Football-loving Americans will polish off nearly 100 million pounds of chicken wings on February 5 (aka Super Bowl Sunday). Los Angeles may not have a team of its own—yet—but we can certainly cheer for our city’s all-star selection of hot wings. Order these sizzling fried poultry morsels by the bucket; celery sticks and blue cheese dip are optional.
Ching Chang Wing Wang
The name of this snack house might raise some eyebrows, but the offbeat array of wings casts all doubts aside. The mala, or “numbing spicy,” variety, with Szechuan peppercorn extract, leaves your lips tingling and your tongue wanting more. Extreme spice heads opt for “The Devil,” which piles on extra heat. » $5.99 for 10 wings. 400 E. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, 626-486-9285 or chingchangwingwang.com.
Ye Rustic Inn
Did the [insert favorite local sports team here] win? Then expect to find this tavern teeming with fans devouring plate after plate of buffalo wings. The combination of atomic orange sauce (heat levels range from mild to “suicide”) and supermoist chicken keeps the crowds coming, even through the off-season. » $9.50 for 12 wings. 1831 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 323-662-5757.
Chef Wes Lieberher’s Volcano chipotle sauce packs a punch reminiscent of a late-night taco truck’s salsa roja. The chile-spiked mixture covers the gastropub’s jidori chicken wings. Fortunately, there are a dozen craft beers on tap to cool things down. » $8 for 12 wings. 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 213-387-2337 or beerbellyla.com.
Piles of wings and pitchers of suds clutter the tabletops at this Korean pub, where neighborhood businessmen come to loosen their ties, roll up their sleeves, and dig in. The brew of choice is Hite, and the crispy battered wings are slick with a sweet and fiery glaze made with gochujang, a fermented red pepper paste. » $14.90 for 12 wings. 3002 W. 7th St., Koreatown, 213-480-4910.
Roy Choi (Kogi, A-Frame) gives the “What a Jerk” wings at his latest restaurant a double coating of spices and a double dunk in the deep fryer. A blend of Caribbean seasonings delivers a swift kick; the garlicky hot sauce supplies the slow burn. » $11 for 5 uncut wings. 822 Washington Blvd., Venice, 310-448-8884 or sunnyspotvenice.com.