During the first week of every month at Sidecar Bar and Grille, a different featured chef comes in to delight diners with a new chicken wing recipe. For the first week of February, Jim Burke (the man behind the now closed JAMES restaurant) is going to be the official wing man.
So we’re already having you people fight it out in the comments section over who has the best nachos in town (which, we hope, will someday soon translate into a canonical listing of ALL the best nachos that Philly has to offer). But for those of you who are perhaps a bit less interested in a bunch of stuff on chips but do care very deeply about the proper frying of a great chicken wing, may we offer this: The 1st Annual ChesCo Wing Fest, happening on October 19 from 1pm-6pm at 13 different restaurants scattered around the county.
So how can one possibly judge the best wings at 13 different restaurants? With hard work, my good man. And an iron stomach.
Besides the classic Italian staples, the pho joints, and that one place that used to be a secret and now isn’t, getting good food in Atlantic City hasn’t been considered the easiest thing to do outside of a casino. Wingcraft hopes to give you another option.
Introducing the newest hump day treat: for the month of July, The Trestle Inn is bringing you a new wing dish every Wednesday. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. stop by and get a taste of their oven-baked wings paired with a new homemade sauce or House Buffalo. And if that’s not enticing enough, you’ll also get a shot of select whiskey and a can of beer.
Bring $10 for the ticket and maybe a napkin or two because wings combined with alcohol sounds as messy as it does delicious.
Just in time for the Super Bowl Epicurious has just come out with its list of America’s Best Wings. Philadelphia is represented by Federal Donuts interpretation of the Buffalo classic. And with the Wing Bowl all set for the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow, we’ve been thinking about wings a lot.
So we’re opening up to you, faithful Foobooz readers, what are your favorite wings? Are they FedNuts? PJ Whelihan’s, which provide the wings to Wing Bowl? Or do you have a favorite bar that does them just right?
Leave your favorites in the comments.
This Saturday, February 1st is the Abbaye’s fourth annual Vegan Wing Bowl. Competitive eaters can enter for a $20 entry fee that includes bottomless beer, all the wings you can eat in the allotted time, Vegan Wing Bowl/Abbaye/Philly Roller Girl swag and if you win, a trophy, cash prize and Roller Derby tickets. Call 215-627-6711 to enter.
Just looking to cheer on your favorite vegan competitive eater? $10 gets you bottomless Philadelphia Brewing Company beers and discounted vegan wings.
Philly Roller Girls will be in attendance and sponsoring the eating contest. Competitors will consume as many seitan-based wings as they can during a the length of a roller derby jam, two minutes. Winners from each round will be weighed and put on the leaderboard. The top three weights will win prizes.
The doors open at 4 p.m. with the competition beginning at 5 p.m.
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On December 2nd, the Metro ran a story about the Pennsylvania State Senate considering a bill that would make it illegal to breed cats and dogs to eat. It would be only the seventh state to enact such legislation. Author Tommy Rowan asks George Bogle, the Pennsylvania SPCA’s director of law enforcement if he knew of any such circumstance. He recounted the story of a West Philadelphia restaurant that was butchering cats in its basement. Bogle refuses to give the name or address since the restaurant has since closed and reopened under new ownership.
“You gotta have really good hand-mouth coordination.”
– Rick “The Manager” Russo in How the Wing Bowl gets its chicken wings in gear
Heading to a friends house for the Super Bowl? Don’t be THAT guy who shows up empty-handed. Here are a handful of restaurants offering special takeout options for the Super Bowl. Bring an order of Ela’s wings (pictured) and a local growler and quickly go from zero to hero.
The praise, it keeps on coming for Philadelphia. Zagat saluted two Philadelphia restaurants as the hottest Italian restaurants in the country. Amis and Le Virtu received the praise.
Also in the Marc Vetri orbit, Alla Spina’s chicken wings were named among the best chicken wings in the U.S. by Food & Wine.
Michael Solomonov’s Federal Donuts also got some national love as the donut and fried chicken spot was featured on NBC’s 1st Look.
Watch Federal Donuts on 1st Look »