Andy Kryza and Sam Sumpter set out to find the best chicken wings in every state in America for Thrillist. Miamian’s will not be the least bit surprised to hear that they named our own Sports Grill as the winner in Florida.
Though every dude who moves to South Beach for a winter and changes his Facebook hometown to “Miami” claims to be a 305 local, no one can truly claim that title until they’ve spent an entire Sunday crushing wings at Sports Grill. Each of the upscale sports bar’s seven locations serves up these South Dade staples that are flame-grilled and THEN fried, giving the little fall-off-the-bone suckers a savory flavor unmatched anywhere in South Florida. The must-order sauce is the sweet-and-spicy Dale sauce, an addictive flavor combination of chilies and barbecue sauce named after a longtime Sports Grill regular named Dale (though most would assume it’s pronounced “DAH-lay,” after Mr. 305 himself).
I do have a minor quibble with Andy and Sam. While all of the Sports Grill chicken wing sauces are delicious, the “must have” flavor is their original “Special Grilled.” I have been a fan of Sports Grill Special Grilled chicken wings from the day the first location opened in the Hammocks. For me, these are THE defining wings that the other 49 states simply can’t match.