When you take a wing, fry it, cover it in sauce and place it on a plate next to blue cheese or ranch dressing, you’re creating utter deliciousness. The almighty chicken wing is one of the most iconic foods in all of America, and the following places are big contenders for the title of “best wings in the U.S.” Dare ya to click through this slideshow and not get hungry.
Anchor Bar: Buffalo, New York Why it’s awesome: The buffalo chicken wing was created here back in 1964, and they’re still churning out tasty wings to this day. Can’t make it to Buffalo? They ship all over the country. More info: anchorbar.com
Legend Larry's: multiple locations Why it’s awesome: In addition to pretty normal wing flavors, this Wisconsin outfit offers unique varieties like spicy bacon BBQ and mango. Still want more? Take home their award-winning sauces by the bottle. More info: legendlarrys.com
Pluckers: multiple locations Why it’s awesome: A favorite in Texas and Louisiana, this chain boasts wings, drumsticks and nearly 20 crazy flavors like spicy ranch, Dr. Pepper, spicy mandarin and Goldrush. More info: pluckers.com
East Coast Wings & Grill: multiple locations Why it’s awesome: Winners of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, these North Carolinians lay it on thick with a whopping 75 flavors, which you can tweak on the heat index from “Sweet Bell” mild all the way past Habanero. More info: eastcoastwings.com
Hooters: multiple locations Why it’s awesome: More famous for its waitresses’ physiques, this place doesn’t even need to have good wings. And yet they’re absolutely amazing. Plus, you can upgrade to drumsticks for an extra 10 cents per. More info: hooters.com
Candlelight Inn: Scarsdale, New York Why it’s awesome: A cash-only dive bar, this place attracts visitors in droves for its legendary wings, which are fried until they’re crunchy and slathered in sauce. Tip: go for the spicy teriyaki wings. And bring Alka-Seltzer. More info: yelp.com/biz/candlelight-inn-scarsdale
Hot Sauce and Panko: San Francisco, CA Why it’s awesome: Who doesn’t like prosciutto-wrapped wings? Or “Bulgogi” wings with sesame oil and Korean chili sauce? These guys produce a crispy, juicy brand of poultry that both wing lovers and fancy foodies can agree on. More info: hotsauceandpanko.com