Ranking among pizza and burgers in popularity, chicken wings have taken their place as a leader in culinary deliciousness in recent years. As of 2012, the number of chicken wing franchises nationwide was over 14 million. Whether you like your wings mild and sweet, take-the-skin-off-your-tongue hot, or somewhere in between, the locations listed below offer the 9 best places to get whatever you crave in the Mountain State.
Clutch Wing Shop, Morgantown, WV
If you want finger-licking good food, come on down to the Clutch Wing Shop in Morgantown, West Virginia. Try the Ghost Rider Spicy Bacon Buffalo Wings, but be warned. These wings are not for the faint at heart. If you want something a little milder, but still in the ballpark for flavor and heat, check out the Jim Beam Me Up wings with a sweet and extra spicy honey Bourbon hot sauce. If you don’t fancy the hotter varieties, don’t worry. There are still plenty of sauces to tempt your taste buds like sweet peach barbeque, orange ginger, cinnamon chipotle, and teriyaki. They serve bone-in, boneless, and tofu wings.
Maloney’s Pub, Summersville, WV
Open for lunch and dinner, Maloney’s Pub in Summersville, West Virginia, has the look and feel of a small hometown eatery. If you want some of the best chicken around, cast your vote for dine-in, carry out, or delivered wings. A great alternative to boring fast food, this out of the way sports bar has achieved a No. 1 rating with TripAdvisor. Friendly servers will also help you choose from a large selection of local beers on tap.
The Cold Spot, Charleston, WV
Whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch or heading out to hear great live music, the food and friendly atmosphere at The Cold Spot in Charleston, West Virginia, will quickly become a favorite place to eat. Good size wings are available in orders of six to 200 and with sauces like Ranchero, a medium heat with Ranch flavor, barbeque gold, honey mustard, sweet Asian, or lemon pepper. try out one of their large specialty salads and toasted pita bread with your wings.
Buddy’s All American BBQ, Huntington, WV
Voted “Best in the Tri-State” for eight years running, Buddy’s All American BBQ in Huntington, West Virginia, offers mouthwatering and hunger satisfying hot wings, ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork. You’d better come early in football season because they fill up fast. Bike Night during the warm summer months is a favorite and it’s not unusual to see 200 bikers there to enjoy the jumbo, smoked, and boneless wings with a variety of sauces like Buddy’s Bomb, Carolina, Roasted Garlic, and Ancho Chile.
Drover’s Inn Restaurant & Tavern, Wellsburg, WV
The original building was built in 1848 and once housed a general store and a post office. Today, Drover’s Inn Restaurant & Tavern in Wellsburg, West Virginia, still maintains a historic look and feel in the old cellar that’s now the main serving area. The dark wood décor and magnificent bar area create a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy the wings and fries combos. Wing flavors come in mild, medium, hot, as well as some more intense levels such as “atomic” and “hurt me.” Be sure to also try their Buffalo garlic, butter garlic, and garlic parmesan.
Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille, Charleston, WV
Great food, a place to watch the game, live music, and open late every night, it’s no wonder why Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille in Charleston, West Virginia, is a favorite hangout for everyone. Drink specials and discounted award-winning jumbo wings are just a few of the things that keep people coming back. Wing sauces include Adelphia, lemon pepper zing, hot, barbeque, Asian, and plain and you can mix and match. Thursday is Ladies Night with half-price appetizers. Across the street parking validation is provided.
Rollin Smoke BBQ, Charleston, WV
Besides their location in Charleston, West Virginia, Rollin Smoke BBQ has a second location in Sissonville, and food trucks that travel across the state to cater parties and company-sponsored events. Voted “#1 Guys Night Out” spot in 2014, delicious barbeque is the name of the game. Serving hot off the grill sandwiches, dinners, and a variety of meat like Texas smoked brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, and ribs, their chicken wings can be purchased in quantities of six to 100 or larger for parties.
Bear’s Den, Charleston, WV
Great food at reasonable prices is the mission of Bear’s Den in Charleston, West Virginia. Perhaps one of Charleston’s best kept secrets, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better burger and wing place than here. They may not have the fanciest menu around, but their wings are palette pleasing and plentiful. They offer Blue Plate Lunch Specials, local free delivery, and a full bar.
Wing It, Weirton, WV
Weekly specials and a flavor of the week wing deal are just two reasons why you should visit Wing It in Weirton, West Virginia. Wing lovers can order over 50 different varieties of sauces and dry rubs like sweet chili lime, mango habanero, lemon pepper honey salt and vinegar, salted caramel, and spicy Hawaiian. To go with your favorite wings, you can order the Buffalo chicken fries, beer cheese fries, or chili cheese fries. Kid options are available, too.