Chicken wing lovers, rejoice, for your day in the sun comes Saturday, July 29.
That’s because it’s National Chicken Wing Day, which celebrates a piece of the bird that once was considered a discard or soup stock item, but through the years has mushroomed to somewhat of an icon status in finger-food lore.
Got a big college football game or a Super Bowl party? Chicken wings and veggie sticks with ranch dressing are mandatory in the snack zone on most revelers’ tables, along with a cold beverage to wash them down.
The fact that they can be served in a seemingly endless array of flavors makes the chicken wing quite versatile. For instance, a quick check of the Wing Stop menu shows they come in atomic, mango habanero, Cajun, original hot, Louisiana rub, mild, hickory smoked BBQ, garlic parmesan, lemon pepper, Hawaiian and teriyaki.
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Is it any wonder that chicken wings and their close cousins — chicken fingers — are on most restaurant and sports bar menus across America?
A quick history lesson from the National Chicken Wing Day website indicates that the finger food began to gain major-league momentum in 1964 after a bar owner in Buffalo, N.Y., tossed a few wings in her deep-fryer, slathered them in butter and hot sauce, then pigged out. In 1977, Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski issued the declaration on July 29: “National Chicken Wing Day.”
That said, here are some of the Columbus-area eateries offering special deals, including freebies with a purchase, on National Chicken Wing Day this Saturday:
▪ Wingstop, 2528 Weems Road, Columbus — Get five free boneless wings with the purchase of any wing order from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
▪ Buffalo Wild Wings, 5555 Whittlesey Blvd., Columbus — Purchase a small order of boneless wings with fries for $9.99 or a small order of traditional bone-in wings with fries for $12.99
▪ Hooter’s, 2650 Adams Farm Drive, Columbus — Buy 10 wings and and get 10 free smoked wings
▪ Wing Zone, 1409 S College St., Auburn, Ala. — Offering 20 boneless wings for 10.99 or 20 jumbo wings for $15.99