ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – We're in the heart of football season, and that means it is prime time for chicken wings.
We took to our Facebook page to ask our viewers about the best spots, and we got more than 2,000 responses in just under an hour! Ryan Dean took some of the most popular answers, and did a little investigating.
Poor Richard's, Eureka (there's also a location in Fenton)
Poor Richard's started nearly 30 years ago, and the owner can't get over how popular his wings have become – they sell two tons of wings a week! The sauce is made red hot, but the temperature is mild, so it won't burn your mouth. What people really love is the ranch dressing – it's a basic mix, but they put in a little something extra that people can't get enough of.
TJ Wings, Valley Park
The manager says when you have wings in your name, you better serve good ones – the good news is that TJ Wings most definitely does. It offers nine different flavors, and the most popular combination is hot sauce and honey mustard. Another favorite is sweet Thai Chili, a recipe that a customer invented.
The wings here are jumbo, and take about 20 minutes to fry. TJ's sells 1,200 pounds a week!
Geo's Wings and More, Belleville
This restaurant, operated by a husband and wife team, has been open for nine years. There are more than 30 flavors available, and the specialty is "trashed" wings – which is where the wing gets fried, sauced and then fried again – before being resauced. This process really gets the sauce embedded into the chicken. Other fan favorites include garlic parmesan and 911 hot.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza, Edwardsville
This wing joint started in 2009, and is doing so well that another location is opening in O'Fallon, Ill. These wings are food-fired, and cooked near a flame that registers between 700 to 800 degrees. Peel serves nine different flavors, including Thai, Buffalo, garlic, spicy mustard and maple bourbon black better. They serve about 500 pounds of wings per week.
O! Wing Plus, Overland
This wing joint opened in 2010 – but it has already won four awards for its wings. The owners describe their wings as Asian infusion, and there are nine different flavors available. The original wings have a brown sugar-based sauce with hot chili peppers. Another popular choice – Ti Chili Lime – has sweet and sour sauce and a little bit of a kick. The restaurant sells about 1,600 pounds of wings and chicken strips a week.
Sybergs, multiple locations
Sybergs might be known for serving shark, but it also knows how to do chicken wings It took first place in the people's choice awards at the national competition in Buffalo, N.Y. People love the sauce on the wings – so much so that Sybergs puts the sauce on other dishes. They also bottle it and sell it in grocery stores.