Who Will Win? Chicken Wings vs. Pork Ribs


After receiving a press release in my inbox that was titled “Who Will Win? #TeamChickenWing or #TeamPorkRib?” I was immediately intrigued. Apparently, a blog on the USDA’s website decided to explore the popularity of perennial Super Bowl favorites chicken wings and pork ribs.

Chicken wings are the favorite by far, with barbecued wings dominating sports games since the ’60s and the first Super Bowl in 1967, according to the USDA. Wing prep varies by region, with the South (particularly Texas) enjoying fresh wings. The Northeast has more recently developed a love of deli-prepared wings with flavored sauces, whereas the Southeast enjoys quick-frozen and precooked wings. Those living in the Southwestern U.S. like deli fried or baked chicken and the Midwest prefers a bit of everything. Beware of higher wing prices on Super Bowl Sunday due to increased demand.

Ribs, on the other hand, are most loved in slow-cooked barbecued varieties. Leg and shoulder cuts are most in demand and the late 1940s “St. Louis” style of cutting ribs was developed. There were also square-shaped ribs that came on the scene, named riblets, which became chicken wing alternatives.

With all this talk about wings and ribs, we had to provide some options around town to grab some big game treats.

BTW

1062 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Burgers, chicken wings and delicious seasoned fries with garlic parmesan are the standouts at this Georgetown eatery. The wings are tasty, with flavors like garlic parm and honey Old Bay. Delivery and takeout are available.

Garlic parm wings from BTW.

Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown

3205 K St. NW

Mr. Smith’s is available on all your favorite delivery apps like Postmates, Uber Eats, DoorDash and GrubHub. Wings are available plain or tossed with your choice of Buffalo, barbecue, Chesapeake, garlic butter or General Tso sauce, served with carrots and celery sticks. They’re available in five or 10 pieces. Pair them with their big nacho plate or some onion rings and ranch sauce for a scrumptious Super Bowl treat.

Wings from Mr. Smith’s.

Clyde’s

3236 M St. NW

Clyde’s Georgetown has a whole Super Bowl menu for takeout to enjoy cozy at home. The restaurant’s chicken wings are classic Buffalo style, served with blue cheese dressing and celery. Clyde’s is currently offering wings in either 36 or 90 pieces. With all the cold weather we’ve been having, it could be worth ordering some cocktails, too, which come in 16-oz. keepsake Clyde’s mason jars. The “Hot and Bothered” looks perfect for the winter, made with Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey, ginger ale, honey, orange, apple, raisins, cinnamon and cloves. The ordering deadline for Super Bowl food and spirits is tomorrow, Feb. 5, so act quickly!

Clyde’s wings.

Rocklands

2418 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Rocklands has been serving the area for over 30 years. The popular barbecue joint has an extensive takeout menu, offering one pound of Buffalo wings, a whole or half rack of spare ribs or a mixed rib platter. Grab some fried okra, onion rings or sweet potato fries to complete your big game meal.

Stachowski’s

1425 28thSt. NW

Stachowski’s has been around for over 60 years. The deli’s marinated chicken goes great with the homemade potato salad or coleslaw. Stachowski’s is a great throwback to the neighborhood grocers we all knew growing up.

Stachowski’s of Georgetown.

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