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Best Wings in Philly

What ya got? I've had Moriarty's (always good, esp if you like them hot) and byrne's in port richmond (on the small side but tasty) are the two philly heavyweights IMHO.

recently had Ladder 15 which were dry and terrible and Pub and Kitchens, which were awesome in honey whiskey sauce, but small.

anywhere off the radar that i should be heading to get my fix.

a decent beer list is a plus too

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  1. Can we expand this to include take-out/delivery wings, too? I have not found any delivery places that make good wings, although King Edwards on Bainbridge near Juniper is not bad.

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    1. re: barryg

      I'd head across the Tacony or Betsy Ross to the Jug Handle Inn. Best wings I've ever had (large in size, perfectly cooked with a phenomenal sauce), which includes the originals at the Anchor Bar.

      1. re: mitchh

        mitch, my daughter mentioned this past weekend, the Jug Handle changed "handlers". She said the recipe for the wings has changed and they weren't as good. What do you know about that?

        I am looking for great wings in Montgomery County if anyone has a suggestion. I would like to be able to have them without traveling. Ambler, Lower Gwynedd, Blue Bell. Thanks.

        1. re: crazyspice

          the wings at 1st and 10, a taproom on hamilton ave in hamilton, nj has the best wings. other menu selections are also teriffic. the wings are as good or better than anchor bar.

          1. re: crazyspice

            Crazy,

            I honestly haven't been there since the winter so I can't answer that question. I can say that then the wings were as good as I remember when I was 18. That said I have a hard time believing that a place famous for their wings would change the recipe that they've used for years even with a new "handler".

            In Montco, the wings at Whelihans are very good as are the wings at the Drafting Room. If you like them hot, the Drafting Room's inferno sauce will make you quite happy.

            1. re: crazyspice

              I like the hot & honey wings at the Bridgeport Rib House

          2. re: barryg

            IMO...take out wings are close to take out fries....the steam/ heat in the to go boxes ruin a good wing...by the time you get it home....they are terrible

            1. re: BeerFreak

              As long as you aren't driving a long distance if you get them dry and sauce them at home, they are ok. For me Lee's is literally a 2 minute drive so they end up ok, but I do ask them to make sure they are well done. Besides if wings aren't immediately delivered to your table when you order them at a restaurant you could say the exact same thing.

          3. My bf swears by the Royal Tavern wings... and also good beer there.

            For delivery (no one yell!) ... Dominoes.... :)

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            1. re: LPhila

              BTW, since I just had lunch there and had wings I have to give them props, the wings at Lee's (specifically Blue Bell) are very good.

              If you are going to do them as takeout, I highly recommend getting the wings dry with the sauce on the side and adding the sauce when you get home so that the wings don't get soggy.

            2. My husband really likes Union Jack's in Manayunk. I've had their boneless wings and the sauce is excellent.

              1. The asian wings at North 3rd are SOOOOOO good!

                1. Great wings, excellent beer list, and off the beaten path: Mesquito Grill in Doylestown. Everything else there is pretty average, but the wings and beer are top notch.

                  1. Wings and a quality beer list...my vote would have to be for Capones in East Norriton. Have to get their Beesting wings, but I thing they only make them on Mondays. As far as their beer list, it is second to none.

                    1. i think the best wings are the korean type: bonchon chicken. (for more info, check out the nytimes article from a couple years back:

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/din...

                      somehow they have managed to crisp up the skins and they toss them lightly with this sticky sweet/spicy sauce. it's really unlike most chicken wing places around. it's worth seeking out.

                      the downside is that the only place that i know of in the philly area that has bonchon chicken is soho cafe on cheltenham (& 5th streets, in olney). one box comes with 20 pieces of wings, a small container of daikon radishes, and one can of soda. you can get mild, spicy, or half mild and half spicy. one box is $20, but it's definitely worth $1.00 per wing.

                      if you are going to order and pick up, beware that the wings take about 30 minutes to cook, so you either can go there order, and wait 30 minutes, or call ahead.

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                        1. re: purplesachi

                          Damn. I love Bonchon at Cafe Soho. Now, their wings are going to be on my mind all day!! :)

                        2. I have a bit of a bias toward the traditional buffalo sauce but Local 44 has some pretty good ginger garlic wings. Just make sure you ask for them well done, otherwise they sometimes come out with the skin kind of slimy (They're still working out the kinks I thinks). GREAT draft beer selection. The best traditional buffalo wings to be had so far are at Ten Stone (near Pub and Kitchen). They're always spicy, crispy and meaty and your nose starts to burn before they even hit the table. Decent Beer selection but kind of a douchey crowd IMO. Cheers!

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