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Best Chicken Wings 

The Dandy Inn

Smarty-pants experts suggest that one of the biggest causes of stress in life isn't the absence of options but rather the overabundance of unsatisfying ones. Take ordering chicken wings. What should be a simple transaction turns into a game of 40 questions: How many? Do you want them mild, medium, hot, hotty-hot, mouth afire or barbecue? Ranch or blue cheese or honey mustard? Enough! The Dandy Inn in Fairview Heights spares you all these questions. It's among the oldest taverns in St. Clair County; local lore holds that Abraham Lincoln used to visit when it was a one-room structure known as Becherer's Tavern. A dozen weigh in at two pounds and go for $8.25. They're delicious. And they come with no rigmarole: Go in, sit down, say, "I'd like some wings." When the waitress asks if you want them dipped in the Dandy's sauce, think of it as a declarative, not an interrogative, and for God's sake say yes.

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