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Where to Find the Crispiest Chicken Wings in San Francisco

The finest wings around town, from classic Buffalo to fiery gochujang

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In keeping with the typical coastal competitions regarding food, there's an absurd rumor circling about that suggests San Francisco is lacking in the chicken wings department, especially when pitted against high-flying places like New York and Chicago. But fear not, good people, your deep-fried needs will be more than met by the delicious wings that the restaurants of this city have to offer.

On this list you'll find straight-up Buffalo wings, salt-and-pepper, spicy gochujang, and so much more. No matter the variety, though, every wing on this list is crunchy and juicy, satisfying all your wing cravings. Here now are 14 of the finest wings in San Francisco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

New Golden Daisy

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This Chinatown deli, with meat hanging in the window, doesn’t mess around — New Golden Daisy specializes in wings, and only the drumettes, eschewing the flats and tips for a perfectly shaped mini meat experience. The pricing runs about $5.25 per pound, depending on how the ladies size you up that day, and this is definitely cash only. Grab takeout boxes of chow mein and fried rice, if so inclined.

Hot Sauce and Panko

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Hot Sauce and Panko supplies the deep-fried bird for Russian Hill, offering a plethora of spicy and savory wings for takeout. Try the wings and waffle combo for the full experience.

Halal Wings Plus

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Tenderloin spot Halal Wings Plus boasts wings that are indeed Halal. They’re small but flavor packed in varieties like spicy mango habanero, barbecue, and garlic parmesan. These guys also do fun mashup items like tandoori quesadillas.

Bonchon Metreon

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San Francisco welcomed its first location of this cult-favorite Korean fried chicken chain in 2021 and that means you can now pick up a bucket of Bonchon’s signature wings at the Metreon food court. Bonchon offers two sauces – soy garlic or spicy – but pros know the move is to get half and half with a side of seasoned fries and pickled radish.

A spread of fried chicken and sides at Bonchon Bonchon

Square Pie Guys

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These guys are best known for their Detroit-style pizzas, now available on both sides of the bay. But they’re also in on the fried chicken game, they’ve always had solid wings, and there is something to be said for being able to order good pizza and wings together — what a beautiful bromance. 

A slab of Detroit-style square pizza with pepperoni cups Square Pie Guys

Wing Wings

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Besides having a fun name to say, Wing Wings delivers on what they promise: more than 10 different sauce options, from the classic buffalo to Angry Korean. While OG owner Christian Ciscle is no longer in charge, the wing game remains strong.

Kezar Pub

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Located right next to the former stadium of SF’s own 49ers, Kezar Pub is a no-frills neighborhood pub that knows how to treat football fans right. Their famous buffalo wings are tangy and delicious, and go great with the many beers they have on tap.

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Um.ma brought Korean home cooking to the Inner Sunset, when Chris Oh rolled in with LA K-Town vibes. The Korean fried chicken wings are glazed with gochujang and honey, dusted with black and white sesame seeds, and adorned with crunchy diced Korean melon. They’re served stacked tall with mini Korean flags waving.

San Tung Chinese Restaurant 山東小館

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San Tung is a full-service Chinese food restaurant — though it’s still open for takeout only — and their wings are one of a kind. Head to the Sunset for their specialty dry wings, which are deep fried and flavored with ginger, red pepper, and garlic. Your sports buds (and taste buds) will be thanking you.

Moshi Moshi

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Dogpatch Japanese restaurant Moshi Moshi does wings with attention to detail: each one gets butterflied by hand before taking a dip in a garlic and chili marinade. Then they’re tossed on the grill for a nice char – order them with a hit of spice thanks to yuzu kosho or plain without. 

Prubechu

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San Francisco’s only Chamorro restaurant serves up dried fried wings that are unlike almost any other’s on this list. Each golden-hued wing sports a crispy “Prubechu Pork Spice” coating that’s boosted by coriande, fennel, and turmeric, chef Shawn Naputi told the SFGate. An order includes a side of lemony fina’denne, a traditional Chomorro dipping sauce.

Mission Street bar Teeth (née Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, but presumably sent a cease-and-desist by the Henson estate) is usually a go-to for its big piles of wings on game days. We’re talking platters and trays of wings, which are still available for takeout. Call ahead to pickup, or get delivery through a couple of different apps.

Outer Orbit

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A Mission/Bernal pinball bar with lots of fun beer, Outer Orbit’s menu skews Hawaiian. A great item to order would be the gojuchang chicken wings, 10 pieces to an order, with a creamy dipping sauce. Call ahead to order for pickup, or get delivery through a few different apps.

