The Absolute Best Chicken Wings in Los Angeles
This year’s Super Bowl is going to be a big one for Los Angeles, since the game will take place at LA’s SoFi Stadium. But whether you’re watching at home or at your local sports bar, don’t forget a plate full of crispy, saucy wings. Happily, LA has plenty of excellent wing options available for dine-in or takeout and delivery, from classic tangy buffalo to double fried Korean style. Check out our list of the best chicken wings in Los Angeles and enjoy.
1. Nashville hot chicken wings at Howlin’ Ray’s
Howlin’ Ray’s may be known for the hot chicken sandwiches, but it’s no surprise that a place that makes great hot fried chicken would also have mouthwatering wings. Howlin’ Ray’s wings are served as whole wings and dressed with the same Nashville hot sauce as their fried chicken. Yum.
727 N. Broadway Ave. #128; 213-935-8399 or howlinrays.com
2. Sweet and spicy wings at Interstellar
A charming cafe in Santa Monica that infuses Asian flavors to American comfort food, Interstellar offers fried chicken wings in three flavors, but the stand-out pick is the sweet and spicy chicken wings. With a light batter and fried to perfection, these Korean-style chicken wings can easily rival any in Koreatown.
109 Broadway St., Santa Monica; 310-310-8820 or interstellarla.com
3. Sticky tamarind wings at Anajak Thai
The crispy fried chicken wings at this family-owned Thai restaurant in Sherman Oaks are coated in a sticky and sweet, umami-laden sauce of garlic and tamarind. They also manage to remain surprisingly crispy as a takeout option.
14704 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; 818-501-4201 or anajakthai.com
4. Buffalo wings at Ye Rustic Inn
For classic buffalo wings, the Los Feliz classic tavern Ye Rustic Inn has always been one of the best spots in LA to get some—and when things were open, this was also a great place to catch the game. Calling all thrill-seekers: For those who dare, the wings also come at a “suicide level” of spice.
1831 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; 323-662-5757
5. Thunderbirds at Go Go Bird
Chef Brandon Kida from Hinoki & The Bird launched the takeout and delivery only Go Go Bird inspired by the legendary—though mostly gone—fried chicken chain Pioneer Chicken. The chicken wings here, dubbed Thunderbirds, are crispy fried full wings with a numbing Sichuan peppercorn rub. It packs some heat, but thankfully it also comes with a cheddar biscuit and honey miso butter to temper some of the spice. For the Super Bowl, Go Go Bird is also offering two special flavors: Kansas City BBQ and a Yuzu Mojo.
9355 Culver Blvd., Culver City; go-go-bird.com
6. Soy garlic wings at KyoChon
The franchise that popularized Korean fried chicken in the U.S. is still going strong with its Koreatown location. There are four flavors of their sticky, crunchy wings and to be honest, they’re all amazing. Garlic lovers should opt for the soy garlic, but it’s never a bad move to take advantage of their half and half options and get two different flavors.
3833 W. 6th St., Koreatown; 213-739-9292 or kyochonus.com
7. Honey Butter Snow at ChiMac Star
The name ChiMac is a play on “chimaek”, a Korean slang meaning fried chicken and beer—and that’s precisely what ChiMac Star specializes in. Unlike most Korean wings with the sticky sauce, the honey butter snow wings are fried chicken dusted with a powder made from honey butter, giving them a light sweetness. If the prices seem a bit steep, rest assured that these wing pieces are unusually large and meaty.
3054 W. 8th St.; 213-383-0003 or www.chimacstar.com
8. Tebasaki at FuRaiBo
This izakaya is an outpost of a chain that originated in Nagoya, Japan and it is known for their tebasaki, or Japanese style chicken wings. Unlike the flats and drums of American wings, tebasaki uses the whole chicken wing... and once you give these a go, you may never go back to partial wings again. The wings here are twice-fried and coated in a savory and sweet sesame-soy glaze.
