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docjlo Apr 14, 2011 08:09 AM

Where can I find them?

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    DolceFarNiente Apr 14, 2011 08:14 AM

    We looked long and hard after we moved here to find the best and think that Wilton Wings are the bomb. Buffalo hot! Just enough heat to burn the back of the throat without killing you and a very tasty sauce.

    1428 Northeast 4th Avenue
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-1034

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    Wilton Wings
    1428 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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      TheSpiceQuarter Sep 11, 2012 08:28 PM

      I think I was given a chicken wing in my crib instead of a pacifier - YES, I am a Buffalo, NY native! There are 5 things that constitute a true "Buffalo" wing:

      1) No breading, flour or coating of ANY kind before deep frying (naked)
      2) Must be crispy and juicy, not one or the other
      3) Wings should be lightly coated in butter-based hot sauce, not swimming in it
      4) MILD should be vinegary rather than sweet and HOT should turn your lips white
      5) Traditional condiments of bleu cheese & celery, not carrots & ranch dressing

      Here are the places I've found over 16 years that come close to above:
      1) Duffy's (Plantation) - ask for them naked or you'll get a breaded mess
      2) Fat Lou's (Hallandale) - the mild is a little sweet, but their SIZE make up for that
      3) WingsNAle (Coral Springs) - VERY close, but wings are sometimes small
      4) Uncle Al's (Cooper City) - take 'em to go & make sure to ask them to not OVERCOOK them
      5) Ruby Tuesdays (SW Ranches) - I couldn't believe it either, but the batch I got took me home

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        TheSpiceQuarter Sep 11, 2012 08:53 PM

        Almost forgot about these:
        The Field (Dania) - it's an Irish Pub with good wings, that's not just blarney, they're called McCabe's

    2. CFByrne Apr 14, 2011 10:26 AM

      I've been trying for 10 years now, but nothing I've had can beat the Hot, Grilled Wings at Bru's Room.

      I don't know what they do to them. Believe me, I've tried reproducing - brining, seasoning a million ways, broiling, deep frying, combos of above... and nothing comes close.

      They can be erratic. I think sometimes they may make them in advance when it's going to be busy, and if you get one of those orders, it's not going to be mind-blowing.

      But 7 or 8 times out of 10, these are the best.

      Insider Secret: It's not publicized, but if you like a lot of grill char, you can request "double grilled". There's always a risk these will be a bit TOO dried out, but when done properly, nothing's better than Hot, Double Grilled.

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        OysterHo Apr 19, 2011 04:43 PM

        Must 2nd the Bru's grilled wings. I like mine medium with the sauce on the side, but that's just me. Sometimes I just want to taste the char and not the sauce.

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          freakerdude Apr 20, 2011 07:01 PM

          I haven't found a better wing than Bru's Room. Get them with a grilled finish. Bigger sized wings than most places. They have 3 or 4 locations in Broward for you.

          Neither Hurricane Grill nor Duffy's can compare.

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          drew5720 Apr 14, 2011 10:39 AM

          Barracuda, Coconut Grove

          1. Icantread Apr 14, 2011 11:30 AM

            Where are you?

            Sports Grill (2 in SW Miami area, 1 near Miami Lakes) is a general favorite in Miami-Dade

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            Sports Grill
            10005 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33173

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              seminole phil Apr 14, 2011 04:31 PM

              landlubbers in cooper city on palm and griffin and duffys in north palm beach

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                docjlo Apr 20, 2011 10:52 AM

                I'm in Broward but am willing to drive a ways.

              2. CFByrne Apr 15, 2011 03:21 AM

                A lot of folks also swear by Anthony's Coal FIred Pizza wings. These are tossed in a mixture of carmelized onions (lots), rosemary and some other stuff I imainge, then put in the 800 degree oven, The result is pretty awesome. Totally diff from "Buffalo Wings" for sure. If you never had anything like this and are a wing fan, get them.

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                  smartie Apr 20, 2011 04:45 AM

                  yes they are very good indeed. Had some yesterday.

