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The Ten Best Chicken Wings in Broward and Palm Beach: 2018 Edition

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6. Wilton Wings. With two locations — the original Fort Lauderdale and a second Wicked Wings in Plantation — Wilton Wings has been doing chicken wings right since 2007. The restaurant specializes in offering some pretty amazing sauces and dry rubs — the perfect start to perfect wings. Flavors include Old Bay, Jamaican jerk, raspberry, and Suicide. You can also get good, old-fashioned butter-based medium or hot Buffalo-style wings. Or go for the Alex Passakos-style: lemon pepper wings prepared, grilled, and served extra wet with minced garlic. Orders range from six to 100 pieces, and each one comes with the traditional side of celery and a homemade blue cheese dressing (they even sell it in jars to take home) for your dunking needs. The restaurant also offers craft beer on tap alongside a fully-stocked bar. 1428 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-9696; wiltonwings.co.
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7. Uncle Al's. Great food. Good times. That's the slogan at this Davie sports bar, where families have been ordering up some of the best bar-style barbecue, seafood, hamburgers, and, of course, chicken wings for over 30 years. Since 1979, the restaurant has been offering its famous breaded chicken wings (they do non-breaded, too) available in 10 or 20 pieces and smothered in house sauces including chipotle garlic, lemon-pepper, and teriyaki. Pair a platter with a 60-ounce bucket of beer and follow it up with a game of pool, and this will be your new Monday night football spot. 8200 Griffin Rd., Davie; 954-434-1630; unclealsdavie.com.
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8. Tree's Wings & Ribs. How much do you like Buffalo wings? Like, could you ever see yourself ordering 5,000 at one time? If you can, Tree's Wings and Ribs can do that for about $4,399. With locations in Lake Worth and Royal Palm Beach, Tree's is the place you call when you're craving chicken wings and don't want to move from your couch. Fried up fresh to order, be sure to get them extra wet and extra well-done, with sauces like garlic, cajun, teriyaki, barbecue, honey dip, and traditional Buffalo sauce. We love the lemon pepper, a specialty for which they are well known. Aside from the wings, their special house dressing for dipping is a must-have. It's a spice-flecked, light green-tinged blue cheese dressing that can't be beaten. Of course, you probably won't be ordering them in the thousands, but that's your call. 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-791-1535; treeswingsandribs.com.
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9. Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken. At Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken in Fort Lauderdale, the chicken wings are some of the best around. It starts with meat that's guaranteed hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free and never frozen. From there, each wing is marinated in the restaurant's own "secret" peri peri sauce before being grilled (not fried). Customers can then choose to top their wings with a choice of Spatch's five house sauces: Peri Peri mild, Peri Peri medium, Peri Peri hot, Lemon & Herb, or Sticky Mango. The Spatch menu also includes a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, and bowls, in addition to vegetarian and family-style side options, so there's something here for everyone, even the peckiest of all tastes. 3848 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-607-1703; spatchperiperi.com.
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10. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. Not all wings are created, cooked, or served in an equal manner. Sometimes, departing from the traditional frying method is all it takes to make your wings stand out from the flock. Which brings us to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, because what's better than coal-fired pizza? Well, coal-oven-roasted chicken wings, of course. The conventional wisdom is that wings are supposed to be deep fried and soaked in grease. Fortunately, for the health-conscious, Anthony's has shown the South Florida wing world what's up. They're a signature menu item at each of the chain's South Florida locations, where every order is served with a heaping topping of caramelized onions and a side of fresh-baked focaccia bread for a dish that's as flavorful as it is salubrious. Multiple locations; acfp.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna