Food & Drink

The 11 best wings in SF, as chosen by SF's top food writers

Published On 08/22/2014 Published On 08/22/2014
Hot Sauce and Panko
Joe Starkey
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The Other Guys
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Yelp/Wilhem Y.
Chino
Ichi + Ni
Grant Marek
Wing Wings
San Tung
Joe Starkey
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1. Hot Sauce and Panko 1545 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

From a pair of self-proclaimed "chili heads" who dig the hot stuff so much it's a surprise they don't give it away, give it away, give it away, HS&P's slinging 118 tongue-burners outta an old Chinese herb/massage parlor, plus has a tasting station boasting 30 free-to-try varietals ensuring people can still leave with something that burns.

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2. Hi Tops 2247 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Finally, a place to drink and relax where your sexuality isn't reduced to a stereotype. Hi Tops is a gay sports bar in The Castro that's decked out in benches made from bleachers, flat-screen televisions (16 of them, so they're always playing the game you came to watch), and Top Chef-level nachos, wings, and corn dogs. The speciality cocktails are a huge draw too, like the house Haterade that's served in a plastic water bottle.

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3. Kezar Pub 770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

A sports bar (especially big on soccer) with pool tables, Golden Tee, trivia, and bar eats, including some of the best wings in SF.

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4. Double Decker 465 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

An under-the-radar spot in Hayes Valley that has some of the best wings in the city, and they come in "bucket" size.

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5. Chino 3198 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Chino's a Chinese dumpling haven serving all of your wonton desires. They just opened their doors, so Spring into action already and give them a visit.

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6. ICHI Sushi + NI Bar 3282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar is a sushi and sake oasis in the Outer Mission outfitted with a giant mural that tells you how to eat sushi. Ni Bar operates much like an izakaya with sake, shochu, and small plates like yuzu chicken wings and miso eggplant. Ichi, on the other hand, keeps the San Francisco ethos in mind with a sustainable and seasonal menu of raw fish, but doesn't skimp on anything delicious. The chef's choice is one of the best omakase deals in the city.

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7. Dirty Habit 12 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Union Square)

Dirty Habit is intimately hidden away on the fifth floor of Union Square's Hotel Palomar. The sultry bar and restaurant features seasonal cocktails (plus all of the classics) and an extensive selection of spirits, especially whiskey. Standout bar bites include house-made bar nuts and finger-licking good chicken wings doused in sweet soy and chili vinaigrette. The back patio has tons of seating, a fountain, and a fire pit. Take our word: this place is cool.

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8. Wing Wings 422 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

From a Baltimore-repping former Little Skillet chef, WW is a house of wing-y awesomeness that'll sling fried chicken to Lower Haight-ians 'til 2a outta a clean-lined, bright orange-floored, personalized saloon door-equipped interior that seats 10 at stools and four more at out-front benches, presumably pre-warmed by Brian Cardinal.

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9. Toyose 3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

This place has some of the best Korean pub fare in SF. The wings are a must-order item, thanks to their firey flavor and the fact that they're drenched in sauce.

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10. San Tung 1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

The chicken wings at Inner Sunset's San Tung are regularly cited as San Francisco's best. They're battered, fried, and tossed in a signature sweet-and-spicy peppery glaze, but the move here is to order them dry, before they're doused in sauce. The crunchy, golden brown exterior gives way to a tender meat interior seasoned with ginger and garlic. Order a plate or two for the table and don't ignore the rest of the menu, which features comforting Chinese dishes like shrimp & leek dumplings, black bean sauce noodles, and sautéed garlic string beans.