Another opening on Valencia, another minor moral conundrum. In the space that used to be a quirky, queer-owned vintage shop called Room 4 comes the second S.F. location of Berkeley-based Chocolatier Blue, an upscale confectioner and ice cream shop. If endless gentrification we must have, would that it were all as gorgeous and delicious as this.
Among standbys like hazelnut and pistachio, you'll find innovative pieces such as French Toast (with maple syrup and cinnamon), Between the Sheets (lemon, brandy, rum, and triple sec) and sunflower & orange marmalade. As a nod to Mission's lowbrow-highbrow pedigree, there is also a maple-glazed bacon chocolate, one of many brightly-colored and asymmetrical jewels. Not to be overlooked are the fountain-esque beverages, like Coke floats and an affogatto.
It's an unusual chain, with two locations in Nebraska, four in the Bay Area, and one each in Seattle and Denver. Chocolatier Chris Blue (a Nebraska native) trained at the French Pastry School in Chicago and later worked at Charlie Trotter's there before turning out these lacquered-looking little bijoux. And at $1.50 a pop, they're neither candy-bar-cheap nor macaron-outrageous. Mrs. See just edged a little closer to retirement, or possibly exile.
Chocolatier Blue, 904 Valencia, 648-1010.