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meeps2002 Feb 21, 2013 08:51 AM

I might be overlooking any recent discussions, but I was thinking...

Where are the best wing spots in the Boston/Cambridge area? Don't have to be from a restaurant, but I can't remember the last time I had really good ones.

I am a gross fan of the Sidebars Pterodactyl (baby wings) and Rome Pizza actually makes up a really good batch for a delivery spot.

I would be curious to hear form other CHs

  1. Jolyon Helterman Feb 23, 2013 08:17 AM

    I think the dry-style wings (flavors that entail a dry rub rather than a wet sauce...Cajun, Garlic-Parm, etc.) at Wings Over Somerville are excellent.

    The Salt-and-Pepper Spicy Wings at both Vinh Sun and New Jumbo Seafood are great, but they tend to undercook them, so I always ask for extra well-done at both. Tossed with chopped fresh green chilies and toasty garlic.

    Honestly, the unfussy buffalo wings at JJ Foley's (I've had them at the South End location) have aways been pretty solid.

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      Pegmeister Feb 22, 2013 04:40 PM

      I'm a Buffs fan but if you venture to Quincy some day, Coops has some garlic Parmesan wings that are off the charts good.

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        kimfair1 Feb 22, 2013 10:44 AM

        Hot and Spicy Bon Chon for me.
        Also the Moxie wings at Strip-T's, and the spicy wings at S & I Thai are also worthy.

        1. croutonweb Feb 22, 2013 09:24 AM

          It's a bit of a schlep, but 15 Walnut in Hamilton has some of the best wings I've ever had. For some reason they usually aren't on the Dinner menu, but they'll make them on request.

          1. HungryMack Feb 21, 2013 01:49 PM

            Bon Chon's soy garlic is my current favorite.

            If you're going to Newton, I would recommend going to Cherry Tree over Buff's, which I don't care for much for textural reasons. Blue cheese is subpar (normal stuff) at both locations.

            Speaking of that, anyone know where to get a crispy buffalo wing with a really good quality blue cheese? It's very rare that I get one or the other. Then again if you want buffalo wings, you can easily make them better at home than anywhere I've been to. Just fry to desired texture/doneness, follow direction on back of Frank's bottle for sauce, and get some Marie's blue cheese and throw some extra crumbles in for good measure.

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            1. re: HungryMack
              teezeetoo Feb 21, 2013 02:53 PM

              don't know if it counts as Boston area, but Wendell's in Norton is darn good. Oddly, Harry's pub on Commonwealth and Kelton is better than average, though not in the "great" category.

              1. re: HungryMack
                peelmeagrape Feb 21, 2013 02:56 PM

                +1 for Bon Chon's wings. Really good!

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                hargau Feb 21, 2013 11:56 AM

                Not in your area but after living in upstate NY for 7 years, the buffalo style wings i have had in MA have been at The Black Sheep Tavern on rt12 in Sterling. They have some inferno ones made with ghost peppers if you are really adventurous. (i cant eat those ones)

                1. hungrytommy Feb 21, 2013 11:09 AM

                  I know it is totally a different food, but the boneless wings at MaMagoo's near Fresh Pond are the best I have ever had. I keep meaning to try the bone-in wings but I love the others so much that I can't pass a chance to eat them. The boneless ones are breaded in house, very meaty, and have medium heat buffalo sauce. I also have this strange habit of putting honey mustard on my wings and MaMagoo's has amazing honey mustard too. I can't vouch for the traditional wings but if I give them a try I'll let you know. In the meantime, if you like a boneless wing, try them.


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                  1. re: hungrytommy
                    HungryMack Feb 21, 2013 01:34 PM

                    Haven't been there in years, but yeah that honey mustard is really good stuff.

                  2. Small Plates Feb 21, 2013 09:59 AM

                    I gotta say, the wings at Trina's are really good~! They are called Spicy Starlite Wings - I don't find them particular spicy - but I'm a heat junkie - but they are delicious! I could eat two plates of them.


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                    1. re: Small Plates
                      ebone Feb 21, 2013 10:09 AM

                      I was going to say Parlor Sports has solid wings, same kitchen as Trina's, but not sure if the same selection...

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                      Foodie_BBQ Feb 21, 2013 09:56 AM

                      Non-traditional suggestion, but I had the chicken lollipops at West on Centre a few weeks back and they were awesome. They push the meat up the (drumstick) bone so they are clean to grab, hence the lollipop name. Meaty, tasty, pricey. $12 and it might have been 8 or 10 drumsticks. They come in Honey BBQ and Buffalo.

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                      1. re: Foodie_BBQ
                        mkfisher Feb 21, 2013 10:20 AM

                        Lord Hobo also has some pretty awesome chicken lollipops on their menu. Super crispy, with a nice sweet chili sauce.

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                        rknrll Feb 21, 2013 09:52 AM

                        Buff's if I want to go out...City Slicker if I want delivery.
                        DooWee & Rice also makes super crispy wings...only got them once with the spicy soy glaze, but they were great.

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                          BingeEating Feb 21, 2013 09:44 AM

                          I like the S&S wings at the S&S in Inman Sq.

                          I also love the wings at Buff's Pub. Make sure to ask for them extra crispy.

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                            LStaff Feb 21, 2013 11:49 AM

                            I did - a couple of times- and they came out shriveled up and dry with an eraser like density. And when I don't they come out a little flabby and missing a little of that deep fried chicken skin flavor that makes wings great to me.

                            Buff's is ok when I'm in the mood for wings as their buffalo sauce is good, but the fry job still needs a little work for me to consider them great.

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                              CookieLee Feb 21, 2013 12:56 PM

                              What Binge said.

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                              grant.cook Feb 21, 2013 09:39 AM

                              There's a lot of good press for the wings at Golden Garden in Belmont, but they are made with an Asian take.... not your Frank's Red Hot and Butter..

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                                lossless Feb 21, 2013 12:34 PM

                                I was going to post about Golden Garden's spicy wings as well. Bonus is that the portion is quite large for an appetizer. I once got just the 2 appetizers of green bean noodles and spicy wings, and that was plenty for lunch.

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                                meeps2002 Feb 21, 2013 09:13 AM

                                I will add - I liked Buff's Pub - but they didnt live up to the hype

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