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18 Spots in Los Angeles for Messy, Sweat-Inducing Hot Wings

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Los Angeles is a haven for fried chicken of all sorts, like wildly spicy tenders served at the car wash to fried chicken sandwiches by star chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. 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 in Los Feliz. Here are some of LA’s best wings for a big, messy night in.

Removed: Maple Block, Wendill’s, OB Bear, Button Mash

Added: Pedaler’s Fork, Bird Box, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co., Go Go Bird

A number of LA restaurants have resumed on-site dining service. However, this map should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beers N Wings

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20141 Roscoe Blvd
Winnetka, CA 91306
(818) 678-9470
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Looking for variety? Then get to Beers N Wings in Winnetka, where the Valley specialist works with nearly two dozen different sauces for maximum effectiveness.

2. Bird Box

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12460 Oxnard St
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 446-6881
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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.

3. Pedalers Fork

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23504 Calabasas Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 225-8231
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Calabasas staple Pedaler’s Fork has return to its usual routine, cooking a variety of smoked meats from an offset smoker on weekends. That includes pit-smoked maple wings with just a touch of chili heat.

4. Hot Wings Cafe

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4609 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 784-9464
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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.

A plate of bright orange hot wings shown from above.
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5. Bone Kettle

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67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5702
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For chicken wings with Southeast Asian flare, look no further than Bone Kettle. The citrus-brined wings are made using free-range chickens and served with a charred lime on the side.

6. Ye Rustic Inn

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1831 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-5757
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For those who like a little pain with their pleasure, order Ye Rustic Inn’s signature Buffalo wings spiced at ‘suicide’ level. An extra pitcher of beer is highly recommended.

7. Bonchon Chicken

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710 W Las Tunas Dr Ste 3
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Bonchon Chicken is spreading the gospel of Korean fried chicken from coast to coast. It’s amazing how every wing and drumette stays shatteringly crispy even while coated in a sticky sauce.

A top-down image of chicken wings and fixings.
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8. Go Go Bird

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1550 N El Centro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 396-9400
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Chef Brandon Kida’s Go Go Bird is one of the best things to come out of this ongoing pandemic. The Hollywood pop-up restaurant is doing some of the crispiest, most delicious fried bird (including whole birds and wings) anywhere right now, and Kida is not afraid to bring the heat.

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9. Cosa Buona

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2100 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5211
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The chicken wings at Cosa Buona are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite delivery wings. Every order comes doused in chef Zach Pollack’s take on Buffalo sauce with an irresistible side of gorgonzola dip. 

10. Donahoo's Golden Chicken

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1074 N Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 622-3213
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For a wing that’s sheathed in an irresistibly crunchy batter, look no further than Donahoo’s. Hone in on the Southern-style wing special that’s served with a side of fries and a scratch-made roll.   

11. Kyochon Chicken

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3833 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 739-9292
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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.

12. Emporium Thai

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1275 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-2838
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Don’t sleep on the fantastic wings at Emporium Thai in Westwood. The 20-year-old, family-run restaurant traffics in all manner of Thai specialities, but the deeply burnished wings, loaded with sauce, are a special kind of hit.

Phuket fried chicken wings at Emporium Thai on a wood plate with shredded vegetables.
Emporium Thai wings
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13. Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

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2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 968-1106
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For something more off the beaten path, consider the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-crusted wings from Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Company in Boyle Heights. Yes, there’s a nacho cheese drizzle on top — and maybe all wings should come with nacho cheese from now on.

A basket of flamin’ hot crusted cheetos wings with nacho drizzle.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos wings
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14. Furaibo

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2068 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1432
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Japanese tebasaki-style wings are the thing to get at this izakaya on Sawtelle. A cold Kirin Ichiban pairs beautifully with the chicken’s sesame-soy glaze.

15. Comfort LA

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1110 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 425-0037
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Stop into Comfort LA for chef Jeremy McBryde’s soul food classics any time of day. Particularly noteworthy are the fried chicken wings. Order mac and cheese, rice and beans, and collard greens to round out any meal.

16. Bomb Chicken

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2300 S Garfield Ave ste a
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 530-0355

Bomb Chicken specializes in wings with Korean flare. Orders can be enjoyed plain or with two different seasonings: soy-garlic and spicy. To pair with all that savory goodness are mozzarella sticks and takoyaki, Japanese deep-fried octopus balls.

