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National Chicken Wing Day was first proclaimed, aptly, by former Buffalo, NY Mayor Stan Makowski in 1977.
The Day of Delights is celebrated every July 29.
But every day is wing day for millions of hot wing lovers across the United States.
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Here’s a look at six US hotspots.
They’re independent companies with huge local following and the most feisty, delicious, best chicken wings in America.
Booty’s – Surprise, Arizona.
Surprise indeed! Booty’s was voted the fan favorite wing last year at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, beating top poultry hawkers from across the country.
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It also won first place at the festival for its traditional medium sauce.
Booty’s now has several other locations around Arizona and regularly tops national lists of the best fender seals in America.
It offers an impressive array of nearly three dozen different sauces and flavors for the wings.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery – Aiken, SC
One of America’s most unique places to eat, Dave’s only offers wings on Wednesdays. But kite aficionados say they’re among the best in the country and worth the wait until bump day.
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“A cool place. It’s also an ethanol-free butcher and gas station,” Michael Stern, publisher of RoadFood.com and author of the many “Road Food” travel guides, told Fox News Digital.
“Dave’s wings are wonderful!”
Double Dubs – Laramie, Wyo.
Double Dubs received national acclaim last year when it won first place in the “extra hot” sauce category at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
With a fleet of five Wyoming food trucks, Double Dubs founder Trent Weitzel has big ambitions.
He announced Friday, in honor of National Wings Day, that he would attempt to set a Guinness World Record next July by selling 55,000 wings in a single day at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The current record holder is Village Casino in Jamestown, NY, which sold 40,210 wings in 24 hours.
Duff’s Famous Wings – Amherst, NY
Tourists go to Anchor Bar. The Buffaloniens go to Duff.
At least that’s the word in hot-wing circles in Buffalo, the physical and spiritual home of the hot-wing, an American obsession.
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This beloved local wing has since expanded to more than half a dozen other locations in Western New York and Ontario.
All of Duff’s wings come with a warning: “Medium is hot! Medium, hot is VERY HOT! Hot is VERY VERY HOT!” proclaims the company.
Legend Larry’s – Sheboygan, Wisc.
It’s a no-frills but beloved Wisconsin wing joint where customers order wings by filling out a slip of paper with their favorite options.
“Very delicious, very consistent, very old school,” says “Wing King” Drew Cerza, founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
Legend Larry’s is “very delicious, very consistent, very old school”. — Drew Cerza, “King of the Wing”
Legend Larry’s is famous for its signature DOA sauce. This one will burn, but unlike many other extra-hots, it will taste great too!
The original site opened in 2001 and has since expanded to Green Bay, Manitowoc and Sheboygan Falls.
Wendell’s – Norton, Mass.
This is the ultimate hidden fender seal.
The small-town, family-friendly favorite has just one location and, according to its loyal fans, the best hot wings in America.
Wendell’s offers a rare combination of intense heat combined with a savory mouthfeel.
The wings are served in wooden bowls with lots of sauce.
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Instead of carrots and celery sticks, Wendell’s wings come with a freshly baked Portuguese bun.
New Wendell’s Reaper Sauce is made with incredibly hot Carolina Reaper peppers. They look and taste amazing.