Choosing a favorite chicken wing is like selecting a favorite song: With so many different styles, it's an impossible task. Sometimes, the tangy, Louisiana-style heat of the Buffalo wing dipped in funky blue cheese is the only thing that satisfies. Other occasions call for some thick, molasses barbecue sauce, or perhaps an Asian-inspired glaze. Everyone has their favorite; it's what makes crowning a champion so controversial -- different strokes for different, very opinionated, folks.
WildSmoke (12316 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-548-2222) has the best chicken wings in St. Louis. At least that's what the folks at the 2013 St. Louis Wing Ding decided -- and we tend to agree. Owner Andy Kohn says the secret to the Creve Coeur smokehouse's wings is the triple rub: The wings are dry rubbed, smoked, rubbed again, fried, and finished with a final coating. The result is a sauce-free masterpiece -- a mingling of brown-sugar sweetness and a deep savory Worcestershire punch. There's a little bit of heat to please the spice lovers, but not too much to scare off those who love a milder version. And the chicken itself? Plump, juicy and falling off the bone. Buffalo who?
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