Wing Nuts

Rival eateries play chicken

Corbins Bar and Grill,8729 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602-466-3201.
For traditional Buffalo wings, you can do a lot worse than the "Diablo wings" at Corbin's, a stylish new grill on North Central. I was impressed with the fact that it serves all drumettes, those upper portions of the chicken wing that look like little legs. Some establishments charge extra for all drumettes. The spice of the sauce lingers on the tongue, but doesn't set your mouth afire. And Corbin's doesn't stint on the celery. Wings and celery are accompanied by a chunky blue cheese or a buttermilk herb dressing. Costs a bit more, at $7.75 per dozen, but I didn't mind.

Half Moon's wings are wicked good, winning culinary huzzahs from our clucker-crazed critic.
Jackie Mercandetti
Half Moon's wings are wicked good, winning culinary huzzahs from our clucker-crazed critic.

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Long Wongs

2812 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016-8010

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix

Nixons

2501 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix

Native New Yorker

1301 E. Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Tempe

Hooters

501 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Tempe

Champps Americana

2520 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix

McKenna's Tavern and Eatery

2808 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6856

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: East Phoenix

Corbin's Bar & Grill

8729 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: North Phoenix

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Half Moon Sports Grill,2121 East Highland Avenue (one street south of Camelback Road), Phoenix, 602-977-2700 (www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com). Other locations.
There's nothing traditional about Half Moon Sports Grill, or its wings. A sports bar with no beer on tap? Still, with specialty martinis at $3.50 a pop, or the beer of the month at $2.50 per bottle, you won't be whining. The place gets its name from the "half moon" formed when you bend over. Anyway, the wings are superlative, as fat and juicy as the ones at Nixon's, but with almost gourmet sauce. The "medium" tastes almost like barbecue sauce and is brownish. I prefer the hot, which are at the threat-level of the "mediums" of other spots. Request blue cheese, or you'll get ranch by default. $7.25 nets you eight to nine of the suckers. They're easily the best I've had in Phoenix so far, and in a pleasant, upscale environment. Oh, and check out the, uh, "video action" in the restrooms. You'll have to see it to believe it, and even then, you'll be nonplussed.

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