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Jul 26, 2009 09:11 PM

(MSP) Best buffalo wings?

I am always searching for the best buffalo wings. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to try many yet. Any suggestions on where to get a great wing? What should a superior buffalo wing contain? It seems like such a simple food - but can be quite complicated to get it "right."

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  1. Right now my favorite is the buffalo wing at Ray J's in Woodbury. I know there are probably better out there, but this one is close to home and makes me plenty happy when nothing else fits the bill. I love that it's the full wing, not these little wee wing-lets. The less processed, the better it is. I look forward to other replies as I continue my own wing hunt!

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    1. re: patnjod

      I agree with the Ray J receomendation. My wife gets freaked out at the size of the wing beacause they are served whole, but I really like them that way.

    2. Not really Buffalo Wings, but Old Chicago has a good wing called Smokin' Jalapeno Firehouse that have diced jalapenos stuck in the sauce. Very good!

      1. Buffalo wings should have a lot of zing, both in terms of spice and vinegar. Sauces that are too creamy never penetrate the skin.

        Chicken wings in general should be focused and consistent. If it's a crispy wing, make it crispy (BW3 has this figured out). If it's a jerk wing, it should be tender and generously spiced.

        There is nothing worse than some random chicken drummy doused in store-bought sauce, and that describes 90% of the wings you'll find in this city.

        1. I haven't yet found anything terribly decent in MSP (granted I haven't checked everywhere) but there are some other threads here which may be of some help: and

          I was up at Girvan Grille on Saturday with some friends and while it's not Buffalo, two of us did their Ghost Wings Challenge. You can read more about the topic here:

          Good luck.

          1. So I dug up this older post because I would really know where people find a good wing- either Buffalo or other specialty in the TC. I would classify a good buffalo wing being friend enough that there issn't too much lumpy fat- so crispy, and very hot, spicy but also able to taste the butter in the sauce. I like mine 'dry' where the sauce has been able to meld with the skin.

            For other wings- the same basics- no squishy chicken fat- fried wll with good sauce or flavor.

            Some of my likes and dislikes-
            Legends Bar & Grill- dislike. Used to go a lot in college for cheap wings, but the inconsistentcy and blah sauce does not cut it anymore.
            Mac's Industrial- like. They have really nice Grand Marnier sauce on well cooked wings
            Doolittle's Air Cafe-like. Great lemon garlic wings. They serve a whole wing there which is nice.
            The Cardinal- dislike. Buffalo wings were rubbery and weak.

            So I know these aren't maybe'wing' places, but I just wanted to get ideas flowing. Looking for a good spot in MPLS in particular.

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            1. re: daniellempls

              My faves:

              Buffalo - Runyons does a nice job with these. I think it meets all of your criterion.

              Other - The Muddy Pig have jamaican jerk wings with a sort of aioli for dipping. These are my favorite, and they are perfect with some of the darker beers on tap.

              Muddy Pig
              162 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102