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Buff Wings - Eagle Rock

I had an appointment in Eagle Rock on Wednesday and decided to try the chili cheese dog at Choo Choo's Burger Stop on Eagle Rock based on a rec I saw here. Alas, they were closed. So in driving back towards Colorado, I turned into the shopping center on the north-west corner of York and Eagle Rock (the one with Little Cesar’s) when I noticed a sign above the hard-to-see corner restaurant. It proclaimed “Buff Wings”. Okay, they were open, had an A, I love me some wings, so what the hay.
I parked and walked in. Now, this place is not anything special to look at, decor is non-existent (there is a huge flat screen on the wall) but please don't let it deter you. Don't.
I noticed two "daily specials" on the wipe board in the window: 5 wings & fries or a Ghetto Dog and fries. $5.
I was greeted by a young man and sat down. He brought me the menu. It is pretty cool. He does french fries and sweet potato fries - either plain, seasoned, or flavored: Cajun, Buffalo or Elote flavors. Also, various appetizers: Onion Rings, Jalapeno Poppers, Zucchini Fries, Fried 'shrooms, Mozz sticks, bacon-wrapped asparagus and rice: $2-7. Wings: many interesting flavors: mild, med, hot, Ridiculous, Ludacris, orange chicken, Spicy Oriental, Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Butter Garlic Parmesan, Lemon Pepper, Nacho Cheese, BBQ, Adobo, Lechon, Jamaican Jerk & Elote. Shrimp: either steamed or fried in various amounts and flavors. Burgers: 1/2 lb Angus burgers for $6 (includes selection of cheeses, toppings, sauces, and extras that cost extra). Waffles: Belgian or Brownie waffles with chocolate chips, almonds or strawberries ($6).
So back to me and my order. After some discussion about the Ridiculous and Ludacris sauces, I opted for the daily special with ‘hot’ on my wings, seasoned fries cooked well done and a side of Ridiculous. The ridiculous is made by him (him being Ian (the 26-year old co-owner (his friend, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, is the other owner)) with fresh Habaneros. The Ludacris, he makes with Ghost Peppers, but did not currently have any as he said he needs to drive down to San Diego to get them from his supplier.
He got to work in the kitchen and soon brought out my wings and fries. These wings are nice and meaty – nothing like the anemic ones that can be found at some of those other wing places. The sauce was good, the wings not overly sauced. Fries were good, not too thin, not too thick and I really like the seasoning. The Ridiculous had a nice kick to it and that sweet-fruity taste that habaneros impart. Then some other people came in and ordered two Ghetto Dogs and fries each. Man, those were looking GOOD. So, I went ahead and ordered myself a dog and fries. He uses Hebrew National dogs. On the hot dog, which was wrapped in bacon came with grilled bell peppers and onions and a drizzling of ketchup, mayo and mustard. I have to tell you – that was one Fantastic dog!
Later we had a discussion and he is very serious about the integrity of his products. Ian makes all the sauces himself (with the exception of the Orange Chicken and, I believe, the spicy oriental). Makes the waffle batter from scratch as they are ordered. We spoke at length about the ghost peppers and he said he had tried using extract amongst other versions, but he said he really likes the flavor of the sauce from the fresh ones and prefers that. Gotta give him credit. They have been open for 4 months now. He said business has slowed since the college let out but he is looking forward to the next session.
He currently has cans of soda and bottled water as drink choices. This place is really good and the owner really cares about his food and what he serves. Go in, say hi and have some wings (or dogs, burgers, shrimp, waffles…) you will be glad you did. ;-)

Buff Wings
4411 Eagle Rock Bl./Corner York
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-4870
Open til 9pm. He said he was thinking of changing the hours to 3pm-2am but not sure if/when that will go into effect.

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Buff Wings
4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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  1. Awesome, I grew up in Eagle Rock and still pass through alot, so I will keep this on my radar. Maybe I won't have to go to the Hollywood Wingstop for some wings.

    1. i'm confused is it called choo' choo's burger swtop or buff wings?/// anyhow, the place sounds great esp, if they open, from 3 to 2am, that could come into real handy use.

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      1. re: kevin

        It's called Buff Wings. Choo Choo's is nearby, at 4014 Eagle Rock Blvd.

        1. re: Peripatetic

          oh, it's in the shpping center at the corner of eagle rock and colorado?

          1. re: kevin

            Yes, I was originally going to Choo Choo's, but they were closed. While I was looking for somewhere else to eat was when I noticed Buff Wings. It is easy to miss. As I indicated, it is on the corner of York and Eagle Rock.

