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The chicken wings from Roots Chicken Shak.
The chicken wings from Roots Chicken Shak.
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18 of the Sauciest, Crispiest, and Spiciest Chicken Wings in Austin

From smoked to Korean to very spicy to vegan

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The chicken wings from Roots Chicken Shak.
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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 Chi’lantro, duck-fat-fried takes from Roots Chicken Shak, halal ones from Arpeggio Grill, Buffalo chicken wings from Delray Cafe, Filipino iterations from Fil N’ Viet, and even a vegan option from food truck Plow Burger. Order up on celery, dressings (ranch, of course), and beer, and the meal is complete.

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Charm BBQ Chicken

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The popular Korean barbecue restaurant opened up a Korean fried chicken offshoot near Anderson Mill. This of course means Korean-style chicken wings in orders ranging from five to 50 pieces, with various sauces such as the mild or spicy yangnyum, the dry twinkle cheese, or the teriyaki. To-go orders can be placed in person or online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Korean fried chicken wings from Charm BBQ Chicken
Korean fried chicken wings from Charm BBQ Chicken
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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. There are orders of 10 wings available or opt for wings and waffle fry combinations.  To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

The Rolling Rooster

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The soul food and Southern restaurant offer chicken wings (and spicy iterations) with waffles or sides, with sauces such as buffalo, lemon-pepper, and mango-habanero. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Le Bleu

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Chicken wings from banh mi trailer Saigon Le Vendeur’s Vietnamese restaurant come with a passion fruit/garlic/chili sauce. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hi Wings

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The 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. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Chicken wings from Hi Wings
Chicken wings from Hi Wings
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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 the sweet-savory cheeseling where the boneless wing is covered with cheddar cheese and mascarpone powder, among others. Third-party deliveries can be ordered online, to-go orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Korean chicken wings from BBQ Chicken
Korean chicken wings from BBQ Chicken
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Arpeggio Grill

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Arpeggio Grill's halal Mediterranean chicken wings can come in massive orders (up to 100), with spicy flavors like nuclear honey teriyaki, garlic parmesan, and spicy barbecue. To-go orders can be placed online, and there are DoorDash deliveries. The restaurant is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

Home Slice Pizza

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Home Slice’s second location up in North Loop serves up Buffalo chicken wings, which are served with house-made blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

The Buffalo wings at Home Slice’s North Loop pizzeria
The Buffalo wings at Home Slice’s North Loop pizzeria
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Plow Burger

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The vegan truck with a second Riverside location serves up vegan wings with buffalo, barbecue, or teriyaki sauce plus dollar vegan ranch. To-go orders can be placed online and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There are outdoor dining areas available.

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. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and the food hall features dine-in services.

Pluckers Wing Bar

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All locations of the Austin-based chain Pluckers offer a wide-ranging array of wing sauce options, from go-to ones like buffalo and ranch to Dr Pepper and mango habanero. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Pluckers’s chicken wings
Pluckers’s chicken wings
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Fil N' Viet

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Filipino chicken wings are available at the East Austin truck. The sinigang wings are made with a taramind spice mixture and paired with a garlic ranch. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining spaces available.

Hold Out Brewing

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The Clarksville-ish brewery offers up chicken wings that are brined and then fried and made with a buffalo sauce, served with both a miso-ranch dip and celery salad. Pickup orders can be placed online; the brewery is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Delray Cafe

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Via 313’s Detroit-style food truck pays homage to host bar Nickel City with Buffalo wings, with mild, spicy, and, yes, Franklin Barbecue versions. Orders are available by the pound (one to three pounds), plus optional ranch or blue cheese dipping sauces. To-go orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for indoor and outdoor on-site services.

Chicken wings from Delray Cafe
Chicken wings from Delray Cafe
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Tommy Want Wingy

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The chicken lollipops at both locations of the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer arrive in orders of five, alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. To-go orders from the Rainey Street location at Lustre Pearl can be placed in person; to-go orders from off-South Congress at Cosmic Coffee can be made online. Hosts Lustre Pearl and Cosmic have reopened for dine-in services with indoor and outdoor areas.

