Hot Sauce and Panko looks a little like a convenience store, with wire racks and floor-to-ceiling shelves with every kind of hot sauce you’ve never heard of. But the wings are actually the main attraction here. There are lots of different preparations to choose from, and you can get wings with a waffle for $10.99 - we’re fans of doing that with the Korean wings. This place does a serious takeout business, but there are two small standing tables inside, so if you just need something quick, you can eat here, too.
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Seven Hills is an Italian neighborhood spot between Nob and Russian Hills that makes good pasta, but everything else is hit-or-miss.
Bacchus Wine Bar
Bacchus Wine Bar is a tiny wine bar in Russian Hill that's perfect to sit at while you wait for a table to open up at Elephant Sushi.
Macondray is a cocktail bar in Russian Hill with plenty of fruity drinks and more plants than you can count.
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You’re going to wait in line at the Shake Shack in Cow Hollow, but at least there are awesome burgers and ice cream at the end of it.
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San Tung is a Chinese restaurant in the Sunset with great chicken wings, but the entire menu is worth trying out.
Molinari Delicatessen in North Beach sells delicious Italian sandwiches and other grocery items.
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