Food in the Dogpatch

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January 30, 2018
We've got the best picks for a tasty meal or a stiff cocktail in the Dogpatch, one of San Francisco's most rapidly developing neighborhoods.

Where to Eat and Drink in the Dogpatch

San Francisco has so many unique neighborhoods that visiting the City by the Bay is more like visiting a dozen cities in one. One neighborhood to keep on your radar is the Dogpatch. This once industrial neighborhood, just south of SoMa and its major attractions (AT&T ParkSFMOMA, and The Moscone Center, to name a few), is now one of the trendiest spots in the city. Situated on the waterfront, it has beautiful views to enjoy while you relax at some of the most exciting restaurants in San Francisco. Almost every place in the neighborhood, including the Museum of Craft & Design, is easily accessed via San Francisco Muni's T line, making it all the more inviting for you to try multiple establishments. Here are our favorite spots for drinking and dining in the Dogpatch.

Aina (900 22nd St.)

Aina is a modern Hawaiian eatery. The menu changes regularly, so multiple visits may be in order. Don't worry; you won't be disappointed whenever you go. Our favorite dishes include the tea-smoked duck, kalua pig, and pipikaula (short ribs braised in double-brewed shoyu). The finishing touch on your meal should be the baked black sesame mochi. 

Dogpatch Saloon (2496 Third St.)

Originally opened in 1912, Dogpatch Saloon is one of the oldest bars in San Francisco. During Prohibition, the bar became a soda shop speakeasy. The saloon is known for its cheap drinks and microbrews. Though it’s named after the neighborhood, the decor is all puppy power. 

Dogpatch Wineworks (2455 Third St.)

The wine tasting room at Dogpatch Wineworks is the place to be. DWW offers a large selection of California varietals. Choose between 10 red wines and eight white wines for your tasting. Featured vineyards include Keller, Farella, Jazz Cellar and Pug wines.

Gilberth’s Latin Fusion (2427 Third St.)

Small bites is the name of the game at Gilberth’s. Some of our favorites are the Bruselas fritas (fried Brussel sprouts with Chile lime and manchego) and the nachos (fancy nachos with refried beans, cheese, sour cream and guacamole). If you're looking for a larger portion, definitely try the carne asada or chilaquiles.

Glena’s (632 20th St.)

You can’t have a “best of” roundup of any neighborhood in San Francisco without including at least one taco joint. Glena’s is known for its minimalist décor and tacos that are anything but. Start your meal with a bowl of spicy pozole, topped with cabbage, avocado, radishes and homemade tortilla chips. Vegetarians love the tofu taco, and meat-eaters rejoice over the carne asada and al pastor tacos.

Hard Knox Café (2526 Third St.)

Visitors can dig in to some serious down-home comfort food here. Hard Knox's tables are covered with large tin trays of collard greens, mac and cheese, and fried chicken. Feeling more adventurous? Try the oxtail, the catfish, or the Cajun meatloaf. 

Just for You Café (732 22nd St.)

Just For You also offers comfort food, but its menu goes so far beyond that. They have traditional Mexican dishes, vegan and vegetarian specialties, all your breakfast favorites (plus mimosas that come with any fruit juice) and the infamous Hangtown Fry. It's "just for you," but it's not just one thing.

Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)

Mission Rock Resort is known for its mimosa brunch, served on the patio, but it’s so much more than that. Plan a dinner when you can sample its spicy Cajun gumbo, ceviche and bay shrimp Louie. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly!

Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous (699 22nd St.)

If you’re looking for ice cream, you've come to the right city. For Dogpatch's best scoops, head over to Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous. They specialize in creative flavors, such as frozen hot chocolate, white rabbit and sweet cream. Top it off with some equally creative sauces that come in flavors including Thai basil. 

Noon All Day (690 Indiana St.)

This Dogpatch destination has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and its main counter is ringed with great, glowing lights. The food is equally impressive! The cauliflower potato fritters are the star of the show, especially when dipped in the green tomato aioli. If you’re looking for something sweet, try the taro coconut donut.

Piccino (1001 Minnesota St.)

The first restaurant from the team behind Noon All Day, Piccino has a constantly rotating and time-sensitive menu (seriously; snacks only, 3-5 p.m.!). The delightful variety makes the experience worthwhile. Want something sweet? Order the grapefruit float with candied grapefruit ice cream. Looking for a great appetizer to share? Sink your teeth into bruschetta topped with broccolini and pine nuts or persimmon and peanuts. Downright hangry? Head straight for the pasta with nettle pesto and peas. 

The Ramp (855 Terry Francois St.)

Seafood is best when eaten while sitting at a picnic table right next to the water. The Ramp is a no-frills dive that has plenty of grilled, raw and fried seafood on its menu. The oysters on the half-shell are not to be missed. There’s even live music here in the summer.

Serpentine (2495 Third St.)

This sleek, chic establishment hosts what some consider to be an unmissable brunch. Their breakfast sliders and maple custard French toast go a long way toward supporting that argument! Dinner is an equally delightful affair, with plenty of fresh fish and meat on the menu. And don't forget their impressive cocktail menu.     

Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery (2505 Third St.)

What's not to love about a place where you order your food by weight? The BBQ at Smokestack is exceptional. You can’t go wrong with the chopped pork sandwich with slaw. The pork is tender, the sauce has a good tang to it, and the slaw is nice and creamy. Equally impressive is the towering bar, where Smokestack staff practically put on a show using every bar tool known to man to craft some incredible creations.

Third Rail (628 20th St.)

This whiskey bar is dark, cozy and laid-back. They also serve some seriously tasty beef jerky. The friendly bar staff can even make whiskey-jerky pairing recommendations for you! Make sure to order the spicy beef candy. It’s chewy, spicy and sweet.

Triple Voodoo Brewery (2245 Third St.)

The magic at Triple Voodoo comes from the way they combine the Belgian and West Coast methods of brewing to produce some truly excellent beers. Try their signature IPAs or their Inception Belgian Tripel. You won't see much more than snacks on the menu, but the Triple Voodoo gang encourages customers to order in from neighboring restaurants.

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