Okay so it’s not football season yet, but let’s be honest – who doesn’t love chicken wings? Above all else, we take this time to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day on Monday, July 29, 2019. Nothing screams fellowship like a large order of hot, spicy wings paired with your favorite fried side dishes. Much like all American food favorites, there are a few different ideas about where chicken wings originated.
The general consensus is these Southern cooking delicacies are said to have originated in Anchor Bar located in Buffalo, New York. Owners Frank and Teressa Bellissimo are said to be the first to deep fry frozen chicken wings, then douse them in a cayenne based hot sauce.
If we are being completely honest, we aren’t too interested in where these mouth-watering chicken wings originated. Whether they are breaded and fried, grilled to perfection, tossed in fat-loaded sauce, or fired in a coal oven – indulging in chicken wings is the best way to close out the summer. Here are our top picks for the best wings in Broward and Palm Beach.
Fran’s Chicken Haven
1925 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton | 561-395-0781
“If the colonel had our recipe he’d be a general.” Fran’s Chicken Haven has earned every right to proudly publicize this quote on the wall of their hidden gem. A staple in Palm Beach County, Fran’s has been serving the Boca Raton community for 50 years.
Don’t let this tucked-away venue fool you. Fran’s has mastered the art of serving the freshest, most delicious, made to order chicken wings with all of your favorite Southern-inspired sides to compliment the tasty chicken. Feeling a little more adventurous? Check out their infamous Chicken & Waffle combo – guaranteed to satisfy all your sweet and salty cravings.
Multiple Locations, Palm Beach & Broward County
Don’t let the “chain” appearance and multiple locations fool you – Bru’s Room wings are a Florida favorite. Sauced with a multitude of flavors and fried to perfection, these wings are worth the messy hands. From Del Ray to Del Ray, this chain is unique to its consistent menu and chill atmosphere.
Any selection at Bru’s is always a good selection. However, we are kind of bias to the “Triple Threat” wings that are only infamous to this delicious chain. A divine combination of barbecue, sweet ‘n’ tangy, and hot sauce – the “Triple Threat” wings are fried, grilled, and then garnished with freshly minced garlic. Don’t take our word for it – get over to Bru’s and see for yourself!
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
Multiple Locations, Palm Beach & Broward County
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has absolutely capitalized on their Italian-inspired menu and that’s not all. It’s no secret that not all wings are created, cooked, and sauced equally. In fact, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza challenges the entire concept of deep-fried American hot wings.
Stepping away from the traditional frying methods, Anthony’s prides itself on throwing their never frozen chicken wings into the coal fire and roasts them to smoky perfection. From Dry Rub with Gorgonzola Dip to freshly roasted wings topped with a heaping scoop of onions with a side of focaccia bread – Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is infamous for their uniquely crafted wings.
Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken
3848 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale | 954-607-1703
Keeping up with the tradition of not-so-traditional wings – Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken has some of the best wings around. This African-inspired Peri-Peri (African Bird’s Eye Chili) chicken joint guarantees all of their meat to be never frozen, hormone, steroid, and antibiotic-free. Every wing is marinated in this restaurant’s secret sauce before being grilled to absolute deliciousness.
Spatch has created a living legacy with their super-secret, healthy, and savory marinade. Is your mouth watering yet? Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken tops off their wings with a choice of five house sauces: Peri-Peri Mild, Peri-Peri Medium, Peri-Peri Hot, Lemon & Herb, or Sticky mango. The menu at Spatch doesn’t stop there. Check out the variety of salads, sandwiches, bowls, and the extra special family-style side options.
1428 NE 4th Ave, Fort Lauderdale | 954-462-9696
Wilton Wings has been serving “famously good food” and mouth-water chicken wings since 2007. With two locations – the original in Fort Lauderdale and the second Wicked Wings in Plantation – this restaurant does not play when it comes to their sauces and dry rubs. Flavors range from Old Bay, Jamaican Jerk, Thai Chili, Teriyaki Honey, Honey Mustard, Parmesan, Cajun, Hibachi, Rasberry, and Suicide.
If you’re looking for the old-fashioned, butter-based medium or hot Buffalo styled wings or grilled lemon pepper wings – Wilton Wings has you covered. Increments on wing orders range from six to one hundred pieces with the ever-popular homemade blue cheese dressing to accompany your celery and all of your dunking needs.
Wilton Wings is no stranger to weekly wing specials from I.T.B. Monday with 10 wings for $5 and Wing Wednesday which includes .50 cent wings with $6 craft beers. Wilton Wings is the perfect place to spend National Chicken Wing Day!
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