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                  tpigeon Apr 15, 2011 05:31 AM

                  Burger & Beer Joint

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                  The Burger & Beer Joint
                  1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                  1. freakerdude Apr 19, 2011 05:20 PM

                    Where, where, where are you located? This board covers a 100+ mile stretch.

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                      SaminSFL Apr 26, 2011 10:42 AM

                      I know Im probably gonna get some crap for this recommendation, and I usually dont recommend chains...however.... Hurricaine Wings happens to make some pretty good wings... I usually order all flats extra crispy, with Garlic Parmesean and medium wing sauce...I think their blue cheese dressing is great as well. IMOP

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                        gammish Apr 26, 2011 07:29 PM

                        I've had all the above and am a Buffalo Wing fanatic - schooled near Buffalo. Whether it's Hurricane, Bru's, Wilton, or even the alternatives mentioned - none are going to excite a true Wing snob. Some additional shots in the dark for you to try are the super wet at Wings Plus surrounded by your local troopers and fire department. BWW chain (I hated but some love). Or another alternative in Broward is Porky's - sweet/spicy.

                        As a result of this common inferiority in S Florida, I tend to go with convenience and beer/scene to fit the need until I buy my next ticket to Buffalo to get my true fix at Duff's (and the Anchor). Alternatively, I do also make my own too. Good luck fellow winger!

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                      docjlo Apr 27, 2011 07:25 AM

                      I tried the grilled garlic wings at Wilton and thought they were pretty good. My complaints are they don't use enough sauce and the minced garlic is straight out of the jar. Next time I will try a different flavor and request extra wet.
                      I'm surprised to read recommendations for Bru's room, but I've never tried them. I will give the other suggestions a go too.

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                        LargeLife May 5, 2011 05:35 AM

                        Village Tavern (Kings Creek) on SW 79th Ave, just north of Kendall Drive has amazing wings. For those that don't know, wings do come in different grades and they use a large hearty wing. It seems as if they par-bake-steam them first, then char them off on a grill. They taste as if they've been cooked on the backyard grill on Sunday afternoon. A variety of different sauces.

                        I like Sports Grill's "Special Grilled" but the orgininal location on Sunset Drive is filthy and I won't go back. I even took the manager around his establishment to show him the filth and he could have cared less. Their new location on 97th Ave (just south of Kendall Drive and where Steak & Ale used to be) is clean and reliable.

                        I do like Anthony's Coal Fired's wings although they overdo it with the salt. But they offer no sauce (and never will according to managers) and that's a turn-off.

                        EMac
                        Ft. Pierce, FL

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                        Bigstu99 May 7, 2011 08:11 AM

                        I'm a really big fan of Tark's wings... Not more then a clam bar but the hot with Garlic is to die for. Terminator is hotter but the combination with the Garlic is just too much for me. No table just a counter and prepare to wait.

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                        1317 S Federal Hwy, Dania, FL 33004

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                          Nick May 7, 2011 04:37 PM

                          I'm no wing expert, but I really like the wings at Tark's as well. I usually get the hot, but not with garlic. I'll have to try that.

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                          kluvsfood May 22, 2011 06:27 AM

                          the customers can't get enough of the wings at this modest little place. the best in town! flavorful by themselves or order some hot sauce or honey on the side!

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                            kluvsfood May 22, 2011 06:31 AM

                            those icredible wings are at the May Fu Chinese restaurant in miami. 15030 N.W.7 Ave., Miami Florida. 33168. they are a local favorite.

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                            May Fu Chinese Restaurants
                            15030 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33168

                            1. butrfli1227 May 23, 2011 09:03 AM

                              Bru's room is one of my favorites for sure - the secret to the "grilled" wings is that they are fried first, then grilled. The best of both worlds :)

                              I also really like Wilton Wings (with regular hot buffalo sauce), they are cooked to perfection.

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                              1428 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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                                kumajo May 23, 2011 12:20 PM

                                I actually prefer Sakaya's wings - korean style, tossed in a garlic, ginger sauce.

