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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!

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  1. If you're taking 280, Little Yangon is a quick stop off the freeway.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: wanderlust21

          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.

          1. re: bbulkow

            Thanks so much all--these are excellent suggestions.

        2. It's just "Dogpatch". Not "The Dogpatch".
          OK, pedant mode now set to off.
          Serpentine always great...

          1. 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.

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            1. re: tjinsf

              Thank you, this is very helpful.

              1. re: tjinsf

                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.

                1. re: bbulkow

                  Thanks very much--so many options! We're on Third between 22nd and 23rd, so Dogpatch proper, I gather. But we're willing to drive.

                  1. re: glomer

                    The New Spot for pupusas

                    632 20th Street
                    btw 3rd St & Illinois St

                    1. re: Cynsa

                      The New Spot is now open for dinner again with slightly remodeled interior and a few menu items not available at lunch. Mexican and Salvadorean specials on the white board are always fabulous.

                  2. re: bbulkow

                    I would never recommend the Connecticut Yankee for dinner. Brunch isn't that bad but all the dinner food is out of the freezer and is over priced. The service is horrible and the bartenders are surly and use well for top shelve drinks.

                    1. re: bbulkow

                      I agree about Moshi Moshi -- definitely decent for stuff like oyako don, seared tuna, and a good Japanese whisky selection.

                      Conneticut Yankee is really not great for food or drinks. Thee Parkside is far better for food and nice outdoor seating in the back.

                  3. My pick would be Piccino for sure. I think it's actually a great deal and an easy weeknight dinner, especially grabbing a seat at the bar. For 2, I'd share the Margherita ($12) or Salsiccia ($16) pizza with an egg, plus one more thing like the little gems salad, side greens, or polpette. Some of my favorites. You could easily stay under $30 for two people if you order the right stuff and it's right off 280.

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                    1. re: raeanne

                      Thanks so much. We actually ate there this week and have plans to eat at Serpentine next week.

                    2. Long Bridge Pizza opened last week in Dogpatch by partners who've worked at PizzaHacker, Tony's, A16.

                      Would love to hear about it if you can work it into your rotation.

                      Long Bridge Pizza
                      2437 Third St
                      San Francisco, CA
                      (415) 829-8999
                      Closed Sunday
                      (Prices shown on the menu include sales tax)

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                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Ugh, allergies = no pizza. Thanks for the rec though!

                      2. Owned by the Chez Papa/Chez Maman peeps Papito has tasty shrimp tacos, fried shrimp burritos, and Diabliotos.

                        Sunflower does a good basic beef pho, and if that's all you're ordering, you can be in and out in 30 minutes.

                        1. Second Serpentine or Just for you.

                          Piccino is laughably bad in my opinion, and usually packed. I do like the cafe portion.

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                          1. re: sugartoof

                            Thanks so much. We were actually pretty disappointed by Piccino (love the coffee at the cafe though!) and had a fantastic meal at Serpentine. I will be sure to check out Just for You :)

                            1. re: glomer

                              Just for you is just a good diner, by the way. They're known for making their own bread, and the beignets are good.

                          2. Two new places just this week, right?

                            Long Bridge Pizza
                            Triple Voodoo

                            Looking forward to reports

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                            1. re: bbulkow

                              Triple Voodoo Brewery & Tap Room
                              2245 3rd Street
                              San Francisco, CA 94107
                              Mon-Thurs: 3pm-10pm
                              Friday: 3pm-12am
                              Saturday: 12pm-12am
                              Sunday: 12pm-10pm


                              1. re: bbulkow

                                If you like The New Spot, you will also like Triple Voodoo as I hear they are getting their food from New Spot around the corner.

                                1. re: flavorenhancer

                                  When I stopped by last week, they had a limited menu of items from The New Spot, maybe 8 items, a mix of snacks and mains.