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Buffalo wings in DC area

My husband and I just moved to the DC area and we haven't found great buffalo wings yet. His birthday is coming up and I wanted to find great wings for him. The sauce is less important (because he can always add tobasco sauce for the extra kick), more important that they are crispy on the outside,yet not dry inside. Any true blue buffalo wing fans have any advice?

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  1. Hard Times Cafe. Multiple locations. Ask for exactly what you want - grilled and/or crispy on the outside. Even if they mess it up, the wings are meaty and excellent so you'll still get some enjoyment. And decent chili is a nice fallback.

    Many places don't care about their wings. Hard Times definitely does.

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    1. re: malveaux

      I also love the wings at Hard Times. I have converted die hard fried wing fans when I ordered these instead. They are grilled crispy and the sauce is quite tasty. I am a huge fried food lover (sadly) but far prefer these.

    2. For one thing, you should go ahead and get the wood fired wings at Johnny's on the Half Shell (Cap Hill).

      Next, get to Bungalow Billiards (not on a Tuesday) and get the wings with 3 Mile Island sauce.

      Third, in old town Herndon is Jimmy's. Jimmy will most likely be there. Jimmy is from Buffalo and is proud of it - you'll know this quickly. Jimmy has on his menu wings, perogies, beef on weck (to die for), and more. The Friday fish fries are to be noted.

      In Nova at least there is Buffalo Wing Factory. Certainly passable, but by the quality of the sauce and wings themselves, it deserves to come in fourth on the list.

      1. if you're north of dc in the burbs, hit up kay's diner in Gaithershurg, MD. they use the jumbo wings, and give you the whole wing, as opposed to seperating them (ie: a 5pc wing order is the equivalent to a 10 pc.) no buffalo sauce that i know of (they serve em naked) but they make a spicy homemade "mambo sauce" that goes really well with them. most importantly, they are what you require- crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. a 5 pc wings with fries will run you about $6

        1. I love the wings at the Wingmasters in the Union Station food court. Their sauce is especially good....hot and garlicky. Not authentic Buffalo Wings as I know it, but very good.

          1. mmm Asylum in Adams Morgan wings.... so good.

            1. Try the wings at Urban BBQ in Rockville. Big meaty wings, which they finish on the grill, so they are not sauced like you think of Buffalo wings, but my favorites none the less.

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              1. re: dinwiddie

                I majorly second this. These are NOT Buffalo-style chicken wings by any strict standards, but they are fantastic, in my opinion. You can dress them with BBQ sauce, if you like, or you can eat them naked (as I do) and they just work. Great.

                1. re: dinwiddie

                  Are these the same as the ones at the new sibling restaurant Urban Burger? Because I just had those this evening and they were excellent.

                2. Buffalo Wing University in Fairfax is pretty good. On a good day, Hard Times wings are better, but they aren't consistent.

                  1. My favorite by far are Baileys Pub. Locations in the Ballston Common Mall and in Germantown MD. The honey hot are fantastic.

                    1. Capitol Lounge, on Cap. Hill. still the best. awesome, particularly for dine in.

                      1. Clyde's has some great wings as well.

                        1. My favorite wings are at Shooter McGee's in Alexandria (near Landmark).

                          1. the wings at the birchmere in alexandria are excellent

                            1. I agree with Clydes as well. Their wings have always been very tasty, meaty and never dry. They also have it for happy hour for $4 for a dozen from 4-7pm.

                              1. Potomac Pizza at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg has great, traditional wings.

                                1. Wing's aren't too bad at Ledo's, but the problem is they use the same sweet ingredient that they use on their pizza sauce, which I don't like.