Chicken wings have been in the Ohio capital’s DNA for a long time. In 1982, The franchise of all chicken wing franchises, Buffalo Wild Wings, was founded in Columbus as “Buffalo Wings & Weck.” As “B-Dubs” or “BW-3” (what some locals still call it today) took off, so did the wing scene in the 14th most populous city in the U.S. Whether you’re a local or visiting this great Midwest city for the weekend, here are a few chicken wing places to fill your wing craving.
The special: .55 cent wings. *Ranch and blue cheese are .50 cents additional.
What to expect: Barley’s unconventional, grilled wings come in a variety of flavors (BBQ, sweet chili, buffalo, chipotle, gates of hell) and dry rubs (salt and vinegar, hot honey, chili lime). You can order them tossed or with the sauce on the side. Their wings tend to score high in meatiness and can be classified as “fall off the bone” wings. Super tender, not much effort required to separate the meat from the bone. All around a clean wing. Great beer selection, too.
Order like a pro: Gates of hell sauce
The special: .69 cent traditional wings. *Blue cheese, ranch, and celery for .69 cents each.
What to expect: This spacious neighborhood sports bar has three locations with a menu showcasing 30 flavors. From Lava (if you dare) to Tangy BBQ and a variety of dry rubs, there’s a flavor for everyone at Pastimes. Be sure to ask your server for the wing flavor of the month!
Order like a pro: Raspberry Jalapeno
The special: .75 cent wings
What to expect: Smoked with a house rub, Pecan Penny’s chicken wings are flash fried to order and seasoned with signature spices before they are served. Order them as is or with any of their house-made sauces (G-Daddy, Hot Grandpa, Goldie, Kurt, Randall “Memphis” Raines, Billy Hoyle).
Order like a pro: Billy Hoyle sauce
The special: All you can eat wings for $11.99. *Blue cheese, ranch or celery for .99 cents.
What to expect: With a menu boasting 20 sauces, including many novelty sauces from Nastiest to Fireball to Parmesan Pepper. Nasty’s also serves up three dry rubs – Cajun, Lemon Pepper, and Garlic Romano. This Hilliard sports bar is a great place to catch a game, knock back some suds (28 beers on tap!) and load up on wings. Come hungry and be sure to wear your wing eating t-shirt – wet nap included.
Order like a pro: Nasty sauce
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