20 years ago, I had a few places I could go and get wings just like I make at home i.e. fresh chicken, peanut oil and Red Hot with butter or margarine.
I've noticed this very irritating trend among "wing" places in the last 15 years. By that I mean places that only serve take-out wings. They all seem to par-fry or steam their wings, refrigerate, and then finish in the fryer when ordered. Hence you end up with a dry hunk with black bones and an off taste. Some of them seem to think cornstarch helps cover this up.
So what is the point of buying fresh chicken if you're just gonna ruin it? Why not buy frozen? It seems illogical. Or is that so they can say on their menus that their chicken is delivered fresh daily?