Wingin' It

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!

 

WINGMAN

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.

Bring your best wingman to devour some cluckin' good wings together at WINGMAN, located at 4th Street Market in downtown Santa Ana, CA | photo courtesy of 100eats

Bring your best wingman to devour some cluckin' good wings together at WINGMAN, located at 4th Street Market in downtown Santa Ana, CA | photo courtesy of 100eats

 

WING KING

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.

Top-notch stop for wings in Vegas this National Wing Day | photo courtesy of Wing King

Top-notch stop for wings in Vegas this National Wing Day | photo courtesy of Wing King

 

RED ENVELOPE

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.

Vietnamese Garlic Butter wings at Red Envelope, Santa Ana CA | photo courtesy of Red Envelope

Vietnamese Garlic Butter wings at Red Envelope, Santa Ana CA | photo courtesy of Red Envelope

 

BIG BOB GIBSON BAR-B-Q

Decatur, AL

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.

Head to Alabama for the ultimate wing feast at Big Bob's Bar-B-Q | photo courtesy of Big Bob's

Head to Alabama for the ultimate wing feast at Big Bob's Bar-B-Q | photo courtesy of Big Bob's

 

NOLA RESTAURANT

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.

Want your wings stuffed, head on down to the big easy | photo courtesy of NOLA restaurant

Want your wings stuffed, head on down to the big easy | photo courtesy of NOLA restaurant

 

POK POK

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!

It's a sin to skip the wings at Pok Pok, located in Portland and NYC | photo courtesy of Pok Pok

It's a sin to skip the wings at Pok Pok, located in Portland and NYC | photo courtesy of Pok Pok

 

BUTTON MASH

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.

LA natives and visitors alike will fall in love with these wings | photo courtesy of Button Mash

LA natives and visitors alike will fall in love with these wings | photo courtesy of Button Mash

 

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.

Take these next-level wings to-go on National Wing Day | photo courtesy of Hot Sauce and Panko

Take these next-level wings to-go on National Wing Day | photo courtesy of Hot Sauce and Panko

 

BAR GOTO

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.

Bar Goto's flavorful wings are nearly impossible to stop eating | photo courtesy of Bar Goto

Bar Goto's flavorful wings are nearly impossible to stop eating | photo courtesy of Bar Goto

 

THE WING DOME

Seattle, WA

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).

These perfectly crispy Level 7 Alarm wings from Wing Dome will leave you desperately searching for a glass of milk | photo courtesy of The Wing Dome

These perfectly crispy Level 7 Alarm wings from Wing Dome will leave you desperately searching for a glass of milk | photo courtesy of The Wing Dome

 

ANCHOR BAR

Buffalo, NY

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.

Anchor Bar's World Famous Wings need to be on your bucket list | photo courtesy of Anchor Bar

Anchor Bar's World Famous Wings need to be on your bucket list | photo courtesy of Anchor Bar