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! National Chicken Wing Day is coming up – on Saturday July 29 to be exact – so what better time to assemble a list of Brisbane’s best. 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.
The Coop Bistro: First cab off the rank (or first wing out of the basket) is The Coop Bistro. This spot prides itself on doing fried chicken right, and the best barometer for success is The Coop’s chicken wings. Chicken wing purists have nothing to worry about – The Coop serves up some scintillating house-fried wings in serves of 500g, 1kg or 1.5kg in two flavours – sweet and spicy with chilli lemonade sauce and twiced-cooked tangy barbecue wings with chilli bulldog sauce. On National Chicken Wing Day patrons can get their fill with unlimited wings (including the vinegar-battered cauliflower wings) for $19.99 all day long.
Yard Bird Ale House: As one of Brisbane’s chicken wing OGs, Yard Bird 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’.
Winner Winner: If you love chicken, then just about any dish you order at Winner Winner is, well, a winner. If it’s wings you want, wings you can get – order a serve in your desired level of heat and pair it will a side of fries, zesty slaw, onion rinds or pickles.
Twelve Boar: Bayside bite haven Twelve Boar is all about American barbecue, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on the wings. Grab a serve (half kilo or full kilo) of either Buffalo or KG Buffalo wings with a side of chips and ranch or blue cheese dressing. Want to spice up your life? You can ask the kitchen to up the heat factor on your wings to hot or stupid hot. Be warned – that’s competition-level hotness.
Bootlegger: Another American barbecue restaurant is bringing it’s A-game when it comes to Buffalo wings. You can order a serve of four different flavours – maple and smoky barbecue bourbon, original Buffalo, the Royal Treatment (wings with a nice afterburn) and the No F***n’ way, which is very, very hot.
Lord of the Wings: With a name like Lord of the Wings, you just know that the crispy goodies are going to be straight 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.
Pit Boss American BBQ and Eats: If you can look past the jaw-dropping burgers, hot dogs and pulled pork, you’ll notice that Pit Boss American BBQ and Eats is no slouch when it comes to wings. Wing lovers can chomp on hand-caoted and twice-cooked wings in original Buffalo, smoky barbecue Buffalo, southern fried, honey mustard, and honey soy flavours, as well as a heated serve of wings coated in Carolina reaper hot sauce (not for the faint hearted).
King of the Wings: Another entrant in the battle for supremacy is mobile wing dispensary King of the Wings. King of the Wings was invited to represent Australian 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.
Buffalo Bar: Inner-city snackers are big fans of Buffalo Bar’s brand of American cuisine, but the wings are particularly special. The wings here come in wet or dusted varieties, with flavours including original Buffalo, chipotle barbecue crema, sriracha, honey and garlic, bacon, cheese and chive, seasoned jerk, parmesan, and garlic and chilli.
Lucky Egg: What good would a fried-chicken joint be if it didn’t serve up good chicken wings? Lucky Egg in West End and Fortitude Valley serves up some special wings that are hard to resist. These crispy skinned wings are doused in Buffalo sauce and served with slaw and blue cheese sauce. If you are a bit over Buffalo sauce, you can also order your wings in a special Korean spiced flavour.
Hello Chicken: King Street is home to Hello Chicken – a great spot for anyone craving Korean fried goodness. Order a serve or two of wings and get ready to be blown away – flavours include original crispy fried, soy garlic, Korean chilli, snow cheese and crazy-hot chicken.
The Bavarian and Bavarian Bier Cafe: Two of Brisbane’s best spots for Germanic cuisine are taking on wings this week in the lead-up to National Chicken Wing Day. Alongside their interstate counterparts, both venues will aim to serve 100,000 wings in an hour on Friday July 28. Wings will be 10 cents each, and those looking to get competitive can take part in a wing eating competition. If you are a wing lover to the core, you better be there.
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