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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.
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.
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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.