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                      hyperbowler Nov 13, 2012 02:03 PM

                      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.

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                        vulber Nov 13, 2012 06:42 PM

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

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                          Melanie Wong Nov 14, 2012 11:09 AM

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

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                            vulber Nov 14, 2012 11:29 AM

                            ah yeah, forgot about that

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                        vulber Nov 12, 2012 06:55 PM

                        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.)

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                          hyperbowler Nov 12, 2012 06:14 PM

                          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.

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