Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest winners crowned

Seven businesses take home top prizes in chicken wing competition.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

There were 17 local restaurants and food trucks on hand to feed steaming hot chicken wings and other dishes to hungry chicken wing lovers at this year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest.

Despite the weather thousands of people showed up at Fraze Pavilion Saturday, July 8 queuing up in long lines wrapping around the grounds all in the name of chicken. Judges sampled every wing and awarded their favorites:

Best Wing: Pies and Pints

52 Plum St., Beavercreek

937-429-7437 or

The mix of sriracha, cilantro, garlic, spices and an impressive job grilling with just the right amount of char won the judges over.

Best Sauce: Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N Detroit St, Xenia

937-372-3202 or

Best Boneless: Romer’s Bar and Grill

4439 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook

937-848-7676 or

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Best Side: Amber Rose

1400 Valley St., Dayton

937-228-2511 or

Best Dessert: El Meson

903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton

937-859-8229 or

Hottest Wing: Buffalo’s Best Food Truck

859-866-0535 or

Best Decorated Booth: Archer’s Tavern

9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville

937-401-1015 or

2030 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

937-291-1015 or

The People’s Choice Award for “Best Damn Wing” was given to Archer’s Tavern which beat out Nick’s Restaurant in Xenia which has taken home this top prize since the event’s inception.

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Credit: Alexis Larsen

Archer’s spicy garlic wings topped with parmesan cheese and their “Sexy Style” made with a special rub and their “Touch of Klass” spice mix are the wings that earned them the second best medium wing sauce at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Their delicious take on wings won the crowd over for top place and bragging rights.

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