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19 Spots in Los Angeles for Crispy, Perfect Chicken Wings

Perfect for at-home snacking while watching sports

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Los Angeles is a haven for fried chicken of all kinds, from wildly spicy tenders served at the car wash to fried chicken sandwiches cooked up by star chefs — and that’s to say nothing of LA’s fantastic grocery store fried chicken. That certainly extends to the city’s love of chicken wings, from the crackly, double-fried Korean version to the heat-infused, fire-breathing concoctions put out by places like dive bar Ye Rustic Inn in Los Feliz. Here are some of LA’s best wings for a big, messy night in while perhaps watching some sports on television.

Add: Night + Market, Wings World, Honey’s Kettle, the Greyhound, Pelicana

Remove: Woon, Dino’s Famous, Cosa Buona, Comfort LA, Bonchon

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Bird Box

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It’s hard to imagine a company more committed to the chicken wing than Bird Box in North Hollywood. The restaurant offers nearly two dozen kinds of sauces and dips for its wings alone, plus bone-in and boneless wings at any scale needed. Want 100 jumbo wings for yourself? Just call them up.

Hot Wings Cafe

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Angelenos love Hot Wings Cafe. The restaurant group has been going strong for decades, expanding into different neighborhoods and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Expect lots of sauce, differing heat levels, and lots of availability no matter where in the city one resides.

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Hot Wings Cafe

Anajak Thai Cuisine

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Anajak’s wings make for a stellar starter to any meal at this Valley Thai staple, where the sticky tamarind-flavored options are just the right amount of spicy and savory — making them very hard to put down.

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

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The Greyhound is sports bar royalty, having become a haven for Dodger fans, soccer watchers, and folks just looking to get out into a group to enjoy some drinks and a game. The wings are by necessity on point, arriving to nearly every table as saucy, spicy bites to savor.

The Greyhound’s wings on a large rectangular plate, shown up close in deep orange.
Wings from the Greyhound
The Greyhound

Ye Rustic Inn

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For those who like a little pain with their pleasure, order Ye Rustic Inn’s signature and extremely spicy Buffalo wings. An extra pitcher of beer is highly recommended.

Tam's Noodle House

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The fried wings with salted egg yolk are a dream beginning to any meal at Tam’s Noodle House, the staple San Gabriel option.

Crispy wings on a bed of greens at a Chinese restaurant.
Wings from Tam’s Noodle House
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Night + Market Weho

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It can be hard for even the most ardent Night + Market fans to pick a favorite dish, considering how wide-ranging and popular the restaurant’s menu is. Still, plenty of folks swear by the “addictive” party wings, which hit almost every table on busy nights.

KyoChon Chicken

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The godfather of Korean fried chicken, KyoChon’s ultra-crispy and extra-spicy wares never fail to delight. If things get too hot, cool off with the pickled daikon cubes served on the side.

Wings World

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Wings World has been around in one form or another at the same strip mall since 2000, making it a longtime label for the Mid-City neighborhood. Locals come through to try one of nine different sauce flavors, including an extra-fiery volcano option as well as classics like honey barbecue and lemon pepper.

Two Wings Chicken

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John Clark has a culinary pedigree a mile long — including Jon & Vinny’s and his own growing brand — and now fans can find him cooking up some of Los Angeles’s best wings weekly at Smorgasburg in Downtown LA.

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Wonho Frank Lee

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

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This Culver City staple makes all of its fried chicken with love (and yes, there’s honey around, too). The extra-crisp batter makes for ideal wing eating, leading to happy messes at the table.

Hotville Chicken

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Hotville Chicken is run by true Nashville-style spicy royalty Kim Prince. Her standalone South LA restaurant in the Crenshaw neighborhood turns out some of Los Angeles’s best spicy bird, available en masse for weekend eating.

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Hotville Chicken
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Alondra's Hot Wings, Pizza, Pasta

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This growing Southern California chain of pizza, pasta, and wings restaurants already has half-a-dozen outlets spread across Whittier, Pico Rivera, and beyond. Score wings by the dozens, with some 20-odd flavors to choose from, or opt for a six-pack of wings and a side of fries for solo snacking.

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Alondra’s

Charcoal Venice

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For a different option, try the grilled wings from Venice’s tony Charcoal, where Josiah Citrin’s crew turns the flavor up to 11 thanks to plenty of smoke and lots of vinegar and chiles.

Wings & Pot

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When it comes to comfort food, Wings & Pot have all bases covered. In addition to potatoes loaded a plethora of indulgent ways, there are wings that come in half a dozen different sauces like lemon pepper and spicy garlic.

Pelicana Chicken

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This massive Korean chain has been making big inroads into Los Angeles for years, including a more recent location in Downey. For crispy options with a variety of sauces (and the requisite packets of pickled daikon), this is the hot new Korean fried chicken destination to know.

Wing Ferno

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With more than a dozen different sauce and flavor options to choose from, it’s easy to see why Wing Ferno in Gardena does so well with its local crowd. Add in a second location in Orange County, and the future looks bright for one of Los Angeles’s best wing shops.

Qchon Chicken

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Torrance’s Qchon chicken keeps lunch-through-dinner hours, serving mild to seriously spicy wings by the half-dozen and beyond. Need to feed the whole crew? A 50-pack is available as well.

