We returned to the scene of some plywood that we spotted more than a year ago in the Inner Sunset to discover Next Door Sweets in full swing. So named for its proximity to San Tung, an insanely popular family-owned Chinese restaurant, the shop is owned by Joy and Frank Chu, and Frank is the son of San Tung's owners. It has been a long road indeed, with the initial business license being secured almost two years ago and a debut this August.
Next Door Sweets is cute, clean, and counts Gelateria Naia gelato as its leading feature. Various flavors are served alongside cookies, cakes, and cupcakes by Ultimate Cookie, frozen yogurt from Honey Hill Farms, and Capricorn coffee.
What you won't find here: Chinese desserts.
Though the Sunset isn't lacking for great Asian dessert spots (we're particular to Mango Medley by Ocean Beach), this seems like a missed opportunity. The topic seems to be a sore spot amongst Yelpers, too.
San Tung will give you a fortune cookie, but for sugar fiends, that's not enough. We know it's not an easy route to go, but an integration of Chinese ingredients or desserts on Next Door's menu could take it to a new level that brands a unique identity. Appropriate some of that amazing peanut sauce that goes over the seafood noodles and give us a peanut soup dessert, or steal some dumpling wrappers and stuff them with sugary things. At the very least, they'd be delicious experiments paired with Gelateria's avant flavors such as St. George single malt whiskey and Blue Bottle Coffee.