In honor of football season starting, we've scoured the Hub in search of the city's best wings, trying everything from Buffalo, to Korean BBQ, to those tiny little pairs airline pilot gave kids in the '90s when they used to be able to show off the plane's cockpit. And what did we find, other than incredibly cordial United pilots happy to name us Honorary Captain for the day? Well, you'll have to read on to find out.
Angela's Coal Fired Pizza
Probably the most exciting thing to come out of Saugus since that 2003 Little League World Series team (man, they were fun to watch), the wings at Angela's are marinated in "lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, and garlic", slow-roasted in a coal fire oven, piled high atop homemade focaccia, and then covered in caramelized onions. Now where did we put the car keys?
Allston and Huntington Ave
You've got two moves at this popular Allston (and Huntington Ave) BBQ joint: 1) wings marinated for 24hrs, coated in a secret Southern-seasoned flour, and deep-fried; or 2) wings that're dry-rubbed & hickory smoked, flash-fried, and then tossed in one of three sauces, including Buffalo, BBQ, and spicy honey.
One of the many menu changes Chef Tim Maslow made while overhauling his dad's Watertown diner into a nationally recognized dining destination (and one of Bon Appetit's "Top 50 Best New Restaurants"), these reinvented wings are simmered in fat and charred on the grill before being doused in a sauce made from reduced Moxie, the popular gentian root extract-flavored New England soda invented in Lowell.
Consistently named among, if not the, area's best, this cash-only Newton sports bar's been deemed the "undisputed master" and reportedly worth the frustration you'll face while trying to park. BP rolls with both bone-in and boneless tenders in one of 10 sauces, like Honey Hot, spicy teriyaki, and chipotle.
Essentially the General George Pickett of the Korean fried chicken movement, this NYC powerhouse has been leading the charge with outposts in Allston, Harvard, and… Lowell (huh? Really?) that cook up a bar-setting assortment of wings, drumsticks, and strips in one of four sizes and covered in either hot or soy garlic sauce.
Myers + Chang
Per usual, Joanne Chang takes it to another level with her Garlicky Spicy Coal Black Wings, which are marinated in soy-sauce, baked, and flash-fried (to bring out their dark color) before being served with housemade Sriracha and pickled salad.
Wings Over Boston… or Somerville… or Brookline…
Okay, yes, they are -- at this point -- another chain. But let's be honest: having started at UMass Amherst back in '99, they're our chain. And they make sick wings, bone-in or boneless, with 19 different sauces ranging from Jamaican jerk and West Texas mesquite, to sweet chili and Buffalo so hot, it's dubbed "Afterburner".
1. Eat At Jumbo's688 Broadway, Somerville
2. Angela's Coal Fired Pizza880 Broadway,
3. Soulfire737 Huntington Ave, Boston
4. Strip T's93 School St, Watertown
5. Buff's Pub317 Washington St, Newton
6. BonChon57 JFK Street, Cambridge
7. Myers + Chang1145 Washington St, Boston
8. Wings Over Boston325 Huntington Ave, Boston
Jumbo's does aggressively husky portions of comfort food classics in a yellow-walled 28-seat space featuring curated local art and elaborate liquid-chalk menu boards.
This spot coal-fires most everything on the menu, including their epic pizzas.
One thing the world needs more of is quality BBQ. Knowing this, Soulfire branched out to this second location ensuring that its famous pulled pork sammies, ribs, and mouthwatering sauces will satisfy the Boston masses. Try the fried mac and cheese and collard greens (trust us). If you’ve still got room for dessert, the fried dough is fantastic and can be shared between 2-3 people.
This Watertown resto offers up seafood and killer pizzas.
West Newton's Buff Pub looks just like any pub -- with dark wood, televisions set to Boston sports games, and a row of booths and some tables. But the buffalo head mounted on the wall is an indication that you shouldn't think about passing on the Buffalo wings. They're so coveted because they're so traditional. Squeeze through the crowd of locals and BC students to snag a table, and go classic Frank's RedHot OR the Honey Hot, which is the former sweetened by a drizzle of honey. Stop yourself from drinking a side of the sauce, or don't.
After two years of construction fits and starts and tantrums, the much anticipated Korean fried chicken and tabletop-BBQ-grilling basement spot Bull Korean BBQ is now officially open in the Galleria at Harvard Square! Only thing is, it's now under the umbrella (and name) of NYC Korean chicken powerhouse BonChon -- so don't call it that other thing, or stuff will get awkward really fast.
From the creator of Boston-favorite Flour Bakery, Asian-inspired Myers + Chang cooks up American twists on Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese classics in its quirky South End location. The “punchy and craveable” menu options range from “Dim Sum-y Things” like a rich Crab Rangoon Dip to “Buns, Baos, Rolls + a Taco” like a tangy Korean BBQ Sloppy Joe to “Mama Chang’s Favorites” with options like, Wok Roasted Mussels with grilled garlic toast and Twice-Cooked Lamb Belly Stirfry with hot mustard and noodles. At lunch try variations on Vietnamese Banh Mi like Braised Shortrib and Asian Pear with traditional carrot-daikon slaw, pickled jalapenos, and sriracha aioli dressings. Stop in with a date on Monday or Tuesdays for themed menus and great deals on shareable meals.