BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Sure, you're looking forward to the big game on Sunday, Feb. 5 when the New England Patriots will clash with the Atlanta Falcons, but no doubt you're also looking forward to digging into some favorite snacks.
And that means chicken wings, the unofficial staple of Super Bowl Sunday. According to the National Chicken Council (NCC), Americans will consume close to 1.33 billion drumettes and flats.
That figure -- enough to circle the earth nearly three times -- is up 2 percent, or 30 million wings, from 2016's report – and up 6.5 percent, or 80 million wings, from 2015's report – revealing a steadily growing love for America's favorite Super Bowl menu item.
Which begs the question: Where will you go for wings to eat-in or take-out? (Another fun stat: NCC estimates that of the wings eaten during Super Bowl weekend, 75 percent will come from restaurants or foodservice outlets and 25 percent from grocery stores.)
A sampling of popular spots follows; feel free to add your own in our comments section or on Facebook.
- Allendale Bar & Grill, Allendale: Buffalo, Honey Buffalo, BBQ or Teriyaki -- lightly floured and tossed in signature buffalo sauce -- are your options at this Allendale favorite. Toss in 8 TV's and two projectors (there are two levels here) and you're in sports heaven. Wing It: 67 West Allendale Ave., (201) 327-3197.
- Bergen Brick Oven Bar & Grill, S. Hackensack: Choose from mild, hot or BBQ where Monday night football always includes $5 apps. Wing It: 290 Huyler St., (201) 678-1010.
- Chicken Todd's, Dumont: A lot of love goes into the wings at this family-owned eatery. Expect Hot buffalo small batch, the (Loco Lucas);" Chocolate Thai (extremely hot), Death Star (the hottest sauce which means the customer must sign a release), Perry's Pleasure (pineapple hot sauce) and Rasta Fire (THC based-based hot sauce for medical marijuana patients only in participating states).They also offer a Sicilian Lemony Garlic, Bangkok Blast (sweet chili Thai). Wing It: 49 W Madison Ave., (201) 275-5939.
- Mahwah Bar & Grill, Mahwah: Buffalo chicken tenders are available here as are the bar's famous wings, in Buffalo, Honey Buffalo, BBQ or Teriyaki options. Wing It: 2 Island Rd., (201) 529-8056.
- Miller's Paramus Ale House, Paramus: Three dining rooms and 70 TVs make this place a "must" for sports events. Couple that with 17 flavors of wings including Thai Chili, Garlic Parm, Honey Lime Sriracha and Mango Habanero, to name a few. Wing It: 6270 East, NJ-4, (201) 342-4800.
- The Iron Horse, Westwood: Seven options: Buffalo, Mild, Garlic Parmesan, Barbecue, Teriyaki, Sweet Chili, and Habanero Mango. The classic, it should be noted, follows the original recipe created by Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. The Iron Horse, by the way, is a 2016 DVlicious winner for "Best Family-Friendly Restaurant" in Bergen so bring the little sports fans. Wing It : 20 Washington Ave., (201) 666-9682.
- The 101 Pub, Bogota: The pub, known as the "Cheers' of Bogota, offers three wing options: Buffalo, Sunset (like teriyaki) and barbecue. Wings are made with Frank's hot sauce, which they doctor up. The pub was a 2016 DVlicious "Best Wings in Bergen County" winner. Wing It: 101 Queen Anne Rd., (201) 343-9802.