The Ultimate Philly Buffalo Wing String
My boys and I live for great wings, and sadly the Philly area is pretty weak in this department. To be great, a wing must be:
1. Very crispy without being breaded
2. Have a great FLAVORED sauce, preferably with multiple heat options, including a true scorcher
3. Not too big, not too small
4. A quality blue cheese dip, extra points for carrots
We rate each category 1 to 5 (though we often cheat and use half points for high scores).
We've tried all the Philly usual suspects, and all are pretty lacking when compared to the gold standard, Jeremiah’s in Rochester, NY.
The best we have found is The Artful Dodger, though we always order them extra crispy. 5 for crisp, 4 for sauce, 5 for size (the crispy wing tip puts them over the top), 4.5 for dip (they have carrots)
A bit off the beaten path but Mesquito Grill in Doylestown. My favorite wings, and I do some work in Buffalo (I'm a Duff's guy in Buffalo, but still not as good as Mesquito Grill). I'll also second the Jug Handle.
My two favorites (and I am by no means an aficionado) are Moriarty's and North Third. Have you tried them? The service at North 3rd is consistently bad, but their wings are pretty dedlicious
never had the wings at the artful dodger but that is sure to change come june when italy repeats as world cup champs. :) but i digress....
i know that this is slightly out of your target, but the roasted chicken wings at the reading terminal are worthy of meeting your taste buds. they are not hot wings, but they can be crispy, but the sauce is served on the side and the flavor is just awesome. this isn't to be added to your list as a competitor, but if you are a overall lover of the wing then you should try them out. so damned good, another post got me thinking about them today.
I finally tried the wings from Dienner's today after seeing recs on this board and I loved them. They are not bar style wings in the least and do not match any of the OP's qualifications but they were awesome. They don't even need sauce, there is so much chickeny goodness going on in those wings.
I second Moriarty's (though I only know Center City) and though I have had plenty of wing disappointments (my last was Royal Tavern's), I was not aware Philadelphia was so weak in this department. I spent a year in Minnesota and all there is to do in the winter there is go to bars and eat bar food and I don't remember all the wings there to be to my taste, either. Aren't wings like pizza, each person has their own ideal based on the type they are used to?
I'll definitely second Moriarty's as having pretty good wings. I'm still unsure if I like them served as the full wing (drumstick and wing in one!), but they have a good flavor and plenty of bang for the buck.
I'm also a really big fan of Fergie's Pete's Wings (they're always on the specials menu as Pete's something). They don't fit all of OP's qualifications, but have a great flavor and crispness.