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Parties That Cook’s Top Lunch Spots in Dogpatch

Here at Parties That Cook, it’s not all parties and cooking. We also love to eat (who would have guessed?). We actually have some pretty amazing chefs in our office, but sometimes we put them to work for cookbook club just like to pick something up from around the neighborhood, Dogpatch. The area is chock full of a variety great restaurants!

One of our favorite spots for lunch is Sunflower, a (technically) Potrero Hill Vietnamese restaurant with a second location in the Mission. It’s a short walk from our office -gotta love those hills!- and we find ourselves ordering for pick-up often. They offer a mix of deliciously spicy and completely benign dishes that we just can’t get enough of. The only catch is that they close at 2pm, so make sure to grab lunch early!

A few short steps from our office is The Sandwhich Shop. Cheap, delicious sandwiches with fresh ingredients – get there early because they tend to run out! Our intern and likely their best customer, Alaina, frequents the little shop (by frequent, we mean every day) and always comes back with Smoked Turkey on Sesame. Her sandwich comes stuffed with smoked turkey, cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes, banana peppers, jalapeños, mustard, and mayonnaise. Talk about made-to-order!

Another one of our favorite lunch joints is The New Spot, a Mexican and Salvadorian restaurant just off of 3rd Street. They have a great menu with large, inexpensive portions. (Who doesn’t love leftovers?) We definitely recommend the seasonal, daily specials – YUM. Also, be sure to try the Super Nachos, which you should probably can easily split with someone else. These bad boys come complete with your choice of meat, beans, jalapeños, two types of cheese, sour cream, Pico de gallo, guacamole, and (of course) fresh chips.

We also love Piccino restaurant, housed in a newly rennovated yellow building on 22nd and Minnesota. Just a hop, skip and a jump from our office, Piccino offers a simple, seasonal menu with exceptional ingredients. In a bit of a hurry? Check out Piccino’s coffee bar facing 22nd, where you can place your order from the restaurant to-go. Either way, make sure you’ve got some time to kill (this place gets hoppin’!). In addition to the delicious soups, salads, pizza, and more, they have some amazing melt-in-your-mouth desserts! (Cookie run, anyone??)

Finally, we have Kitchenette, located where 21st and Illinois would be. Their delicious organic meals change daily, but be sure to arrive early enough to snag neighborhood favorites like Dogpatch Millionaire – known to sell out! If you’re looking for a different place to eat, than you’ve come to the right garage – no tables or chairs here! Kitchenette is run out of a loading dock, and you eat right in the warehouse. Who’s up for a lunch-time adventure?

**With new eateries opening every month in this up-and-coming neighborhood, you can expect another Dogpatch round-up! And not to worry, we’ll be sure to include our other favorites we didn’t have a chance to visit for this blog: Hazel’s Kitchen, Umi Sushi, Plow, and more!

What your office’s favorite place for lunch? In Dogpatch, San Francisco, or anywhere else, be sure to share with us!

Top San Francisco Restaurants

Take a break from the holiday festivities and grab a date or a group of friends and treat yourself to a delicious meal. Bibby is constantly being asked about her list of top San Francisco restaurants and there’s no perfect time like the present to try one of her favorites. Or give a gift certificate as the perfect holiday gift! Here is her list of favorite local, neighborhood spots, wine bars and large scale restaurants.

A-16 – (Marina) Perfect for pizza fans and wine aficionados. The southern Italian-inspired menu features authentic Neapolitan pizza, fresh pasta and house-cured meats.

Da Flora – (North Beach) Small but romantic, this rivals any good Italian restaurant in North Beach.

Delfina – (Mission) The menu changes daily, but the pork sugo with pappardelle is a definite must try.

Rose’s Cafe – (Cow Hollow) This bistro-café offers sidewalk tables and a bakery with a daily selection of pastries, desserts and breads.

54Mint – (SOMA) Rustic Italian eatery and deli.

Conduit – (Mission) Contemporary American with French and Italian influences.

Terzo – (Cow Hollow) Seasonal Pan-Mediterranean menu featuring small and large plates.

Aziza – (Outer Richmond) One of the best, if not the best Moroccan restaurant in the city. The menu is California influenced and offers organic and locally produced ingredients.

Sushi Ran – (Marin) Fusion of traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine.

Picco – (Larkspur) Pizza and homemade ice cream with an eclectic wine selection.

Isa – (Marina) French tapas that are elegant, yet straightforward.

Pizzetta 211 – (Richmond) Amazing pizzas with only 4 tables, so go early. Cash only.

1550 Hyde Cafe and Wine Bar – (Russian Hill) All organic and sustainable; a member of the Slow Food movement. Tuesdays are free corkage nights.

Chez Panisse – (Berkeley) A neighborhood bistro and a Bay Area favorite since the 70s. Seasonal fixed dinner

menu with sustainably-sourced, organic and seasonal ingredients.

Zuni Café – (Upper Market) Seasonal organic ingredients that incorporate traditional regional French and Italian cuisine. Two words: roast chicken!

Fresca – (Pac Heights) Peruvian gourmet with a gastronomic approach.

Citizen Cake – (Opera district) Known for their whimsical touch, the retail bakery/café features tons of baked goods.

Tartine – (Noe) Delicious bakery that is perfect for breakfast or lunch.

Bar Tartine – (Mission) Cozy spot with a great brunch menu.

Foreign Cinema – (Mission) Daily menu changes of California/Mediterranean cuisine in an industrial chic setting. Foreign and independent films are screened in an outdoor courtyard.

Destino – (Market Street) South American with a contemporary twist. The wine list features selections from South America, Spain and California.

Universal Café – (Mission) A favorite brunch destination with ingredients from environmentally sustainable farms and ranches.

Piccino – (Potrero) Seasonally driven menu  from local and organic purveyors. The coffee bar is three doors down.

DOSA on Fillmore – (Pac Heights) Eco-friendly restaurant featuring South Indian ‘home-style’ cuisine with an innovative interpretation.

Burma Superstar – (Inner Richmond) Burmese at its best. Worth the wait in line.

OTD – (Pacific Heights) Well prepared Vietnamese cooking in a modern setting.

Kasa – (Castro) Inexpensive home-style Indian.

Flour + Water – (Mission) Simple and authentic food like hand-rolled pastas and cured meats are all done in house. Their mantra is the triple r: refurbished, repurposed and reclaimed.

Mamacita – (Marina) A marry of well-known Mexican street food and family dishes with sustainable, local ingredients.

Bar Jules – (Hayes Valley) Small and cozy with produce from small farmers and sustainable meat and fish.

Gitane – (Downtown) Simple bistro fare of the Basque region in a modern, funky setting.

Wine Bars of Choice:
Hotel Biron – (Opera district) European style wine bar with a tasty cheese menu.

Hidden Vine – (Downtown/Nob Hill) Very, very cozy and romantic.

For a Large Scale Restaurant:
Spruce – (Laurel Heights) Contemporary American cuisine with a temperature controlled curing room for its in-house charcuterie program.

Quince – (Financial District) Newly located to Pacific Ave. It’s upscale Italian at this high-end neighborhood favorite.

Kokkari – (Jackson Square) Greek with a French twist. Great ambiance in its European old-world setting.