SoCal Wings

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With three dozen different wet options and another 10 or so dry-rub choices for its wings, it’s safe to say that SoCal Wings is serious about its bird. Family meal packs are available with sides as well, including waffle fries, salads, and fritters.

An overhead shot of several glistening hot wings with peppers and fries on the side, plus sauce.
SoCal Wings.
SoCal Wings

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Bird Box

It’s hard to imagine a company more committed to the chicken wing than Bird Box in North Hollywood. The restaurant offers nearly two dozen kinds of sauces and dips for its wings alone, plus bone-in and boneless wings at any scale needed. Want 100 jumbo wings for yourself? Just call them up.

Hot Wings Cafe

Angelenos love Hot Wings Cafe. The restaurant group has been going strong for decades, expanding into different neighborhoods and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Expect lots of sauce, differing heat levels, and lots of availability no matter where in the city one resides.

A plate of bright orange hot wings shown from above.
Hot Wings Cafe

Anajak Thai Cuisine

Anajak’s wings make for a stellar starter to any meal at this Valley Thai staple, where the sticky tamarind-flavored options are just the right amount of spicy and savory — making them very hard to put down.

The Greyhound Bar & Grill

The Greyhound is sports bar royalty, having become a haven for Dodger fans, soccer watchers, and folks just looking to get out into a group to enjoy some drinks and a game. The wings are by necessity on point, arriving to nearly every table as saucy, spicy bites to savor.

The Greyhound’s wings on a large rectangular plate, shown up close in deep orange.
Wings from the Greyhound
The Greyhound

Ye Rustic Inn

For those who like a little pain with their pleasure, order Ye Rustic Inn’s signature and extremely spicy Buffalo wings. An extra pitcher of beer is highly recommended.

Tam's Noodle House

The fried wings with salted egg yolk are a dream beginning to any meal at Tam’s Noodle House, the staple San Gabriel option.

Crispy wings on a bed of greens at a Chinese restaurant.
Wings from Tam’s Noodle House
Cathy Chaplin

Night + Market Weho

It can be hard for even the most ardent Night + Market fans to pick a favorite dish, considering how wide-ranging and popular the restaurant’s menu is. Still, plenty of folks swear by the “addictive” party wings, which hit almost every table on busy nights.

KyoChon Chicken

The godfather of Korean fried chicken, KyoChon’s ultra-crispy and extra-spicy wares never fail to delight. If things get too hot, cool off with the pickled daikon cubes served on the side.

Wings World

Wings World has been around in one form or another at the same strip mall since 2000, making it a longtime label for the Mid-City neighborhood. Locals come through to try one of nine different sauce flavors, including an extra-fiery volcano option as well as classics like honey barbecue and lemon pepper.

Two Wings Chicken

John Clark has a culinary pedigree a mile long — including Jon & Vinny’s and his own growing brand — and now fans can find him cooking up some of Los Angeles’s best wings weekly at Smorgasburg in Downtown LA.

An overhead shot of a black Styrofoam container with wings and sauce inside.
Two Wings Chicken.
Wonho Frank Lee

Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

This Culver City staple makes all of its fried chicken with love (and yes, there’s honey around, too). The extra-crisp batter makes for ideal wing eating, leading to happy messes at the table.

Hotville Chicken

Hotville Chicken is run by true Nashville-style spicy royalty Kim Prince. Her standalone South LA restaurant in the Crenshaw neighborhood turns out some of Los Angeles’s best spicy bird, available en masse for weekend eating.

An owner hands over a bag of hot chicken as a staff member looks on.
Hotville Chicken
Matthew Kang

Alondra's Hot Wings, Pizza, Pasta

This growing Southern California chain of pizza, pasta, and wings restaurants already has half-a-dozen outlets spread across Whittier, Pico Rivera, and beyond. Score wings by the dozens, with some 20-odd flavors to choose from, or opt for a six-pack of wings and a side of fries for solo snacking.

A hand dunks a fiery wing into creamy white sauce.
Alondra’s Wings
Alondra’s

Charcoal Venice

For a different option, try the grilled wings from Venice’s tony Charcoal, where Josiah Citrin’s crew turns the flavor up to 11 thanks to plenty of smoke and lots of vinegar and chiles.

Wings & Pot

When it comes to comfort food, Wings & Pot have all bases covered. In addition to potatoes loaded a plethora of indulgent ways, there are wings that come in half a dozen different sauces like lemon pepper and spicy garlic.

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Pelicana Chicken

This massive Korean chain has been making big inroads into Los Angeles for years, including a more recent location in Downey. For crispy options with a variety of sauces (and the requisite packets of pickled daikon), this is the hot new Korean fried chicken destination to know.

Wing Ferno

With more than a dozen different sauce and flavor options to choose from, it’s easy to see why Wing Ferno in Gardena does so well with its local crowd. Add in a second location in Orange County, and the future looks bright for one of Los Angeles’s best wing shops.

Qchon Chicken

Torrance’s Qchon chicken keeps lunch-through-dinner hours, serving mild to seriously spicy wings by the half-dozen and beyond. Need to feed the whole crew? A 50-pack is available as well.

SoCal Wings

With three dozen different wet options and another 10 or so dry-rub choices for its wings, it’s safe to say that SoCal Wings is serious about its bird. Family meal packs are available with sides as well, including waffle fries, salads, and fritters.

An overhead shot of several glistening hot wings with peppers and fries on the side, plus sauce.
SoCal Wings.
SoCal Wings

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