Recs for grabbing a quick bite in/around the Dogpatch? [San Francisco]
My spouse and I are working in the Dogpatch one evening a week, and need to get dinner quickly on our way home to Santa Cruz. Any recommendations for good food we can get to go in the area? We're willing to drive to Portrero Hill and other nearby neighborhoods. Thanks!
I go to the Dogpatch for ice cream at Mr. & Mrs. Misc and the beignets at Just for You. If I had to eat in the area, I'd go to: Hard Knox for fried chicken, Serpentine for Burger, Marcella's for mushroom lasagna (more of a pasta dish than a typical lasagna). Piccino is a possibility but I have found it a bit pricey for food that is just ok, though it has a nice atmosphere.
Serpentine has excellent drinks, and they always have some kind of dish I like - like a pasta or a very interesting salad - although their burger is very nice they're quite good at complexity.
That being said, it's not a quick dinner.
I might suggest Sunflower Potrero Hill. I always grooved on the Vietnamese Crepes at the 16th/Val location, and if the service is still crisp, it might make a nice stop.
It's just "Dogpatch". Not "The Dogpatch".
OK, pedant mode now set to off.
Serpentine always great...
Chocolate Lab is doing a full dinner now and it's a quick turn around, Serpentine is always good as is Piccino. Half a block up from them is Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill. During the week you can do walk-ins to all of them and get seated quickly and without a wait. Gilberth's is probably the quickest.
Going further down 3rd you could go to Limon. On the Hill, Chez Maman is always good but it can be a wait since it's small. There is also Pera which never has a wait and very friendly staff. Sunflower on the Hill isn't as good as the one in the Mission. Umi always has very good quality sustainable fish.
If we're in the mode of listing whatever might suffice,
if you're in that neck of the woods for lunch I adore Hazel's. Make mine a dutch crunch ham and cheese with that great dressing. I think they're closed before dinner (4 pm according to help).
Moshi moshi is underrated. I would recommend the fried dishes - like the karaage - but not the sushi. Service can be really uneven, so I wouldn't recommend it for this particular.
Conneticut Yankee - I think people like the burger. I think it's blah. Not sure about speed either.
Ganim's - tried their burgers twice. Scary not in a good way.
Are you going to be closer to, say, 16th and DeHaro? If so, there's a bunch of restaurants in what I wouldn't consider Dogpatch - like Market & Rye, open till 7pm.
Stopped by Umi the other day. Fish and rice were far too cold, rice didn't have any character or flavor, fish was also flavorless though the cuts were visually appealing, there was a small fish bone in one of my nigiri. Price about $30 pp.
At the sameish price point, Sushi Tomi, Akane and Sushi Sam's on the Penninsula are much much better. The 4 star rating to me on yelp is puzzling.
An analogous sushi restaurant in LA is Hide on Sawtelle, a few years ago Hide was better than this, but it's been a long time since I've been to Hide.