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  • Little T. Jan 13, 2005 09:45 AM
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I would like to compile a list of one of my favorite foods. Chicken Wings!

Please share your favorite wing experiences with me . . .

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  1. Varsity Club has awesome wings -- try the kamikaze ones! I frequent the location at the corner of Hwy 19 & Coachman Road, but I believe there are other locations in the area.

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    1. re: Elaine

      The best wings in Tampa are from Wingstop on S. Dale Mabry and Neptune. The Garlic Parmesan are THE BEST. The hot wings are wonderful too. TRY THEM! You will LOVE THEM.

      1. re: joanie1963

        I am so happy I did a search for best wings in tampa, i had no idea there was a wingstop here. Used to eat there all the time in San Antonio. Very nice wings there plus the fries rock! The Cajun flavor is my fave....

    2. My current fave is from China Kitchen in downtown St. Pete: chicken wings with garlic sauce. Excellent, spicy flavor (though obviously different from buffalo wings) and a bargain - $2.95 for 8 pieces (four wings). No celery or blue cheese dressing, tho. It's a mostly carryout place, though they do have three or four booths. 268 3rd Street South, 727-820-0889. (It's in the same shopping center as the relatively new Publix). As for Buffalo wings, I had surprisingly good ones at the Green Iquana on Westshore Blvd. in South Tampa. Most of the chains don't do much for me....

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      1. re: Bergerman
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        Tandoori Girl

        I'll second Green Iguana on Westshore.

        1. re: Tandoori Girl

          Ill third to the Green Iguana

          1. re: Rick

            never tried the wings but the sauce they use on the buffalo chicken wrap is awesome, very spicey!

      2. Winner's Grill make really nice Garlic Wings...
        Kind of the standard buttery buffalo recipe with minced garlic...

        Hillsborough Ave. near Oldsmar...
        Linebaugh and Country Way...
        A couple others...

        1. Thanks for the input so far.

          A few of my favorite places are:

          - Midtown Sundries in downtown Saint Petersburg. Their Barbalo wings are excellent. The sauce is a mixture of buffalo and BBQ. They are then grilled and served with cold celery and a special bleu cheese that you will taste until the next day.

          - Hoppers in Westchase (Noth Tampa). Their garlic buffalo wings are always excellent, naked.

          - Casual Clam on DR MLK JR ST N. Their wings used to be juicy and succulent. Not so sure anymore.

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          1. re: Little T.

            Hoppers not back, not sure on the other two.

            Hooters, stay far far away, Horrible buffalo wings if you truly like buffalo wings.

          2. Here's a few I like in Tampa, FL: Hooters, The Wing House, Winners Grill, Hoppers, Beef 'O' Brady's, McDivot'(Westchase), Fred Flemings, The Press Box.

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            1. re: Lanny

              Sorry but not true buffalo wings, Press Box is the closest from what I remember but Beef or Bradys and Hooters and the Wind House are horrible imitations of true buffalo wings. I can't stand any of them.

            2. I'll second Midtown Sundries in downtown St. Pete, nice sports restaurant with good Hot wings.

              For a change of pace, I really like the Jerk Chicken Wings at Limey's Pub. Fun pub atmosphere on 4th St N. and 15th Ave., St. Pete.

              1. Anyone here care to do an up to date run-down on good Buffalo wings in the Tri-County region (Tampa Bay)? I love Buffalo wings and am not a snob about them. I've never been to Buffalo and don't ever plan to, so I don't have to have them "as good as you could get them in Buffalo." Hell, I like Hooters for wings.

                Other than Hooters, I really enjoy the wings at Courtside Grill on Ulmerton and tonight I tried Beef O'Brady's for the first time and enjoyed them. Had them at Wing House and probably won't ever have them there again.

                What's good? What's not? I think it would make an interesting quest. They are cheap enough to have some bad ones and not worry, but the advice is appreciated.

                Thanks,

                Kevin
                www.TampaBayEats.com

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                1. re: UptownKevin

                  I have to say, that for quality, quantity, cost, variety and everthing else the Varsity Club (Us19 and Sunset Point Road) has the best wings. Their sauces are REALLY good; delicious, rich barbecue, and rich, tasty buffalo style sauces which are really MILD or really HOT. (nothing sux more than to order "hot" wings that are really just mild+, or medium at best. Hot should hurt!). But the best things about VC wings are: (1) Good, quality meaty size chicken wings (always)- neither feaux-Gobbler giants, nor meatless chick-niblets; and (2)They are not soaking-slip-sliding in GREASE, which is a pet peeve of mine as far as wings go.

                  1. re: UptownKevin

                    Kind of odd to see a post I wrote a year ago pop up in this thread, but I guess it's the new chowndhound at work...anyway, I stand by my recommendation for Green Iguana on Westshore in Tampa and add that it's the only place I've been to that sells them not by the piece or the dozen but by the pound. They're meaty and the sauce is appropriately zingy. I've had good luck with the wings at Caddy's in Sunset Beach (tho their food and service can be unpredictable, so be warned) and Foxy's on 107th Ave. in Treasure Island. Oh, and I still like the garlic wings at China Kitchen, but that's another genre, eh? Now this question might violate the stricter rules of the new chowhound, but what's up with people who dip their wings in the blue cheese dressing? Not to be too rigid on a subject as fun as wings, but isn't the dressing intended to go with the celary and helpcool the fire from the wings? Just wondering....

