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Best chicken wings in L.A.?

winglover May 25, 2005 05:14 PM

I've never posted here before but have been reading other people's posts for a while...anyways, does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find some good ,crispy, not soggy, wings besides Hooters? My preference is the Westside but would be willing to travel to the valley or the South Bay...

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    slaks99 RE: winglover May 25, 2005 05:21 PM

    Furaibo. Drool.

    Sawtelle one block north of Olympic. Green Awning. Do it. Do it with beer.

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      Stuart RE: slaks99 May 25, 2005 05:27 PM

      One member on here raved about Ruben's Red Hots on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, are these that good?

      Believe it or not, I love the wings at ELEPHANT BAR which is a chain restaurant..

      Happy Eating,


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        lyric_2005 RE: slaks99 May 25, 2005 05:53 PM

        furaibo is one of the best chicken wing restaurants i've been to. however, it's a japanese rest. so if you're looking for bbg wings or something more saucy, you might want to reconsider.

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          Alice RE: slaks99 May 26, 2005 03:13 AM

          I second Furaibo!! I don't usually eat chicken and even more rare for me to eat chicken skin but I LOVE the chicken wings and eat all the skin for the ones at furaibo =) something about the seasoning! yum!

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            hrhboo RE: Alice Jun 10, 2007 09:20 AM

            Third it! You have to ask for extra spicy to get any hint of spice at all. Wonderful, crispy and non-greasy.

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              nosh RE: hrhboo Jul 18, 2007 07:03 PM

              Furaibo wings -- yes, crispy, well-seasoned ordered spicy, and non-greasy. But note, very tiny. Nibbles rather than real bites of meat.

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            Dommy RE: slaks99 Jun 11, 2007 10:52 AM

            We went there yesterday and tried out the famous chicken wings. Sadly they weren't our style at all... I much perfer the ones at Panns. The Hampen Cheese however was indeed worth returning for... LOL!


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            Moose RE: winglover May 25, 2005 05:30 PM

            Hot Wings Cafe in Glendale has about the best I've had. 4 different degrees of hot sauce.

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              jonahlee RE: Moose Jun 10, 2007 03:15 PM

              I completely agree on that. The service isn't so good, but the wings are spicy and amazing, and damn if they don't make a mess. There is also a Hot Wings Cafe on Melrose, but I don't like it nearly as well, I thought the wings were much dryer and smaller.

              Big Wangs is pretty good too, and they only serve drums, no wings.

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              Hershey Bomar RE: winglover May 25, 2005 05:54 PM

              The spicy KT hotwings are great but only available for lunch.

              Kruang Tedd 5151 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, (323) 667-9800

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                Jase RE: winglover May 25, 2005 06:29 PM

                I don't know about best, but the chain wingstop is pretty good if the location near me is any indication. I eat a lot of wings and these are pretty good. I posted my experience a couple of weeks ago.

                Check out the link for a location near you.

                Link: http://www.wingstop.com

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                  twobitesUH RE: Jase Jun 9, 2007 05:45 PM

                  Hot Wings on Melrose has the BEST wings. And breasts.

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                    jaydee RE: twobitesUH Jul 8, 2007 04:04 PM

                    haha. i can't believe no one caught this one.

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                    nrique RE: Jase Jun 10, 2007 07:54 PM

                    I've was a big fan of the Hot Wings Cafe; been to ALL three locations. But a few years back they completely changed the sauces and it just wasn't the same. Haven't been back to them in a year or so I much prefer the wings at Wingstop know.

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                      nrique RE: nrique Jul 8, 2007 12:01 AM

                      And I got a new fav, Hoagies and Wings on Venice Blvd.
                      Did a write of my experience here:


                      It's a shame they don't have a East side location. (East L.A.)

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                        bubbles4me RE: nrique Jul 8, 2007 10:52 AM

                        I love the lemon pepper wing at wingstop, very crispy and if you want hot you have to go Cajun. For a chain I think BJ's has awesome wings but I find the rest of the food bland. Couple of orders of wings and a pale ale makes a lovely lunch.

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                      stuartontour RE: winglover Jun 9, 2007 10:25 PM

                      My favorites, all equal to my mouth:

                      1. Hot Wings on Melrose or in Glendale on Brand Blvd.
                      2. Ye Rustic Inn
                      3. Hoagies and Wings on La Cienega. I haven't been to their Venice Blvd location.

