The Top 50 Best Wings in the U.S. for the Super Bowl

The Top 50 Best Wings in the U.S. for the Super Bowl

Who makes the best wings in your city? You could sift through pages of reviews online wondering whether you should even listen to them, or you could let us do the hard work and ask the best chefs in the country where to go.

January 22, 2014
Below, you'll find picks from chefs like Anita Lo, Philip Speer, Marco Canora, Chris Cosentino, and Jason Franey on where to go for a plate of championship wings. They range from Buffalo to Chinese-style dry-fried, and there's even a few picks that aren't technically wings but still inspiring, like the Buffalo-style braised pork shanks from The Federal in Miami that we now want to serve at our Super Bowl party. Some of these restaurants are open Super Bowl Sunday, some aren't, so call ahead and check to be sure you don't have to punt!

And just for fun, we also polled the chefs to see where the pros weigh in on the age-old wing-eating questions: "Blue cheese or ranch?" and "Celery or carrot sticks?" Answers follow in the infographic under the list.

New York


Chicken wings at Daddy-O, recommended by chef Joey Campanaro who says "I believe these wings are made with Frank's RedHot, butter, red wine vinegar, honey, and tomato sauce. I really dig this recipe."


Duff's Famous wings at Duff's Famous Wings, recommended by chef Anita Lo who says "When I last had these, they were just out of the fryer so the edges were still crispy. They were traditionally dressed with the right amount of Frank's RedHot sauce (I go medium) and butter."


Grilled chicken wings "freshly killed" at Hanjan, recommended by chef Ben Pollinger who says "These taste awesome! A little salt, a little spice, rich umami flavors, and a nice char from the grill. They come with a soy-sake marinade and house pickles."

Fried chicken wings at Riki, recommended by chef Shaun Hergatt who says "Japanese bar food is an all time favorite! Slightly salty but very crisp. There are so many good items here Riki's is a must."

Spicy "K.F.C." Korean fire chicken wings at Danji, recommended by chef Philip Speer who says "These spicy chicken wings have just the right punch of heat and crunch!"

BBQ wings at Brooklyn Bowl, recommended by chef Chris Santos who says "I love this place not only for their delicious wings, but for the bowling, beer, concert stage with amazing sound, and multiple widescreen TVs."

Chicken wings at Pork Slope, recommended by chef Jeff McInnis who says "These wings must be brined for a long time. They're very flavorful, extra crunchy, and spicy."


Jumbo BBQ chicken wings at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, recommended by chef Sam Hazen who says "What makes them so special? They are spiced-rubbed, pit-smoked, and then charred on the grill."

Fried chicken wings & a sidecar at Angel's Share, recommended by chef Marco Canora who says "These guys have been cocktail masters long before it became the cool thing to do...Don't go with a crowd—they won't allow it."

San Francisco

Salt & pepper chicken wings at Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, recommended by chef Gayle Pirie who says "They are salted and fried 'till crisp like stained glass with the wing tip removed, and they're super meaty and quite addictive."

Fried chicken wings at Capital Restaurant, recommended by chef Staffan Terje who says "These wings come salt-and-pepper style. They're light with a very crispy coating that holds really well. They don't come with any sauce; instead, they're tossed with sliced jalapeño peppers and scallions."

9 spice chicken wings at Chino, recommended by chef Chris Kronner who says "The amazingly flavorful crust combined with amazingly moist wings make braving the hordes of people at the market worth it. They come with a persimmon sweet and sour sauce."


Hot & spicy Phoenix chicken wings at Phoenix Bar, recommended by chef Nicolaus Balla who says "The buffalo wings are as messy, tangy, and tender as they should be."

Dry fry chicken at San Tung, recommended by chefs Adrian Hoffman, Arnold Eric Wong, Christopher Kostow, and Lori Baker. Hoffman says: "My friends and I refer to these as crack wings, given their addictive properties. Warning: When you think it's a great idea to bring them to your friend's Super Bowl party, think again, because hundreds of others have had the same brilliant idea and the wait will be in terms of hours to get your order."

Chicken wings at Aziza, recommended by chef Matt McNamara who says "Perfectly tender meat with incredibly crispy glazed skin, it's everything you want from a chicken wing."

