San Francisco's plucky Dogpatch neighborhood has many claims to fame, like once being pastureland for Spanish missionaries' cattle, surviving the 1906 quake largely unscathed, and serving as Dirty Harry's homebase. But these days, as a light rail runs through it, and the inevitable lofts spring up amidst its gritty industrial tangle, it's also boasting a burgeoning arts and food scene. Hence, enjoy this tasty tour de Dogpatch, where you can dig for peanut butter malt balls, pecan mascarpone shortbread, stuffed lamb loins, and more.
Currently getting a facelift thanks to new ownership (the fellas behind downtown's 83 Proof), this charismatic corner bar will soon rise again to continue watering Dogpatch residents with stiff well drinks, and now, undoubtedly-elevated signature sips.
Stop into this beloved chocolatier's small Dogpatch retail space for samples, great chocolate-related conversation, and a hazelnut bar for the road.
This tiny, perfect, homemade pastry-stocked annex of Piccino Cafe is just the place to procure a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee and a thin, crisp sliver of pecan mascarpone shortbread when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, or any kind of pick-me-up, really.
The queen of Dogpatch dining, this airy, light-filled cafe draws a relaxed crowd with its outstanding seasonal fare, great wines & congenial service. I like to sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen, with a salad & a thin crust pizza (the Bianca is lovely).
Just the exterior's hand-painted fantasy cone alone will put you in a good mood, so you'll be downright ecstatic by the time you've tasted your way through this Dogpatch ice cream shop's inventive menu. Try the Birthday Cake & Candied Violet, and the homemade malt balls!
I spend half my time in San Francisco happily lost, which is how I stumbled on this exquisite Dogpatch butcher shop hidden in a loading dock off the main 3rd Street drag, and its oo-la-la array of traditional French cuts & fresh sausages. Get a pork neck roti, it'll be the hit of your next family Sunday supper.
Chocolatier Michael Recchiuti's cacao-centric Dogpatch cafe's menu might leave you faint, what with its list of desserts like the signature devil's food cake layered with bittersweet ganache, topped with cacao nib-infused cream & caramelized nibs, and sitting in a pool of coffee creme anglaise. Yes, WOW.
Love this tiny Dogpatch cheese shop, with its carefully-curated cheese case, small sundries selection, fresh Firebrand breads, & cute cheesemonger with an authentic French accent.
Just a little nib'll do ya, but you should probably eat a lot of them, because they are delicious AND healthy, dark chocolate being a superfood and all. And this nib-&-other chocolate-wonders-filled companion to Michael Recchiuti's neighboring Chocolate Lab will send you home laden with both snacks for later and gifts for the unfortunate, deeply-envious souls you left back home.