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O! Wing Plus

Unless you have been living under a rock (and by rock, we mean a sad place devoid of food television, blogs and magazines), you know that Korean cuisine is the hottest trend on the culinary scene. Restaurants are rushing to put kimchi on everything under the sun, and traditional pit masters face stiff competition from their Korean barbecue interlopers. O! Wing Plus is not some Johnny-come-lately; it has been offering St. Louis chicken-wing aficionados its Asian twist on the finger-licking staple for several years now. Under the direction of Steven and Heidy Song, O! Wing Plus nixes the ubiquitous buffalo (although purists will rest assured knowing that it is available here) in favor of a more international take on wing sauce. The selection balances complex flavors with perceptible heat, such as the "Beast Mode," the restaurant's hottest sauce — fearsome to all but the bravest chile lovers. "Hot Mama!" is a little tamer and provides a lovely honey note, while "O's Original" softens the chiles with brown sugar and soy sauce. Whichever style you try, even the standard buffalo style, you'll come to understand that these trailblazers are not just a flash in the pan.

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