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Like most close relationships, my affection for the deep-fried bird appendages sold at Lakewood Landing was built slowly and organically. Over a period of years I'd stop in on occasion, order 10 hot wings and a Budweiser. As much as I loved them, I'd continue to look elsewhere because that's what you do when you're a freak about chicken wings. You eat them. Everywhere.
But while I've found a lot of great chicken wings all over Dallas, when a chicken wing craving strikes me, I find myself back at Lakewood Landing ordering another 10 and another Bud.
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Last night I stopped in to double check on the hot sauce they use. To my right, a couple gnawed on the last few wings of their order, tossing the bones on a plate with the spent crust from a grilled cheese sandwich. To my left, at the end of the bar, I watched as a bearded dude tore into his order, and then I watched as the cook brought out another and another.
It's Louisiana Hot Sauce, by the way. The folks up in Buffalo will tell you wings have to be sauced in Frank's, but after a few plates here you're forced to admit this southern stuff isn't a bad choice, either. They even serve them with blue cheese.
You can get them at most bars around town in Dallas, but not many are a destination for chicken wings. The Lakewood Landing is becoming just that.