The Ultimate Guide To S.F's Dogpatch

The rise of restaurants and craftsman-oriented shops popping up in the Dogpatch has made it a fast-growing microhood (we never get sick of this term) that’s attracting smart entrepreneurs, artists, and creative types. The area has a palpable sense of historical authenticity to it, with many local businesses occupying addresses that were once old warehouses and factories in the late 1800s.
But, you don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate present-day Dogpatch. If you dig fine fare, chocolatiers, and a smattering of specialty shops — not to mention dog-friendly vibes — the enclave east of Potrero Hill and the 22nd Street Caltrain deserves to be a destination. Lucky you, we’ve already done the hard work and rounded up the best of what’s there.
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Modern Appealing Clothing
If it’s hard-to-find wares and a carefully curated collection of designer clothing you seek, check out Modern Appealing Clothing’s Dogpatch outpost (simply referred to as MAC). Towards the back of the store you’ll find a mix of locally made home goods from brands like Creative Growth and Tina Frey, but the real sartorial surprise is up in the front. The shop recently started carrying Comme des Garçons’ Tricot line, which you can’t find anywhere else in the country. Score!
Modern Appealing Clothing, 1003 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-285-2805.
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Museum of Craft and Design
This 8,500-square-foot space may be fairly new to the area (the museum relocated to the Dogpatch’s American Industrial Center building in April of this year), but it’s made an immediate impact on the community. It serves up a mix of contemporary exhibits, lectures, and hands-on classes, like an Etsy Meet and Make session in needle felting. If you swing by on the first Tuesday of the month admission is free.
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 3rd Street (between 22nd and 23rd streets); 415-773-0303.
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Olivier's Butchery
It might seem strange to include a meat market in a hood guide, but once you visit this old-fashioned French butchery it’ll make sense. For starters, it’s immaculate and the decor is clean and modern. But, the experience is why you should go: You’ll get face time with a member of owner Olivier Cordier’s knowledgeable staff who will walk with you to the beautiful refrigerators, explain the cuts to you, and even suggest recipes. Consider it a meat consultation, if you will. Cordier visits each of the ranches to make sure they use sustainable methods, so you can rest assured that whether you pick up free-range chicken or grass-fed, dry-aged beef, everything will be of the highest quality. Now do you get it?
Olivier's Butchery, 1074 Illinois Street (between 20th and 22nd streets); 415-558-9887.
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Serpentine
With high ceilings and industrial decor, Serpentine restaurant has held onto some of the building’s original appeal (100 years ago it was the boiler room for an American can factory). Now, though, its the go-to spot for Sunday brunch. The vibe is low key without being overly casual, and the menu is well-balanced with standouts that include a Prather Ranch burger and salmon benedict.
Serpentine, 2495 3rd Street (between 20th and 22nd streets); 415-252-2000.
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Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
You won’t have to look hard to find this hood-favorite ice cream parlor — you can smell the heavenly aroma of freshly crafted waffle cones from the street, plus there’s typically a line out the door. Once inside, you might get distracted by its display of homemade peanut brittle and cookies, but that’s just added eye candy as far as we’re concerned. The real treat is the artisanal ice cream. The shop whips up 10 flavors each morning and switches out the bill of fare in the afternoon to keep things fresh. We won’t judge you if you go twice in one day to get the full menu experience.
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, 699 22nd Street (between Illinois and 3rd streets); 415-970-0750.
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Rickshaw Bagworks
You’ll never want to buy just any ‘ol knapsack again after visiting this workshop. Focusing on multi-functional bike messenger bags and totes, this factory is a biker’s dream. Everything’s made on site and completely outfitted to your specific needs, and if you’re interested in checking out some fabric swatches or seeing the production line for your very own eyes, just ask one of the exceedingly nice staffers for a mini tour of the back area. They'll be happy to show you around its digs.
Rickshaw Bagworks, 904 22nd Street (between Indiana and Minnesota streets); 415-904-8368.
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La Fromagerie
Shopping for specialty cheese can feel intimidating, but you certainly don’t need to be a purveyor of fine fromage to go exploring at this quaint little store. If you’re new to French classics just ask someone behind the counter for a sample (or two). It also makes cut-to-order sandwiches during the workweek lunch rush and preps an assortment of goodies for those needing a pre-packaged picnic spread.
La Fromagerie, 2425 3rd Street (between 20th and 22nd streets); 415-864-5002.
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Piccino Cafe and Coffee Bar
Perhaps the first place you should stop is Piccino Cafe on the corner of 22nd and Minnesota. It’s in the bright yellow Victorian building, which — fun fact — is a converted horse stable from the 1840s. Tall wooden doors swing open into the coffee bar giving it an inviting and rustic feel. Seating’s a challenge as there are only two tables inside, but that’s fine because you can always go around the corner to its restaurant if you want to sit down and order some grub.
Piccino Cafe, 1001 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-824-4224.
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Dig Wine
Tucked away on Minnesota street (and directly next door to MAC) is a tiny-little wine market that’s big on selection and service. Owner Wayne Garcia is there on most days, passionately chatting with patrons about his focused and personal selection of French and Italian varietals. Tastings are available on Saturday and Sunday, but if you’re just looking to purchase something quickly, he has seasonal recommendations ready to go on the counter.
Dig Wine, 1005 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-648-6133.
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Little Nib and Chocolate Lab
Chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’s adorably tiny retail emporium offers some of the most coveted caramels and packaged truffle boxes from his Ferry Building shop, but in a smaller and more intimate space that’s a few blocks away from where they’re created. The great thing about visiting Little Nib is that Recchiuti’s other project, Chocolate Lab, is just a few feet away. The Lab recently expanded from a simple dessert joint to an entrée-focused restaurant, so if you want something savory to balance out your sweet tooth, you should check it out.
Little Nib and Chocolate Lab, 807 22nd Street (between Minnesota and Tennessee streets); 415-489-2882.
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Just For You Cafe
Right on 22nd Street is the quintessential neighborhood cafe — it’s unfussy, doesn’t take reservations, and has a killer brunch (be sure to order its famous New Orleans-style beignets). And, if you’re there at night you’re in luck, because they just started serving dinner Friday through Monday. At dusk, the place transforms into a French bistro-style joint with dim lights, a tasty duck confit salad, and plenty of wine.
Just For You Cafe, 732 22nd Street, (between Tennessee and 3rd streets); 415-647-3033.
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Third Rail Bar
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding forthcoming bar Third Rail, manned by two of Range restaurant’s captains Phil West and Jeff Lyon. Occupying the old Retox Lounge, this newbie on the block will have a mid-century feel to it, with a lot of wood and leather seating. West and Lyon are focusing on craft cocktails (broken up into spirit, aperitif, seasonal, and citrus categories), locally-brewed beers, and a tasty jerky bar stocked with house-made dried meat.
Third Rail Bar, 628 20th Street (between 3rd and Illinois streets); 415-252-7966.
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Dogpatch Saloon
Up until a few months ago, this neighborhood staple used to be known as the dark and dingy watering hole that local business people would hit up for a quick drink. But, all that’s changed since its recent revamp. Now, the corner bar has updated black-and-white tiled flooring and an open and airy layout that lures young artists and foodies in with its seasonal cocktail list. It’s still your corner dive bar, but with a little less wear and tear.
Dogpatch Saloon, 2496 3rd Street (between 20th and 22nd streets); 415-643-8592.
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