                                Sakaya is on Buena Vista Avenue between 34th and 36th Street in the Shops of Midtown Miami

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                                  leetmode Jul 25, 2012 08:50 AM

                                  Don't count out Flannigan's wings. They are always solid, plus the bbq sauce is amazing.

                                  1. Blind Mind Jul 30, 2012 09:32 AM

                                    Shuckers special grilled are the best wings I've ever had. I dont profess to be a wing expert but these wings are awesome. Close second is Anthony's Coal Fired. I also like Sports Grille wings. Flanagan's aren't to shabby either but pale in comparison to the 3 listed before.

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                                      HabaneroJane Jul 30, 2012 02:04 PM

                                      Clarke's wings rock as do, shockingly, Bru's Room's.

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                                        CFByrne Jul 30, 2012 02:30 PM

                                        Why would it be "shocking" that Bru's Room has good wings?

                                        Far as I know, that's what they are best known for!

                                        And they started out in Margate in 1989 - as a joint venture called "Bru’s Room Sports Bar and Eddie Hauck’s Wings ‘N Ribs".

                                        Eddie Hauck having moved down from upstate New York in 1974 to introduce South Florida to the up and coming phenomenon known as Buffalo Wings.

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                                          HabaneroJane Jul 30, 2012 04:57 PM

                                          excellent factoid! And by shockingly I meant because it's a mini chain and you know how those places typically fare as far as 'bests' are concerned.

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                                            LargeLife Jul 31, 2012 05:36 AM

                                            Google....'BBQ Bath'.....go to their site....and order their apple chipotle brine.....When it arrives.....put the brine in the a bowl...DO NOT ADD WATER....(even though the directions say to do so).....and immerse your wings in that solution for 4 or 5 hours......Put on your smoker or grill (with INDIRECT heat)....300 degrees.....for 1 hour and 20 minutes.....And you will eat some amazing wings....BBQ Bath....an amazing brine solution.....Also...if you VERY lightly brush a sweet bbq sauce on the wings with about 7 or 8 minutes remaining on the cook.....amazing

                                            EMac
                                            Ft. Pierce, FL

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                                              CFByrne Jul 31, 2012 05:57 AM

                                              Thanks EMac... you had me at Apple Chipotle.

                                              BTW According to their site, SOME of their products are available at many Fresh Market stores.

                                              If you poke around the interactive map, you'll find almost all of the locations are Fresh Market stores - including Wellington and West Boca.

                                              http://sweetwaterspice.myshopify.com/...

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                                                LargeLife Jul 31, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                That's the problem...."some".....In fact...I discovered them at Fresh Market!....But then the Fresh Market in my area went from 3 types down to just 1....and they ELIMINATED the apple chipotle...and I've been buying direct from them ever-since.....This stuff is awesome!!....I smoke them on my Big Green Egg....and my friends go NUTS for those chicken wings....I also won a specialty section of a BBQ competition using that brine.....

                                                EMac
                                                Ft. Pierce, FL

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                                                  LargeLife Jul 31, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                  And one more thing....IF you like HOT wings....(and alot of folks do!)....BBQ Bath has a habanero brine that will set your lips aflame!!....The taste is great and heat is well...hot!...

                                                  EMac
                                                  Ft. Pierce, FL

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                                                    HabaneroJane Jul 31, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                    EMac, you had me at habanero. Thanks!

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                                                      CFByrne Jul 31, 2012 10:55 AM

                                                      I just ordered 6 bottles - basically one of each of their flavors.

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                                                        LargeLife Jul 31, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                        They have one for flavoring a brisket and that's my next purchase! Let me know what you think and how things work out! It took a long time for them to get their website working and working well......

                                                        Another great seasoning is from Spice Islands....they have granular, black hickory smoke salt that is AWESOME on anything it touches....Meats, potatoes (baked or mashed) and just about anything else....Grocery stores don't stock it....but you can get from amazon.com.....I use it on all the meats that I smoke....and its awesome!

                                                        EMac
                                                        Ft. Pierce, FL

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                                                          CFByrne Sep 2, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                          Also - do you separate wing from drum before brining and/or smoking? It makes for easier handling but perhaps less smoke flavor?

