When to Go: Reservations are recommended any time of day, but lunch may be the sweet spot for dining without waiting and for finding a spot for your ride.
Press Props: CNN named the restaurant to its 50 Best Chinese Restaurants in the United States list in 2012.
Seitan: a vegetarian meat substitute made from wheat gluten.
Where to Sit: Seating is limited so if grabbing a stool at the front window and people-watching isn’t your thing, take your treats to go and hit up the trails at nearby Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve.
While You’re Waiting: See how many of the dozens of eggs you can count in the nearby refrigerators before they’re cracked open by the chefs and transformed into tasty custards or cakes.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Peruse the displays of vintage newspapers or make an addition to your library at Great Overland Book Co (345 Judah Street).
After: Sip a pint while trying to guess whodunnit over a game of Clue at Little Shamrock (807 Lincoln Way), which shares a communal pile of board games with its clientele.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Eat some savory pies at Peasant Pies (1039 Irving Street).
What is Charlie Brown’s Nightmare? According to the team at Holy Gelato!, a combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and cookies answers that question. That’s just one of the flavors the staff has dreamt up over the last three decades. Here are some things to know about this Italian-style dessert joint.
It’s totally cool to try more than one thing: Some of the tastiest trips to Holy Gelato! come from combining multiple flavors. Maybe you’ll pair hazelnut with créme brûlée, cookies and cream with honey lavender, or strawberry with goat cheese.
There’s no one way to eat gelato: The staff also uses gelato to make sundaes, banana splits, and shakes.
Dairy isn’t required: Holy Gelato! makes 12 vegan flavors, such as Thai Tea.
They keep their customers in the loop: The staff regularly update the Facebook page so customers can get the lowdown on seasonal and special flavors, such as pumpkin gelato or Guinness—add a porter ale to turn it into a decadent float.
Tea and coffee are also on the menu: The team also serves up traditional coffee blends, flavored blends such as chocolate hazelnut, and winter flavors such as egg nog. Grab a bag at the counter, or consider one of their loose leaf green teas.