Dogpatch Neighborhood Guide: Gourmet Eats, Strong Drinks and Handmade Treats

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Located on the waterfront and once home to large warehouses, canning factories, industrial buildings, shipyards, and wild fennel fields, Dogpatch has turned into a hub of local makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.

Just hop on the T-Third to enjoy the assorted retail shop and restaurants, or simply enjoy soaking up some sun on the waterfront.

All the Best Eats in Dogpatch

Delectable bites from Aina

(Courtesy of Aina)

Brunch at Serpentine (2495 3rd St.) is a local favorite. The line might get a bit long on the weekend, but the carefully created dishes by chef Halvorsen are definitely worth the wait. The well-stocked bar with unique wines, local brews, and small batch spirits invites for some after-work chitchat or a cheerful date-night. // Even before Dogpatch landed on the radar, the cozy, no-frills, laid-back Just For You Cafe (732 22nd St.) was a popular breakfast destination for lovers of old-fashion home-cooking and slow food. Indulge into the most important meal of the day with some eggs any style paired with pork chops, apple-sausage, or catfish on house-made white, wheat and cinnamon-raisin bread. Their beignets are legendary. // Located in a bright, yellow Victorian house, Piccino (1001 Minnesota St.) is a San Francisco institution when it comes to fine, Italian-inspired food. We love their homemade pasta and thin crust pizzas. // While the eponymous owner Gilberth is creating Latin-fusion menus inspired by flavors of South American countries and interpreting them in his own way, his wife Julia sources only the best wines to accompany Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill (2427 3rd St.) creations. // Simple in decoration and with only few tables, Marcella Lasagneria (1099 Tennessee St.) will win you over with freshly made lasagna. Great for carnivores and vegetarians. For updates on their daily specials, we suggest liking them on Facebook. // Already an old-timer in Dogpatch, Hard Knox Café (2526 3rd St.) aims to fill your soul with Southern comfort food. Look for their exceptional Belgian waffles paired with crisp fried chicken and cornbread muffins. // Longbridge (2347 3rd St.) serves simple, delicious, classic thin crust pizza for everyone. What's a neighborhood without a good pizza place? // You'll feel all kinds of Mahalo while meandering through Dogpatch when you come across the modern Hawaiian food concept that is Aina (900 22nd St.). Charred octopus luau? Taro French Toast? Yes, please.

Dogpatch Watering Holes

Magnolia Brewing Co Smokestack

(Courtesy of Magnolia Brewing Co)

We still remember when the already famous Magnolia Brewing Company opened Smokestack (2505 3rd St.) —a space huge with an industrial-rustic feel, hop scent lingering in the air, communal tables for larger groups, choice BBQ, and a stunning bar that offers some cocktails and strong spirits. // At Dogpatch Wine Works (2455 3rd St.) you can taste wine and make wine—or make your own wine and take it to the tasting room yourself, why not? // This neighborhood staple has all the charm of its debut in 1912. Dogpatch Saloon (2496 3rd St.) also has a fireplace and stage for occasional live music since then. // Yield Wine Bar (2490 3rd St.) is perfect for intimate nightcaps or after-work drinks. The knowledgeable owner will also give you a small oenology if you happen to catch him behind the bar.

Local Goods

Rickshaw Bagworks

(Courtesy of Parallel Revolution)

Being one of America's most bicycle-friendly cities, San Francisco is lucky to have a local company that produces such amazing messenger bags. Rickshaw Bagworks (904 22nd St.) is a colorful eye candy and, if you ask nicely, you might also get a tour of the factory. // Every neighborhood needs a cheese shop and now Dogpatch has one. La Fromagerie (2425 3rd St.) offers an impressive selection of French, Swiss, Spanish, Italian, and US cheeses. // Designing for the serious camper, Triple Aught Design (660 22nd St.) has its home base in an old 4,000-square-foot warehouse. They also offer outdoor courses, self-defense, survival tactics, and other classes to help you sleep peacefully on your next camping trip. // Full of carefully curated items, Workshop Residence (833 22nd St.) is a gold mine for every design lover. // "Knock loudly if you want chocolate" says the post-it on the door at 326 in the American Industry Building. And you should. If not, you could miss the Bacon Crack, or the vegetarian version, the award-winning Almond Crack from Nosh This (2325 3rd St., Suite 326). // Already a star in the chocolate sky, Poco Dolce (2421 3rd St.) is one of San Francisco's sweetest treasures. Owner Kathy started out in 2003 as a small bakery specializing in French pastries, but quickly discovered her love for handmade chocolates. Since then, Poco Dolce has been famous for pairing sweet and savory flavors, creating wildly popular taste adventures. // Oliver's Butchery (1074 Illinois St.) is a carnivorous gem that offers only the best of the best when it comes to meat.

Enjoy

Museum of Craft and Design

Stroll by around noon Tuesdays and Saturdays and tap your foot to some outdoor live music at the Dogpatch Arts Plaza (19th and Indiana St.), an upbeat transformation of the once dead-end street. Located at the foot of 19th, this 8,000-square-foot outdoor space is Dogpatch's newest public art gallery; stay tuned for large-scale installations and performances. // Tucked away neatly along the waterfront, The Ramp (855 Terry A Francois Blvd.)—as seen in Blue Jasmine—is the place for a nice cold beer, New England clam chowder, and brunch overlooking the Bay. // Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous (699 22nd St.) has turned into a neighborhood staple with people waiting in long queues to taste such homemade ice cream as black sesame (the best!), b-day cake, and burnt sugar. // Displaying innovative exhibitions and unique work, the Museum of Craft and Design (2569 3rd St.) is a cultural oasis in between all the gastronomic pit stops. Be sure to check out the gift shop. // Get sporty and fit at Dogpatch Boulders (2573 3rd St.), an indoor climbing center with routes set by experienced, world-class climbers. // Once known as "Toxic Beach," Water Cove Park (walk the 24th towards the water), is now a well-maintained park directly on the waterfront with walking paths, lawns, and benches. A harbor with an industrial feel. // Happy hour includes oysters for $1 and cocktails for $7 at Mission Rock (817 Terry A Francois Blvd.) The views of the Bay? Priceless.

Originally published Sep 11, 2015.

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