The good ones make you sweat behind the ears. Flats and drumettes, slicked with the fiery, vinegary hot sauce, served with cooling blue cheese and crunchy lengths of celery. Buffalo wings are practically the official food of the Super Bowl. • Don't want to make them yourself? Leave it to the experts. Count on six or seven per person, and ask if sauces and veggies are extra. To reheat once you've gotten them home, spread on cookie sheets, cover with foil and warm in a 275-degree oven for 15 minutes. Here are some hot places to consider, though we know there are plenty more out there. Call your favorite and ask for details.
4195 34th St. S, St Petersburg; (727) 864-0999
Wow Wings offers deals on big orders: 100 wings for $52.99, 150 wings for $71.99, 200 for $94.99, 300 for $139.99 and 400 for $179.99. Order a day in advance if you want more than 100; 14 flavors, from hair-singeing atomic to lemon pepper dry rub or Thai peanut or chipotle. No delivery.
Tank's Tap Room
13150 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; (813) 961-2337
Fox Sports 970 from Pittsburgh will be broadcasting live from Tank's Tap Room all week. It's a major Steelers mecca, but the famous Buffalonian export is done with aplomb. Wings are offered baked or fried, 50 of the former for $31.99, the latter for $29.99. Order at least one day in advance; pickups must be made by noon on game day (no delivery).
Several locations: 6445 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 520-7700; also 7790 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park; (727) 547-9464; 7369 Ulmerton Road, Largo; (727) 530-9799; 8001 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa; (813) 806-9464; and others.
The Wing House's St. Petersburg location sells its Super Bowl sustenance by the 50 for $30.99. Beyond hot, there's "house on fire" and extreme (proceed at your own risk). Wing House is also known for its sweet Dallas sauce, and there are wings with an Asian twist, blackened or tossed with garlic and Parmesan. Order at least one day in advance.
Several locations: 1200 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 868-7600; also 4029 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 837-1234; and 8790 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg; (727) 209-1234
Green Iguana locations are known for their wings, and that goes double on Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to the mild or hot Buffalo style, the N West Shore location serves up Caribbean barbecue, chipotle barbecue, honey Dijon, Jamaican jerk, island chili and lava sauce on their wings, offered at half price on Sunday (so that's $3 per pound, $6 for 2 pounds, with 6 to 8 wings in a pound). The St. Petersburg outpost is running a takeout special: 50 wings for $39.95, 100 for $69.95 and 200 for $129.95.
Laura Reiley can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 892-2293. Her blog, the Mouth of Tampa Bay, is at www.blogs.tampabay.com/dining.