Austin chicken wings are among the best in the country, so we set out to find where to find the spots with the tastiest wings in the entire city. And, as a college town, there are many great places to indulge in saucy wings.
If there’s one dish that brings pleasure to the masses, it has to be a humble portion of chicken wings. Something so simple, yet with so many varieties that never fails to deliver happiness. The fact that you usually wash them down with some beer is just an added bonus…
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You’d imagine that with all the BBQ options in Texas, the wings would be of that variety. However, you’ll find perhaps the best chicken wings in Austin in a sushi restaurant. Whatever you do, make sure to try at least one variety, as they will absolutely blow your mind.
The key to the delectable flavour that oozes out of the chicken wings at Green Mesquite BBQ is simple. First, they smoke the wings. Then, they drizzle, douse, and drench them in sauce one by one. Stop by after 4 pm on a weekday and you’ll snag wings for just 75 cents a piece.
Like many other top Austin restaurants, Chi’lantro first got its start as a food truck. Now, they’re serving their world-famous Kimchi fries and Korean fried chicken wings to the hungry masses all over Austin. Order your wings with Gangnam Sauce, Honey Butter, or Rooster Sauce. Honestly, you’re eventually going to want to try them all.
Ask any true Texan where to find some of the best wings in the state and they’ll undoubtedly mention Pluckers Wing Bar in their list of favourites. This is a Texas foodie staple, and they do Austin wings right. Once a passion project between two local college students, Pluckers now serves up tender wings pretty much any way you want ’em.
Just one look at a photo of the chicken wings from The Jackalope and your mouth will be watering so much you’ll need a napkin. This local dive bar is a great place to spend an evening mingling with locals. While you’re there, sample their spicy wings, ranging from mild and hot to really hot or even porno hot.
Funny enough, Contigo actually made our list of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Austin. So, if you’re craving wings but need to find a spot to take your date, this is it. They add an elevated touch to their smoked chicken wings and use a delicious Memphis barbecue dry-rub to take the taste to new heights.
If you don’t understand the pop culture reference from which this wing truck got its name, go ahead and head on over and ask them about it. They might reenact the famous movie scene for you as you devour some absolutely mouthwatering wings. Here, they’re not called wings, however. They’re chicken lollipops, and they’re delicious.
Going on a foodie tour through the entire city? Be sure to check out our guide to the 7 Bucket List Foods To Eat In Austin.