In case you haven’t already eaten your body weight in wings this summer (it happens, whatever), National Chicken Wing Day is coming up — July 29th, mark your calendars, people. Sweet, savory, tangy, or eye-wateringly spicy, no matter how you like your wings, there’s something for every wing love in this roundup of the most unique, spiciest, crispiest, varietal, awesome wings around!
Santa Ana, CA
Although it opened just a few months ago, WINGMAN in Santa Ana, CA is already attracting wing lovers from all over Orange County, with their Cluckin’ Good Wings covered generously in WINGMAN’s signature sauces. Whether you like it hot and sweet (go for the Honey Sriracha) or spicy and tangy (the Buffalo chicken wings are a must) WINGMAN, located in 4th Street Market, has you covered.
Las Vegas, NV
Whether you’re dining solo or with your entire office, Wing King in Las Vegas is ready for you and your crew. This spot offers more than 80 different flavors of wings, and order options range from one pound to 70 pounds (and there are at least seven wings per pound!) Let’s do the math here… a 70 pound order contains at least 490 wings. Insanity. Flavor wise, there are 19 hot, seven medium, six mild, seven Asian, 13 dry (like garlic parmesan), 17 BBQ, and 11 fusion options. This spot truly is the king of wings.
Santa Ana, CA
Another new spot impressing Santa Ana locals and Orange County peeps alike is Red Envelope. As one of the most recent additions to 4th Street Market, Red Envelope delivers unique flavors through its Vietnamese-Fusion bites, like the crispy Vietnamese Garlic Butter Wings, crisped to perfection.
BIG BOB GIBSON BAR-B-Q
The wing winner at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q is undoubtedly the barbecue and bleu cheese-smothered smoked chicken wings. This Alabama spot continues to impress guests with its heaping servings and mounds of wings. Pro tip: Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ cookbook contains a recipe for legendary Spicy Apricot Wings.
New Orleans, LA
Three words: stuffed chicken wings. Yeah, as in chicken wings stuffed with a combination of ground pork, chopped shrimp, mushrooms, onions, celery, cilantro and fish sauce, and finally topped with a delicious garlicky homemade hoisin dipping sauce and chopped peanuts. Find this decadent, one-of-a-kind wing dish at Nola Restaurant in none other than New Orleans.
Portland, OR and New York, NY
Portlandians and New Yorkers alike can enjoy the pleasure that is Pok Pok. At this spot, wing-obsessed patrons (as well as newbies to the craze) have to go for Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. Covered in a sticky-sweet glaze and sprinkled with flecks of caramelized garlic, these wings are a must on National Chicken Wing Day. Attention vegans: Pok Pok also offers a vegan version of this favorite, made with tofu!
Los Angeles, CA
Button Mash in LA serves up double-fried chicken wings for dayssss. Choose your taste: ginger, tangy, or tamarind. The spicy ginger wings are made with soy sauce and chili flakes, and the tangy wings are created using gochujang/Korean pepper paste, rice vinegar, honey, lemon. For the majority of the population that doesn’t know what tamarind is, it’s a delicious tree fruit that is used as the secret ingredient for tons of vegetarian dishes. You can ponder on that, or just visit Button Mash to experience it for yourself.
HOT SAUCE AND PANKO TO-GO
San Francisco, CA
A no-frills, ultra-tiny spot in San Francisco serving up some of the best wings in the U.S. With over 20 flavors of wings available, ranging from ramen flavored (yes, ramen flavored) to garlic bacon parmesan, there’s literally something for everyone. Hot Sauce and Panko To-Go is a take out spot only (it’s in the name, after all), so come in, grab an order of duck confit-fried drummettes, and be on your way.
New York, NY
Upscale, comfort Japanese bar food — that’s Bar Goto’s gig. On this New York spot’s list of Japanese bar food offerings are Miso Wings. A wing plate so saucy, garlicky, tangy, and downright flavorful you won’t know what hit you. Topped with miso sauce, garlic, soy sauce, chile, and ginger and finished with a delicate crisp, these wings are a Bar Goto favorite.
THE WING DOME
With sauce heat levels that range from 0-7 (where 6 is ‘I can’t feel my face’ and 7 is ‘face the challenge’), The Wing Dome serves up some of the hottest wings around. Smother your eight piece order in one of their signature sauces or specialty sauces, including an uber-parmesan sauce and western BBQ sauce (complete with molasses, cayenne, garlic and brown sugar).
For buffalo chicken lovers, Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY needs to be on your bucket list. This upstate spot is home to the original Buffalo wings, and guests say the whole place is like Buffalo’s own chicken wing museum. Anchor Bar’s World Famous Wings, the recipe for which was created in 1964, as the story goes, is served with traditional celery and bleu cheese. Grab a bucket of wings smothered in one of their tasty sauces, like Honey Garlic Sweet & Sour or Suicidal (spicy beyond belief) and cross one more thing off your bucket list.