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Dirty Birds Serves the Best Buffalo Wings in San Diego

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As legend has it, on the evening of March 4, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the famed Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. When a group of his hungry friends showed up, Dominic asked Teressa to whip up some food for them, so she took some chicken wings, which were intended to go into the stockpot, and instead tossed them in the deep fryer. She concocted a simple butter and hot sauce-based sauce, mixed them together, and arguably the greatest bar food of all time was born.

While you might argue that it’s impossible to judge a Buffalo wing because they’re all the same (just deep-fried wings tossed in sauce, right?), that couldn’t be further from the truth. A perfect Buffalo wing is crisp and not soggy in the least, completely coated in sauce but not bogged down by it, fresh from the fryer, crispy on the outside (with no flabby skin) while remaining juicy on the inside, and the sauce needs to have the right balance of spice to butter without being overly greasy. It’s actually a lot harder than it appears to make a perfect Buffalo wing, but the bars and restaurants honored on our list have got it down to a science.

From humble sports bars to one of the country’s most well-known experimental restaurants, we tracked down the finest examples of the form, nationwide (we left out the big chains like Buffalo Wild Wings to give everyone their fair shake). The Buffalo wing is one of the most easily accessible, enjoyable, fun foods known to Americans, and is served just about everywhere that has a modest kitchen and a game on the TV and as it turns out, some of the very best in the country are served in San Diego.

Wings that are big, meaty, crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside, and more than 20 house-made varieties of sauces to choose from? You can’t go wrong at fun, lively, beachy sports bar Dirty Birds, but start out with the Classic Buffalo to get a sense of how pitch-perfect these are. To test their fryer skills, you can also order them "Naked," with no sauce at all. Don’t miss out on the homemade blue cheese dip, though (you can also order your wings coated in half wing sauce, half blue cheese dip). They’re so good, they came in at #12 on our list of the 25 best in America, and since Dirty Birds is the only eatery from San Diego to make the compilation, they can also boast that they serve the very best Buffalo wings in The City in Motion.

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

Michael Symon starts in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, at his very own restaurant where he enjoys a tender, juicy and hulking pastrami beef rib and a gets a special look at his grandfather's recipe for scratch-made spaetzle and spicy sauerkraut. Then, in Pittsburg, he hits a food truck that serves up a beer-marinated, oven-roasted pork loin sandwich. Finally in Buffalo, chicken and waffles gets a burger makeover with a spicy maple-bourbon glaze and waffle buns.

Build Your Own Burger

Chef Michael Symon starts at the ultimate custom burger bar in Providence, Rhode Island, where he chooses from over 400,000 topping combinations to create his own meaty masterpiece. Next, he hits a modern Filipino diner that's braising and frying succulent pork belly to make the juiciest pork buns in Columbus, Ohio. Finally in Buffalo, Michael enjoys a roasted onion stuffed with smoked pork and brisket -- a true northern take on classic southern 'que.

Smokehouse Reinventions

In Islip, N.Y., Michael Symon digs into a decadent, 17-layer smokehouse reinvention of lasagna with pork, brisket, bacon and mac and cheese. Then in Buffalo, a brewpub takes the city's most famous export, buffalo chicken, and stuffs it into a scratch-made pierogi for an epic reinvention of the game day classic. Finally, a bicycle cafe in Pittsburgh slings some seriously tricked-out burgers for hungry riders.

Meat Lover's Madness

Michael Symon heads to his hometown of Cleveland to visit a brewery that revolutionizes classic pub fare with decadent confit chicken wings in chipotle-maple glaze. Then, a burger bar in Pittsburgh piles brisket, bacon and ham on top of a four-cut blended steak patty for the ultimate meat lover's paradise. In Indianapolis, pork ribs get smoked and then deep-fried for the juiciest meat and the crispiest crunch.

Sausages, Franks and Dogs

In Sagaponack, N.Y., Michael Symon heads to a smokehouse where succulent, slow-smoked pork ribs are mopped with a tangy, citrus barbecue sauce. In Columbus, Ohio, a beefy burger topped with smoky kielbasa is a fusion of local flavors and an American classic. Finally, an Indianapolis restaurant serves up octopus-pork and salmon sausages in an insanely unique take on the tried-and-true hot dog.

