The round-up: get stuck in to Brisbane’s best chicken wings
What do you when you’ve got the hunger pangs and want to eat a dozen of something? The answer is simple – chicken wings! If you fall head-over-heels in love at the sight of a basket of crispy golden wings, then maybe wear a helmet while reading this here round up.
King of the Wings, food truck: A popular entrant in the battle for fried-chicken supremacy is mobile wing dispensary King of the Wings. King of the Wings was invited to represent Australia in Buffalo for WINGFEST in 2016, which gives you a hint as to how legit the wings here are. The King of the Wings team are wing wizards of the highest order – definitely give them a try if you see the truck trundling around town.
Momo Chicken, Brisbane City and Upper Mount Gravatt: If the name didn’t give it away, Momo Chicken & beer is a top-notch chook house that’s have plenty for all you wing fanatics to devour. There are 12 flavours to choose from, ranging from full or half serves of classic fried, soy or spicy chicken to boneless bites of honey chicken, buffalo, sweet and spicy, cheese and very, very hot.
Lucky Egg, Fortitude Valley: What good would a fried-chicken joint be if it didn’t serve up good chicken wings? Much like its range of burgers and popcorn chicken, Lucky Egg’s Frank’s Famous Wings are seriously hard to resist. These buttermilk fried wings are doused in Frank’s famous buffalo sauce and served with fries and blue cheese sauce.
Yard Doggs, Fortitude Valley: As one of Brisbane’s chicken wing OGs, Yard Doggs knows what’s up when it comes to getting your snack on. Pull up a stump and order six, 12 or 20 wings in either honey barbecue, southern-fried, garlic and parmesan, chipotle barbecue, original Buffalo, or the infamous Death Sentence wings and get munchin’.
Twelve Boar, Cleveland: Bayside bite haven Twelve Boar is all about barbecued meats, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on the wings. Grab a serve (half kilo or full kilo) of either buffalo or barbecue wings with a side of chips and ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Lord of the Wings, Indooroopilly and Carindale: With a name like Lord of the Wings, you just know that the crispy goodies are going to be fire. We can confirm that Lord of the Wings is legit – the venue boasts serves of traditional, grilled and boneless wings with 20 flavours available. Yep, 20 flavours. Lemon and coriander, smoky barbecue, wasabi ginger, and hot Buffalo are just some of the tongue tantalisers on offer.
Buffalo Bar, Brisbane City: Inner-city snackers are big fans of Buffalo Bar’s brand of American cuisine, but the wings are particularly special. The bites here come in wet or dusted varieties, with flavours including original Buffalo, maple mustard, sriracha and honey, bacon, cheese and chive, parmesan and chilli, and seasoned jerk.
The Smoke BBQ, New Farm: One of Brisbane’s finest purveyors of American cuisine is The Smoke BBQ in New Farm. In addition to its mouth-watering ribs, brisket and sides, The Smoke’s wings are top-notch. The menu boasts six kinds to try – original buffalo, blue hot wings, the slightly salty and slightly sweet hurricane wings, honey-soy wings, Kansas City-style wings and The Smoke’s infamous ‘Third-Degree’ wings.
WingHAÜS by Bavarian, Brisbane City: Rockpool Group’s standalone chicken-wing concept is a handy eatery located in the heart of Brisbane City. WingHAÜS is dishing out huge serves of wings, with each choice accompanied by one of eight kinds of hot sauce (traditional, chipotle, habanero, afterburner, face melting, Texas BBQ, teriyaki and Korean) and five dips (blue cheese, ranch dressing, honey and mustard, garlic, and haüs sauce).
Wing Fix, Morningside and Coorparoo: From heralded street-food outfit to bricks-and-mortar destination, Wing Fix has built its formidable rep on the strength of its product. Pop in and choose from Wing Fix’s popular wing varieties – saucy flavour selections include classics such as mild buffalo, honey soy and garlic parmesan, but fans of a simple crispy number can opt for original fried.
Seoul Bistro, Sunnybank and Runcorn: Locals on Brisbane’s south side rave about the offering at fried-chicken joint Seoul Bistro – and for good reason! Taking inspiration from Korean-style cooking, Seoul Bistro’s menu includes crispy fried, honey wasabi, buffalo and peri peri wings, with servings of seven, 12 and 22 wings (plus a chicken-wing buffet) ensuring every hunger level is catered for.
Tippler’s Tap, Fortitude Valley and South Bank: Chicago-style eats and craft beer are a specialty at both Tippler’s Tap locations, but diners with a cluckin’ big appetite will single out the Tippler’s wings as a menu highlight. The bar’s famous dry spice-rubbed chicken wings with a blue cheese dipping sauce are phenomenal, and a selection of hot sauces on hand help turn up the heat if desired.
Naked Wings, West End: Want to gorge on wings without feeling flightless afterwards? The morsels at Naked Wings are prepared with a lengthy marinating and shallow-frying process that leaves the wings crispy, but not oily. Select your serving (ten, 15 or 20 pieces) then pick your flavour. There are 15 to choose from, ranging from the scorching buffalo and the punchy chipotle to the tangy lemon pepper and smoky barbecue.
Wing Fury, Clayfield: If your passion for wings burns hotter than an inferno, the fiendish fried-chicken fanatics at Wing Fury will help fan the flames to greater heights. This wing stop dishes up more than a dozen flavours to try, including honey buffalo, lemon pepper, sticky Vietnamese, Mongolian barbecue and salt-and-vinegar-flavoured wings.
Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack, South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley: Although barbecue is Big Roddy’s first love, his Fish Lane and M&A Lane rib shacks also do justice to the rest of American cuisine. These hotspots serve up baskets of chicken wings lathered in tangy buffalo sauce, with servings also accompanied by your choice of dipping sauce.
KaiKai Chicken, St Lucia: If you’re considering a visit to St Lucia’s KaiKai Chicken, be sure to come hungry. This spot specialises in all-you-can-eat fried chicken, which means for a set price you can loosen your pants for a buffet of unlimited fried chicken (in Korean, American and Southeast Asian-inspired flavours).
Hellbound, New Farm: If you like your music loud, beer cold and wings spicy, Hellbound on Brunswick Street is the haunt for you. In addition to its burgers and sides, Hellbound hot wings are a must-try for those seeking a kick. Be sure to pop in on Wednesday when Hellbound hawks these bad boys for 50 cents a pop.
Newstead Brewing Co., Milton: This huge gastropub is a terrific spot to sink a schooner or two and enjoy some top-notch grub, but if you’ve got a hankering for wings by the handful, pencil in a visit on Monday. Three kinds of chicken wings are available, with various portion sizes coming with a drink to help wash it all down. Every other day, Newstead’s buffalo spicy wings are available with blue-cheese ranch sauce.
Fat Angel Sports Bar and Grill, Brisbane City: Live sports, beer and wings – name a more iconic trio. Fat Angel in Eagle Lane’s got all three on lock, with four kinds of wings to sample, including original buffalo, Jack Daniels barbecue sauce, Fat Angel’s own dry rub and an extra-spicy death sauce variety.
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