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HELP! Buffalo Wings in Philly

hillster Nov 12, 2008 12:59 PM

I need to know where the best buffalo wings in Philly can be found!! I have checked all of the threads and there were very few. How can that be with the popularity of wings and beer? I am looking to find really exceptional wings in a bar (even if it's obscure) or in a great restaurant, as long as they are crisp and delicious!

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    Gorp512 RE: hillster Nov 12, 2008 08:53 PM


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      hillster RE: Gorp512 Nov 13, 2008 07:34 AM

      Really? I haven't been there in 15 years, but I remember the food being mediocre.

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        JugglerDave RE: hillster Nov 13, 2008 08:14 AM

        The Bride & I went there in late summer so that I could have the wings (she had some kind of salad).

        The wings were very good, and were whole wings (not drum-ettes and other piece parts). The sauce had a great combination of tang, vinegar, and pepper spice. I like my wings hotter so I was a little disappointed that they only offer 1 sauce (which I would classify as a true medium or medium-plus on the hotness scale).

        I can't talk to the quality of the rest of their food.

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          Buckethead RE: hillster Nov 13, 2008 08:37 AM

          The food is mediocre at best, apart from the wings. They're the only thing there worth eating.

      2. crazyspice RE: hillster Nov 13, 2008 03:47 AM

        Cross the bridge and go to the Jughandle Inn on Route 73.

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          mitchh RE: crazyspice Nov 13, 2008 07:04 AM

          2nd Jughandle. Leaps and bounds better than anything else.

          I've been to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo and I think that the Jug's are better than theirs!

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            crazyspice RE: mitchh Dec 1, 2008 02:41 PM

            I have also been to the Anchor Bar. I'm sticking with the Jughandle.

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          lawgirl3278 RE: hillster Nov 13, 2008 07:32 AM

          My husband swears by Moriarty's and Union Jack's in Manayunk. I think Moriarty's has the best blue cheese, I get extra for dipping fries!

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            brightman RE: hillster Nov 13, 2008 08:51 AM

            in Philly, Moriarty's and Locust Rendezvous. Over the bridge, The Jughandle on 73 or Whistler's on Rt 130.

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              Hendi RE: hillster Dec 1, 2008 02:37 PM

              I've been looking for good wings in Philly for a while now, the closest I've found is Ed's in UCity.

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                hungry100 RE: hillster Dec 2, 2008 08:30 AM

                McMennamin's in Mt. Airy has excellent wings. I hear that Tavern on the Hill in Chestnut Hill has exceptional wings as well. Venture to the northwest!

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                  outsidein RE: hillster Dec 3, 2008 08:04 AM

                  I know it's kind of divey looking but the bar Skinners on Market between 2nd and 3rd has great wings, in my opinion. Their sauce incorporates coffee and I find it pretty addictive.

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                    travelmad478 RE: hillster Dec 3, 2008 06:14 PM

                    I had some very fine wings at Memphis Taproom recently, in "Port Fishington." The rest of the food we had struck me as pretty mediocre, so maybe it's a Moriarty's-type situation. The beer list is pretty good, though.

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                      croissantanyone RE: travelmad478 Dec 3, 2008 07:25 PM

                      I second Memphis Taproom. The wings there are excellent. They use a pilsner-brine and very meaty wings, so that each bite is unbelievably succulent and satisfying. The blue cheese dip is phenomenal with large chunks of blue cheese intact. And a small order for only $7! Go there now.


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                        mazza3 RE: croissantanyone Dec 5, 2008 12:36 PM

                        and i reiterate all of travelmad's review. great wings, but the rest of the food puts on airs and falls flat. the owner seemed nice at first but now i think that he is delusional. never ask his opinion on the food since his mind is making grandious adjustments.

                        also, for non-hot wings...the roasted amish wings at the reading terminal (with a side of hot dipping sauce) are cravably delicious. i haven't had them in months and just gave myself a fit thinking about them. YUM!

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                          saturninus RE: mazza3 Dec 5, 2008 12:40 PM

                          I REALLY like the menu at the Memphis Taproom - if I am in the mood for fried food, which most of their menu is. The owner is incredibly obnoxious, I remember him very well from Nodding Head, but I still really enjoy the Port Richmond platter. I just have to be in a place to eat fried everything.

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                            travelmad478 RE: saturninus Dec 5, 2008 12:46 PM

                            I too liked the *menu*--it was just the execution of the actual food that was disappointing. We had a vastly better meal last weekend--the same type of atmosphere and along the same general menu lines--at North Third. But that is a subject for another thread.

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