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Jane Yun

Where to Dig Into Great Chicken Wings — Saucy to Crispy to Spicy — in Austin

From smoked to Korean to very spicy to vegan

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Chicken wings from East Meets Wings.
| Jane Yun

Chicken wings are a ubiquitous food that works well in so many forms: marinated, fried, smoked, grilled, innocently mild, ridiculously spicy, and so much more.

Austin’s best chicken wing bets include meaty lollipops from chicken wing trailer Tommy Want Wingy, Korean versions at BBQ Chicken, duck-fat-fried takes from Roots Chicken Shak, halal ones from Arpeggio Grill, Buffalo chicken wings from Delray Cafe, pan-Asian iterations from East Meets Wings, and even vegan and vegetarian options. Order up on celery, dressings (ranch, of course), and beer, and the meal is complete.

For more chicken needs, check out Eater Austin’s maps to the best fried chicken, the best whole chickens, and best chicken tenders in town.

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Gossip Shack

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The Pflugerville Southern restaurant is cooking up chicken wings in all sorts of flavors, such as Cajun-lemon pepper, garlic-Parmesan, jalapeno-ranch, and more, plus there waffle fry combinations. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

The Rolling Rooster

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The soul food and Southern restaurant in Wells Branch offers chicken wings (and spicy iterations) with waffles or sides, with sauces such as buffalo, lemon-pepper, and mango-habanero. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Le Bleu

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Chicken wings from Saigon Le Vendeur’s North Shoal Creek Vietnamese restaurant come with a passionfruit/garlic/chile sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hi Wings

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Allandale’s dedicated chicken restaurant offers simple or double-battered chicken wings with accompanying sauces and celery, the former ranging from sweet orange to honey-ginger to Sriracha-barbecue. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

BBQ Chicken

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The Korean-based restaurant brought along really great Korean chicken wings — bone-in and boneless — to Highland. Flavors include honey-garlic, spicy galbi, and sweet-savory cheeseling where the boneless wing is covered with cheddar cheese and mascarpone powder, among others. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Arpeggio Grill

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The Highland halal Mediterranean restaurant’s chicken wings can come in massive orders (up to 100), with spicy flavors like nuclear honey teriyaki, garlic-Parmesan, and spicy barbecue. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Home Slice Pizza

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The pizzeria’s second location up in North Loop serves up Buffalo chicken wings, which are served with house-made blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Playground ATX

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While Filipino Vietnamese food truck Fil N’ Viet is closed, its chicken wings live on at its new pop-up spot in this North Loop space. East Meets Wings’s menu is all about pan-Asian chicken wings in flavors like the Indian butter masala, the Indonesian ayam goreng, and yes, its iconic Filipino sinigang and the Vietnamese VFC. There are boneless iterations and vegetarian crispy rice cake takes too. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Roots Chicken Shak

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Dallas chef Tiffany Derry opened an Austin location of her Southern restaurant within the H-E-B in Mueller, bearing chicken wings fried in duck fat. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are Favor deliveries; and the food hall features dine-in services.

Wingzup

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The Hancock restaurant is all about chicken wings (see: the name). This means all sorts of chicken wings from boneless to bone-in to grilled to smoked to crunchy to a nice variety of sauced ones. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Daiboku

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While Sazan Ramen took off the chicken wings from its menu, there’s an iteration that exists at its younger sibling restaurant, this West campus Japanese restaurant. The chicken wing are dry-rubbed with a yellow curry spice, served with Kewpie mayonnaise and lemons. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash and Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

The Tavern

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The historical west-downtown bar’s iconic white chickens wings remain under its new owners. The boneless meats comes covered in bacon and jalapenos and then drenched in wing sauce. There’s also bone-in classic chicken wings available. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Hold Out Brewing

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The Clarksville-adjacent brewery offers up chicken wings that are brined and then fried and then either made with Buffalo sauce or a lemon pepper-garlic-cotija dry rub, both served with both a miso-ranch dip and celery salad. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Delray Cafe

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The Central East Austin Detroit-style food truck pays homage to host bar Nickel City with brined, then fried Buffalo wings, with mild and spicy levels. There are other flavor options, including a Franklin Barbecue sauce one, and lemon-pepper. Orders are available by the pound (one to three pounds), plus optional ranch or blue cheese dipping sauces. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Cavalier

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The East Austin bar offers both chicken wings and then vegan wings (made with charred cauliflower), accompanied by sauce and rub options like Buffalo to lemon-pepper. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Green Mesquite BBQ

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The Zilker barbecue restaurant’s chicken wings are first smoked, and then drenched in sauce, which takes the bird to a whole other level. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are third-party deliveries (Uber Eats, EZ Catering); and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

CM Smokehouse

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The barbecue truck at both locations of Bouldin Acres — this one on South Lamar and the other up in North Austin — serves up smoked chicken wings and then vegetarian cauliflower wings, the latter with sauce options like Buffalo, white barbecue, and lemon-pepper. Takeout orders for South Lamar can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Frazier's Long & Low

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The easygoing Riverside bar’s chicken wings come by the eight with one or two sauces such as lemon-pepper and XXX Buffalo (aka very spicy), with ranch or blue cheese too. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

