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I need The Hottest Hot Wings in LA!

So a friend of mine is coming to town from Germany, and this guy is a chicken wing aficionado. He's eaten them around the world, and this being his first trip to LA, I need to take him to the best places and impress him! (He said thus far, he's had the best buffalo wings in... Tokyo!

So I've read some threads on this subject, but I need the throwdown on these two main points - what's the tastiest, and the hottest? (He is obsessed with eating the spiciest he can possibly find).

I am wiling to drive him within a 80 mile radius to fulfill his quest. Thanks Chowhounds!

Separately, I just found a cool video on how to eat chicken wings - this sort of blew my mind, it was so unexpectedly helpful!


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  1. hand down "ye rustic inn". order with suicide sauce. please post your final results. enjoy!

    Ye Rustic Inn
    1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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    1. re: justanotherpenguin

      not very hot, very low on the scoville unit scale, equivalant to tabasco sauce. Wings were very tasty though, and the waitress was awesome and down to earth. Cool crowd in a small dimly lit place, my rating of 4 on the 10 unit scale, as compared to WS atomics sitting at 8.5

    2. Try the Suicide Wings at Hoagies & Wings. I can eat Habaneros, but they put a little drop of their Suicide sauce on a toothpick and it blew me away.
      My favorite hot wings, however, are from a chain: Wingstop. I order the Cajun wings (2nd hottest, hottest is Atomic but seemed to powdery for me), well done, extra saucy. I love their fries - get them to cook them for 7 minutes (they will look at you strangely, but hang tough), you will not be disappointed.
      Good luck!


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      1. re: WildSwede

        As much as I love Wingstop, the Cajun isn't that spicy. It's more vinegary than it is spicy.

        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          Yeah, that is why I didn't say I thought they were spicy - just that they were the 2nd spiciest at WS. I actually prefer my wing sauce on the vinegary side - that is why I think the Atomic is too powdery. I always have them sprinkle on a lot of that spice blend that they add to the Cajun one as well. Then it comes out just as I like it.

        2. re: WildSwede

          The suicide wings at Hoagies and Wings are the hottest I've had in LA. Flavor-wise, I don't think they are better than Ye Olde Rustic Inn, but they are spicier.

          If you really want to branch out from wings, look at this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607818

          1. re: Jwsel

            I agree. Ye Olde Rustic Inn's are really good. I did not find them very spicy, tho. I may acually be heading there tonight before going to the KCET studios... Now my mouth is watering!!

          2. re: WildSwede

            2nd Hoagies and Wings, though be warned it's mainly just a food stand. If you do the one at La Cienega you can eat at a high-school style wire picnic table on the sidewalk. It's a very "LA" experience.

            1. re: WildSwede

              if people think wing stop atomic is not then your dont know hot. I want to find the hottest in LA but and for me atomic is a 5 out of 10. i want 10 out of 10

              1. re: oncore

                The hottest wings I've had were at 710 Grille in San Pedro.
                Extremely hot. So much so, that you have to be over 18 yo and sign a waver.

                I think they did a Foodnetwork thing there a number of years back.

                It's been a while since I've been, so I can't comment on how they taste these days.

            2. The rumor was that Alondra's in Montebello had a sauce so hot, they require you sign a waiver before you order. They were hot, but they didn't kill me. They were delicious!

              1. Kyochon.

                I dunno if they're the hottest wings around, but they are definitely some of hottest AND tastiest wings around.

                1. Try Buffalo Wild wings. They just opened up locations in Burbank and Torrance. They have blazing sauce there that is pretty hot. Not burn your face off hot, but pretty hot. I'd say its slightly hotter than the atomic at Hoagies and Wings. Plus they have a challenge, if you eat 12 blazing in 2 minutes.....I don't think the heat is the problem but rather being able to eat 12 in two minutes. Pretty funny shirt though ("Don't get too close or I may get sauce on you" or something to that effect").

                  Hoagies and Wings
                  332 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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                  1. re: gordo26

                    Buffalo wild wings chain should be outlawed, iMHO

                  2. Mr. Cecil's California Ribs (Pico near the 405) serves delicious wings. Not the spiciest, but man, they are good.

                    1. kyochon if hes never had korean chicken wings. the k-town location on 6th and serrano is the most consistent

                      1. I have to agree with Justanotherpenguin on this one... you can't go wrong with Ye Rustic for big, flavorful wings at a good price. just be on notice, the place, for all its other charms, is pretty much a neighborhood dive-ish bar. nice atmosphere if you like that. Personally, when i have a jones for some wings this place is my first choice.