                  2. beef o'brady's (the best location is in Safety Harbor, if still there) is great. I have not lived in FL for four years, but Beef's takes the cake. I really miss those wings. the Green Iguana is not bad either. The best I had was a place called the Front Porch grille in tampa off N. FL ave, it opened a few weeks before I moved out of state and was walking distance from my house. I have no idea if it is under the same ownership or has the wings on the menu, but they may have been the best I ever had. I may have to check it out when I am back in Nov (if I am not over stuffed from BBQ and Cuban-something I do not get in Cleveland).

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                    1. re: lyn

                      hi- i am also from cleveland- and i also do not live in the area anymore but my inlaws do. where in cleve are you from? i was from the eastside

                    2. Ooooh, I just remembered some really good wings I had when I used to hang out that way...
                      The Proud Lion Pub used to make super wings... Buffalo, but with a tomatoey thing goin' on too...

                      I remember those as really standing out... Fanger lickin'... I'm gonna see if they're still there... Around Florida and Fowler in a strip center... It's been years since I thought of them so who knows?

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                      1. re: Mild Bill

                        the proud lion is proud no more. food went steeply downhill. I haven't been for years, but the last experience wass so bad.... who knows, the wings might still be edible.

                      2. I've tried Beef O'Brady's wings, and I found them a bit too greasy. Also, I found their "hot" sauce to be not so hot, quite wimpy in fact.

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                        1. re: aynrandgirl

                          I agree, i just had Beefs Extra Hot last night, very wimpy, suppose I will try Nuclear next time...

                          1. re: aynrandgirl

                            There sauce is not up to what I think is a buffalo sauce, greasy, not cooked properly and horrible sauce.

                          2. I am a huge fan of Westshore Pizza wings, naked and crispy, and you can request drummies only.

                            1. You've gotta try Buffalo Wild Wings! They have a variety of flavors, my personal favorite is the Mango Habanero!
                              I believe there are 10-12 different flavors ranging from really mild to the really really hot.

                              I am Hooters wing guy, but Buffalo Wild Wings takes the cake.

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                              1. re: Mvifquain

                                Hey good to see my old thread back around!

                                I will have to give Buffalo Wild Wings a try . . .

                                1. re: Mvifquain

                                  BWW has a bunch of great sauces, my fave being Mango Habanero however the wings are tiny and way over priced...

                                  1. re: Mvifquain

                                    I hate to give a chair a kudos, but not bad. Too many flavors for me, but the traditional is not too bad. At least not greasy and not too saucy. Buffalo wings should not be saucy. Decent flavor. Over priced for me. Go to the specials, but better than the rest by far for me. I make my own or go to a small local owned place. I like mine traditional But now and then I do make my own, NOT fried but baked, close but trying to be healthier, but same sauce and flavor at least. Not to bad.

                                  2. I second Buffalo Wild Wings. Their hot sauces are truly hot. Yum yum! Beware their hottest sauce, though. I like to think I have a high tolerance for spicy heat and that sauce was nothing but pain.

                                    1. I really like Gators in Temple Terrace. Quality Stuff

                                      1. In my continuing quest for great chicken wings, I checked out the Blue Parrot, a nice little Beach place practically beneath the Corey Causeway bridge. They were hot, fresh, juicy, a little crispy on the outside; sauce did not have the heat I like and they don't give you a choice of intensity, but it had the right vinegery/hot sauce flavor. Given the construction in this little spot - the old Leverock's is getting replaced by condos - who knows how long it will be there.

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                                        1. re: Bergerman

                                          I agree with Blue Parrot's wings. very good size, crispy and the hot sauce has lots of flavor not just heat.

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                                          Blue Parrot
                                          85 Corey Cir, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

                                        2. Tried Buffalo Wild wings in Oldsmar. The wings were so tiny! With little meat onem. Sauces were ok, but not fab. I expected a lot more from a place with Wings in the name.

                                          1. I love Tank's Tap Room (formerly Bilmar Station) in Carrollwood. (corner of Dale Mabry & South Village, next to The Melting Pot) Try hot baked wings with garlic. Mmmmm! They also have THIRTY beers on tap!!!

                                            Also try Green Parrott Pub in Carrollwood (on Dale Mabry in the strip mall with Party City). Great wings, cheap beer!

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                                            1. re: curleegurl

                                              I will have to get back to Tank's and try them. I have not been there since their change of ownership. This remind me of Tampa Bay Brewing Company. Their wings are real good. Lightly breaded w/ their cider wing sauce. Good sized wings. Mmmmm

                                            2. I just remembered . . . I had pretty good wings at Sunshine City Grill.

                                              http://www.sunshinecitygrill.com/menu...

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                                              1. re: Little T.

                                                Sunshine City seems a little too clean for good wings ;-) Might try them next time I go.

                                                But that reminded me that I liked the wings I had recently at Sunset Grille which is just a few blocks away in St. Pete on 9th St and 30th Ave N. The place is more bar like but it does have some covered outdoor seating which is nice this time of year. I had them hot, they were tasty but not hot enough really. You might have to challenge the cook next time.

                                              2. Wild Wing Cafe just opened on Anderson Rd. next to the Veterans 24 theater. I tried 'em in Marietta, GA where some in-laws live and was impressed by the wings, both in size and in flavor - they've got about 30 flavors. And a huge selection of micros and imports on draft. Beware of the Braveheart wings - you'll sweat behind the ears like I did, but in a good way. More details at wildwingcafe.com.

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                                                1. re: EdC

                                                  LOL at "sweat behind the ears" --- and my husband thinks the ultimate heat sign is brow sweat. Wait til I tell him to check behind his ears!

