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National Chicken Wing Day!

When planning to start a poll to celebrate National Chicken Wings on July 29, it is important to remember how people are passionate about what they are passionate about.

How when someone loves a chicken wing – whether it’s love at first bite or love built over years of repeated nominations – that love can often be monogamous. Is that a word? If that’s the case, it means “No other wing will get past these lips! My wings are king!”

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We like what we like, and we are not afraid to defend our territory. Is that a Cincinnati thing? One side to the east versus the west? Something ingrained upon us as part of the “I live in Deerfield, not Mason” thing? Or is everyone, everywhere, just passionate about their wings? I would not know. I never leave Cincinnati.

Anyhoozle, I decided to make a poll to see what chicken wings people like the most ’round these parts. Twitter’s a good place to host a little poll sesh. So, I started with the big chains. Buffalo Wild Wings vs. Buffalo Wings & Rings, Quaker Steak & Lube vs. Wingstop.

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The Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings came out victorious in the poll, with 34.5% of the votes. Not far behind was Buffalo Wild Wings with 30.3%. Quaker logged a respectable 24%. But where, oh where, was the Wingstop love!? 11.2%? Maybe it’s because they have no spicy garlic option on the menu. At least that’s my take. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

Not surprisingly, some Twitter folk had some opinions to share. Hooters got a fair share of shout-outs. As did Pontiac BBQ. Wild Mike’s, did, too. @RedlegsBearcats said, “Those G-Funk wings at Midwest Best are incredible. Smoked, crispy deliciousness.” I’ve never been, I’ll have to give ’em a shot!

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Some folks weren’t having the chain wings at all. @theCliftonAve said, “Midwest Best BBQ, Knockback Nat’s, Wild Mike’s, Pontiac… literally about a dozen tavern’s across the metro.”

We love the “shop local” vibe! So, hopefully, we made up for it with our localized poll off of some of the more popular suggestions. So, Round 2 commenced with Wild Mike’s vs. Knockback Nat’s vs. Pontiac BBQ vs. Crossroads.

Well, 🤷 … I guess we all have a lot more research to do!

We should all be happy to get out the Wet-Naps and do that saucy research work in preparation for Wing Day 2021. Because it is important. Because in the way-too-spicy world we are living in these days, #NationalChickenWingDay is here to bring us together and not tear us apart. Let us all raise a wing together and celebrate with a dunk in blue cheese dressing. Because it’s objectively better than ranch.

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