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Best place to buy chicken wings?

SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 07:30 AM

So much for planning ahead. Going to make Buffalo Wings for the Big Game. Where's the best place (and cheapest) to buy good chicken wings?

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 07:54 AM

    Don't know about cheapest, but Whole Foods had marinated wings on sale yesterday... Since you've skipped the "marinating overnight" step...


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      justalex RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 08:16 AM

      I don't know about the best, but the cheapest I've seen is a 3 pound bag of frozen wings for $6.99 at Cub. You could possibly quick thaw them under cold running water in the sink or on defrost mode in the microwave. I hope others have better ideas for you.

      1. ibew292 RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 08:52 AM

        The Wedge has great wings and they are priced pretty good. I marinate mine with a vacuum sealer and can do it in 45 min.

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          BigE RE: ibew292 Feb 6, 2012 07:52 AM

          Seconded. I walked through on Saturday and though I passed them up, they looked great and were somewhere around $1.79/pound (fresh at the meat department), IIRC.

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          SarahInMinneapolis RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 09:23 AM

          I'm impressed by those marinating. Never occurred to me to do that for fried wings. But definitely for fried chicken.

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            Fudist RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 5, 2012 10:47 AM

            Buy a bucket from Shamrock's. Best in the city.

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              SarahInMinneapolis RE: Fudist Feb 5, 2012 09:10 PM

              I ended up buying from Runyon's. Not as good as I remembered, but it fulfilled the need for the "fix," and clean-up was a snap. :) The place was seriously short-staffed. Dirty tables everywhere and a witchy "woe-is-me" bartender. Now, granted when I walked in, she was the only wait person in the whole joint. Eventually a manager started helping her...and he was nice to the customers. I got what I deserved. Bottom line? Next time I need the "fix," I'll make them from scratch.

              For those who marinate...buttermilk? And do you really think it makes that much of a difference?

              1. re: SarahInMinneapolis
                ibew292 RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 6, 2012 09:39 AM

                I marinate mine in Hot sauce, vinegar and a little oil

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                  The Chowhound Team RE: ibew292 Feb 6, 2012 10:12 AM

                  Hi Everybody. If you have a good method and/or recipe for marinating chicken wings, please post it on the Home Cooking board. You can always leave a "pointer" letting the folks here know where to look. Thanks so much!

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                  Fudist RE: SarahInMinneapolis Feb 6, 2012 01:56 PM

                  Shame about Runyon's. I have heard good things about those wings.

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                    Lincster RE: Fudist Feb 10, 2012 04:23 PM

                    Wings are still great. Service can be great or overwhelmed.

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