17. Hotville Chicken

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4070 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 792-4835
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Hotville Chicken is run by true Nashville-style spicy royalty in Kim Prince. Her standalone South LA restaurant in the Crenshaw neighborhood turns out some of LA’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
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18. Wings & Pot

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2108 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 920-7575

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

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1. Beers N Wings

20141 Roscoe Blvd, Winnetka, CA 91306

Looking for variety? Then get to Beers N Wings in Winnetka, where the Valley specialist works with nearly two dozen different sauces for maximum effectiveness.

20141 Roscoe Blvd
Winnetka, CA 91306

2. Bird Box

12460 Oxnard St, North Hollywood, CA 91606

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.

12460 Oxnard St
North Hollywood, CA 91606

3. Pedalers Fork

23504 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Calabasas staple Pedaler’s Fork has return to its usual routine, cooking a variety of smoked meats from an offset smoker on weekends. That includes pit-smoked maple wings with just a touch of chili heat.

23504 Calabasas Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302

4. Hot Wings Cafe

4609 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
A plate of bright orange hot wings shown from above.
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.

4609 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

5. Bone Kettle

67 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

For chicken wings with Southeast Asian flare, look no further than Bone Kettle. The citrus-brined wings are made using free-range chickens and served with a charred lime on the side.

67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

6. Ye Rustic Inn

1831 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

For those who like a little pain with their pleasure, order Ye Rustic Inn’s signature Buffalo wings spiced at ‘suicide’ level. An extra pitcher of beer is highly recommended.

1831 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Bonchon Chicken

710 W Las Tunas Dr Ste 3, San Gabriel, CA 91776
A top-down image of chicken wings and fixings.
Bonchon Chicken
[Official Photo]

Bonchon Chicken is spreading the gospel of Korean fried chicken from coast to coast. It’s amazing how every wing and drumette stays shatteringly crispy even while coated in a sticky sauce.

710 W Las Tunas Dr Ste 3
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Go Go Bird

1550 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A yellow plate holds fried chicken wings and lots of spicy peppers. Erick Turcios

Chef Brandon Kida’s Go Go Bird is one of the best things to come out of this ongoing pandemic. The Hollywood pop-up restaurant is doing some of the crispiest, most delicious fried bird (including whole birds and wings) anywhere right now, and Kida is not afraid to bring the heat.

1550 N El Centro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9. Cosa Buona

2100 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The chicken wings at Cosa Buona are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite delivery wings. Every order comes doused in chef Zach Pollack’s take on Buffalo sauce with an irresistible side of gorgonzola dip. 

2100 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Donahoo's Golden Chicken

1074 N Garey Ave, Pomona, CA 91767

For a wing that’s sheathed in an irresistibly crunchy batter, look no further than Donahoo’s. Hone in on the Southern-style wing special that’s served with a side of fries and a scratch-made roll.   

1074 N Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91767

11. Kyochon Chicken

3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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.

3833 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

12. Emporium Thai

1275 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phuket fried chicken wings at Emporium Thai on a wood plate with shredded vegetables.
Emporium Thai wings
Matthew Kang

Don’t sleep on the fantastic wings at Emporium Thai in Westwood. The 20-year-old, family-run restaurant traffics in all manner of Thai specialities, but the deeply burnished wings, loaded with sauce, are a special kind of hit.

1275 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

13. Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co.

2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
A basket of flamin’ hot crusted cheetos wings with nacho drizzle.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos wings
Jakob Layman

For something more off the beaten path, consider the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-crusted wings from Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Company in Boyle Heights. Yes, there’s a nacho cheese drizzle on top — and maybe all wings should come with nacho cheese from now on.

2706 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

14. Furaibo

2068 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Japanese tebasaki-style wings are the thing to get at this izakaya on Sawtelle. A cold Kirin Ichiban pairs beautifully with the chicken’s sesame-soy glaze.

2068 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

15. Comfort LA

1110 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Stop into Comfort LA for chef Jeremy McBryde’s soul food classics any time of day. Particularly noteworthy are the fried chicken wings. Order mac and cheese, rice and beans, and collard greens to round out any meal.

1110 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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16. Bomb Chicken

2300 S Garfield Ave ste a, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Bomb Chicken specializes in wings with Korean flare. Orders can be enjoyed plain or with two different seasonings: soy-garlic and spicy. To pair with all that savory goodness are mozzarella sticks and takoyaki, Japanese deep-fried octopus balls.

2300 S Garfield Ave ste a
Monterey Park, CA 91754

17. Hotville Chicken

4070 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008
An owner hands over a bag of hot chicken as a staff member looks on.
Hotville Chicken
Matthew Kang

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

4070 Marlton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008

18. Wings & Pot

2108 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047

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

2108 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047

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