Wanted: Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings

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Scott Reitz
Deep fried, delicious buffalo style wings
It's a lousy obsession but the burden is mine to bear. I've loved tearing into chicken wings since I discovered them in college. A small chain originally called BW3's that's gone on to become a Chicken Wing Walmart served decently fried renditions with about a dozen sauces. Buffalo Wild Wings, as it's now called, pretty much sucks now that it's more of a McDonald's than a pub, but I've gone on to find decent wings at lots of smaller bars in almost every town I visit.

Until I moved to Dallas.

It's still early, but I don't see them on bar menus quite as often down here. Perhaps it's a matter of geography? The wings I love were born in Buffalo, New York before they worked their way south, becoming popular enough to warrant a feature in the New Yorker. Since then they've been subjected to an endless number of treatments and flavorings, some delightful (I love you, jerk wings) and others a victim of excessive creativity (please make the garlic butter stop).

The perfect wing is deep fried to a crunchy crispness. This imperative texture is only achieved when all of the fat beneath the skin has rendered away but the remaining moist, flavorful meat is far from desiccation. Being a traditionalist, I prefer butter-laced hot sauces based in Frank's Red Hot, or Crystal, brightened with the slightest tinge of vinegar. Blue Cheese dressing is necessary, and bonus points are awarded if it's handmade and loaded with hunks of quality moldy funk.

When I wrote my introductory blog post, a commenter thanked me for not indulging the obligatory "where should I eat" question that's guarantees a Jessica Black-level comment orgy. But I'd be foolish to not lean on my fellow Aters for guidance in a city you clearly know better than I do. (Also, we like it when you guys orgy.)

So instead of a blanket question I'll be more precise: Where do I go for the deep fried, Frank's laced wings I describe above? A side of cold beer and baseball on a decent TV would seal the deal.


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23 comments
Wolfe
Wolfe

Shuck n Jive in Addison has the best I've found with Angry Dog second. Angry Dog wings are tiny though so order a lot!

Qube
Qube

The Best Wings are at Sharky's Bar and Grill, North Dallas.  They're so big with a glazed crispness, get your Frank's Hot Sauce tossed or on the side, so you control your hotness.

beagle
beagle

one word: SAUCED

Jody Dean
Jody Dean

Buffalo Brothers, right across from TCU on University in Ft. Worth. True college bar-bar. Ice cold beer, terrific pizza by the slice, awesome sandwiches, occasional live music - and the best wings I have ever had, anywhere. John Bonnell's side-venture.

elbueno
elbueno

Pluckers for sure. My friend is obsessed with wings and has a blog here: http://bbchickenwing.blogspot....

Also, you should try the hog wings in Dallas. Libertine, Capitol Pub and Eno's all make these delicious porky treats.

Marc
Marc

Square Burger in McKinney, crispy skinned all fat rendered, great sauce and homemade blue cheese dressing.  Worth the drive!

AG
AG

No question, Sauced wings in Plano has the best wings in DFW. 

NewsDog
NewsDog

The Barley House has good wings; big, crispy and spicey. If you are up in Plano, it's Fish Shack

Ynotryme
Ynotryme

http://www.buffalobrostexas.co...  2 guys from buffalo near tcu actually cook them crispy and there's enough sauce on them. None of the chains cook them crispy and I don't know why they are so tight on sauce.

matt
matt

angry dog

SCamp
SCamp

STANS BLUE NOTE at 2908 Greenville Ave Dallas uses the original recipe from the Anchor Bar. They have the best in Dallas. They also have 50 beers on tap and TVs all over the place.

Martin Klein
Martin Klein

The Buffalo Wings at Sauced in Plano are excellent!

littleloo
littleloo

(Wingstop is not good!)  I use the Frank's sauce and make my own.  Nothing compares to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo.

Luli
Luli

I know the Elbow Room on Gaston uses Frank's Hot Sauce - they definitely have beer and sports, too. It's right by Baylor. Dive-y type of place, but the pizza is decent, too.

Dutch
Dutch

Lakewood's 1st & 10 has what you're after.

Mhigbe
Mhigbe

Bryan Street Tavern. Blue cheese (don't bother with the ranch - too much dill).And for a comprehensive (if not entirely up-to-date) guide to wings in the Dallas area, check out Wings Across Texas on Facebook.

BigMikeinLH
BigMikeinLH

I was a big fan of both Pluckers and WingStop, but do yourself a favor and try the wings @ Varsity Grill in Lake Highlands. John the owner buys extra meaty drummets & wings, cooks each order up fresh, and sauces them while they are scorching hot right from the fryer. Now, I've gotta get me some on the way home tonight!

Ms. T
Ms. T

I got back from my first trip to Buffalo last weekend, and I did not find anything special about the wings there that I could not get here. Personally, when I am craving buffalo wings (which is often), I gravitate towards three places: Angry Dog (smallish, but they cook them right and the sauce is awesome...spicy and vinegary); Pluckers (size equivalent to Buffalo's finest, with good sauce that sometimes trends towards too spicy and sometimes not spicy enough); and Wing Stop (small, and the Original Hot is a good version of the traditional Buffalo sauce).

Lemmonhead
Lemmonhead

i think pluckers has some damn good wings. tv's and beer to boot.

there's nothing like nothing like Buffalo, NY. then again, try to find good BBQ in NY.

Brad
Brad

Pluckers good wings good beer and lots of baseball right now

Puffy
Puffy

I moved here from Buffalo in 1995 and have yet to find wings from home.  I did stop looking a few years ago and just started making them myself so I don't know if someone has jumped to the forefront.  I've got Bleu Cheese, Carrots, Celery & the cold beer but you'll have to wrestle my wife for the remote.

Ms. T
Ms. T

Is it possible we ate at two different Anchor Bars? Cause the wings I had were terribly overcooked, to the point where the skin was hard to chew. The sauce had very little flavor. And even the Suicide sauce, which was touted as extremely spicy, just tasted like black pepper and chipotle. Not good.

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