The New World of Chicken Wings

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Photos by Jason Varney

If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.

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Sidecar’s March Wing Man: Joey Baldino

Get Jim Burke's Chicken Wings Feb. 2-9 at SidecarThis month was Sidecar Bar and Grille‘s inaugural “Monthly Wing Thing” featuring Jim Burke, and we just found out that next month’s (aka March’s) wingmaster extraordinaire is going to be Joey Baldino of Zeppoli.

So why should you be excited? Because chicken wings are awesome, and because Baldino really knows how to cook. He’ll be whipping up “Sicilian blood orange agrodolce wings,” which will be for sale starting Monday, March 2 and will be available throughout that entire week (or until they sell out). If you’re a die-hard wing fan (or a die-hard Zeppoli fan) though, you should definitely head over to Sidecar on Tuesday March 3 because that’s when Baldino will be hanging out at the bar to talk about wings, Italian food, or whatever else he feels like doing.

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ChesCo Wing Fest: Because You Know You Love Chicken Wings

chickenwingsSo 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.

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Wednesday Night Wings at The Trestle Inn

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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.

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What Are Your Favorite Wings?

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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.

The Abbaye Hosts Its Fourth Annual Vegan Wing Bowl

i-love-vegans-400This 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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West Philly Restaurant Falsely Accused of Serving Cats

Photo by Charles Mostoller via the Metro

Photo by Charles Mostoller via the Metro

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.

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