                                                  1. re: joan

                                                    anyone been to the Tampa Wild Wings yet? Maybe we'll try it out tonight.

                                                2. Red Lion Pub on Gulf Blvd has some freaken amazing wings, They are breaded with the most delicious sauce i ever tasted. There a good size with a lot of meat and on tuesday nights the place is busy out the door packed because of 35 cent wing night, so I go later on into the night. These wings are verrry addicting, you have to go at least 2 times to appreciate the flavor, just wow. RED LION PUB

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                                                  1. re: joey15

                                                    What flavor and heat level is this sauce?

                                                  2. I like the wings from Skipper's Smoke House quite a bit ...

                                                    1. Does anyone know where the HOTTEST wings are in the Tampa area? Not Buffalo Wild Wings hot, but hotter. I had their "hottest sauce" there, and it was zesty, but not what I was looking for. I asked the bartender if he was sure that he gave me the right sauce, and he said yes. Then I asked him for a side cup of it so I had something to dip my fries in.

                                                      I can't seem to find one of those places that makes you sign a waiver to eat the wings, but that's exactly the kind of place I am looking for.

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                                                      1. re: thecouga

                                                        Check out Quaker Steak & Lube. 10400 49th Street (At US 19), Clearwater. It's a mile or so north of Park Blvd/Gandy.

                                                        1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                          Good call. Forgot about that place. They claim their Atomic wings pack 150,000 scoville units. AND, you must sign a waiver.

                                                        2. re: thecouga

                                                          The hot ones at my BWW are very hot. Can varely eat them and I love stuff with habeneros, so I love heat trust me. It was very hot. Maybe just a fluke

                                                        3. I love real (meaning unbreaded :) buffalo-style wings, hot - not atomic, melt your lips off but still with plenty of heat. Not tiny but not huge - crispy but not dried out. Most places I've had them are just inconsistent. Honey's on N Dale Mabry were OK but they can be skimpy on the sauce, which is sometimes really salty. Beef O'Brady's on N Dale Mabry are also not bad. Green Iguana on Anderson were pretty good. Tank's Tap Room the one time I tried them were small, dry and the sauce wasn't hot. Skipper's are good but instead of the usual mild-medium-hot, they go hot-hotter-hottest, so if you order hot you actually get mild (which I did once by mistake and that sauce just had way too much butter). If you want hot you have to order hottest! Still haven't found any like I had in upstate NY though :( Has anyone tried Wings Gone Wild in S Tampa?

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                                                          1. re: ladlelady

                                                            Try Snappers on US 19 in Palm harbor. Cooked to order,naked ,crispy wings. Tradional Buffalo sauce. Consistantly good

                                                          2. If you are looking for some huge satifying wings then you should stop by RJ Wings N Things. They have 10+ flavors which you can combine. I personally like the hot mix with the garlic parmesan and also their smoking hot with hot sweet bbq. Not in the mood for wings, then you gotta try the Pork Nachos (a must), great selection of salads, wraps, and sandwiches.

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                                                            1. re: Da_Matador

                                                              Kerr's wings are great especially the garlic parm or the blackened. the wings are very meaty and the sauces are perfect. They also have a drum only, or skinless option.

                                                              1. re: Lauracooks

                                                                Lee Roy Selmon's Grilled BBQ wings are amazing. BIG. Plump, Juicy, Smokey, and perfectly complimented by the thick ranch dipping sauce with herbs & bacon chunks. Haven't had better wings anywhere I can think of.

                                                                1. re: askdrtodd

                                                                  We were at Lee Roy Selmon's after church on Sunday and it was so good. We hadn't been in a while and will definitely be back soon.

                                                              2. re: Da_Matador

                                                                Gee, I guess those wings are so good that you decided to get a job there as the general manager? Or perhaps you just forgot to mention that in your post.

                                                                Thanks for the free plug, sorry I missed it the first time.

                                                                1. re: UptownKevin

                                                                  Seriously! I'm getting tired of people plugging their own restaurants, jeez.

                                                              3. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. They roast their herb marinated wings in the pizza oven, are served with caramelized onions, and are far better than most fried wings (and better than the pizza at Anthony's in my experience). Our server once offered everyone in my party a sample, the same way a pusher gives junkies a free taste to goad their addictions. It worked, and I'm jonesing.

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                                                                Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
                                                                2218 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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                                                                1. re: andy huse

                                                                  I could not agree more. Just went to Anthony's about a month ago and loved the wings!

                                                                  1. re: andy huse

                                                                    I'm dying to check this spot out, even more so now. So we should split a pie and some herb wings when we go? Those the best picks on the menu?

                                                                    1. re: askdrtodd

                                                                      i thought the margherita pizza (or whatever is comparable) had too much cheese (like a shiny blanket of wet mozz). The salad is big, chopped very coarsely, but it didn't do much for me. The eggplant app was very nice, tho, sliced so thin and cooked in the hot oven long enough to soften that the slices became tender like crepes and served with a devcent tomato sauce. I do think that this app is overpriced at $9 for the portion. The wings are the standout for me, and i'd return just for them, and perhaps some eggplant.

                                                                  2. The Rack has very good wings (and sushi, believe it or not). Also, Datz has great wings -- a little dry but great with extra sauce on the side. Very meaty and smokey.

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                                                                    1. re: ParenteN2

                                                                      ParenteN2, I have to respectfully disagree, last couple times I had datz wings they were definitely meaty, but they lacked texture or that "pop". Their hot dog on the other hand is mind blowing, but the wings didn't impress me. I do love that place though, I'm there about once a week :)

                                                                      1. re: askdrtodd

                                                                        askdrtodd -- I ordered the Datz wings extra crispy and extra sauce on the side -- maybe that made a difference. I also love Datz and think their brioche for breakfast is the best menu item.