                                                          And do you turn once in smoker, to avoid unsmoked "grill marks"?

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                                                            freakerdude Sep 2, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                            Chicken in general is easily penetrated by the smoking process. You have to be careful not to over-smoke it and even more-so with fish. Turning is not necessary in a smoker since the temp hovers around 225 to 250 and should be an evenly distributed indirect heat.

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                                                        Alfred G Sep 1, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                        Do you also not add water to the Habanero?

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                                                          sweetwaterspice Sep 14, 2012 09:36 PM

                                                          1 part water to 1 part brine. there were some bad labels that said to mix with three parts water so check to make sure the right instructions are on the bbq bath bottle

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                                                            LargeLife Sep 16, 2012 05:05 AM

                                                            Thanks for clearing that up......WIth the wings and the Apple Chipotle......I used water with the solution once before....and it watered it down too much......I just use it straight up....but that's just me......

                                                            Just ordered a case of the Apple Chipotle and large container of the brisket brine....and can't wait for that to arrive......

                                                            EMac
                                                            Ft. Pierce, FL

                                        2. The Chowfather Sep 2, 2012 06:22 AM

                                          Kings County Pizza (Aventura)
                                          Shuckers (North Bay Village)
                                          Anthony's Coal Fired (various locations)

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                                            Bigstu99 Sep 12, 2012 06:44 AM

                                            Check out Sicilian Pizza Oven (aventura) manager from Anthony's (Aventura) cooks from El Tamarindo Coal fired Pizza. Best of both worlds with more better caramelized onions.

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                                              The Chowfather Sep 13, 2012 07:14 AM

                                              Interesting. went 2x when they opened and second visit the pizza was inedible, First time ever left entire pie sans a slice. Didn't try their wings though but won't go back

                                              I like El Tamarindo too but not as good as Anthony's close though

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                                                LargeLife Sep 13, 2012 08:37 AM

                                                I ate the wings at Anthony......I really liked them too.....Thought they were way oversalted....but very, very good nonetheless.....The thing I didn't understand....is that they don't have sauce for them.....I get it that they don't want to sauce the wings while they're cooking them in their brick ovens....Totally get that....But if your customers want wings....and they want sauce....why not accommodate?......Why not have a couple of squeeze bottles of basic sauce to offer up with them?.....I just don't get this......

                                                The manager was VERY, VERY proud that they don't offer sauce.....I'm very proud I no longer patronize Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.....Attitude is everything these days.....When you don't give your customers want they want....they'll find somewhere that will......All kinds of brick oven pizza around these days....

                                                EMac
                                                Ft. Pierce, FL

                                          2. CFByrne Nov 9, 2012 01:20 PM

                                            Miami New Times weighs in.

                                            "Miami's Best Chicken Wings: Sakaya to Sparky's to Scully's"

                                            http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

                                            If I had to pick from the photos alone, I'd go for

                                            Jerk Chicken Wings at Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
                                            or
                                            Korean Fried Chicken Wings at Sakaya Kitchen
                                            or
                                            Grilled Wings at Shuckers Bar & Grill (they look something like Bru's grilled wings)

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                                              LargeLife Nov 12, 2012 05:28 AM

                                              I really like the jerk chicken wings at Sparky's.....Their regular smoked wings are awesome too.....I also like the wings at the Village Tavern in Kings Creek.....(79th Ave, west of Palmetto Expressway / Dadeland)......Their grilled wings taste like you just grilled them in the backyard.....several flavors to choose from.....and they use a larger grade of wing....(yes, wings do come graded).....Sports Grill's "Special Grilled" are also a favorite....Bru's Room's wings are also good....Not a favorite....but reasonably good.....

                                              EMac
                                              Ft. Pierce, FL

                                            2. CFByrne Jan 17, 2013 07:27 AM

                                              Speaking of wings...

                                              It's almost Super Bowl time.

                                              That means wholesale prices going up again... retail likely to follow. Or smaller portions, or more "boneless wings", or or or.

                                              “Wing demand is off the charts”...

                                              http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013...

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