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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Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
Trattoria Contadina in North Beach serves fantastic pasta in a warm and welcoming setting.
Leopold’s is San Francisco’s German-Austrian party cabin in Russian Hill. Most importantly: you can drink beer out of a giant glass boot.
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Brenda’s French Soul Food
Brenda’s serves some solid breakfast and brunch food with a New Orleans twist, but it’s never quite as amazing as the menu promises.
Try Gardenias, in lower Pac Heights, when you’re looking to drink a bottle of wine and eat like a moderately health-conscious French king.
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La Med does a serious takeout operation, but the Noe location is a good option if you actually want a place to sit and eat as well.
Molinari Delicatessen in North Beach sells delicious Italian sandwiches and other grocery items.
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