Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4) -- and probably beyond, at this rate -- we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.
44: Hot Wings at Beer Belly.
Is there a more natural and satisfactory partner for football and beer than a plate of deep-fried, sauce-drenched chicken parts? Not at Beer Belly, the Koreatown pub whose offerings seem as dedicated to hair-on-your-chest dude food as they do local craft beers.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should admit that I recently became member of the Beer Belly fantasy football league (current record: 1-1). At first this seemed like a poor decision, since both the staff and regulars that make up the league are die-hard fantasy players while I on the other hand, have all the skill of an NFL replacement ref.
What makes it worth it, though, is a valid excuse to eat those crispy hot wings every weekend. They might not be as large as the artificially-plumped up Tyson wings you'll find at most sports bars -- these are Jidori chickens, after all -- but they are the kind that make you want to strip off every last ounce of succulent meat.
Chef Wes Lieberher, a Philly expat and foolish Michael Vick drafter, takes his bar food ultra-seriously. As for flavors, you can choose between Buffalo Blue, Honey Dijon or Volcano Chipotle -- the spiciest sauce. Be careful with that last one, I've seen it melt the fillings off of stronger men than myself.
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