                                                                    2. I thoroughly enjoyed the wings at Three Little Birds tavern in St. Pete.

                                                                      Coated with the sweet & spicy chili sauce . . . I think they might have been slightly overcooked but they were still very good.

                                                                      1. I popped into Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza in Carrolwood the other day to try the wings...
                                                                        I ordered the 20 piece, thinking that maybe I'd bring some home for my wife who I knew would appreciate the homey rustic way these are concocted---- and I was right,
                                                                        she LOVED them!!
                                                                        Toasted Rosemary and other herbs sprinkled all over! Wonderful!

                                                                        It blew me away to receive this tall pile of deliciously charred, herb seasoned, wings topped 'generously' with the most delicious herby sweet carmelized onions, and fresh foccacia wedges...
                                                                        It was the most beautiful plate of wings ever presented to me and I'm furious I only had my cellphone camera...

                                                                        The service couldn't have been better...
                                                                        Very sweet and attentive waitress---- and this was BEFORE the 'Just For Men' haircolor treatment I did a day or two later...

                                                                        Taste-wise, there was something that kept the wings themselves on this side of heaven sadly----- which may explain why my wife got to have any at all... ;-)

                                                                        I felt that batch on that day was a bit over-marinated and over-seasoned...
                                                                        Timewise, not heavy-handedness...

                                                                        They tasted like they were seasoned the previous day, which is 'right on' for thicker larger items... A few hours might have been enough for wingies...

                                                                        I'm a guy who can eat a b-bunch of wings, but my buds said 'enough' after 6 or 8 pieces...
                                                                        Salt & seasoning dominated the chicken, mildly pickling it------ and there was a 'possibility' of MSG but I could be wrong on that...

                                                                        I enjoyed a few reheated later on with my wife, but it was a small dose...

                                                                        But let me be clear----- the slightest tweak and these are IT!
                                                                        I mean, 'stick a candle on top of this thing for your birthday!'

                                                                        I'll go back soon, talk a little--- asking for a batch to be seasoned on the spot, and I'll bet my wife will never know what I did for lunch, like usual....

                                                                        Hey! Don't feel bad for her!
                                                                        I cook dinner every night... She eats well...

                                                                        Oh, and look!
                                                                        They're now doing Coal Oven Roasted Spare Ribs with Vinegar Peppers!!

                                                                         
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                                                                        1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                          I was just at Anthony's again the other day and indoctrinated my sister to their wings. She loved them too!

                                                                          And I saw the ribs also. They are on my list for the next visit.

                                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                            oh my, i have to go back and try the ribs.

                                                                            and Bill, I could see how the marinade could get overwhelming if left too long. i wish restaurants would chill out with all the salt.

                                                                            1. re: andy huse

                                                                              was just at Anthonys tonight, and tried both the wings and ribs, and the ribs had the same issue as the wings, marinated with seemingly the same salty marinade used on the wings that overpowered the taste of the ribs. frankly neither made me jump for joy.

                                                                              I Guess I am an old traditionalist I like my wings buffalo style with a thick blue cheese dressing. Speaking of which I went back to my old favorite, Mugs N Jugs on 66th street last week and while they used to have the best blue cheese, super thick with huge chunks of blue cheese, their blue cheese dressing now is watery, more like a buttermilk dressing with a bit of blue cheese mixed in, definitely ruined the wing experience for me, and I won't go back unless they go back to the old recipe.

                                                                              1. re: willdupre

                                                                                just an update on Mugs, guess enough people complained, so they are back to the original super thick and chunky blue cheese recipe. :)

                                                                          2. Ahhh, another place I always forget about is ABE's Mugs on Missouri (AKA Mugs Grill & Bar on Missouri).

                                                                            The last time I was there, I was served a plate of perfectly cooked and sauced wings served with ice cold celery and bleu cheese. Nice and beefy. They do them two ways - Lightly breaded or naked. I opted for lightly breaded in their house sauce (I think).

                                                                            That was over a year ago. Gotta go back there . . .

                                                                            http://www.mugsonmissouri.com/?View=M...

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                                                                            Mugs Grill & Bar
                                                                            1250 S Missouri Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756

                                                                            1. Gotta do a shout-out for Wings-n-Things in Bradenton. But only the one on Cortez. The one on Lockwood Ridge is owned by different owners. It's a little hole-in-the-wall place in a strip mall. A locals only place. I'm addicted to their garlic wings. My partner gets the hot ones. You can order them crispy or swimming in sauce. You can order just drummies or just flats. We usually order 20 and get half hot and half garlic. I know most people go for blue cheese but we love the ranch dressing there. If you're ever in Bradenton, or on the way to the beach (Anna Maria Island), stop on the way and give 'em a try!

                                                                              1. I have been on a hunt for good wings near USF especially ones you can order to go. I have tried Gator's Dockside in the past but they don't really stand out. I like Hooter's but they suck to go. Surprisingly the best naked wing I have found is Peabody's, yes the pool hall, in Tampa Palms. The office I eat at probably eats there once a week for lunch since they have all you can eat on Tuesdays.

                                                                                I tried Wing Stop the other day but I wasn't impressed. The wings were way to saucy and just kind of soggy. I also found the Parmesan to be way too heavy on the Garlic Parmesan wings. You couldn't even taste the meat.

