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Huh? Minnesota burger spot lands on list of nation's best wing joints


The chickens, surprisingly, have come home to roost at the Blue Door Pub.

A story headlined "The 21 best chicken wing joints in the country" on the Thrillist website named the Blue Door, with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, to its list of the nation's yummiest wings.

Although the Blue Door earned its chops as a burger spot, the Thrillist post raves about its 11 different made-from-scratch sauced wings, referring to the Frogtown Special variety that comes tossed in an Asian-themed spicy peanut butter sauce as "magical culinary wizard crack."

The wings have gotten some local love too.

When City Pages named its top chicken wing joints in the Twin Cities in January of 2013, it ranked the Blue Door in fourth place. (The classic Beijing-style wings at the Monte Carlo were tops.) Not long after that, food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, writing in Mpls.StPaul magazine, put the Blue Door's wings in her tastiest top five, praising them for their meatiness.

Not listed on the list: Golden Valley-based Buffalo Wild Wings. Chain restaurants seldom land on favorites named by critics. But investors are crazy about B-dubs. Last month, a story on CNN Money noted the company's "sunny outlook for its own performance for next year;" Buffalo Wild Wings expects an 18 percent profit jump in 2015.

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