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                        vbabe RE: stuartontour Jul 18, 2007 02:30 PM

                        We tried Hoagies and Wings on La Cienega last night.... both the hot wings and the lemon pepper were way too salty :(

                      2. goodhealthgourmet RE: winglover Jun 9, 2007 10:55 PM

                        it's not on the westside, but have you tried 'big wangs' in hollywood?


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                          jmp RE: winglover Jun 9, 2007 11:39 PM

                          How do all of these places compare to Hooters...for a reference? I do like Hooters wings because they are crispy and good size...and the sauce is okay. I don't like soggy or non-crispy saucy wings. I think Hot Wings is more of the saucy style.

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                            limaboy RE: jmp Jun 10, 2007 10:55 AM

                            Rustic Inn.hands down..they have original recipe from Anchor Bar in Buffalo (I grew up in the area)...if you don't like crowds and cigarette smoke (!) have them to go...
                            happy sunday...


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                              rednyellow RE: limaboy Jun 10, 2007 01:34 PM

                              I love Rustic's wings, but now always ask for well done because once they came out very flabby. Never a problem since.

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                                jaydee RE: rednyellow Jul 8, 2007 04:05 PM

                                rustic inn, no question

                          2. scrappydog RE: winglover Jun 10, 2007 10:58 AM

                            I may get blasted for this, but we love the wings from the service deli counter at our local Albertsons. Spicy and crispy fried.

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                              NAspy RE: winglover Jun 10, 2007 11:09 AM

                              I still really like Pann's chicken wings as long as you eat them right when they are served piping hot; they are very good.

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                                tdo ca RE: winglover Jun 10, 2007 02:27 PM

                                The Slice on Wilshire in SM

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                                  handlertaper RE: tdo ca Jun 10, 2007 03:14 PM

                                  I like the Slice too. There wings taste like authentic Buffalo wings, almost as good as the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. I think one of the owners grew up in Syracuse. I'd love to try the Rustic Inn for wings. Where is it??

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                                    limaboy RE: handlertaper Jun 10, 2007 04:30 PM

                                    it's on hillhurst in los feliz..near franklin in a little mall.


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                                      handlertaper RE: limaboy Jun 10, 2007 08:55 PM

                                      Thanks limaboy-Will have to check out Rustic Inn for the wings!! Can't wait!!

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                                  jennp RE: winglover Jun 11, 2007 11:32 AM

                                  I think the Korean style chicken wings at the Korean market are pretty good. On Western... they serve it with hot sauce and pickled daikon.

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                                    Ernie RE: winglover Jul 8, 2007 10:19 AM

                                    I recently tried a small local place by my house called 710 Grille. It is a small diner but was very happy with my tuna melt and apparently wings are their specialty. By the looks of other tables' orders, the wings look fantastic.

                                    710 Grille
                                    710 S Weymouth Ave, San Pedro, CA 90732

                                    1. flavasista RE: winglover Jul 9, 2007 02:16 PM

                                      winglover, i urge you to take a trip to gyochon chicken. please check it out for tasty Asian chicken wings with a kick - theres already been a couple posts on this spot http://www.chow.com/topics/410229 , It's my new favorite chicken wing place until the next new arrival. Gyochon is originally a chain from Korea - and recently opened up shop in Torrance (inside the Freshia supermarket) / and in KoreaTown.

                                      the wings and drumsticks use the double fry method and special ingredients imported from korea. great pub food.

                                      theyre still trying to work the kinks out so i wouldnt recommend bringing a crew of friends - seating is limited, and they're currently trying to get a beer license. call in, order ahead (there is a wait), and pick up. furaibo is a much better place to hang out. but for pure delicious chicken wings, a must.

                                      FYI gyochon is not like hooters with all the fluff - their menu is limited to original and spicy wings / medium or large. parking is annoying, beer license is under works, there are no ladies in orange shorts serving, & no screen tv's with sports games. just wings and totally worth it.

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                                        TailbackU RE: winglover Jul 18, 2007 11:43 AM

                                        This one is pretty easy....Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz, end of discussion. Everyone can go home now.

                                        1. Skunk2Racer RE: winglover Jul 18, 2007 06:38 PM

                                          El Pollo Campero......Guatamala Country Chicken.......

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