Bacon Behemoths

Michael Symon heads to Providence, where a traditional Rhode Island hot wiener in a crepe topped with chili is the ultimate local comfort food. In Indianapolis, a steak patty topped with Chinese char siu slaw and nestled inside a soft steamed bao bun is a delicious burger fusion. Finally, a smokehouse in Columbus, Ohio, serves their cold-smoked baby back ribs on a bed of flaming hay for total smoke saturation, and their 18-ounce bacon steak is pork belly perfection.

Burnt Ends for Breakfast

Michael Symon heads to Plainview, N.Y., where a chocolate bacon burger is loaded from top to bottom with sweet and savory indulgence. A restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, has a soy-marinated pineapple hanger steak draped over spicy kimchi fried rice that will set your taste buds on fire. In Pittsburgh, fried potato cakes loaded with brisket burnt ends, mustard hollandaise sauce and a perfectly runny egg take breakfast to a whole new level.

O.G. Flavor

Michael Symon visits his hometown of Cleveland, where a lamb burger with kalamata olive salt gives him a nostalgic taste of his Greek heritage. In Buffalo, the place where the original, iconic Buffalo wings were invented over 50 years ago offers a taste of all their saucy glory. Finally, wild boar baby back ribs and a duck sausage pig-in-a-blanket are innovative takes on smoky, succulent 'que in Indianapolis.

The Epic Difference

What is the Epic difference? We never compromise on the taste and quality of our food by using only the freshest ingredients. Our best-selling tenderloin strips and wings are never frozen, breadsticks are made from scratch daily and our sauces and dips are homemade. You will never find a freezer, heat lamp or microwave at any of our locations so you can trust that you are getting your food made to order every time. It is the tradition of unwavering quality since 1982 that our customers have grown to love and why we have been named best wings time and time again.

Your neighborhood restaurant for over 30 years.

Our menu features award-winning recipes including traditional and boneless wings, best-selling tenderloin strips, pizza sticks, fries and salads in addition to homemade breadsticks and dips.

Dirty Birds Serves the Best Buffalo Wings in San Diego - Recipes

It’s that time of year again, when the jerseys come out, the beer mugs are filled, and NFL fans from all over San Diego shout loud and proud for their football teams at bar and grill flat screens. It’s an honorable tradition and a ritual. And where better to celebrate NFL season than beachside?

Pockets of loyal Patriots, 49ers, Steelers, Bills, Packers, Seahawks and more can be found all over Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. Here’s a list of some of the best bars (and their affiliated teams) to watch the NFL on the big screens, some of which are offering new drink specials and T-shirt sales.

(Bills, Seahawks, MSU Spartans)

This year, The Local PB, at 809 Thomas Ave., offers a Buffalo Bills menu, including Beef of Weck, Double Crispy Buffalo Wings, and Pizza Logs with drink specials on Sunday for Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills fans.

This LA Chargers and Arizona Cardinals bar, at 744 Ventura Place, is primarily outdoors, and offers some of the “best” mac and cheese in San Diego, 24-hour wings, and loaded nachos. Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays have $4 drink specials and $6 eats for game day and fan T-shirts are available.

This Boston bar, known for its bison burgers and shrimp tacos, has 42 TVs lining the walls, and 30 draft beers lining the bar, as Patriots fans can enjoy relaxing in the Tavern’s “coastal cool” vibe and check out the bar’s funky cocktails and filling appetizers.

Moonshine Beach, at 1165 Garnet Ave., has a special football food and drink menu with Miller Lite and Coors Light buckets along with an assortment of nachos, tacos and wings to feast on while watching the San Francisco 49ers.

(Steelers and Virginia Tech)

A hole-in-the-wall staple in Pacific Beach for 20 years, Bub’s is a signature Pittsburgh Steelers and Virginia Tech Hokies sports bar at 1030 Garnet Ave. Their famous tater tot menu is one of the most fitting entrees for any sports event.