                                                                                I think next is Wing Zone to try and then there is also the Wing place on Fletcher by the railroad tracks but I can't remember the name.

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                                                                                Gator's Dockside
                                                                                3842 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32607

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                                                                                1. re: brennok

                                                                                  Ooooh, good to know about Peabody's quality wingies, and that they do that AYCE $7.99 special on Tuesdays...

                                                                                  1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                    Yeah I was really surprised how good they were. A couple of the people at work kept getting them and finally I had to try them. They are a large wing also. I have a tough time eating more than 10 so the 13 for 4.99 on Tuesday is a better deal. My only complaints are they don't offer the specials to go and service is slow so it makes it tough to dine in on a short lunch break. I wish they offered a 10 wing and fry special instead of 13 wings since they actually have some pretty good seasoned fries.

                                                                                    Lately I have been hooked on Beef O Brady's Honey BBQ wings with their .59 wings on Friday 4-7.

                                                                                    I just saw Pizza Hut on Busch by Busch Gardens has .50 wings min of 10 I believe on Wednesdays. I may have to try them in the restaurant. I have gotten them to go but they weren't great.

                                                                                    1. re: brennok

                                                                                      Reading this again makes me hungry for Peabody's wings! Haven't been in quite awhile but they really were my favorite of all the places I've tried in the Tampa area - haven't had wings in Pinellas so can't speak to any of those places!

                                                                                  2. re: brennok

                                                                                    Wing Stop -- at least the one near me -- has some unacceptably scrawny wings. I haven't been back in a while since they committed this transgression. I cannot abide what an acquaintance once called 'pigeon wings'.
                                                                                    Kind of a shame...their atomic sauce is flavorful but nothing short of ferocious. I gave up trying to eat it after the last time -- on boneless wings -- when they left me feeling like I'd just had hernia surgery. Not even a healthy dollop of blue cheese would soothe the intestinal conflagration.

                                                                                    Wings Gone Wild on Bay to Bay has some of the meatiest wings around. I'll put 'em against any other wing. Decent flavor selection too. Not breaded either. One of their drummies has more meat than 2 wings from Beef's or Wing Stop.

                                                                                    1. re: EdC

                                                                                      Oooooo, I'm gonna be up near Bay to Bay tomorrow!------- right at lunch time!

                                                                                      1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                        I remember WGW being great! Bill we were thinking about hitting up Pane tomorrow if you are in that area... :)

                                                                                        1. re: askdrtodd

                                                                                          Thanks, I'd love to but I was in that area today...
                                                                                          I did the WGW and it was just OK...
                                                                                          I got the 16 for $11.99, half medium Buffalo and half garlic parmesan...
                                                                                          They're advertised as jumbo wings but they were just normal sized...
                                                                                          Only 2 pieces were big...
                                                                                          Flavor was not bad, but nothing special on either...

                                                                                          Yesterday, believe it or not, I had 'smoked' wings at Brady's BBQ in Safety Harbor, and they were all jumbos... Roaster wings... 10/$6.95 special...
                                                                                          But the taste was one dimensional, zero salt, and heavy on smoke of course...

                                                                                          I had delicious garlic parmesan wings at Beef O Brady's in Spring Hill last week...

                                                                                          I'm gonna try Peabody's when I'm in New Tampa next week...

                                                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                            Let me know what you think. I have only tried mild so far at Peabody's, but I believe they have a bunch of flavors not on the menu. I really need to make in during their AYCE so that I can try the various flavors.

                                                                                            1. re: brennok

                                                                                              I finally made it in to Peabody's yesterday for lunch and I thought their wings were perfect!

                                                                                              Toasty-crispy skin, juicy, fresh, nice size, glazed with sauce, not swimming in it...
                                                                                              ---and they were 20/$10.00 which I thought was fair...
                                                                                              Plenty of blue cheese dressing, perfect celery, great service....

                                                                                              I couldn't have been happier with them...
                                                                                              I ordered them 'medium'...

                                                                                              If they do garlic wings I'll get them next time, which I hope is soon...

                                                                                              Great rec Brennok, thanks!

                                                                                              1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                Glad to hear they were good. I am no wing expert as I have only recently expanded my horizons to try someplace other than Hooters lol.

                                                                                                They do have some type of garlic wing but I haven't tried it. We got a side of the sauce thinking it might be more of a garlic and parmesan butter sauce, but it was garlic mixed with hot sauce as far as we could tell so none of us tried it. I think a mix of Peabody's wings coated with the garlic parmesan sauce from Papa Johns that they use on their garlic parmesan breadsticks would be really good.

                                                                                                1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                  I'm not too fussy but Peabody's has the closest to "authentic" that I've had in this area. Just thinking about it makes me drool. I may have to hit them up this weekend! Maybe a good Father's Day event, since no family in town :)

                                                                                        2. re: EdC

                                                                                          Bay to Bay??? In S. Tampa??? Is there another one?

                                                                                          1. re: Old E.

                                                                                            try the garlic wings at Kerr's wing house

                                                                                      2. Honestly, I don't go out for wings very often and typically don't like the vibe at places devoted to wings. I will, however, order wings at bars. Although I'm certainly no expert, I think the smoked wings at Copper Top on Fowler right near USF are excellent. Really nice flavor and texture, very soft meat with crisp, smoky skin. Can't make any definitive claims about them being the best or not, but certainly check them out. All you can eat wings monday for 11.99 and the beer's always cheap.

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                                                                                        1. re: austinjh

                                                                                          Cool I will have to try Copper Top since I am right by there.

