The Redskins season is about to start, so -- to celebrate definitely not starting Rex Grossman at QB -- we've decided to scour the city to find the eight best wings to eat while watching not-Rex lead the Skins to victory. Get some:
The Black Squirrel
It's hard to go wrong with twice-cooked, extra crispy wings dipped in your choice of homemade Sriracha hot-wing sauce or BBQ, and topped with their signature spice blend. Also, scallions!
Jumbo wings first get marinated in amber ale, Crystal hot sauce, and OG's secret BBQ rub, then are hickory-smoked on a wood grill and served w/ a Memphis BBQ or housemade Buffalo sauce.
Besides having probably the best website you've ever seen, Wingo's also does a darn-tootin' good wing; check out the "Double Trouble", and never, ever get them "Screaming Hot".
These're pit-smoked, rubbed down with cayenne pepper, and coated in their signature BBQ or a habanero hot sauce called "If You Can Stand It"... (You should try and stand it.)
"Boss of the sauce since 1968." Folks, that's about it.
Here's what you do at Meridian: invite your vegan friend who clearly lives in Columbia Heights, pass them the celery & carrots from your plate, and then destroy these Buffalo-style birds w/ blue cheese.
You already come here for the beer, but guess what, guy? They have serious wings that are prepared with Buffalo/Asian/jerk. Extra Bonus: Cloth napkins. LOVE CLOTH NAPKINS.
1. Old Glory3139 M St NW, Washington
2. The Black Squirrel2427 18th St NW , Washington, DC
3. Wingo's3207 O St NW, Washington
4. Hill Country Barbecue410 7th St NW, Washington
5. Duffy's Irish Pub2106 Vermont Ave NW, Washington
6. Stoney's1433 P St NW, Washington
7. Meridian Pint3400 11st NW, Washington
8. ChurchKey1337 14th St NW, Washington
This G-town BBQ joint slings serious smoked meats and some of the tastiest wings in Cap City.
This massive, Adams Morgan beer hall pours 'em tall, dark, and handsome. Black Squirrel offers a plethora of domestic and imported draft and bottled beers in all ales and stripes. Feeling peckish? The in-house kitchen serves up some seriously insane burgers, and the topping list is just as varied as the beer menu-- goat cheese jalapenos on your bacon burger? Yes please.
When a wing joint's been founded by two former Michigan State roommates, you know the goods are gonna be, well, good. The classics are a must, but you might also want to try the more unusual offerings, like the lemon pepper and parmesan garlic.
Because there's nothing more American than Texas, Hill Country Barbecue brings the live music capital to the actual capital. All their meats are Lone Star state-inspired, smoked in-house with a dry rub, and served by the pound. Hill Country also offers classic Texas indulgence like Big Red Soda (for you Yankees, that's a red cream soda) and Blue Bell ice cream.
Duffy’s Irish Pub has withstood the test of time, a dive bar bulwark in the face of burgeoning tapas and cocktail joints throughout the city. Check the pretension at the door and have a seat in front of the wall of upside down-mugs known as the Mug Club (reserved for only the most loyal regulars). Get down and dirty with a plate of Duffy’s highly acclaimed wings, and (post-napkin of course) try your hand at a game of darts.
This handsome yet understated Logan Circle sports bar serves up wing platters, nachos, pizzas, and cheap domestic brews -- all the comforting grease and suds you'll need while you watch the latest NFL game. Stoney's has a laid-back neighborhood feel that locals love, but things do tend to get rowdy during game day, particularly when the Denver Broncos, the bar's team of choice, are playing. As you're glued to one of the many TVs, you'll want to indulge in the legendary Super Grilled Cheese, an after-school snack turned bar food with an addictive buttery crunch and obviously-fake-but-obviously-tasty American cheese. Order the original Super (with tomato, bacon, and onion), or ask for it “Freddy Style" and, well, see what happens.
Columbia Heights' Meridian Pint always has its finger on the pulse of the craft beer scene, offering its customers the latest and best domestic brews in its rustic, Americana dining room -- where you'll find people noshing on bites like nachos, burgers, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings -- and in its basement that boasts table taps from which you can pour your own beers. If that weren't enough, there's even weekend brunch with breakfast burritos, chicken & waffles, and huevos rancheros.
With 55 draft lines and 500-plus bottles that all manage to deliver on quality, ChurchKey is a chic Logan Circle destination for DC's die-hard beer fans. In addition to the meticulously curated lineup of domestic brews and collabs one would expect from a top-flight beer bar, this stylish spot above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening craft-wise overseas, too, allowing you to one-up your friends by saying things like, “I’ve really been impressed by what’s happening in Estonia’s beer scene lately” with complete seriousness. The food menu is loaded with plenty of hearty bites like tater tots, burgers, and flatbreads to soak up all those suds.