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            Buff Wings
            4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

            1. re: WildSwede

              BTW, Choo Choo's is owned by Fred, the same guy who owns the taco truck in front of the Comfort Inn on Colorado Blvd just east of Eagle Rock Blvd... arguably some of the best carne asada in LA. I hear he's going to push to get the truck's carne asada menu back at Choo Choo's in the next month which would be FANTASTIC!!!

              1. re: mrshankly

                I will have to try it. Ian at Buff Wings said Choo Choo's food is really good when I told him that I was going to go there. Also, Ian's mom owns the Philippino resaurant that is south of York on Eagle Rock Blvd (there is one just north of York also but that is not the one).

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                Buff Wings
                4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                1. re: WildSwede

                  I may have to set an entire day aside to get all the good eats in that area in. lol Thanks again for the recommendation!

      2. Thanks WildSwede! I've passed by that shopping center a few times lately and not noticed the wing place. I will be there this week for sure as I love me some wings!!

        Wait... did you also say waffles?!?!? Oh my!!!!

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        1. re: mrshankly

          Yes!! ;-) They are Belgian Waffles. When I asked him why the waffles, he said "you know, kinda like the chicken n waffles thing". I get it.

        2. Just for anyone who doesn't know - Ghetto Dogs are normally found near downtown L.A., esp. in the fashion district near Santee Alley at the small, aptly named roach-coaches that abound in the area. The smell is nauseating or delicious, depending how hungry you are. Interesting to see a restaurant picking them up as an item.

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          1. re: MsSpanton

            > Interesting to see a restaurant picking them up as an item.

            Buff Wings isn't the first. Fabs has been serving their "LA Street Dog" since they opened two years ago.

            http://fabhotdogs.com/FD_FoodMenu1.html

            I'm pretty sure I've seen it on other menus.

          2. say, this sounds interesting. Can you describe the wings a bit more? Are they deep fried (please say yes), not baked (barf)? Crispy, chickeny, well-seasoned skin? Battered (sacrilege) or not battered?? Tossed in flour is ok. When you bite into one, a bit of hot melted chicken fat oozes out? mmmm.... I love me Wingstop wings which is really close to me but the parking lot sucks and I go through Eagle Rock quite a bit so will have to add this to the rotation. Thanks for the tip.

            1. Is this still open? I called yesterday and today but no answer.

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              1. re: reality check

                Last time I looked as I was driving by there was a CLOSED sign in the window in the middle of the day.

              2. Buf Wings is closed or in the process of closing. I drove by the area today and asked the donut shop owners, who said they haven't seen them in a long time. There is a huge pile of mail on the floor and looks like all electricity is turned off.

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                1. re: reality check

                  hate to change the subject, but how are those donuts? always been curious. i am bummed about buff wings even tho i don't eat chicken. i would have gotten french fries i'm sure at some point.

                  1. re: Clyde

                    Donuts are better than Winchell's (not saying much), but not as good at the Donut Factory on San Fernando & Cazador. We think DF is the best in the area for that style of donut.

                    I drive by every single day, and the wings place should get an award for lamest business model. With the almost non-existant lame signage and obscure corner location, it was begging to fail. Meanwhile all the other shops in the mini-mall have been there for years (Sicha Siam, the donut store, Little Ceasars (yech).

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                    Little Ceasars
                    2183 E South St, Long Beach, CA 90805

                    1. re: Briggs

                      thanks for the tip- i'll def try donut factory. the only place i've tried donuts in ER is colorado donuts next to trader joes/cacao on colorado- it's pretty good!

                      1. re: Clyde

                        Von's on Fig & Colorado also has excellent donuts. In fact the bakery in general is very good.

                  2. re: reality check

                    Sorry they folded but their location must have been pretty obscure. I've lived nearby for 17 years and never even noticed that the place was there. And they didn't do any local advertising that I recall. It sounds like a place I would have enjoyed.

                    1. re: Sam D.

                      I wouldn't have known about them if I didn't see a mention here. I'd have also gone more often if they had consistently opened at 1pm... at least half the times I swung by, they were closed in mid-afternoon.

                      1. re: sammycakes

                        From these posts, nobody should be surprised they are closed.

                        BTW, I didn't go for donuts. I just asked the owners about BW.

                  3. i think they are open again! looks like it from the outside.

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                    1. re: Clyde

                      cool, if anyone goes, please report back, thanks.

                      1. re: kevin

                        If they have reopened, they have a new phone number, that phone number is out of service.

                    2. this place is officially closed. saw a for lease sign on the store front. i never tired it b/c i don't eat chicken but for some reason i was rooting for it. ah well.

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                      1. re: Clyde

                        Thank you for the head's up. It is too bad, it was really good!