Who has the best chicken wings?

  • Tue Jan 17th, 2012 7:24pm

<b>DINING OUT | </b>By Mina Williams Herald writer

With Super Bowl XLVI just around the corner on Feb. 5, some of the day’s biggest decisions have to be made.

Not all will be so lucky as to have snagged a ticket for the gridiron classic, so the first decision will be where to watch the spectacle — at a local watering hole, or at home. That settled, the quest for a bountiful array of game snacks is the next item to resolve. After all, the game is more than four hours and you are bound to get hungry.

The range of potential Super Bowl snacks, from finger foods, dips, spreads and sandwiches, is dazzling and daunting. But no Super Bowl Sunday would be complete without a plate piled with chicken wings. The classic Buffalos are floured, deep-fried and tossed with a vinegar-based sauce of butter kicked up with cayenne pepper then served alongside some blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

But chicken wings don’t have to be cooped up as a one-flavor option food. A variety of seasonings have found favor at many a notable Super Bowl party’s groaning boards. Finger-licking good flavors teriyaki, Jamaican jerk, sweet and sour and tried-and-true barbecue can settle in with big league honey mustard, lemon pepper and ranch-flavored wings.

Set them alongside some seasoned fries, maybe some baked beans, coleslaw and perhaps a cold beer and that certain Sunday will be hall of fame bound no matter which team takes the trophy.

Where do you flock when you want to wing it? What flavors tickle your taste buds for not much scratch?

For chicken wings I like the classic Buffalo type you can get at Applebee’s.

Nicole, Lynnwood

Most bars have good wings. The flavor I like is Buffalo, the hotter the better. When I’m in the mood for plain wings Chinese restaurants are the best.

Elliott, Mountlake Terrace

I like all wings, hot Buffalo style and honey barbeque are my favorites. Pizza Hut and Papa John’s are the ones I get the most. They deliver.

Noah, Bothell

WING NOTE: Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings soon will be opening in Lynnwood. The 7,000-plus-square-foot restaurant stands on the lot where Billy McHales once stood on 33rd Avenue West, south of 184th Street Southwest.