                                                                                        2. I have several places for chick wings, Hooters, St. Pete by Tyrone Mall

                                                                                          Friendly Tavern- on Indian Shores

                                                                                          Beach Pizza Seminole Blvd off of 54th Avenue Seminole

                                                                                          Double Tree Hotel outside dining Indian Rocks beach

                                                                                          Jimmy Iguna's Holiday Inn Indian Rocks Beach

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                                                                                          18121 Gulf Blvd, Redington Shores, FL 33708

                                                                                          1. I must say I found another place I never expected to have good wings, Sonny's BBQ. I have had them several times at the Busch Blvd location and their Sweet wings are really good. They aren't drowning in sauce like at Beef o Brady's but just a nice layer of sauce which has caramelized from cooking. The wings weren't really crispy like Peabodys, but weren't soggy either. They were a nice middle ground. The price wasn't bad for the 20 piece but I forget what they run. I have only had them at Busch Blvd so I can't vouch for their consistency at other locations.

                                                                                            1. Made it in to Anthony's Coal Fired on North Dale Mabry for lunch today, the wings were EXCELLENT. Great herbal quality to them, just slightly blackened, very moist, and the onions & bread that came with them were a wonderful compliment. Tough to say if they're my new fave over Lee Roy Selmon's, but they're definitely my new favorite wings that I don't feel guilty for eating! The pizza there was OK/good but not better than Paci's or Pane Rustica.

                                                                                              1. The Undertow on St Pete Beach has very tasty wings. Served with a mildly spicy sauce they are medium sized and cooked crispy without special request. Very reasonable prices and a great place to watch the sunset. I also enjoy the burgers, peel and eat shrimp, and fresh fish sandwiches. A great place to hang out f you can find parking.

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                                                                                                1. re: floridaeater

                                                                                                  I'll second Copper Top - love 'em!!

                                                                                                2. Buffalo Wild Wings were waaay too small to even be considered. Green Iguana has very good wings, but i suspect the rest of the menu to be loaded with msg so dont go often. Im in Countryside area and we go to Eddies on Bayshore. They have declined in quality due to the fact that they no longer use Perdue wings. But its the best offering i have found round here.

                                                                                                  1. A Hurricane Grill and Wings just opened up 1200 N Westshore Blvd up near the airport. Meaty wings, no breading (though breading is on the boneless), crispy skin, and around 30 flavors both wet and dry, you can even mix two flavors together. I've been going there too often since it has opened. The garlic fries are great too. Try it out.

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                                                                                                    1. re: ambroziak

                                                                                                      in town on a business trip and was looking or a great wing place.

                                                                                                      found this place pretty close to the airport. thought...why not? went in...GREAT food. the wings were well cooked (and large) and the sauce was good. only thing i was disappointed in was the heat. I like my wings with a little more kick.

                                                                                                      If i lived out here...I'd def go back. Thanks for the suggestion.

                                                                                                    2. Salem's!!!

                                                                                                      1. I had good wings at The Burg Bar & Grill the other night. Plus, they have a decent beer selection too!

                                                                                                        1. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has wings that are non-traditional, but incredible.

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                                                                                                          Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
                                                                                                          2218 N Congress Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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                                                                                                          1. re: slpreston

                                                                                                            I was there a few months ago and thought the wings were a little over-seasoned, or seasoned for too long----- but I went back with the wife a couple weeks ago for pizza and wings and both blew our minds.... My God the wings were so good... Piled high, crusty burnt in spots, herbylicious, and with that pyroclastic flow of sweet onions heaped on top and falling down the sides... Oven fresh focaccia wedges...

                                                                                                            Our Pizza was 'Extra cheese, Anchovies, and Arugula'...Wow!!!
                                                                                                            Service was impeccable..

                                                                                                          2. The Burg Bar & Grille on Central Ave in Saint Petersburg.

                                                                                                            Very good wings. Good size, piping hot, and very tasty sauce. Cold blue cheese, celery and beer. Doesn't get much better.

                                                                                                            1. If you can stand the heavy smoke smell, Dagwoods Bar on Sheldon and Waters Ave have very good wings. Think we paid like 17.99 for 20 wings, pitcher of bud light was like 7.00. Don't quote me on the price, I really can't recall for sure :-o

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                                                                                                              1. re: didi768

                                                                                                                I went to Three Birds yesterday and tried their wings. The wings were naked, which I prefer, and fairly large, crisp on the outside and meaty and moist inside. There are six options, sauce-wise: Naked, Parmesan Garlic, Sweet Chili, OMG it Hurts, and Chipotle Honey, and Franks Original.

                                                                                                                I tried the Sweet Chili and Chipotle Honey sauces. The Sweet Chili was really good, with a medium amount of heat and a light sweetness. The Chipotle Honey had a great hot smokiness to it (it was slightly hotter than the Sweet Chili), but was a little bland until I salted them a little, when it became really, really good.

                                                                                                                Three Birds chicken wings were good because a) they do the wings really well, and b) the sauces I tried were really tasty.

                                                                                                                1. re: oghmas

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the update! Also, they have Domenica Macchia ;)

                                                                                                                  Also, the Dunedin Brewery has some pretty solid wings (not to mention beer) - marinated overnight and server naked w/ sauce on the side. Yum! i can taste the creamy buffalo, awesome blue cheese and ice cold celery now!

