On a quest for Miami's best chicken wings? Think beyond Buffalo. Though the tangy, vinegary sauce is a classic, some of the city's best wings are tossed with Asian spices, garlic and butter, or sweet and smokey barbecue sauce — or simply left naked.
Luckily for you, we took on the task of sussing out the best wings in Miami. Here's what we found:
800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen2956 NE 199th St., Aventura
The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem traded basketball for pizza and beer at their Aventura restaurant, 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen. Haslem's baked-not-fried "UD's Woodfired Wings" — made with a base of not-too-spicy Calabrian chilies and served with a creamy Gorgonzola dip — are exceptional ($14). Pair a plate with a local brew, such as Funky Buddha's Floridian or Veza Sur's Mango Blonde Ale.
Bru's Roomvarious locations, including:
8318 SW 40th Street, Miami
It felt like it took years for this Broward transplant founded by ex-NFLer Bob Brudzinski to make its way south to Miami. But when it finally opened in Westchester in mid-2015, it put an end to the plight of fans shlepping north for Bru's Room's addictive wings ($13 for ten to $29 for 25). The first thing to note is that for a few extra bucks, you can request all drumettes or all flats — a worthwhile expenditure for any serious wing eater. Next, note the deep-chocolate/maroon color smattered with garlic and fantastic bits of char. This is Bru's "Triple Threat" sauce — a combination of smoky, spicy barbecue sauce and a sweeter amalgam on wings that are grilled and showered with pungent garlic. If you must turn your back on Buffalo sauce, this is the way to do it.
House of Wings1039 NW Third Ave., Miami
Opened in 2003 by Musaddiq "the King of Poultry" Muhammad, this counter-service spot in the heart of Overtown wasted no time becoming a neighborhood institution. Its popularity might have something to do with the array of nearly 60 sauces that span everything from the erotic-sounding "Cinnamon Love" to the "Barack Obama" (a sweet concoction whose secrets the place won't reveal) and the "Ghetto Flavor" (a sweet-smoky mixture of four barbecue sauces). But the jerk wings — flavored with a combination of fiery jerk seasonings and classic, vinegary Buffalo sauce — never disappoint. Get a ten-pack (with one sauce) for $9.37 or up to 200 wings with any combination of sauces you like. (call for pricing).
Scully's Tavern9809 Sunset Dr., Miami
How can garlic-and-butter-doused anything ever be bad? Scully's might catch flak for its cameo on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but the little Irish pub has been serving meaty, crisp scampi-style wings ($11.95 for ten) drenched in butter and roasted garlic for years. Keep a fork nearby to scoop some of those tender cloves onto each bite. Scully's also offers teriyaki, Buffalo, and barbecue wings if you're searching for a variety of sauces.
Shuckers Waterfront Grill1819 79th St. Cswy., North Bay Village
Keep your damn sauce away from Shuckers' grilled wings ($10 for five, $16 for 10, $30 for 20). They're crisp on the outside, hot and juicy on the inside, and boast the perfect amount of spice thanks to a secret blend. Just off the 79th Street Causeway, Shuckers overlooks Biscayne Bay, so your wings come with a view.
Society BBQ3450 Buena Vista Ave., Miami
8300 NE Second Ave. (in the Citadel), Miami
Chef Richard Hales slow-smokes his chicken wings over white oak and hickory. He then glazes them with your choice of "Little Jaiti" habanero barbecue sauce or "White Alabama" barbecue sauce. An order of wings comes as a combo meal with slaw and waffle fries for $12.
Sparky's Roadside Barbecue204 NE First St., Miami
Sparky's opened in 2010, bringing proper homestyle barbecue to downtown Miami. Get the smoked chicken chicken wings ($12 for a dozen), and add your choice of sauces. Choose from hoisin, barbecue, apple barbecue, or get spicy with the "Magma" (hot) or "Lava" (super hot) sauces. Purists can order the smoked wings naked.
Sports Grillvarious locations, including:
11481 SW 40th St., Miami
Sports Grill is an average-looking local sports bar chain that serves anything-but-average wings. The special grilled wings have a crisp exterior with plenty of char. After grilling, they're tossed in a variety of sauces. Sports Grill's spicy signature sauce bathes the wings in a quick Worcestershire-sauce wash that gives the wings a vinegary pop and adds an element of savoriness. Don't stop there, however, because your wings can be tossed in any number of sauces, including "Miami Heat," garlic, jerk, Buffalo, teriyaki, and lemon pepper ($14 for ten).
Tap 42 Craft Kitchen & Barvarious locations, including:
301 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables
This gastropub's 42 varieties of beer on draft are a good enough reason to visit, but better yet are its flame-grilled chicken wings. Drenched in an insanely good, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce ($13.50 for eight), they are juicy and crunchy at once, and the result is a big flavor hit. The best way to scarf down Tap 42's drool-worthy wings is with blue cheese dressing, celery, and carrots while watching any number of sporting events and, of course, beer.
Titanic Restaurant & Brewery5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
This microbrewery and pub is a longtime favorite of University of Miami students and beer buffs. Windows behind the bar give diners a glimpse of the restaurant's brewing operations. Titanic's chicken wings come in either one-pound ($11) or two-pound ($20) portions. They might look like regular Buffalo wings, but they're not. Glazed in a creamy, sriracha-based sauce, these babies hit you immediately with the spicy punch of the chili sauce that has gained a cultlike following.
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