Ten Favorite Spots for Wings in Metro Phoenix
Wings. America's number one bar food is also a favorite around Chow Bella. There is nothing we like more than sitting down to a basket full of steaming hot wings with sauce so hot it'll burn the hairs right outta your nose.
Unless we have a hankering for a batch of barbecue; then we'll be happy with a not-so-hot sauce.
Phoenix has lots of places to get your hot wing fix, but these 10 places have our little chicken-wing-lovin' hearts.
10. Hot Wings, Long Wong's Mesa -- Long Wong's has been making wings for more than 30 years and has locations scattered across the Valley -- from Chandler to Glendale and everywhere in between. Most of them crank out exceptionally good wings, but the Mesa location, off Stapley and U.S. 60, fries 'em extra-crisp and then drenches them in their extra-tangy, extra-spicy, extra-bright orange vinegary sauce. They're not too big and not too small, and on Tuesdays you can score a dozen for less than six bucks.
9. Medium Golden Wings, Zipp's Sports Bar -- If you try to order your wings "hot" right off the bat, the server is going to try and talk you out of it. Listen to her. She knows what she's talking about. The "hot" sauce at Zipp's is loaded with fresh habaneros and, although it's tasty, a full dozen will probably leave you with buyer's remorse. So stick with the golden sweet mediums, they're fried to a perfect crisp and plenty hot, plus if you want to cough up an extra 50 cents you can have a side of hot sauce to quench your curiosity for heat.
8. Italian Golds, Oregano's -- This Arizona chain coats their massive drumettes with a sweet, slightly tart, spicy honey mustard barbecue sauce. Yeah, we said honey mustard barbecue. Sound strange? We thought so, too, until we actually had a batch, and now we couldn't imagine a world without them! Give 'em an extra kick of flavor with a splash of the pizza joint's extra spicy Wings of Fire sauce and you'll have yourself an unforgettable wing experience.
7. Jinky's Famous Wings, Rosie McCaffrey's -- Hot wings from an Irish bar? Hell, yes. Rosie's soaks their wings in Harp, gives them a spin in the deep fryer, and then coats them in their signature spicy sauce. Beware -- there is no "medium." You're either getting 'em hot or mild and we suggest always going with the hot -- if you can stand it. These suckers have a slow burn that will catch up with you around wing number six.
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