My sister comes home for the weekend from school about once every two to three weeks. When we take her back on Sundays, my family usually seizes the opportunity to try a new restaurant in San Francisco.
One such Sunday, we went to Hot Sauce And Panko:
The setup of Hot Sauce And Panko is more like a corner grocery store than a restaurant:
There is enough space for maybe up to six people to squeeze into tiny tables by the front window. Everyone else looking to dine in needs to eat standing at one of the two tables outside.
After placing your order at the counter, you'll be given a wooden toy block with your assigned letter. The ladies preparing your chicken wings are super efficient, so don't worry, you won't be waiting long. Before you know it, you'll hear your letter being called and soon after, you'll be munching on chicken wings galore.
There are a lot of interesting flavors to choose from at Hot Sauce And Panko. We started off with three. We got the Chris's ($6.69) amd the garlic bacon parmesan ($6.69):
Each order comes with six wings. Chris's was a huge hit with my family. Honey and black pepper make for an amazing combo. The garlic bacon parmesan tasted exactly as it sounds like and while delicious (it's garlic and bacon, how can it not be delicious?), it was a bit on the salty side.
We got the green wings as part of the wings and waffle special ($9.99):
I don't know if they just gave up when trying to name this flavor, but man, who cares when it tastes so good? Cilantro, jalapeno, ginger, and sesame oil. On wings. This was probably my favorite of the ones we had that day.
The waffle was also good:
Nothing too special, but it was fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside.
We went through the wings so quickly that we had to order more. At my mother's prompting, we tacked on an order of Thai wings ($6.69):
The sweet chili glaze wasn't spicy or particularly sweet. It was, however, tangy and yummy.
Hot Sauce And Panko is an example of Asian fusian done right. It's Korean fried chicken, but with an American twist. The chicken is fresh fried and super cripsy. There are a range of flavors to satisfy every palate. At over a dollar apiece, the wings aren't exactly cheap (especially when they're so tiny that you have to get more than one order to actually feel full), but they're fun to snack on.
I would definitely go back. In fact, I want to go back right now.
Hot Sauce And Panko
1545 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118