Hot & Honey
Hackett Hot Wings
520 S. Main St., Joplin, 417-625-1333, hacketthotwings.com
Do you like a mix of sweet and spicy? Then the hot & honey wings here will blow you away. They are cooked perfectly and give a super-crisp bite each time, even after they have been sauced. These guys are not too spicy, but they still have a little kick. The honey pairs nicely with the spicy tang of the hot sauce. The accompanied carrots and celery are seasoned, which is something I have never seen. But man are they good.
Patton Alley Pub
313 S. Patton Alley, Springfield, 417-865-1188, thepattonalleypub.com
Finger-licking good is an excellent way to describe the wings at Patton Alley Pub. These guys are coated in a thick wasabi sauce that is absolutely stunning. The spiciness from the wasabi is more of a vapor that hits your nose instead of your tongue, so the heat is short-lived. At first, each bite has a strong punch that almost takes your breath away, but it fades after a while, so every morsel is enjoyable.
(Editor's note: This restaurant has closed since the time of publication.)
Wing Shack’s version of garlic-Parmesan wings is a welcomed change of pace. Instead of the typical saucy wings with tiny chunks of garlic and soggy Parmesan cheese, these babies are really crispy. They are tossed in a spice mixture of garlic and Parmesan to create a nice crust. It’s almost like a dry rub that’s put on at the end instead of the beginning. Each bite has a nice crunch, and they are delicious.