Tommy Want Wingy’s chicken wings
Tommy Want Wingy’s chicken wings
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Chi'lantro

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The Korean fried chicken wings from all restaurant locations of Chi’lantro, K-pops, come in orders of six to 40, with the “gangnam” sauce. Get a side of spicy ranch. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Chi’lantro’s chicken wings
Chi’lantro’s chicken wings
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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. The bar is open for on-site indoor services.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

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The Round Rock fried seafood restaurant expanded to South Lamar, bringing along half-pounds of chicken wings marinated with peppery sauces. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

Charm BBQ Chicken

The popular Korean barbecue restaurant opened up a Korean fried chicken offshoot near Anderson Mill. This of course means Korean-style chicken wings in orders ranging from five to 50 pieces, with various sauces such as the mild or spicy yangnyum, the dry twinkle cheese, or the teriyaki. To-go orders can be placed in person or online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Korean fried chicken wings from Charm BBQ Chicken
Korean fried chicken wings from Charm BBQ Chicken
Charm BBQ Chicken/Facebook

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. There are orders of 10 wings available or opt for wings and waffle fry combinations.  To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

The Rolling Rooster

The soul food and Southern restaurant offer chicken wings (and spicy iterations) with waffles or sides, with sauces such as buffalo, lemon-pepper, and mango-habanero. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Le Bleu

Chicken wings from banh mi trailer Saigon Le Vendeur’s Vietnamese restaurant come with a passion fruit/garlic/chili sauce. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hi Wings

The 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. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Chicken wings from Hi Wings
Chicken wings from Hi Wings
Hi Wings/Facebook

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 the sweet-savory cheeseling where the boneless wing is covered with cheddar cheese and mascarpone powder, among others. Third-party deliveries can be ordered online, to-go orders can be placed over the phone. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Korean chicken wings from BBQ Chicken
Korean chicken wings from BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken/Facebook

Arpeggio Grill

Arpeggio Grill's halal Mediterranean chicken wings can come in massive orders (up to 100), with spicy flavors like nuclear honey teriyaki, garlic parmesan, and spicy barbecue. To-go orders can be placed online, and there are DoorDash deliveries. The restaurant is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

Home Slice Pizza

Home Slice’s second location up in North Loop serves up Buffalo chicken wings, which are served with house-made blue cheese dressing and celery sticks. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and patio dine-in services.

The Buffalo wings at Home Slice’s North Loop pizzeria
The Buffalo wings at Home Slice’s North Loop pizzeria
Home Slice/Facebook

Plow Burger

The vegan truck with a second Riverside location serves up vegan wings with buffalo, barbecue, or teriyaki sauce plus dollar vegan ranch. To-go orders can be placed online and there are Uber Eats deliveries. There are outdoor dining areas available.

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. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are Favor deliveries; and the food hall features dine-in services.

Pluckers Wing Bar

All locations of the Austin-based chain Pluckers offer a wide-ranging array of wing sauce options, from go-to ones like buffalo and ranch to Dr Pepper and mango habanero. To-go orders can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Pluckers’s chicken wings
Pluckers’s chicken wings
Melissa Skorpil

Fil N' Viet

Filipino chicken wings are available at the East Austin truck. The sinigang wings are made with a taramind spice mixture and paired with a garlic ranch. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dining spaces available.

Hold Out Brewing

The Clarksville-ish brewery offers up chicken wings that are brined and then fried and made with a buffalo sauce, served with both a miso-ranch dip and celery salad. Pickup orders can be placed online; the brewery is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Delray Cafe

Via 313’s Detroit-style food truck pays homage to host bar Nickel City with Buffalo wings, with mild, spicy, and, yes, Franklin Barbecue versions. Orders are available by the pound (one to three pounds), plus optional ranch or blue cheese dipping sauces. To-go orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for indoor and outdoor on-site services.

Chicken wings from Delray Cafe
Chicken wings from Delray Cafe
Delray Cafe/Facebook

Tommy Want Wingy

The chicken lollipops at both locations of the Tommy Boy-inspired trailer arrive in orders of five, alongside sauces like spicy pineapple and Holy Schnikes. To-go orders from the Rainey Street location at Lustre Pearl can be placed in person; to-go orders from off-South Congress at Cosmic Coffee can be made online. Hosts Lustre Pearl and Cosmic have reopened for dine-in services with indoor and outdoor areas.

Tommy Want Wingy’s chicken wings
Tommy Want Wingy’s chicken wings
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Chi'lantro

The Korean fried chicken wings from all restaurant locations of Chi’lantro, K-pops, come in orders of six to 40, with the “gangnam” sauce. Get a side of spicy ranch. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Chi’lantro’s chicken wings
Chi’lantro’s chicken wings
Chi’lantro/Facebook

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. The bar is open for on-site indoor services.

Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood

The Round Rock fried seafood restaurant expanded to South Lamar, bringing along half-pounds of chicken wings marinated with peppery sauces. To-go orders can be placed in person or over the phone. The restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

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