While whooping and hollering for their favorite team, football fans can always catch a perfect view of the sunset, giving this home of Navy football, New York Giants and Wisconsin Badgers a beach-party feel at 4343 Ocean Blvd.

PB Alehouse has coveted game-day rooftop dining with some extra decorative lights at 721 Grand Ave. Plus, with their award-winning brewer, seasonal craft beers are served beach-side to Buffalo Bills fans.

The 24 HD TVs are not a bad way to view the Green Bay Packers game. This Mexican-style restaurant, at 4190 Mission Blvd., was built on the concept of Dia de los Muertos, so with a wide selection of tequilas and 18 beers on tap, El Prez is ready to party with the Pack.

This Bears bar and grill, at 710 Garnet Ave., serves bacon cheese balls, bacon “totchose,” and fried pickles, to name only a few game-day gourmets. Not only that, but 710 also hosts live bands and nightly events that only add to game-day excitement.

(Broncos, Vikings, and Huskies)

Characterized as the place “where summer never ends,” this family-friendly eatery at 3714 Mission Blvd. comes with not only great food and drinks, but also a VIP lounge, elevated pool table and two jumbo-booths to take in the 10-foot HD projection screens of Broncos, Vikings and Washington Huskies games.

Since 1999, Thrusters has been credited a tried-and-true local dive bar at 4633 Mission Blvd., where friends have a holy heck ton of fun while watching the Seattle Seahawks.

The "Fox," at 1833 Garnet Ave., features three pool tables, an electronic dartboard, video games, pinball, and eight TVs to watch the LA Rams.

Latitude 32, at 5019 Cass St., has pool tables, darts, shuffleboard and a bunch of TVs to watch the Washington Redskins or LA Chargers games.

Truckstop, at 4150 Mission Blvd., is known for farm-fresh, country-style breakfast so fans can stop in first thing in the morning to settle in for Dallas Cowboys football and stay for the bar’s BBQ with all the fixin’s.

The Dog, at 4479 Everts St., a Detroit Lions bar, is known for pool tables, darts, and a no-nonsense attitude in Pacific Beach.

Bayside Landing, at 3780 Ingraham St., offers a full brunch menu and plenty of drink specials, including Bloody Mary’s and mimosas, to watch the Kansas City Chiefs.

Backyard Kitchen and Tap, at 832 Garnet Ave., offers a scratch menu, local brews, award-winning beer list, and craft cocktails with house-made infusions to meet the desires of any Denver Broncos fan.

Miss B’s Coconut Club’s décor evokes a celebration of Mission Beach’s alluring past. The brunch menu is also a local favorite, but rum cocktails and the Indianapolis Colts or New England Patriots are the real stars at 3704 Mission Blvd.

The New Zealand-inspired grill, at 4640 Mission Blvd., is known for its organic, grass-fed beef burgers and friendly service. The All Blacks is really its team, but the Miami Dolphins will suffice on Sundays.

The Iron Pig Alehouse, at 1520 Garnet Ave., is an official team-sanctioned Green Bay Packers bar. The restaurant offers authentic slow cooked, smoked barbecue, cheese curds, and craft beer. Plus, MNF with their in-house football expert, Pam.

Mavericks at 860 Garnet Ave. is a multi-level entertainment complex with five indoor/outdoor bars, 38 TVs and Baja-inspired food at its 15,000-square-foot property. It has a dog-friendly patio and outdoor games to play while watching the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ocean views from the upper deck, happy hour specials on draft beers, any tacos and their Sanbargaritas with bacon cheeseburgers make for the perfect football celebration. Boise State and Oakland Raiders can enjoy skydeck views of the San Diego sunset for those who are looking for something more enjoyable to watch than commercials.

Tropical paradise is the name of the NFL game at this cantina at 1466 Garnet Ave. Live performances by local bands, sizzling fajitas and Mega Margaritas has the complete beach-side package for New England fans.

TapRoom is focused on local craft beer, great food and hospitality at 1269 Garnet Ave. The patio is dog friendly so you can watch the Philadelphia Eagles with your pup.

