Delco’s Best Wings for Playoff Season

When we think of wings, we think of a lot of things, including Wing Bowl, which ended after 26 years when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018. But then our thoughts quickly drift to lip-burning, forehead-sweating, eye-tearing chicken wings consumed during the playoffs for all our Philly teams. Wings are the ultimate scream-at-the-TV and tailgating grub.

Here are some of the best joints to hit to stock up on your preferred “temperature” wings during your favorite playoff seasons. And, although grabbing a cold brew is top-of-mind when noshing hot wings, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ Sensory Evaluation Center says a cold glass of milk is the best way to douse the fire. 

Wings by Hunt’s Annex Lounge

Hunt’s Annex Lounge

Regulars say the Boulevard Buffalo Wings will “change your life,” and that they’ve been doing so at this family-owned and -operated spot since 1985. Dare to indulge in any number of 1311 (that’s the address … get it?!) sauces, from mild to bite me, and then add Boulevard Buffalo Fries (topped with zesty barbeque-sauced chicken plus sour cream) to complete your fiery order. 1311 MacDade Blvd., Woodlyn, (610) 833-2344.





Naked Wings by P.J. Whelihan’s

P.J. Whelihan’s Pub

More than two decades ago, this “friendly neighborhood pub family” was born in Allentown, and has since brought wings you can always count on to the surrounding area — including Delco. You can go old-school with classic wings dusted with flour, or naked minus the dusting. There are (currently!) 11 signature sauces, from mild to inferno, to please every tastebud. Looking for something boneless? Order Stingers, hand-breaded chicken tenders tossed in your favorite sauce.  4803 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (610) 848-4100.





Not Just Wings

It’s tagline is “Bad@SS Chicken Wings” — need we say more? A frequent Best of Delco winner, this no-frills takeout and delivery wing mecca boasts more than 60 sauces — and a little over half are gourmet. Go for traditional buffalo, or try the Waikiki (Thai chili sauce and sweetened coconut flakes) or .Com (cajun, Old Bay and mild sauce). Call ahead for faster service. 439 South MacDade Blvd., Glenolden, (610) 461-WING (9464).





Wingers

It’s “good to the bone” here, because chicken is delivered fresh daily and then transformed into not only traditional buffalo-style wings with a side of bleu cheese and celery sticks, but also boneless wings, chicken nuggets and chicken fingers. Two new sauces, mango habanero and garlic butter Parmesan, join everything else offered, from mild to liquid fire. It’s a tiny spot with just a few tables, so Wingers specializes in takeout and delivery. 1001 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, (610) 532-5080.





Philly Special wings by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

You likely think of the brewery first, but did you know this full-service bar and restaurant also has hot wings and does takeout, too? These wings are scratch-made with four key sauces: buffalo, fiery, chipotle or Korean barbecue, plus blue cheese or ranch sides to quell the fire. Pair them with Jack Straw onions that are thinly sliced, tossed in flour and quickly fried with a side of horseradish. 30 E. State St., Media, (610) 627-9000.





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Nina Malone