San Tung Chinese Restaurant 山東小館 (San Tung Chinese Restaurant)
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.
It’s worth the wait for the best dry-fried chicken wings in all of SF and possibly the world. Probably there’s some sort of actual magic that makes these sweet and spicy wings so crave-worthy, but other than that, it’s something about the combination of the insane amount of crispiness paired with a sticky red pepper, garlic, and ginger sauce with the perfect amount of heat.
How to book: Walk-ins only. Order takeout online.