Food & Drink

These are DC's 8 best wings

Published On 08/23/2013 Published On 08/23/2013
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1. Old Glory 3139 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This G-town BBQ joint slings serious smoked meats and some of the tastiest wings in Cap City.

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2. The Black Squirrel 2427 18th St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20009

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.

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3. Wingo's 3207 O St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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.

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4. Hill Country Barbecue 410 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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.

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5. Duffy's Irish Pub 2106 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.

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6. Stoney's 1433 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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.

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7. Meridian Pint 3400 11st NW, Washington, DC 20010

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.

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8. ChurchKey 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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.