Dirty Birds, at 4565 Mission Blvd., is known for its variety of wings, burgers, and craft beer selection. But don’t be a fool, eat a lot of the award-winning wings while watching the Baltimore Ravens.

There are a lot of bars in Pacific Beach, but there is only one Avenue at 1060 Garnet Ave. It features an array of mixologist-created craft cocktails, fresh-squeezed juices and custom flavors. It's also the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and a prime hang out for college locals.

Visit the locals bar at 4612 Cass St. and watch a Raiders games on one of their many flat-screen TVs or catch up with a friend over a game of pool, or shuffleboard while snacking on a Chicken Baguette sandwich.

One-of-kind specialty pizzas, chicken wings with 17 different sauces to choose from and plenty of craft beers on tap at 1014 Grand Ave. to satisfy your hunger while watching New England.

Society PB combines California relaxed comfort with booming entertainment at 1051 Garnet Ave. The complex features a full bar with nine pool tables 25 hi-def TVs to watch the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kearny Mesa is home to Cross Street Chicken and Beer, which opened in 2017. Owner Tommy Nguyen, who will run the eatery along with wife Grace Chi and close friend Wilson To, a longtime manager at Crab Hut’s Convoy Street location, spent two years traveling around Asia sampling the fried chicken specialities of each culture’s cuisine.

Head to Chicken Charlie’s for reasonably priced hot wings tossed in house made sauce, and chicken strips, plus a multitude of sandwiches, including the Spicy Fiesta and Buffalo Blue. There are two and four piece fried chicken and waffles available, or combo plates piled with fried chicken, and choice of either a half rack of baby back ribs ($19.95) or crispy fried shrimp ($16.95), plus sides like fried zucchini and corn on the cob.

10 Ways to Use Up Hot Sauce

It’s so very easy to keep acquiring hot sauces until, what do you know, they’re taking up most of the prime refrigerator door real estate. That’s how it goes in my house, anyway, as my chili-head husband seems to add a new one to his collection each week.

Here are a few ways I’m planning to get through some of our spicy condiments!

1. A few drops on your morning eggs. If you make it a habit, you’ll be surprised how quickly the bottle is gone.

2. Buffalo chicken wings. A whopping half cup of Frank’s Red Hot gets tossed with these baked chicken wings for a spicy, finger-licking game-day snack.

3. Marinades. A dollop of gochujang, or Korean chili paste, adds the characteristic spiciness to bulgogi, a delicious grilled beef dish. Take this technique to other cuisines too — a dash of hot sauce is not amiss in a wet barbecue rub, for instance!

4. In (and on) chili. Just like how vinegar or lemon juice can brighten up a soup, hot sauce’s acid and heat will perk up your average long-simmered chili and brighten the flavor.

5. Hot sauce + mayo = All-purpose spicy sauce. This sauce is awesome stirred into tuna or chicken salad, spread onto sandwiches, and even mixed into chopped sashimi-grade fish or shredded imitation crab for a hot-and-spicy sushi roll.

6. To perk up a bowl of greens. Or dirty rice. Or fried chicken. Really, there aren’t many Southern foods that don’t benefit from a good slosh of hot sauce.

7. Stirred into ketchup. An easy spicy condiment for fries and burgers.

8. Stir-fry. Around my house, Sriracha is the weapon of choice for improving even the saddest take-out. The above recipe for pork and vegetables is anything but bland, but I’ve been known to squirt a little Sriracha on top of even an excellent stir-fry dish.

9. Fritters, crab cakes, and arancini. Mix a good dose of hot sauce right into leftover risotto before forming it into balls or patties.

10. On cheesy toast. There’s nothing that improves an austere soup dinner like a slice of crusty bread, toasted with a generous shake of hot sauce and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

Bonus Tip!

Oh, and by the way, some hot sauces don’t even have to be refrigerated! Tabasco, for one, can be stored in a cool, dark pantry with no ill effects.

Salads & Soups

China Coast

Grilled & chilled chicken breast, mandarin oranges, snow peas, water chestnuts, carrots, fried noodles, sesame seeds, scallions & mixed greens, tossed w/sesame dressing.

