Chicken Wing Battle: Ye Rustic Inn Vs. Kyochon
Football season is fast approaching and that means one thing: it's time to eat incredibly unhealthy food while watching other people exert themselves. But what's a red-blooded American to do when it's almost coin-toss-time and you find yourself inconveniently saddled with a discerning palate? In Los Feliz, the divey and oppressively dark Ye Rustic Inn has been making some of the best buffalo wings in town for years. These wings, despite their kitchen transformation and healthy dose of wing sauce, still come out tasting like chicken--which is more than I can say for most of the versions you're likely to find.
However, if you're secure in your patriotism, there are some foreign wings out there that you don't want to miss. Kyochon, a chain of Korean fried chicken shops, just might have what it takes to ween you off your buffalo sauce addiction. Their garlic soy wings will hit you in the nose first, exuding an aroma so seductive that even the most foreigner-hating Americans will find themselves stretching their fingers toward the plate like Indiana Jones for the Holy Grail. These wings are not at all sloppy, but clean, crisp and golden. The flavor is there, but packed on the inside, rather than out.
In the end, both have their merits and their rabid fans. So what's a lover of all things gridiron to do when people are coming over to watch the game? Delegate. Have one friend pick up from Ye Rustic, and the other from Kyochon. Then you can lay them all out on the table and see what happens. But if you had to choose one or the other, consider sticking with Kyochon, since your fingers won't be covered in red stains and you could put your arm around that girl you've been trying to hook up with since high school.
3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Ye Rustic Inn
1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
PHOENIX FOOD BOUTIQUE at one of their many locations has amazing Crispy Garlic Chicken Wings. yum! we order them up and eat them outside while waiting to get a table at DIN TAI FUNG.
A year ago things were different in my life. I wasn't a vegetarian and I lived on Hillhurst Ave. I went to Ye Old for beers a few times and never saw it as a place to eat anything. I saw some favorable online reviews for their wings and tried them one day. They are not good. I haven't tried the locations out here, but Wing Stop (at least back in my hometown in FL) blows Ye Old away.
Agree on your assesment of the wings at Ye Rustic Inn, they were dried out and nothing notable about them. I don't understand the raves about them.
Kyochon...smallest wings I've ever seen and can also be dried out because they're so small.
Give me Hooter's wings over those two.
Hamburger Hamlet has some good wings if you can find a location (Pasadena on Lake is one).
Get them with their famous apricot sauce or buffalo sauce.......the wings are big, juicy and crispy the way chicken wings should be. Not from midget chickens.
This made me chuckle. =) I like Kyochon's "clean, crisp and golden" garlicky chicken too, but I found it to be a tad too sweet for me. I still need to try their spicier version....
Great writeup! :) Still haven't tried Ye Rustic Inn yet (I know, I know). I'll have to go soon. :)
You want some good wings?
Check out the frozen fully cooked wings at Costco. They come in different flavors and they're damn good and convenient. Just pop them in the microwave. Depending on the kind they're like $12 for a 4-5 pound bag.
I'll put them up against YRI anytime.
Remember I said they were good and not great.