Next time you’re in San Francisco, consider a detour to “an under-the-radar part of town,” said Charlotte Druckman in BonAppetit.com. In what’s arguably “the most food-obsessed city in the U.S.,” little Dogpatch has become the place to find new culinary talent in first blossom. Artists, designers, and entrepreneurs currently dominate this “micro-enclave” of factory buildings and waterfront warehouses, but exciting new restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers are growing roots right alongside them.
Piccino A neighborhood trailblazer, this 6-year-old restaurant recently relocated to a big yellow Victorian and is now “a light-filled haven where both residents and artsy-chic visitors break for long lunches of Italian-inspired fare.” Try the pancetta pizza with broccoli shoots, garlic confit, and Meyer lemon. 1001 Minnesota St., (415) 824-4224
Gilberth’s Rotisserie & Grill Run by the husband-and-wife team behind the popular Oralia’s Café, this amiable new spot offers a Latin-fusion menu featuring locally sourced meats and produce. The signature pollo rostisado, or roast chicken, is battling the Gruyère-topped lamb-and-chorizo burger for most popular dish on the menu. 2427-2429 3rd St., (415) 913-7163
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Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous You’ll thank Ian Flores and Annabelle Topacio for their “monomaniacal” approach to making ice cream: “The purity of flavor in organic scoops such as lemon-poppy and buttermilk is revelatory.” 699 22nd St., (415) 970-0750
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