Saucy and spicy, dry-rubbed, teriyaki or plain, with a side of blue cheese, celery sticks or carrots — no matter which way you spin them, it’s National Chicken Wing Day on Wednesday and there’s no better place to celebrate than Las Vegas.
National Chicken Wing Day was formally proclaimed by Buffalo, N.Y., Mayor Stan Makowski and the City of Buffalo in 1977. And if you weren’t already aware, that’s the birthplace of the buffalo chicken wing.
But the fun doesn’t need to stop in New York. Here are eight places to celebrate in Las Vegas:
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South (In the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian)
How can you not celebrate the chicken wing at the original home of the buffalo wing? The buffalo wing as we know it started at the original Anchor Bar in — you guessed it — Buffalo, New York in 1964. Try them mild, hot, barbecue or “suicidal, if you dare.”
NAKED CITY PIZZA
3240 S. Arville St and 4608 Paradise Road
Plain, mild, medium, hot or suicide. Those are your options at Naked City Pizza. They’re served with blue cheese, carrots and celery — keeping it classic. (Or get them Sicilian style and change your world.)
3400 S. Jones Blvd
Their wings come in all different flavors, including soy garlic and “supreme” style, fried Korean style with a spicy sauce. You can also get them plain or sweet, of course.
4606 E. Sunset Road
You might not know wings until you’ve had theirs, some fans say, but we’re not taking sides. Flavors include the usuals as well as chipotle barbecue, chili and lime, lemon pepper and Jamaican jerk.
5589 W. Charleston Blvd.
You’ll want the twice baked Cajun wings. Trust us.
3103 N. Rancho Dr.
You can’t even begin to list the flavors this place offers because there are way too many. Plus, you can order up to 70 pounds of the stuff for $430, if that’s what you’re into. They also serve pig wings (think little hams), and are probably the only place in Vegas that does.
SIN CITY WINGS FOOD TRUCK
They’re worth tracking down, but they’re not too hard to find. Wing sauces include a spin on barbecue, raspberry chili barbecue, apricot and spicy chilies, buffalo and “The Oscar Goodman,” named after Las Vegas’ former mayor made with “ghost pepper buffalo.” Check their website for their latest locations or on Twitter.
532 Fremont Street
If you find yourself craving wings in downtown Las Vegas, stop in and try their Thai style wings served with Sriracha ranch. You can’t really go wrong with them.
GUY FIERI’S VEGAS KITCHEN & BAR
At The Linq on the Strip
How can you say no to something called “Fireball Whisky Wings?” The sauce actually includes Fireball cinnamon whisky. Also served are the barbecue and general tsao-style wings — all served lollipop style.
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