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The Best Chicken Wings In Los Angeles
As we ramp up for the biggest game day of the year, one can't help but contemplate where to order our single most prized Super Bowl staple, the hot wing. Here are some of our favorite shops around town. As always, add your favorites in the comments.
Photo courtesy of Hot Wings Cafe on Facebook
Chef Sang Yoon marinates his Southeast Asian-style wings in a mixture of ginger, garlic, scallions, onions, Chinese light soy sauce and kecap manis, an intense, dark, sweet Indonesian condiment that's a staple in their cuisine. They're then dusted with flour and deep-fried twice in peanut oil, then tossed in more sauce and some Sichuan salt. They're sticky and messy and oh-so-addictive.
Lukshon is located at 3239 Helms Ave, Culver City,(310) 202-6808
The juicy Jidori chicken wings at Beer Belly are crafted by chef Wes Lieberher, who works wonders with dude food at the K-Town beer bar. They're delightfully crispy, and are served with a choice of sauces: Buffalo Blue, Honey Dijon or Volcano Chipotle—the most fiery of the bunch.
Beer Belly is located at 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, 213-387-2337
Hot Wings Cafe
Keeping a restaurant open for more than a year is no small feat in the industry, so when we say that Hot Wings Cafe has been slanging hot wings since 1986 here in L.A., that's serious talk, especially for such a focussed concept. They serve their hot wings mild, hot or extra hot with sauces ranging from BBQ and lemon pepper to house blue cheese or ranch dressing. The spread is classic, with carrots and celery on the side. Why mess with a good thing?
Hot Wings Cafe is located at 7011 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles,(323) 930-1233
Photo courtesy of Mohawk Bend on Facebook
Much as we love our traditional wings, we have to admit that the cauliflower version at Echo Park's Mohawk Bend make us believe we could actually go vegetarian for more than a Meatless Monday. Their fiery hot sauce is cooled down by the cruciferous veg, and they pair perfectly with a hoppy Scrimshaw from the restaurant's massive tap list.
Mohawk Bend is located at 2141 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, (213) 483-2337
Ye Rustic Inn
When you enter Ye Rustic Inn, your eyes will have to adjust to just how dark the divey sports bar is. You wouldn't expect this watering hole to whip up some of the best buffalo wings in town, but they do—and they're stellar. The wings are always crispy with a balanced tang and the right amount of kick. Plus, you get all the regular fixins like carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese and ranch dressing. The energy bubbling in this joint is especially strong during football games and Sunday trivia night. —Jean Trinh
Ye Rustic Inn is located at 1831 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 662-5757
Photo courtesy of Beachwood BBQ
Art's Wings N Things
This no frills stop might not be fancy, but they know wings. They're savory and spicy and oh-so-crunchy -- the perfect side for dipping while watching a big game.
Art's Wings N Things is located at 4213 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, and 3386 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 294-9464
Just because you're going meat-free doesn't mean you can't enjoy life's greatest eats, namely chicken wings. Bulan's veggie chicken wings are deep-fried, flavored with special hot sauce, served with carrot sticks and ranch dressing. There's also an option for vegan ranch at this darling little vegetarian restaurant, too.
Bulan Thai has two locations: one at 7168 Melrose Ave, (323) 857-1882 and one in Silver Lake at 4114 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 913-1488
Beachwood Brewing And BBQ
Gabe Gordon's smoked wings are worth the drive down to the LBC, and then some. They're tossed in a spicy I.P.A. chili sauce, and come with celery sticks and rosemary bleu cheese dressing. Two dozen wings goes for $20, and if you're taking your food to go, there are $3 off growler fills on Super Bowl Sunday.
Beachwood BBQ is located at 210 E 3rd St., Long Beach, (562) 436-4020