                                                                                                              2. Wicked Wings 'N More
                                                                                                                1402 Alt 19
                                                                                                                Holiday FL 34691
                                                                                                                (about half mile south on the east side of the road where alt 19 meets 19)

                                                                                                                I was driving up alt 19 yesterday when some guy in a chicken suit was flapping around. This place was a closed down bbq joint.
                                                                                                                The motto on the sign says "home of the 50 cent wing". You order in increments of six, so I ordered them with their wicked hot sauce (they had a dozen or so other sauces on their paper printed menu, along with some burgers and sandwiches). Above average size wings deep fried naked with just the right amount of sauce on them (there isn't a pile of sauce and butter on the bottom of the plate when your done). The ranch dressing was homemade with more of a vinegary than buttermilk taste; it was pretty good.
                                                                                                                There is a bar on the inside , a bar on the outside and a bunch of picnic tables on grass next to the outside bar. The beer menu consists of Bud products on draft, Stella and Heineken.
                                                                                                                I had eighteen wings and three 14 oz. pints of Bud Select (the bartender just tapped a new keg) and the check was $14.63.
                                                                                                                This place has potential to turn into a real decent wing and beer joint. JMHO

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                                                                                                                1. re: byrd

                                                                                                                  this place has closed...

                                                                                                                2. Best Wings in the area hands down to me is Muggz N Juggs
                                                                                                                  surprised it was not even mentioned on here. Wed is 50 cent wings
                                                                                                                  As for 2nd place
                                                                                                                  the cop shop in oldsmar
                                                                                                                  Yes buffalow wild wings Blows. Horrible wings from anorexic chickens.

                                                                                                                  1. Where can I get dry-rub (no sauce) wings? I'm pretty sure I went somewhere in Pinellas to have some, but I can't remember where.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                                                      I am not a big wing person, but the best I have had is at The Tilted Kilt in Clearwater. I have only had them once. I ordered them with their traditional sauce which is like a mix of Thai Chili Pepper and BBQ. I had them naked and they grill them, which to me was much better then fried.

                                                                                                                    2. After reading some of the reviews here, on other boards and meeting some Copper Top employees I decided to try them out. Well the wings weren't bad but far from remarkable. They're smoked and baked but no smoky flavor was to be had. For smoked wings i recommend Cole's BBQ and my go to place is Peabody's. Their hot garlic is something special! Add some parmesan at your leisure and they're even better!

                                                                                                                      1. SILKS LOUNGE, 3rd floor, TAMPA BAY DOWNS. Although I previously agreed with the Oldsmar "Wing Wars" winner, "The Cop Shop," I forgot to mention the boneless wings I've been ordering at TBD for years. They're fresh and juicy inside with a crispy (perfectly) seasoned coating outside, and I've never had a bad one. Bonus is the sauce...the "Blazin" is quite tasty.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: canabird

                                                                                                                          I'll be passing by The Cop Shop tomorrow afternoon...
                                                                                                                          I've driven by 65,000 times but never stopped in ----- but tomorrow I'll go get some wings...

                                                                                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                            Garlic wings were big, tasty, fresh, and cooked well...
                                                                                                                            Took 35 minutes to get to the table which had my left eye and lip twitchin' towards the end, but they were worth the wait...
                                                                                                                            Even more so after splashing on some Habanero hot sauce that wasn't too hot...

                                                                                                                            Look at it!
                                                                                                                            Isn't it adorable?
                                                                                                                            That one baby container of Blue Cheese for a plate of 20 big wings that already cost $17.00?!
                                                                                                                            Of course extras are .70 each---- I needed three...

                                                                                                                            $25.00 lunch including $3.00 tip... A little crazy...
                                                                                                                            Not just here---- wings are getting expensive everywhere...

                                                                                                                            They're only $1.50 a pound in the supermarkets, God knows why 'one wing section' should be that close to a dollar...
                                                                                                                            From now on I'll 'try' wings rather than feast... 10 or so...

                                                                                                                            Very good wingies tho!
                                                                                                                            And nice place...
                                                                                                                            Makes me want to start playing pool again!
                                                                                                                            And a big thumbs-up on the damn-fine patriotic Wet Naps!

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                              Mild Bill,
                                                                                                                              Your comment on the one single little container of blue cheese dressing for 20 wings made me laugh, since I have experienced the same thing many times. And, like you, I usually have to order the one that comes with the meal, plus three extras. But this is only for 10 wings.

                                                                                                                              The following does not apply to the Cop Shop, where I have never eaten, but look forward to trying out. It is just a general comment about what I have experienced elsewhere: If I am going to have to pay extra for the blue cheese dressing, please don't serve ranch dressing with some crumbles of blue cheese dropped into it. Give me honest-to-goodness blue cheese dressing. (You can tell doctored Ranch dressing by its overly sweet taste, the tell-tale large dark flecks of pepper(??), and its glutinous texture.

                                                                                                                              Also, strangely enough, "wings" should actually be wings, not little drumsticks or other components of a chicken. It actually is possible to get too much meat when wings aren't used. The proportion of meat to carmelized skin is important. (The carmelized skin is a real rarity.)

                                                                                                                              I recommend the wings at the place at the corner of Country Way and Linebaugh in the Publix plaza, technically in Tampa but very near Oldsmar. It is next to the video rental place that is going out of business, even as I write this. It is called something like, "Raw Bar and Wings," and despite the number of times I've been there, I can't remember its official name. Also, my standards may not be the greatest because the other place I like a lot is Hooters, often criticized here, but which I believe has excellent wings and sauce.

                                                                                                                              1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                                                DITTO to everything you said!
                                                                                                                                McDivot's is the place on Countryway... Very good...
                                                                                                                                I like Hooters too---- and to tell you the truth, that's similar to how The Cop Shop's tasted...
                                                                                                                                Cheers, G!