After Hours

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Casual bar bites past bedtime in sleepy Parkside usually qualifies as “after hours,” but even if After Hours is closing a little earlier these days, it is still open for wings and other fried bits like calamari. It’s a sports bar vibe with lots of IPA on tap and wings by the full or half bucket, with sauces like teriyaki, buffalo, and garlic butter.

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New Golden Daisy

This Chinatown deli, with meat hanging in the window, doesn’t mess around — New Golden Daisy specializes in wings, and only the drumettes, eschewing the flats and tips for a perfectly shaped mini meat experience. The pricing runs about $5.25 per pound, depending on how the ladies size you up that day, and this is definitely cash only. Grab takeout boxes of chow mein and fried rice, if so inclined.

Hot Sauce and Panko

Hot Sauce and Panko supplies the deep-fried bird for Russian Hill, offering a plethora of spicy and savory wings for takeout. Try the wings and waffle combo for the full experience.

Halal Wings Plus

Tenderloin spot Halal Wings Plus boasts wings that are indeed Halal. They’re small but flavor packed in varieties like spicy mango habanero, barbecue, and garlic parmesan. These guys also do fun mashup items like tandoori quesadillas.

Bonchon Metreon

A spread of fried chicken and sides at Bonchon Bonchon

San Francisco welcomed its first location of this cult-favorite Korean fried chicken chain in 2021 and that means you can now pick up a bucket of Bonchon’s signature wings at the Metreon food court. Bonchon offers two sauces – soy garlic or spicy – but pros know the move is to get half and half with a side of seasoned fries and pickled radish.

A spread of fried chicken and sides at Bonchon Bonchon

Square Pie Guys

A slab of Detroit-style square pizza with pepperoni cups Square Pie Guys

These guys are best known for their Detroit-style pizzas, now available on both sides of the bay. But they’re also in on the fried chicken game, they’ve always had solid wings, and there is something to be said for being able to order good pizza and wings together — what a beautiful bromance. 

A slab of Detroit-style square pizza with pepperoni cups Square Pie Guys

Wing Wings

Besides having a fun name to say, Wing Wings delivers on what they promise: more than 10 different sauce options, from the classic buffalo to Angry Korean. While OG owner Christian Ciscle is no longer in charge, the wing game remains strong.

Kezar Pub

Ali Wunderman

Located right next to the former stadium of SF’s own 49ers, Kezar Pub is a no-frills neighborhood pub that knows how to treat football fans right. Their famous buffalo wings are tangy and delicious, and go great with the many beers they have on tap.

Ali Wunderman

Um.ma

Um.ma brought Korean home cooking to the Inner Sunset, when Chris Oh rolled in with LA K-Town vibes. The Korean fried chicken wings are glazed with gochujang and honey, dusted with black and white sesame seeds, and adorned with crunchy diced Korean melon. They’re served stacked tall with mini Korean flags waving.

San Tung Chinese Restaurant 山東小館

San Tung is a full-service Chinese food restaurant — though it’s still open for takeout only — and their wings are one of a kind. Head to the Sunset for their specialty dry wings, which are deep fried and flavored with ginger, red pepper, and garlic. Your sports buds (and taste buds) will be thanking you.

Moshi Moshi

Dogpatch Japanese restaurant Moshi Moshi does wings with attention to detail: each one gets butterflied by hand before taking a dip in a garlic and chili marinade. Then they’re tossed on the grill for a nice char – order them with a hit of spice thanks to yuzu kosho or plain without. 

Prubechu

San Francisco’s only Chamorro restaurant serves up dried fried wings that are unlike almost any other’s on this list. Each golden-hued wing sports a crispy “Prubechu Pork Spice” coating that’s boosted by coriande, fennel, and turmeric, chef Shawn Naputi told the SFGate. An order includes a side of lemony fina’denne, a traditional Chomorro dipping sauce.

Teeth

Mission Street bar Teeth (née Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, but presumably sent a cease-and-desist by the Henson estate) is usually a go-to for its big piles of wings on game days. We’re talking platters and trays of wings, which are still available for takeout. Call ahead to pickup, or get delivery through a couple of different apps.

Outer Orbit

A Mission/Bernal pinball bar with lots of fun beer, Outer Orbit’s menu skews Hawaiian. A great item to order would be the gojuchang chicken wings, 10 pieces to an order, with a creamy dipping sauce. Call ahead to order for pickup, or get delivery through a few different apps.

After Hours

Casual bar bites past bedtime in sleepy Parkside usually qualifies as “after hours,” but even if After Hours is closing a little earlier these days, it is still open for wings and other fried bits like calamari. It’s a sports bar vibe with lots of IPA on tap and wings by the full or half bucket, with sauces like teriyaki, buffalo, and garlic butter.

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