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Where to Find Unique Chicken Wings in D.C.

Because there's more to wings than Buffalo sauce and blue cheese

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Undoubtedly, wings are the perfect pairing when it comes to watching sports and knocking back cheap domestic beer. But, there's also more to life than Buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing. In D.C. wings come in a variety of tastes, shapes, and styles, whether that's smoked, spiced, or even twice-fried. Heck there are even vegetarian versions and peanut butter and jelly-style wings.

Why be traditional (and boring) when there are so many options to inhale?

Here are a dozen restaurants that put their own stamp on the popular finger food.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bonchon Chicken

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1015 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 488-4000
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Of course there can't be a wing list without Bonchon Chicken on it. This chain produces sweet and savory options for Korean fried chicken. It's also a cheap and no-fuss takeout option for the big game.

2. Boundary Stone

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116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-6635
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There's only one place to go for wings in Bloomingdale: Boundary Stone. They recently changed up their menu, and now there are two wing options: the classic honey hot wings and a vegetarian seitan version.

3. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

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1243 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 678-5000

Yes, crab cakes and fried seafood are the main attractions here. But Capitol Hill Crab Cakes also serves up a version of mumbo sauce wings that are worth a try.

4. Dcity Smokehouse

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203 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-1919
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DCity Smokehouse reopened last month, and they've added a sugary sweetness to the smoked barbecue wings. It's a noticeable departure from the previous rendition. They come served with a ranch cilantro sauce that's good enough to drink.

5. Duffy's Irish Pub

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2106 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 265-3413
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Okay, so traditionalists and wing devotees all say that Duffy's is the best. And, they are right. But, they also have some nontraditional options, like Old Bay fried wings.

6. Federalist Pig

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1654 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4400
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Hell yes. Rob Sonderman is back and he's still smoking barbecue wings to absolute perfection. The place will be packed for Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to order takeout far enough in advance (supplies will likely run out). Orders come in 12- or 24-count options.

7. Good Hope Carry Out

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1350 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
(202) 678-7383

Good Hope is one of the originals for mumbo sauce wings. It's takeout only and doesn't have much curb appeal, but Anacostia neighbors swear by it.

8. Kochix

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400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Okay, maybe there's another spot in Bloomingdale for wings. Kochix is a Korean-style option that's takeout only. Order early because the Super Bowl line here is no joke.

9. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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Maketto is accepting advance wing orders for their cumin barbecue wings. Pre-order options come in 20-, 30-, or 50-piece varieties. Order here. Order must be in by Friday at 3 p.m.

10. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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In Adams Morgan, people swear by the Sriracha-honey glazed wings that go for $10 a plate.

11. Takoda

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715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-1252
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The strangest sounding wings are the PB&J wings at Takoda. Turns out the slightly sweet and definitely salty variety are a perfect match for a cold cocktail or beer.

12. Vinoteca

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-9463
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A wine bar is probably the last place you would expect to see wings on the menu. Chef Anna Miller. formerly of Rogue 24, serves chili-miso butter wings with gorgonzola milk sauce.

1. Bonchon Chicken

1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Of course there can't be a wing list without Bonchon Chicken on it. This chain produces sweet and savory options for Korean fried chicken. It's also a cheap and no-fuss takeout option for the big game.

1015 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

2. Boundary Stone

116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

There's only one place to go for wings in Bloomingdale: Boundary Stone. They recently changed up their menu, and now there are two wing options: the classic honey hot wings and a vegetarian seitan version.

116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Capitol Hill Crab Cakes

1243 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020

Yes, crab cakes and fried seafood are the main attractions here. But Capitol Hill Crab Cakes also serves up a version of mumbo sauce wings that are worth a try.

1243 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

4. Dcity Smokehouse

203 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

DCity Smokehouse reopened last month, and they've added a sugary sweetness to the smoked barbecue wings. It's a noticeable departure from the previous rendition. They come served with a ranch cilantro sauce that's good enough to drink.

203 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Duffy's Irish Pub

2106 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Okay, so traditionalists and wing devotees all say that Duffy's is the best. And, they are right. But, they also have some nontraditional options, like Old Bay fried wings.

2106 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Federalist Pig

1654 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Hell yes. Rob Sonderman is back and he's still smoking barbecue wings to absolute perfection. The place will be packed for Super Bowl Sunday, so be sure to order takeout far enough in advance (supplies will likely run out). Orders come in 12- or 24-count options.

1654 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Good Hope Carry Out

1350 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, D.C. 20020

Good Hope is one of the originals for mumbo sauce wings. It's takeout only and doesn't have much curb appeal, but Anacostia neighbors swear by it.

1350 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

8. Kochix

400 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Okay, maybe there's another spot in Bloomingdale for wings. Kochix is a Korean-style option that's takeout only. Order early because the Super Bowl line here is no joke.

400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Maketto is accepting advance wing orders for their cumin barbecue wings. Pre-order options come in 20-, 30-, or 50-piece varieties. Order here. Order must be in by Friday at 3 p.m.

1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

10. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

In Adams Morgan, people swear by the Sriracha-honey glazed wings that go for $10 a plate.

2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Takoda

715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The strangest sounding wings are the PB&J wings at Takoda. Turns out the slightly sweet and definitely salty variety are a perfect match for a cold cocktail or beer.

715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

12. Vinoteca

1940 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

A wine bar is probably the last place you would expect to see wings on the menu. Chef Anna Miller. formerly of Rogue 24, serves chili-miso butter wings with gorgonzola milk sauce.

1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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