Jungle Caesar

Grilled & chilled chicken breast, romaine, parmesan cheese, croutons & caesar dressing.

Kaanapali Kobb

Grilled & chilled chicken breast, crumbled applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado, Point Reyes bleu cheese crumbles, chopped hard cooked egg, tomatoes, scallions & mixed greens, tossed w/kobb dressing (creamy vinaigrette).

Chop Chop Salad

Hand breaded fried chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, hard cooked egg, tomatoes & scallions w/mixed greens, corn, cucumber & cheddar cheese. Tossed w/our own Surfboarder BBQ dressing.

Tortilla Soup

A hearty soup w/chicken & fresh vegetables, topped w/jack cheese, avocado & tortilla strips.

Which Chain Has Cheapest Chicken Wings?

With temperatures dropping and the Super Bowl right around the corner, carnivores across the country are turning their attention to one of the most indulgent, fan-friendly, and popular snack foods in the country: wings, and Buffalo wings in particular.

As recently as 50 years ago, chicken wings were commonly used only in stock preparation, or were simply thrown away. They’re bony, fatty, and otherwise unimpressive when compared to the other, more useful chicken parts. But as the story goes, one day in the 1960s, the owners of Buffalo, N.Y.'s Anchor Bar decided to deep-fry some wings, then douse them in a combination of hot sauce and butter, and a national institution was born.

Their all-American status, ease of preparation, and the fact that they happen to go along very nicely with beer led to a massive surge in wings' popularity, and now you'd be hard pressed to find a bar that doesn't serve the snack (even those without a food menu sometimes ply their customers with free wings).

One other type of establishment where wings are often on the menu? Chain restaurants.

With the unofficial National Wing Day (aka the Super Bowl) coming up, bellies across the country are gearing up to devour mountains of flats and drumettes (the technical name of the two wing sections). And we all know that once the craving for wings sets in, it sticks around until that craving is satisfied.

We here at The Daily Meal decided to help you keep some cash in your wallet the next time the urge strikes, and have taken it upon ourselves to do some investigation into which national chains will serve you the most wings for the least amount of money.

We reached some interesting conclusions: For one, thanks to competition, most chains' wings are reasonably priced, and none overcharge outrageously (save for one). While some, like Cheesecake Factory, sell wings according to weight, most sell by quantity. And while most serve a set number per order, others, like Buffalo Wild Wings and KFC, allow you to add onto your order in intervals of five or six. Several chains sell boneless wings, but for our survey we decided to stick with the authentic bone-in variety, and calculated the price-per-wing based on the standard order of nine, 10, or 12, depending on the chain.

So read on, wing lovers, to discover which chain will provide the most wing for your buck.

Dirty Birds Serves the Best Buffalo Wings in San Diego - Recipes

The wings at Little Caesar's are, in fact, hot and ready. They're prepared ahead of time and kept hot right along side the pizzas in little plastic bowls with lids. When you order you'll get your choice of at least 8 different varieties. There are eight options listed. but when I asked for "Buffalo" I was asked if I wanted that buffalo hot or regular. So, it looks like there are two varieties of Buffalo Sauce available. Either that, or there was a serious possibility that the girl simply had no idea what she was talking about. I opted for the "hot" buffalo.

Still. five bucks for eight really small wings just doesn't cut it. Ten wings for five bucks would make more sense.

UPDATE : Little Caesar's is now (as of Mar ch 2013) chargi ng 6 bucks per 8 wings . Terrible idea .


I love Little Caesars wings because they are small. Large wings are from older birds are usually tough and dry. I don't like deep fryed wings because 99 percent of the time they are overcooked and dryed out. I order Little Caesars plain. I love the simple tastey seasoning and the fact that they are tender and moist. Often I get 8 drummets all. typically you get 4 drums and 4 second joint wing. Very filling with a couple of slices of pizza. And the other conmplaint I have with deep fried is most often the old is old and not hot enough and it makes the wings taste terrible. By fast baking you don't have that problem. The wings taste like chicken not rancid grease.

