Washingtonians are used to hometown favorites getting national recognition. Rolling Stone recently called the 9:30 Club the best large concert venue in America. We had six bars on Esquire's 2013 list of the Best Bars in America. National Geographic said the half-smoke from Ben's Chili Bowl is one of the 15 most iconic sandwiches in the world, though we disagree about whether it's really a sandwich.
Yesterday, two more national best-of lists recognized local hotspots.
First, our area had a solid showing in Food and Wine's list of the 25 Best Chicken Wings in America. Chef Scott Drewno at the Source won praise for the "fantastically sweet and sticky sauce" on his crispy wings with General Tso's Chili Sauce, and Duffy's Irish Pub got the nod for its "terrific" Chesapeake wings, which are dry-rubbed with Old Bay and charbroiled. (We can't say we're surprised Duffy's made it: When we asked readers to help us pick the area's best wings last fall, the unassuming pub received tons of votes.)
Other winners also have local ties. Jaleo/Oyamel/Minibar founder Jose Andres was name-dropped for the deboned, confited wings served at the Bazaar by Jose Andres in Los Angeles. A bit more nebulous: The Korean chain BonChon Chicken, which Tim Carman reviews in today's Weekend Section. BonChon wasn't born here, there are outposts in Arlington, Fairfax and Rockville, with a Woodbridge branch on the way.
Moving away from wings, congratulations are in order for U Street Music Hall, which checked in at #10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 10 Best Dance Clubs in America. "There are no dress codes, VIP areas or bottle service at D.C.'s underground outpost," wrote the magazine -- unlike at New York's Pacha, Las Vegas's XS or Miami's Liv, all of which placed higher in the poll. A late-night Saturday set with Pleasurekraft sounds like the perfect way to celebrate."