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 at home.Read More
16 Spots in Los Angeles for Crispy, Perfect Chicken Wings
Perfect for at-home snacking while watching sports
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 to eat solo? 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.
The real heat-seekers know to head to Howlin’ Ray’s for the batter’s box of wings, served at various spice levels to suit every need. The higher the heat, though, the more impossible they are to put down — so beware.
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.
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.
The seemingly simple wings at Yang’s hide a harder-to-believe truth: Lots of wings hide behind too much breading and not enough technique. Here the lightly golden wings are only given the barest of side seasonings, allowing them to shine on their own. Don’t be fooled; they are very good.
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.
The charred salsa macha wings at Eszett have been a day one staple, served hot and crispy from lots of time near the heat. Be sure to squeeze some citrus on top.
The saucy, spicy wings are about as classic as it gets at Cosa Buona, the staple corner Echo Park pizza spot. For nostalgia seekers eager to reclaim a better version of delivery wings from days gone by, this is the spot.
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.
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Twice-fried, sweet, and extra crispy, Yangban Society's wings have become a cult favorite. Order a few batches to share with friends over drinks and dinner.
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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.
Two Wings Chicken
The wings are just right at chef John Clark’s ongoing pop-up Two Wings Chicken, which started after Clark left the Jon & Vinny empire to begin cooking for himself. After a long run at Smorgasburg, Two Wings is back out on the streets doing pop-ups at breweries and mid-week pickups, so be sure to order ahead.
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.
This massive Korean chain has been making big inroads into Los Angeles for years. 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.
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.
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