                                                                                                                        2. 2 places NOT mentioned that will change everyone minds:

                                                                                                                          Dagwood's (Town n Country) best garlic wings/wings in general...very plump, they crackle 'n crunch outside, tender 'n juicy inside....get over the fact there is a water treatement plant across the street, and that the place is trailer-trashy...also, fresh cut fries-A Must!

                                                                                                                          Anthony's Coal Fire Oven (carrolwood across from Tanks Tap room)
                                                                                                                          -One choice of flavor here, no need for others here, they do it Right!
                                                                                                                          Their wings have an Italian herb marinade, they cook them in their 800° oven to super roast 'em! A-mazing! Topped with caramelized onions and served with toasted ciabatta bread. Yum!

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Glutton4Grub

                                                                                                                            Great to know about Dagwood's... I pass it like, every day...
                                                                                                                            When I'm stuck at a red light at that intersection, by the stinky water treatment facility, I love to mime 'wasn't me!' to the driver next to me...
                                                                                                                            Maybe I'll grab some wings there tomorrow...

                                                                                                                            We have talked about Anthony's tho---- and I agree with you... Many of us do...
                                                                                                                            Awesome!

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                                                                                                                            Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has wings that are non-traditional, but incredible.
                                                                                                                            By slpreston on Jun 14, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                            re: slpreston
                                                                                                                            I was there a few months ago and thought the wings were a little over-seasoned, or seasoned for too long----- but I went back with the wife a couple weeks ago for pizza and wings and both blew our minds.... My God the wings were so good... Piled high, crusty burnt in spots, herbylicious, and with that pyroclastic flow of sweet onions heaped on top and falling down the sides... Oven fresh focaccia wedges...

                                                                                                                            Our Pizza was 'Extra cheese, Anchovies, and Arugula'...Wow!!!
                                                                                                                            Service was impeccable..

                                                                                                                            By Mild Bill on Jul 29, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                            1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                              Glad Anthony's is "out there" but definately not enough!
                                                                                                                              Nor Dagwoods! However, No dressing up for Dagwoods, nor a date, only suitable for games, drankin', friends, bar olympics, great bar food, Great Service!, good specials! Etc

                                                                                                                              1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                                Dagwoods wings are good if you can handle all the cigarette smoke

                                                                                                                                1. re: rhnault

                                                                                                                                  Yeah, or get 'em togo and eat 'em quick!

                                                                                                                            2. I just had what are now my favorite wings in TB at the Angry Pepper in Seminole (Pinellas). The wings are smoked, not fried and served with your choice of sauces as usual.

                                                                                                                              But, they have a sauce called Tropical Heat which is more like a nuclear hot pepper relish. I wanted to order that as my sauce, but the waiter cautioned against it before I'd tried it once. Instead he gave me their regular hot sauce and a side of the Tropical Heat.

                                                                                                                              Nearly melted my face off, but extremely delicious.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: nerditry

                                                                                                                                The angry pepper is pretty good plus they have 20+ craft beers on tap.

                                                                                                                              2. Adding another to the list . . .

                                                                                                                                The Avenue in St. Pete. I ordered medium. Very tasty. Served naked and taste like they were marinated? Blue cheese and celery was very tasty which is always a +

                                                                                                                                Burgers are great too . . .

                                                                                                                                1. I just had the garlic-parmesan wings from Dairy Inn in St. Pete. Wow, they are good. Great flavor, nice size (not too big) and perfect amount of fresh garlic.

                                                                                                                                  http://www.dairyinn.com

                                                                                                                                  1. I love chicken wings and I have tried everyone from firehouse (.too small) to hooters, wing house, wild wild wings in zephyr hills (would not eat theirs unless starving) but the best wings so far are at soul of Korea on 56th south of Busch Blvd. they are perfect with a Modesa.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tampagman

                                                                                                                                      Why are they so good?

                                                                                                                                      I have to be at 56th and Busch on 'Monday'...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                                        Yea... what up :)

                                                                                                                                        I know Koreans love their fried chicken. Are these wings "traditional" double fried?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                                          Well, it seems this place is awesome from the small bit of investigation I did, but darn, they're not open on Monday...
                                                                                                                                          I had to check Yelp for that as it's not on their web page...

                                                                                                                                          http://soulofkorea.net/

                                                                                                                                          I might try to switch my Monday schedule for Tuesday...
                                                                                                                                          I'll get back with pics and a full report...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mild Bill

                                                                                                                                            That fried kim chee dumpling sounds really good!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: RibDog

                                                                                                                                              Went to Soul of Korea today for a quick lunch. I liked the chicken wings quite a bit. The sauce on the wings is a bit sticky and sweet to my tastes but they were still good. The sauce at Soul of Korea is spicier and less goopy than the sauce at Sa Ri One. I also had the seafood pancake which was excellent. It was full of shrimp, octopus, and ciles. It's a small place with a largely Korean clientele. I saw people eating things that looked awesome. I will definitely be going back soon.

                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                      2. Mikes Tap and Tavern in downtown St pete. All the wings are good, but the garlic parmesan are fantastic. My favorite wing place right now & they have an excellent craft beer selection.

                                                                                                                                        1. My go to wing place lately, up here in Northern Pinellas has been The Dunedin Brewery;

                                                                                                                                          "Dunedin Brewery Wings - Marinated overnight--deep-fried--and dry with the sauce on the side."

                                                                                                                                          The only drawback is that they are not spicy hot hot, but their beer more than makes up for it...

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: byrd

                                                                                                                                            Ya, those are great.