TOTALLY AGREE! More often than not, fried wings taste horrible! Baked is better hands down. Great job Little Caesars. Do agree there should be 10 per serving though.

You're out of your fucking mind. Stop ordering wings, idiot. You have no idea what you're doing.

ya just had there wings today and love them so much better then bdubs!! and that's saying something lol

Well. to each his own. And with all due respect. i think you guys are crazy. Baked is never(rarely) better than fried. And certainly not in the case of Caesars Wings. On top of that, they just upped the price to 6 bucks per order. Not worth it at all!

I've been eating these wings for years. I am a wing guy and have tried many. The oven roasted wings are seasoned with garlic and other Greek and Italian spices along with cayenne hot sauce. Dipped in blue cheese, they are incredible. I have met people who don't particularly care for them, but whatever. I also care about my health and i don't eat fried food of any kind unless i fry it myself in extra virgin olive oil.

Totally agree with "The Wing Review" , fried is ALWAYS better than baked. If you go to Buffalo NY and ask for an order of hot wings they are coming out fried and crisp not soft and baked. These people saying baked is better are out of their minds and have no clue what a good wing actually tastes like.

If you want your baked wings to be crispy, ask them to run it through the pizza oven twice. Since we are talking about the Hot and Ready Caesar Wings here, I am not sure if Little Caesars will run them through the oven again for you. But if you go to a pizza place that is also serving wings ask them to run the wings through the oven twice. I do that at Lampost Pizza (Southern Calif).

they are so small at times i dont even think they are wings. over priced and fried is always better. It detains the natural flavor of the chicken.

I love the crispiness of fried wings and a lot of people would agree. you can make them better by baking them longer and you should! these wings are way too soft.


What the hell is wrong with the Feet and Feces (see spelling) Combo, that is one of the greatest combos EVER man. It's almost as good as Pizza and Beer.

Little ceasers wings are awesome and the best. Sincerely GOD. Now you wouldn't go against god now would you Mr. pessimistic wing hater reviewer

I've been wanting to try a very spicy chicken wings recipe but I can't really make one. Probably the chili that I've been using or the marinade must have some missing ingredients. I wish pizza apex NC have this chicken wings, I've been dying to test how much spicy food I can eat.

Ok dude if u want some spicy hot wings here you go. First you buy the wingettes/ drumettes all ingredients in this are found at walmart. When u get home get a gallon ziploc bag out and sprinkle some baking powder in it enough to very mighty coat the amount of wings u r making. While u r doing this start heating the oil to fry them in. Ok after they are lightly coated set them in the freezer for ten minutes laying in a single flat layer. The sauce is made of three different sauces mixed together. In a bowl mix 'Moore's buffalo wing sauce' one full 16oz bottle,"Trappey's Red Devil Cayenne Pepper sauce" 2 tbsp, then "Zaaschla Habanero Extra Hot Salad" 2tbsp of it. If u can't find the cayenne pepper sauce then u can substitute 2tbsp of powdered red cayenne pepper. mix all three ingredients in a skillet on low heat. Fry or bake your wings til thoroughly done. You want them to have a nice crisp to them. If fried, plate them on a paper towel and blot off any excess oil. After that take the wings and put them in the sauce skillet. Toss them around in the sauce til the wings are generously coated. Remove the wings from the skillet and put them on a plate. Serve with celery and carrot sticks, ranch dip, and or blue cheese dressing! If your looking for heat then this is your go to wing recipe! Enjoy!


NOT NOT TACOS - In San Diego’s Little Italy Food Hall are NOT the tacos you’re thinking. There’s no carne asada, no pollo and definitely no corn tortillas. But there is pastrami, Korean short rib, smokey pork & mac and insanely delicious custom flour tortillas.

GRAZE - about 40 feet away serves flatbreads, charcuterie boards and shareable fun food in a living room kind of setting.

SAMBURGERS - In the Little Italy Food Hall along with Not Not and also at Seaport Village, our burgers are what dream are made of - ok, they’re actually made of really delicious ingredients, but you know what we mean.

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