Although chicken wings are plentiful at restaurants throughout the Southland, finding the best chicken wings in Los Angeles is sometimes a challenge. Our favorites vary from newcomers to the scene to neighborhood favorites and even a national chain.
Hot Wings Cafe
Hot Wings Cafe, founded in 1986, prides itself as the first restaurant to introduce the chicken wing concept in Los Angeles. With locations in West Hollywood, Glendale, Pasadena, and now, Valencia, Hot Wings Cafe knows it’s all about wings, but it makes a mean cheese steak too. The wings are tender, crispy and extra saucy. Plenty of celery and carrots sticks are offered with each order for a break from the heat. The best value order is 50 wings for $29.95.
Ye Rustic Inn
Known to locals as “the Rustic,” this Los Feliz mainstay smells of years past. Beer signs, antlers and Christmas lights adorn the walls. The jukebox flows with a strong selection of post punk and many characters stumble in for a late-night Jack or Jameson shots; however, the chicken wings are inescapable. No wing in town is as crispy as the wings at Ye Rustic Inn. They come in four flavors: medium, hot, spicy and suicide. The medium is plenty hot for those with a mild tolerance for spice. Six wings are priced at $7, enough for one person, but you’ll crave more of the juicy inside and outside crunch, especially after a pint of Boddington’s or Fat Tire, both on tap.The Monday Night Special is a favorite: $17 for a Pitcher of Budweiser and a dozen wings.
A newcomer to Silver Lake, this neighborhood pub is a welcome addition to Hyperion and the greater chicken wing community. Hyperion Public achieves great ambiance on two levels. The entry has a respectable, well-lit dining area, while upstairs offers a dark, but cozy bar area with comfortable seating and plenty of TVs. What distinguishes the wings at Hyperion Public is the bold buffalo flavor. The wings dip naturally into the ramekin of homemade ranch. The mild heat and sour spice highlight a wing that if a little crispier, would stand out even more. The lemon pepper wings are accentuated by the lemon flavor equaling that of the pepper, a rarity these days. During happy hour, wing orders are $5.
Buffalo Wild Wings
At long last, L.A. welcomes the ultimate sports bar and chicken wing haven already long-established in college towns and strips malls across the country. With locations in Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, Inglewood and Baldwin Hills, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the sights and smells of “B-dubs,” the Baskin Robbins of chicken wings. Buffalo Wild Wings is a chicken wing factory dishing out flavor upon flavor in meteoric fashion, like their stock price which has risen to over $70. Great for groups, and better for NFL Sunday, this is the place to let your guard down and eat more wings than you think you should.