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The Thai-seafood restaurant with two locations — this one in South Lamar and the other up in Round Rock, offers half-pounds of chicken wings marinated with peppery sauces: lemon-pepper, Buffalo, and Asian pepper. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Tommy Want Wingy

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The chicken lollipops at all three locations of the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer arrive alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. There’s this location at Cosmic Coffee in the Dawson neighborhood, one on South First, and the other at Barton Springs Saloon. Takeout orders can be placed online; host sites typically feature indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Gossip Shack

The Pflugerville Southern restaurant is cooking up chicken wings in all sorts of flavors, such as Cajun-lemon pepper, garlic-Parmesan, jalapeno-ranch, and more, plus there waffle fry combinations. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

The Rolling Rooster

The soul food and Southern restaurant in Wells Branch offers chicken wings (and spicy iterations) with waffles or sides, with sauces such as buffalo, lemon-pepper, and mango-habanero. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Le Bleu

Chicken wings from Saigon Le Vendeur’s North Shoal Creek Vietnamese restaurant come with a passionfruit/garlic/chile sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hi Wings

Allandale’s dedicated chicken restaurant offers simple or double-battered chicken wings with accompanying sauces and celery, the former ranging from sweet orange to honey-ginger to Sriracha-barbecue. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

BBQ Chicken

The Korean-based restaurant brought along really great Korean chicken wings — bone-in and boneless — to Highland. Flavors include honey-garlic, spicy galbi, and sweet-savory cheeseling where the boneless wing is covered with cheddar cheese and mascarpone powder, among others. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Arpeggio Grill

The Highland halal Mediterranean restaurant’s chicken wings can come in massive orders (up to 100), with spicy flavors like nuclear honey teriyaki, garlic-Parmesan, and spicy barbecue. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash deliveries; and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Home Slice Pizza

The pizzeria’s second location up in North Loop serves up Buffalo chicken wings, which are served with house-made blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Playground ATX

While Filipino Vietnamese food truck Fil N’ Viet is closed, its chicken wings live on at its new pop-up spot in this North Loop space. East Meets Wings’s menu is all about pan-Asian chicken wings in flavors like the Indian butter masala, the Indonesian ayam goreng, and yes, its iconic Filipino sinigang and the Vietnamese VFC. There are boneless iterations and vegetarian crispy rice cake takes too. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Roots Chicken Shak

Dallas chef Tiffany Derry opened an Austin location of her Southern restaurant within the H-E-B in Mueller, bearing chicken wings fried in duck fat. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are Favor deliveries; and the food hall features dine-in services.

Wingzup

The Hancock restaurant is all about chicken wings (see: the name). This means all sorts of chicken wings from boneless to bone-in to grilled to smoked to crunchy to a nice variety of sauced ones. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Daiboku

While Sazan Ramen took off the chicken wings from its menu, there’s an iteration that exists at its younger sibling restaurant, this West campus Japanese restaurant. The chicken wing are dry-rubbed with a yellow curry spice, served with Kewpie mayonnaise and lemons. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are DoorDash and Uber Eats deliveries; and there are indoor dine-in services.

The Tavern

The historical west-downtown bar’s iconic white chickens wings remain under its new owners. The boneless meats comes covered in bacon and jalapenos and then drenched in wing sauce. There’s also bone-in classic chicken wings available. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Hold Out Brewing

The Clarksville-adjacent brewery offers up chicken wings that are brined and then fried and then either made with Buffalo sauce or a lemon pepper-garlic-cotija dry rub, both served with both a miso-ranch dip and celery salad. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Delray Cafe

The Central East Austin Detroit-style food truck pays homage to host bar Nickel City with brined, then fried Buffalo wings, with mild and spicy levels. There are other flavor options, including a Franklin Barbecue sauce one, and lemon-pepper. Orders are available by the pound (one to three pounds), plus optional ranch or blue cheese dipping sauces. Takeout orders can be placed online or in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

The Cavalier

The East Austin bar offers both chicken wings and then vegan wings (made with charred cauliflower), accompanied by sauce and rub options like Buffalo to lemon-pepper. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Green Mesquite BBQ

The Zilker barbecue restaurant’s chicken wings are first smoked, and then drenched in sauce, which takes the bird to a whole other level. Takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are third-party deliveries (Uber Eats, EZ Catering); and there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

CM Smokehouse

The barbecue truck at both locations of Bouldin Acres — this one on South Lamar and the other up in North Austin — serves up smoked chicken wings and then vegetarian cauliflower wings, the latter with sauce options like Buffalo, white barbecue, and lemon-pepper. Takeout orders for South Lamar can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Frazier's Long & Low

The easygoing Riverside bar’s chicken wings come by the eight with one or two sauces such as lemon-pepper and XXX Buffalo (aka very spicy), with ranch or blue cheese too. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

The Thai-seafood restaurant with two locations — this one in South Lamar and the other up in Round Rock, offers half-pounds of chicken wings marinated with peppery sauces: lemon-pepper, Buffalo, and Asian pepper. Takeout orders can be placed in person or over the phone; there are indoor dine-in services.

Tommy Want Wingy

The chicken lollipops at all three locations of the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer arrive alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. There’s this location at Cosmic Coffee in the Dawson neighborhood, one on South First, and the other at Barton Springs Saloon. Takeout orders can be placed online; host sites typically feature indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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