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Where to Find the Crispiest Chicken Wings in SF

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 12 of the finest wings in San Francisco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. New Golden Daisy

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1041 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-0111

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.

2. Hot Sauce and Panko

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1468 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 387-1908
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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.

3. Halal Wings Plus

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533 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 440-7786
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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.

4. Square Pie Guys

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1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 872-9290
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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

5. Wing Wings

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422 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 834-5001

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.

6. Kezar Pub

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770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 386-9292
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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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7. Um.ma

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1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-5777
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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.

8. San Tung Chinese Restaurant 山東小館

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1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 242-0828
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San Tung is a full-service Chinese food restaurant, but 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.

9. Kin Khao Dogpatch

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690 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 767-5700
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Kin Khao, the Michelin-starred restaurant, recently opened this more casual location in the Dogpatch, but never fear, the wings came with. These wings are large and in charge, and coated with Kin Khao’s tangy, spicy sauce. Three or four to an order is enough to share with another person, considering the size and spice level, and they’re awash in tamarind, fish sauce, and chiles.

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10. Teeth

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2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2380
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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.

11. Outer Orbit

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3215 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 574-6166
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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 (now that you can’t spend all your quarters on pinball or the fantastic vintage jukebox) 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.

12. After Hours

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3044 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 890-4618

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. No phone orders, so order online through their Clover website.

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1. New Golden Daisy

1041 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

1041 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108

2. Hot Sauce and Panko

1468 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

1468 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Halal Wings Plus

533 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

533 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Square Pie Guys

1077 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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. 

1077 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Wing Wings

422 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

422 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

6. Kezar Pub

770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117
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.

770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. Um.ma

1220 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

8. San Tung Chinese Restaurant 山東小館

1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

San Tung is a full-service Chinese food restaurant, but 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.

1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Kin Khao Dogpatch

690 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Ellen Fort

Kin Khao, the Michelin-starred restaurant, recently opened this more casual location in the Dogpatch, but never fear, the wings came with. These wings are large and in charge, and coated with Kin Khao’s tangy, spicy sauce. Three or four to an order is enough to share with another person, considering the size and spice level, and they’re awash in tamarind, fish sauce, and chiles.

690 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Teeth

2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2323 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Outer Orbit

3215 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

A Mission/Bernal pinball bar with lots of fun beer, Outer Orbit’s menu skews Hawaiian. A great item to order (now that you can’t spend all your quarters on pinball or the fantastic vintage jukebox) 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.

3215 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. After Hours

3044 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

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. No phone orders, so order online through their Clover website.

3044 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116

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