2068 Sawtelle Blvd.; 310-444-1432 or furaibousa.com
9. Lemony lemon pepper wings at Wingopolis
This one-man wing stop is winning hearts in Inglewood with juicy wings and exceptionally friendly customer service. The lemony lemon pepper wings strike the perfect balance of acidity and spice, but the “buffalo” wings—made with the owner’s grandmother’s Chicago hot sauce recipe—are also worth a try.
740 Centinela Ave., Inglewood; 310-910-0291 or wingopolis.us
10. Chicken wings with spicy salt at Phoenix Inn
An old school Chinese restaurant may not be the first place you think of to get chicken wings, but the crispy chicken wings here seasoned with garlic, chili peppers, and salt and pepper are a crowd-pleaser any day.
301 S. Ord St.; 213-629-2812 or phoenixfood.us
11. Buffalo wings at Hot Wings Cafe
Hot Wings Cafe has grown into a mini local chain, from their original Melrose location that opened in 1986 to three more locations in the county, all thanks to their great wings. Their wings are fried and crispy, even without a batter, and the buffalo sauce is well balanced.
Multiple locations including 7011 Melrose Ave.; 323-930-1233 or hotwingscafe.net
12. Smoked wings at Maple Block Meat Co
Being a barbecue spot, the poultry option at Maple Block Meat Co is all about its wood-smoked chicken. You can order the chicken by the pieces or as a half chicken, but of course, you can also order the wings. A good alternative to the fried wings on this list, the unmistakably smoky wings are served with a white sauce and fermented hot sauce. You can also take your meal a step further with a honey sriracha glaze.
3973 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; 310-313-6328 or mapleblockmeat.com
13. Wings with one of 20 signature sauces at Bird Box
The NoHo shop specializing in wings offers 20 different sauces, most of which are made in-house, so it’s difficult to pinpoint a favorite. The garlic parmesan is always a good call, or for those who like a lot of heat, there’s the Black Mamba sauce made using Carolina Reaper peppers.
12460 Oxnard St., North Hollywood; 818-446-6881 or eatbirdbox.com
14. WOOD FIRED WINGS AT BROOKLYN AVE PIZZA CO
This spot in Boyle Heights is a great place to catch sports games, thanks to the multiple TVs in the dining room, great pizzas and jumbo wings. About those wings: Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co has fun flavors from Oaxacan mole to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but we’re partial to the extra crispy wood fired wings with raisin herbs.
2706 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles; 323-968-1106 or brooklynavepizzaco.com
15. TANDOORI CHICKEN WINGS AT AKASHA
Akasha has been bringing global flavors to Culver City for many years, and the tandoori-style chicken wings are a great example. The spices on the wings are enough to make them flavorful on their own, but the wings are also served with a side of mint relish and tamarind-date chutney for a unique alternative to the typical ranch or blue cheese dip.
9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City; 310-845-1700 or akasharestaurant.com
16. TEBA SHIO WINGS AT YOJIMBO
For those who prefer their chicken wings really crispy and not glazed in sauce, the dry style teba shio wings at Yojimbo are the way to go. The crispy fried wings are seasoned with salt and sansho pepper, and you can also order a spicy yuzu mayo to dip on the side.
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; 323-782-3331 or eatyojimbo.com
17. SRIRACHA GINGER WINGS AT WEST 4TH AND JANE
This neighborhood bar in Santa Monica is known for their craft beer and their juicy wings offered in five different flavors. The sriracha ginger wings are a crowd pleaser, sweet and only slightly spicy. The buffalo sauce is solid, but spicier than normal, as is the mango habanero, but you can order the wings naked and opt for the sauce on the side.
1432 4th St., Santa Monica; 310-395-6765 or west4thjane.com
18. LARB WINGS AT RUAM MITR
A Thai restaurant may not be what one would expect as a wing destination, but Ruam Mitr offers five different flavors of crispy chicken wings and they’re all delicious. The most unique is the larb wings. Flavored after the aromatic and spicy meat salad of the same name, the larb wings are seasoned with onion, mint, cilantro, chili powder, roasted rice and lime.
7168 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; 323-696-5425 or ruammitr.com
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