Spicy chicken wings at Spices!, recommended by chef Chris Cosentino who says "The chicken wings are cut into small pieces and covered in a mound of dried chilies. But what's surprising is that this is all about the flavor, not the heat."

Dry fried chicken wings at Shanghai House, recommended by chef Staffan Terje who says "These are big, crispy, and super juicy drumettes tossed in what could be described as a soy-caramel sauce with lots of dried whole red chilies. They're salty, sweet, and spicy, hands down the best wings I've had in a long time. Whenever I go there for dinner, I always grab two orders to-go. I will make the drive from the opposite end of SF to get them; that's how good they are."

Chicago

Chicken wings at DAK in Edgewater, recommended by chef Gale Gand who says "The best wings I've ever had in my life are at DAK in Edgewater, a Korean hole-in-the-wall. They are crunchy, brittle, crackling, and irresistible."


Naha chicken wings at Naha, recommended by chef Ryan Poli who says "The crispy, spicy wings are addictive, but it’s the house-made ranch that keeps me wanting more."

Chicken wings at Great Sea Chinese Restaurant, recommended by chef Ina Pinkney who says "I give up. The wings, drenched in a hot, addictive sauce, beckon more often than I care to admit."

Spicy duck wings at Old Town Social, recommended by chef Paul Virant who says "Slow-cooked in its own fat and then deep-fried until crispy? Genius."


Denver/Boulder

Smoked chicken wings at The Old Man, recommended by chef Alex Seidel who says "They use quality chicken here. The wings and mini drumsticks are hearty and delicious to eat. They're smoked first then confited, fried, and tossed in a variety of sauces, hot Buffalo being my favorite."

Hot chicken drumsticks at The Post Brewing Co., recommended by chef Jamey Fader who says "The drummies are done confit-style so the meat holds together, but they are soft once you take a bite. The wood-fire oven crisps up the outside of the meat and the chili oil is smoky and spicy."


Hawaii

Chicken wings at Sam's Delicatessen, recommended by chef D.K. Kodama who says "These Asian fried chicken wings are the best! No sauce is needed."

Las Vegas

Spicy chicken wings at Lotus of Siam, recommended by chef Eric Klein who says "You have to tell them how spicy you want them. They are sweet, sour and little crispy."

Boston

Legendary wings at The Chicken Bone, recommended by chef Ming Tsai who says "I love these since they are "thermonuclear" tempered! They also have a variety of dunking sauces. The teriyaki and garlic glaze are real crowd-pleasers."

Crispy confit duck wings at Temple Bar, recommended by chefs Michael Scelfo and Eric Gregory who say "These are smoked and have a soy and pineapple duck glaze that make them sticky and sweet at the same time," and "They're crispy, plus fatty and sticky from the pineapple, so it's salty, sweet, and sticky."

Los Angeles

Chicken wings at Kokekokko, recommended by chef Mary Sue Milliken who says "Kokekokko has excellent quality chicken and the charcoal used for grilling is exquisite. It's served with tōgarashi chili sprinkle and fresh squeezed lemon."

Hot wings at Ye Rustic Inn, recommended by chef Ray Garcia who says "This is a dive bar with great beer and incredible wings. What else could you ask for? Order the suicide wings, if you think you can take the heat."

Chicken wings at Gus's Barbecue, recommended by chef Joachim Splichal who says "The wings here are absolutely delicious because they're super crisp and come with a sweet-and-sour sauce. They're served with jicama sprinkled with salt and cayenne which makes for a great balance of flavors."

Spicy chicken wings at O B Bear, recommended by chefs Giselle Wellman and Jordan Kahn who say "Real spicy, real good! These wings are just so juicy and delicious," and "At this Korean restaurant, you have to get one order of spicy chicken wings and two orders of regular soy-garlic wings. For every spicy wing, you need to eat two regular wings."


Miami

Boneless wings at Shucker's Bar and Grill, recommended by chef Michael Gilligan who says "These are spicy wings that make your eyes water and your lips burn. Sit by the water with lashings of cold beer and watch the game."

Matsuri chicken wings at Matsuri, recommended by chef Joel Huff who says "The sauce on these wings is to die for! I think I could eat about three dozen—seriously."

