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Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day Tomorrow

Students share their favorite wing spots near campus


In the world of appetizers, few are as popular as the humble Buffalo chicken wing. First introduced at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, in 1964 (hence the name), the dish has skyrocketed in popularity, becoming ubiquitous on the menus of sports bars, diners, and restaurants. Today, you can order them not just hot and spicy (traditional Buffalo wings), but sweet, fried, smoked, and just about any other way you can imagine. Chicken wings have become such a staple that Americans now consume more than 27 billion wings a year (1.33 billion alone during Super Bowl weekend), enough to circle the Earth more than twice.

Tomorrow, wing-lovers from coast to coast will celebrate National Chicken Wing Day. To mark the occasion, BU Today reached out to students to ask for recommendations on the best places to order tasty wings in Boston. Below are their suggestions, with a brief description of what each place is best known for. So tomorrow, head out and join in the National Chicken Wing Day fun.

1. Bonchon
123 Brighton Ave., Allston

Popular chain specializing in Korean-style fried chicken with Asian flavors.

Must try: Soy garlic wings

2. T. Anthony’s
1016 Commonwealth Ave., Allston

Beloved by generations of Terriers for its late-night service and menu, which includes pizza, subs and, of course, wings.

Must try: Classic hot wings, Buffalo chicken tenders

3. Wing-It
1153 Commonwealth Ave., Allston

Located just past West Campus in Allston, Wing-It serves up nearly two dozen flavors of boned and boneless wings.

Must try: Medium wings, for any spice lover

4. Yard House
126 Brookline Ave., Fenway

Popular sports bar in the heart of the Fenway offering creative twists on classic bar food, including wings.

Must try: Jerk wings, covered in a rum barbecue sauce

5. Cask ’n Flagon
62 Brookline Ave., Fenway

Another Fenway mainstay, named by ESPN as one of the 10 best baseball bars in the US.

Must try: Jumbo chicken wings with a honey barbecue dry rub

6. Wings Over Brookline
477 Harvard St., Brookline

A student favorite, renowned for their “fresh, huge, and juicy” wings, which are available for takeout or delivery.

Must try: Afterburner wings, made with the shop’s “super-hot sauce”

7. Jyuba
1260 Boylston St., Fenway

The recently rebranded Asian Fusion restaurant, formerly known as Sweet Caroline’s, revamped their menu but happily kept the tasty chicken wings.

Must try: Teriyaki wings

8. Sunset Cantina
916 Commonwealth Ave., West Campus

A hotspot for students and faculty alike, Sunset Cantina features plates big enough to share with friends.

Must try: Back Yard BBQ wings

9. Game On
82 Lansdowne St., Fenway

The ultimate sports bar with walls of television, perfect for catching games from across the country, Game On also makes a great wing.

Must try: Chipotle lime chicken wings

10. The Avenue
1249 Commonwealth Ave., Allston

A cozy tavern just past West Campus, featuring a student-friendly 50-cent wing special on Tuesday nights.

Must try: Garlic Parmesan wings

Have any recommendations for chicken wing locations that we didn’t include? Be sure to add them in the Comment section below.

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