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The 9 best non-Buffalo wings in LA

Published On 08/13/2014 Published On 08/13/2014
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1. Belly Bombz Kitchen 11824 Artesia Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

The brick-and-mortar manifestation of a Korean cuisine truck dynamo, Belly Bombz Kitchen in Artesia is ready to fill you up with some crazy wings, Spring rolls, and even unusual items like poutine and sliders.

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2. Buff Wings 325 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91206 (Glendale)

This isn't your ordinary wing joint. This Glendale spot may do some common flavors, but it also busts out PB & J wings and others including Korean galbi, Filipino adobo, Mexican elote (think street festival corn) and, well, American pizza.

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3. Night + Market Song 3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The second location of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market, the cool and casual Song (which means two) continues the original restaurant's ode to Thai street food. The Silverlake spot serves all of Yenbamroong's cult classics, like the sweet and salty party wings, plus a revolving door of dishes exclusive to the location. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. FYI: the fried chicken sandwich is a lunchtime hit.

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4. Kyochon Chicken 3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

This Korean mini chain specializes in fried chicken like you've never tasted before. The simple numbered menu features a fried whole chicken, rice bowls, and salad (both topped with chicken, of course), but you're really there for the mind-blowing wings, all of which are double-fried in canola oil. You should definitely get an order of the feverishly hot, signature soy garlic wings, but you'll also want an order of the extra-brittle sweet honey ones for full wing exposure. The basic strip mall outpost on W 6th Street is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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5. ChocoChicken 403 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

ChocoChicken in DTLA doles out chocolate-stuffed meatballs, chocolate-dipped fried chicken, and seriously unique 'tails. From the mastermind behind Umami, there's really no reason you shouldn't give this chocolateria a chance.

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6. Sunny Spot 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

On the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, Sunny Spot is a stylish Caribbean-influenced restaurant whose casual menu is heavy on comfort food. The offerings include waffle fry poutine, a double cheeseburger, and chimichurri skirt steak. Though dinner is a given, Sunny Spot has a stellar brunch scene with a savory-leaning plates and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and rum punch.

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7. OK Chinese Restaurant 6320 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Eagle Rock)

The wings at this Eagle Rock joint -- speckled with black pepper, five-spice, and "crack salt" -- might be the best thing ever, and prove that the food is way better than the name of the resto.

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8. Furaibo 2068 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This West L.A. Japanese restaurant is known for it's Tebasaki wings, which are at once crispy and juicy, with a sweet and spicy glaze. The wings are so addicting that patrons often ask for double orders.

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9. Tasty Dining 301 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776 (San Gabriel Valley)

This San Gabriel joint has the hook up for Chinese dry hot pots. Enjoy an exciting new take on wings, be adventurous with some bullfrog, or even get some lamb -- the choice is yours!