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Where to Eat in San Francisco’s Dogpatch

Suzanne Lovell is a residential interior architect headquartered in Chicago known for her unique approach towards designing couture environments. A passionate art collector, Suzanne is constantly searching for new collaborations with the best artists and artisans from around the world, seeking craftsmanship at the highest level. Suzanne has been recognized by Architectural Digest’s AD 100, and her work has been published internationally. Suzanne’s book, Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections, showcases her work weaving together personal stories for clients. Suzanne has been sharing stories of her day with Alisa Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens magazine and their tour of San Francisco’s hottest emerging neighborhood, the Dogpatch.

It’s not really a day in San Francisco without experiencing the incredible food culture. There’s no place in America with a more diverse and creative culinary perspective.

We started our day at Piccino for a perfect cappuccino and chai. Piccino Café is in the yellow building, a converted horse stable c. 1841 that also houses MAC, a wonderful boutique that carries an array of interesting designers. (My book agent, Jill Cohen, was complemented on her fabulous Chico’s necklace by the women at the next table.)

Wonderful chocolates, including my favorites, fleur de sel caramel and burnt caramel almonds, can be found right near Piccino at Little Nib. They make great gifts—the boxes are works of art in and of themselves. Michael and Jacky, the owners, live in the Dogpatch, and have founded tasteProject, an experimental dinner lab that mixes art with food and drink, in the neighborhood as well!

At lunch we ventured into Serpentine—once a warehouse that manufactured tin cans, as reflected in its industrial vibe. I have been here many times and will keep coming back! The chef, Deepak Kaul, sources his ingredients from local farms and artisans.

Over our delicious lunch, we spoke of our next trips, from Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, to Clyfford Still’s new museum in Denver, to the opening of the Broad Collection in L.A. this fall. It was a treat to uncover the energy and creativity thriving in the Dogpatch!

 Find more of Suzanne at her homepage. Follow Suzanne on Pinterest, and make sure to visit her blog, which is updated daily. Her book Artistic Interiors is available on Amazon.

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