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(MSP) Best buffalo wings?

greenidentity Jul 26, 2009 09:11 PM

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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    patnjod Jul 27, 2009 12:58 PM

    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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      qajohn May 22, 2010 07:22 AM

      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.

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      KC612 Jul 27, 2009 01:03 PM

      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!

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        kevin47 Jul 27, 2009 02:10 PM

        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. Bill Roehl Jul 27, 2009 02:30 PM

          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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/582414 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/124984

          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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623722

          Good luck.

          1. daniellempls May 21, 2010 10:21 AM

            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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              kevin47 May 21, 2010 05:21 PM

              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

            2. Foureyes137 May 22, 2010 06:52 AM

              Spring Street Tavern.

              Get both kinds.

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                diearzte2 May 22, 2010 12:35 PM

                I think the best wings are actually at Burrito Loco in Dinkytown. They are nice and crispy, don't get their hot sauce though, it's their loco sauce which is basically just habaneros and a hot sauce in a blender, their medium is perfect. It seems like a random place to go for wings, but they are actually really good. On Wednesdays they are like 29 cents each and on Saturdays you can order a pitcher of beer and get a pitcher of wings with it.

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                  alpa chino May 24, 2010 01:12 AM

                  Tooties on Lowry Ave are pretty good. I have to check out the CC club. People seem to like that on the other thread. Personally, I like small, crispy wings with great sauce.

                  1. Latinpig May 24, 2010 08:51 AM

                    Runyons has been the best in town for the last 25+ years.

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                      Fudist May 24, 2010 06:10 PM

                      Goby's has very, very good crispy wings. Skinners has some pretty decent wings as well.

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                        justalex May 24, 2010 06:39 PM

                        I agree on Runyon's wings. Love 'em ordered extra crispy with nuclear sauce. They are my absolute favorite.

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                          DukeFan May 26, 2010 06:57 PM

                          Runyons first with jakes a close second

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                          Lincster May 25, 2010 04:19 PM

                          I have to say I've been on a big Runyons kick lately myself. These wings are twice the size of BW3, so don't let the price turn you off (I think $9 for a dozen). I get the regular sauce with a side of the "too hot" (I think that is the same as nuclear) sauce. And, real blue cheese dipping sauce! Even without asking for extra crispy, I think these have just the right bite.

                          Great laid back place.

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                            Bill Roehl May 26, 2010 09:49 AM

                            Agreed. After a recommendation from several people (including the ever so famous MSPD) I tried Runyon's last fall and thought the wings were definitely true to the form. Due to us wanting to share a huge plate of the wings (picture here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_roe... from the downtown Mpls location) I only got their traditional Buffalo style. I need to get back in there and try their spicy version and see if they are actually hot.

                            Mmm, now I want wings.

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                          Maggie19 Jun 4, 2010 08:13 AM

                          Had wings last Saturday at Harry Singh's Carribean .... Let's just say, that will be my take out place for wings in Mpls from now on .....

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                            alpa chino Jun 4, 2010 10:33 AM

                            I just tried Runyons for the first time. Unbelievable! I got them extra crispy. Some great stuff.

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                              btock Jun 8, 2010 07:23 PM

                              I'll throw in a vote for the Park Tavern bowling alley in St. Louis Park. Huge, juicy wings and nice spice. Last time I was there a big order was just $5 at happy hour.

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                              Mill City Modern Jul 1, 2010 10:38 AM

                              My favorite wings in town are at the Leaning Tower on University. Hot, tangy, usually not too wet, crispy skin. Perfect.

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                                grad_girl_1 Jul 2, 2010 09:33 AM

                                Maxwell's, near the metrodome in DT Minneapolis, are by far my favorite and I'm a Buffalo Wing fanatic. They consistently have just the right amount of crispness and sauce. I'd give McCormick and Schmick DT Minneapolis and Rock Bottom Brewery an honorable mention.

                                I'm not as big of a fan of Runyon's wings, only because the preparation has been inconsistent in my experience. Sometimes they aren't crispy and have too much sauce, other times they are just right.

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