Korean chicken wings at Sakaya Kitchen, recommended by chef Sam Gorenstein who says "These wings taste so good. The Korean spices really add an extra special flavor to the standard fried chicken wing."

'Buffalo-style' pig wings at The Federal, recommended by chef Gabriel Fenton who says "A braised pork shank that looks like a gigantic chicken wing is rolled in cornstarch and then deep-fried. The shank is tossed in a traditional Buffalo sauce and served with celery, carrots, and blue cheese. It's a delicious porky take on classic chicken wings."


Chicken stickers at Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill, recommended by chef Miguel Aguilar who says "Being married to a New Yorker, my wife knows her wings, and Flanigan's wings are the closest they get to real Buffalo wings."

New Orleans

Bayou hotboy wings at Bayou Hot Wings, recommended by chef Susan Spicer who says "One of the two partners, Kyle Makepeace, has worked at some great restaurants around town (including mine!) and brings his culinary expertise to the 12 different levels of heat in his wings (the Bayou Beast being the hottest) and dipping sauces, not to mention the sides."

Sticky Buffalo Chappapeela Farms duck wings at Emeril's New Orleans, recommended by chef Allen Nguyen who says "When I'm not eating wings from my own restaurant, I love the duck wings at Emeril's! It's obviously a bit more fancy than a takeout joint, but it's definitely on-point. They're crispy, savory, and flavorful. It hits all the notes of a great wing!"

Veal sweetbreads at Sylvain, recommended by chef Tenney Flynn who says "These crispy fried sweetbreads are tossed in a buffalo wing sauce and served with celeriac slaw."

Portland

Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings at Pok Pok, recommended by chefs John Gorham, Jason McLeod, and Gregory Gourdet who say "They are the best wings ever," "You can order these wings regular or spicy. I had both and I would go with spicy because it adds a level of flavor the regular does not," and "Sticky, spicy, sweet, salty, garlicky, and just a bit greasy, I crave these wings for days at a time."


Philadelphia

Buffalo wings at Ye Olde Ale House, recommended by chef Chip Roman who says "These wings are your classic, messy, spicy Buffalo wings. They're served in that familiar red basket with a side of blue cheese dressing. That's all you need."

Duck confit chicken wings at Varga Bar, recommended by chef Monica Glass who says "Sweet and spicy in a pomegranate-molasses-bourbon-chili glaze, the duck confit chicken wings at Varga are a uniquely delicious alternative to traditional wings."

Wings at Dienner's Bar-B-Q, recommended by chef Mike Stollenwerk who says "When I make a quick stop to the Reading Terminal for last-minute ingredients before heading in to prep, I can't leave without these rotisserie wings. Too bad they're only available Wednesday through Saturday."

Korean fried chicken wings at Soho Cafe, recommended by chef Michael Solomonov who says "The wings at Cafe Soho are worth the drive from Center City, even at 1 a.m., when the kitchen is finished serving."

Honey whiskey Eberly Farm chicken wings at Pub & Kitchen, recommended by chef Pierre Calmels who says "Glazed in whiskey-spiked honey sauce, the wings at Pub & Kitchen are number one in the city. Late-night along with a local beer, nothing is better."

Chicken wings at Byrne's Tavern, recommended by chef Felicia D'Ambrosio who says "This Port Richmond neighborhood watering hole is as unassuming as it gets, but has been turning out pristine, just spicy enough chicken wings for generations."

San Diego

Mo's wings at Urban Mo's Bar & Grill, recommended by chef Deborah Scott who says "The hot wings from Urban Mo's are my favorite for two reasons: they have a lot of meat on them, and they are bigger than most wings you would find served as an appetizer."

Seattle

Garlic chicken wings at Wong's Kitchen, recommended by chef Jason Franey who says "They have a little bit of sweetness to them and they're seasoned perfectly. Not too greasy or slimy, just glazed lightly and sprinkled with salt and pepper."

And as a bonus for our neighbors in Canada enjoying the Super Bowl, we've got you covered too:

Chicken wings at Mullins' in Toronto, recommended by chef Matt Blondin who says "These baked chicken wings are just awesome. They're tender, juicy, sticky, and all around delicious."

Turkey BBQ wings at Pub Sir Joseph in Montreal, recommended by chef Martin Juneau who says "These wings are so meaty and juicy!"