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It”s wing Wednesday, and Bella”s Sports Pub is packed.

Although it”s a little uncommon to eat at bars without necessarily ordering an alcoholic beverage, I find it rather soothing to casually drop by with no reservations or certain expectations.

It”s the kind of place where you can sit down and eat comfortably. Then again, Wednesdays at Bella”s can get a little rowdy. But who wouldn”t want to come in for some wings in the middle of the week? After all, Bella”s has its wing special: Three wings for $1.50 with the purchase of any beverage.

That means that for a beer, cocktail or soda, you can get three delicious and meaty wings from a sports pub, which by far has the best hot wings in town.

Not every venue has the best of everything, so I”ve been making a list of best food items in Chico, and when it comes to those miniature drumsticks and wings, this pub is the “it” place for amazing wings.

They have more than enough chicken meat and are fried; yet don”t drip with grease, and are bathed in a spicy Frank”s Red Hot sauce.

That”s if you choose the basic wings flavor; Bella”s offers about six other sauce flavors.

I”ve tried almost every sauce, except Peanut Thai because they didn”t offer that flavor the day I went in for the wing special. I wanted to try other sauces, so I asked for the Teriyaki one and a spicy-sweet Tiger sauce.

Along with a soda, my two sets of wings came to $5.26.

If for some reason you”re not able to stop by on a Wednesday, don”t worry. This place has a six-wing dish for $7, which includes a couple of carrot and celery sticks and your choice of blue cheese or ranch dressing.

It took a few minutes to put in my order, but there were a lot of people drinking and socializing that day.

It was hard to obtain any kind of seating at first, but as a couple of men left the bar, I took the liberty of taking their seats. It was a little awkward though, mostly because I knew the camera pointing in my direction streams live video on some kind of bar website, and I didn”t want to be monitored as I tried to eat some messy wings.

A basket with six wings was brought out and I immediately grabbed a Teriyaki-sauced wing. Its glazed exterior was no match for the slight crunch that comes from the battered wing. That”s one of the reasons why I like Bella”s wings; there”s some form of crispy sustenance on the outside.

I didn”t fall in love with the slight sweetness of this sauce, so I moved on to the Tiger sauce. A little sweet, tart and spicy at the same time is the best way to describe the second sauce. I”m not into sweet flavors in food, but this sauce had a kick of spice at the end, which I liked.

I think I”ll stick to the extra hot Frank”s sauce for my wings, but that”s just because I like to tear up a bit with every bite of Bella”s wings.

Esmeralda F. Ramirez is a Chico State senior. Each week she has one hour”s worth of minimum wage to spend at a local spot. Contact her at esmeralda.f.ramirez@gmail.com.

Bella”s Sports Pub

Where: 134 Broadway Street

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

Phone: 893-5253

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