By Wingaddict Tommy "2 Times" Wyatt
Considering that the Wingaddicts have become the obvious experts on chicken wings in Connecticut, having now eaten at over 60 wing joints in 2020 alone, we are often asked “who has the best wings in CT?”It’s an impossible question to answer, considering that all people have different preferences. Some like their wings bigger, some smaller. Some like them moist and juicy, some well done and crunchy. We have air fried, oil fried, baked, roasted, grilled, and smoked wings. Oh, and literally hundreds of flavors. Buffalo is king no more.
So instead of rating wings (which is pointless and insane) we decided to compile a list of 18 “non buffalo” specialty wings in Connecticut that you need to try! Full disclosure, this list could easily be 30 or 40 but we’ll leave some for another time. Doni “The Cleaner,” Wingchef Ryan, and I each picked six personal favorites we’ve enjoyed over the past six months.
There’s no particular ranking or order, but all three of us are very sure that you’ll rave about every single one of these! And please keep in mind that MOST of the time, these restaurants had some other amazing flavors as well. These are just some that jumped off the page!
* Click on the Restaurant for it's personal website, click on the photo for a short Wingaddicts episode featuring that wing!1. Korean BBQ at Taprock Beer Bar and Refuge in Unionville: This wing was next level in every regard. Sticky, flavorful, perfectly cooked and - hands down - the best Korean BBQ wing we’ve experienced on tour thus far! I’d drive an hour-plus just for an order of these wings.
6. Garlic Parm at Jerzie Joe's in Southington: Now everybody told us that this place has the best garlic parm wings on the planet. I personally don't really go for garlic parm, but I took one for the team. It was Wingchef Ryan's first day with the team as well and guess what? We were BLOWN AWAY by what still to this day is the best garlic parm wings we've encountered.
7. The Hollywood at Groggy Frogg in Southington: This place has a gazillion awards for best wings in Southington (which has to be one of the top 3 best wing towns in the state). There are probably 75 flavors on the menu but this "Hollywood" wing, named after local musician, Jon Hollywood is a crazy combination of teryaki, garlic, parm and chili pepper. It's as unique as they come.
12. Cilantro Honey Sriracha at Uncommon Grill in Watertown: This wing is as delicious as it sounds in the name! Great sized wings, perfectly cooked, and come on . . . cilantro, honey, sriracha?! OMG! And wait til you see the rest of the menu!13. Tequila Lime at Senor Pancho’s in Middlebury: No, you wouldn’t think to order wings at a mexican restaurant. Trust us. Make an exception! The photo does not even come close to doing these wings justice!
18. Lemon Pepper Wings at Cover Two Sports Cafe in Sandy Hook: OK, so we devoured six different flavors at Cover Two and Lemon Pepper was an afterthought. BUT . . . sometimes the best things in life hit you by surprise. HANDS DOWN THE BEST LEMON PEPPER WINGS we've ever had. Take this to the bank!Honorable mention: Flamin' Raspberry at Triple Play in Watertown. Honorable mention because the business closed down weeks after we murdered six amazing flavors. (It’s open under new ownership and a new name; 16 Straits). But I still see Flamin' Raspberry on that new menu! Stay tuned!
* You can learn more about these amazing places AND each of these wing selections at the Wingaddicts' YouTube Channel. We eat all these wings LIVE in the corresponding video! See for yourself at www.youtube.com/wingaddicts!