                        good luck.

                        1. Agree with the Kyochon recs. If you happen to be in the South Bay area though, Izakaya Bincho has delicious wings! Perfectly crunchy in a sweet, slightly spicy sauce it is SO good.

                          Izakaya Bincho
                          112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                          8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                          1. I've enjoyed hot wings from Buffalo Wings & Things in Culver City. The hot sauce is spicy, but they also have a suicide sauce that I haven't tried. I've seen some people order a triple suicide sauce too.

                            Hoagies & Wings in Culver City - I've tried the mild wings and the lemon pepper wings. I really liked the lemon pepper wings, but I wanted something spicier than the mild wings, but I was sharing with a friend who doesn't like spicy, so...

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                            1. re: annapurna7

                              I was disappointing with that place. They are ok. But not too authentic. I rate by buffalo sauce authenticity,

                            2. i am still looking both in OC and LAC for the hottest of hot wings. so far wing stop has the podium on a scale of 1-10, it ranks about 8.5 for the hottest. Hooters 911's about 5, Rustic Inn suicides = 4, wings n things Beyond Hot = 4. mm

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                              1. re: marcoshotlist

                                have you tried kyochon? they are not that hot, 5-6 on a scale of 10, but about as hot as i consider palatable. i don't want to get a runny nose and start crying. they use fryer chickens so they're smaller and more tender than you'll usually find. nice, crispy skin, too.

                              2. The place to go is East India Grill on LaBrea at Beverly. They have wings from hell and they will make them as hot as you want. The mild ones are medium hot, but they will make them really really hot, and they are good. I eat them with raita, to cool off my mouth. Also get their onion cilantro naan, it is great.

                                1. buffalo wild wings in buena park (and other places), very close to atomics, but i could be wrong, considering the time you have to finish them if you go for the challenge. you sign a waiver, then you have 6 minutes to finish a dozen of the "Blazin"..very tasty too, and you get a shirt. stellar service and atmosphere. too bad they can't video and place on the big screen during the challenge..2:38 was my time..phew, now i'm feeling it... 8.4 rating

                                  Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
                                  3160 Chino Ave, Chino Hills, CA 91709

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                                  1. re: marcoshotlist

                                    My vote goes to Ye Rustic Inn. Just tell them you want them hotter than normal. They are the best, best best wings in LA. I've had a lot of wings. Theirs are really meaty and they give a good sized portion.

                                  2. I also am a wing snob!
                                    For hottest I would have to say Buffalo Wild Wings. Blazing are blazing but I prefer the Mango Habanero.

                                    For best tasting and most authentic BUFFALO wings in with a good bite I recommend Manhattan Pizzeria in Manhattan Beach. Best wings outside of NY!! With a nice beach to look at!
                                    133 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach CA.

                                    1. For tasty traditional Buffalo style wings that aren't super hot (although I'm a poor judge as I have a very high tolerance for heat) I'd have to go with Rustic, echoing a few of the posts here.

                                      For something a little different, I'd have to suggest the spicy sesame wings at OB Bear in Korea Town - a great place to knock back a mini keg of beer and eat a plate or two of wings. Their fried chicken ain't so bad, either.

                                      1. Beer Belly in KTown has some incendiary wings.

                                        1. Maybe LA isn't the place for HOT chicken wings. If he loves spicy, you know what I would do? Take him to Orochon Ramen and order the the 'Special #2'. It will blow his ears off.

                                          1. A place that I have never seen mentioned for wings is MB Chinese in Sherman Oaks. It is a strip-mall hole in the wall with so-so Chinese food and a large variety of wings. I don't actually recommend their buffalo wings, but love their salt and pepper wings -- crispy, fried wings with garlic, salt, and jalapeno -- and their General Tso's wings -- with a sweet and lightly spicy sauce. There are at least 10 different flavors to try.

                                            What really stands out is the size of their wings. They are big and meaty, unlike the ones at most places in town, and well cooked. The only other place that consistently has wings of similar size is Ye Rustic Inn.