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Best chicken wings in Los Angeles Cosa Buona
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Here’s where to find the best wings in L.A. for game day and beyond

Thai-spiced, charcoal-grilled or classic Buffalo-style, these are the best chicken wings in Los Angeles for game day, late-night eats and more

By Wilder Shaw

Maybe it’s the Super Bowl or maybe it’s the cold weather finally arriving. Maybe it’s just human conditioning. Whatever it is, we’re craving chicken wings right now. And the best of the best wings can be daunting to hunt down any time of year, as it feels like every restaurant in L.A. serves them. Where are the good ones hiding? We went on a quest so you don’t have to. Here are the best chicken wings in Los Angeles, from Thai to tamarind to classic buffalo in spots like a Los Feliz dive and a Venice favorite.

All of the spots below are open for pickup or delivery. Things can change quickly, though, so make sure to check in with each restaurant before making plans to dine on-site.

8 best spots for chicken wings, ranked

Suicide wings at Ye Rustic Inn
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

1. Ye Rustic Inn

Bars Dive bars Los Feliz

Dive bars usually aren’t known for their food. Cheap drinks, stiff pours and dim lighting that makes everybody in the building look 10 percent more attractive than they actually are is more de rigueur at a dive. But at Rustic, things are different. Walk in at any time of day and you’ll see most—if not all—tables sporting a big plate of wings. Though a classic Buffalo sauce is all they offer, they’ve perfected it. Get your wings extra crispy and with extra veggies, and let go of all shame: The ample portion of sauce is just dying to get all over your face and hands. But once you dive into the tender, crunchy, spicy, tangy and vinegary experience that is a plate of Ye Rustic Inn wings, none of that will matter to you. All that will matter are the juicy, hot and steamy morsels in front of you.

Night + Market Sahm
Jesse Hsu Photography

2. Night + Market

Restaurants Thai Venice

Thai food generally reserves the right to kick your ass with fiery chilies—especially at any Night + Market establishment, be it in Venice, WeHo or Silver Lake—but the wings are quite sweet, and a full-on master class in nailing the salty-sweet combo. In fact, when your mouth is on fire from the rest of the meal, you may end up grabbing the wings to help cool things down.

Howlin' Rays hot chicken
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

3. Howlin’ Ray’s

Restaurants Soul and southern American Chinatown

At some point, somebody’s told you that Howlin’ Ray’s fried chicken is the best fried chicken in L.A. It’s certainly one of the spiciest, and the tender, juicy chicken hiding underneath the Nashville-style cayenne- and paprika-based crust is extremely difficult to beat. It’s not just tenders and sandwiches though, as Howlin’ also throws their magic all over wings, too (available for delivery at both the Chinatown and Pasadena locations). As we all know, meat tastes best when it’s eaten off the bone—you need these wings.

The Greyhound bar chicken wings in Highland Park Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tom C.

4. The Greyhound Bar & Grill

Bars Gastropubs Highland Park

In a city full of sports bars slinging generic wings everywhere you look, most start to look and taste exactly the same. This isn’t the case at the Greyhound, one of Highland Park’s most reliable sports spots. With wings served in 18 different flavors—among them garlic parm, cherry bomb, and chili con limón—it’s safe to say you most definitely won’t get bored. The fact that they’re delicious doesn’t hurt, either.

Comfort LA
Photograph: Courtesy Comfort LA

5. Comfort LA

Restaurants Soul and southern American Downtown

At Comfort LA, it’s right there in the name: You’re here for comfort food. The Downtown and Inglewood soul food pop-up–turned–brick-and-mortar is a huge hit, thanks in no small part to their expertly-fried chicken wings. The dinner special will get you five wings, two sides and cornbread—and at $13, it’s one of the neighborhood’s best values.

Cosa Buona's hot chicken wings in Echo Park Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Cosa Buona/Cibo Buono Photography

6. Cosa Buona

Restaurants Italian Echo Park

Leave it to Zach Pollack to keep the hits coming at Cosa Buona. The Alimento chef’s casual-but-secretly-upscale Italian restaurant is a crucial part of the Echo Park dining scene for a reason, and there are many people who consider Cosa Buona’s wings to be the best in L.A. This is most certainly due to the sauce, dubbed “Zach’s Red Hot,” which is essentially an even better version of Frank’s. The next time you want pizza and wings, you know where to go.

Grilled chicken wings at Charcoal Venice
Photograph: Courtesy Charcoal Venice/dineL.A.

7. Charcoal Venice

Restaurants American Venice

By now there should be no doubt in your mind that L.A. is a wing town, but even so, it can be hard to find great wings of the not-fried persuasion. This is where Charcoal comes in, with smoky, grilled wings topped with oregano, chili and vinegar. In a town dominated by Asian or Buffalo-style fried wings, the BBQ-inspired, herbal flavor of Charcoal’s might be just what you need.

KyoChon Chicken
Photograph: KyoChon Chicken

8. KyoChon Chicken

Things to do Koreatown

KyoChon may not be the most trendy or groundbreaking wing spot, but they paved the way for a lot of the Korean fried-chicken craze and any list of great L.A. fried chicken without them would just be wrong. The double-fried crispiness and three saccharine-leaning flavors—soy garlic, hot-and-sweet and honey—really can’t be found anywhere else. Plus, the 2am closing time makes KyoChon an elite landing zone for fourth meal. It’s always important to keep them in the rotation.

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