FuRaiBo (address and info)
While most of the pub grub at this izakaya standby is respectable, their Japanese-style chicken wings have developed a cult-following for good reason. These skinny, skewered wings are lightly glazed with a tart, spicy-ish marinade, then deep-fried to a brittle crisp, and dusted with a heavy layer of sesame seeds.
Crack Salt Wings
OK Chinese (address and info)
It's so tempting to rip on the name of this Eagle Rock mini-mall mecca, but their wings -- speckled with black pepper, five-spice, and "crack salt" (pocket some of this if you can) -- prove that it would be disingenuous.
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Danny Jensen is a Thrillist LA contributor who thinks "best wing roundup" research is the best kind of research. Deliver American pizza wings to him on Twitter.