Since 1994, Wingstop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki.
Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wingstop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.
At Vino Prima, the wine pours freely. Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz wharf and sparkling lights of the boardwalk, patrons soak in the views as they sip their choice of wine by the flight or glass, with a rotating selection of 30 wines pouring daily. Enclosed in their protective casings, more than 150 boutique wines are also available by the bottle, which can later be filled with a miniature version of your favorite 14th-century shipwreck. On some weekends, belly dancing and live-music sessions create a lively atmosphere to complement the always-flowing libations.
Here, comfort food isn’t just code for mac and cheese—it’s an umbrella term for dishes such as korean tacos with bulgogi-style rib eye, truffled french fries, and mushroom empanadas. Pair these with one of 17 wines available by the glass amid eco-friendly decorations, including bamboo floor and wall coverings and chairs woven from reclaimed telephone wires.
Expect to discover a new favorite wine every time you visit La Storia. The Enoteca (quite literally a “wine repository”) has more than 360 bottles on it’s shelves, sourced from around the world, plus more than 30 ever-changing varieties available by-the-glass or 3-oz. tasting, so guests can try before they buy.
Happy hour is happier when you can share it with your four-legged friend. From 4 to 6, Tuesday—Friday, Tessora’s patio hosts a “Yappy Hour”, where humans can sip $5 pours and snack on meat and cheese platters, and order their pups a special treat from the doggie menu.
Drinking wine often makes people believe they’re funnier, smarter, and two feet taller than they were when they first saw Matthew McConaughey star in Scorpion King. Heighten up with today’s Groupon: a three-wine flight of your choosing for $9 at Unwined Wine Bar (worth up to $22). Surround yourself with live music and 50 different wines while you learn about the lives and times of society's treasured squashed grapes.