Wings are the kind of seductive comfort food that hit the spot just about every time. We have with a wealth of strong wing options here in the Valley. With so many fantastic bars, grills, pubs, and restaurants to choose from, it can be hard to know where to go to get a spicy fix.
We're here to help.
This fall, use this blueprint when you're hankering to chomp into an order fried or grilled chicken beauties. From Buffalo-style classics to fresh Vietnamese and Indian takes, here are 13 of our favorite wing orders in metro Phoenix.
Angry Mustard at Zesty Zzeeks Pizza
Zesty Zzeeks Pizza may seem like your typical three-location, strip-mall style pizza joint, and in many ways it is. But when wings are on your brain, you're in for a nice surprise here. Zzeeks offers 18 different wing styles, from a simple salt-and-pepper coating to the borderline-hallucinatory Gunslinger Mega Diablo. A flavor called Angry Mustard is pleasant and unique. It has heat and a tinge of mustardy goodness, its sauce slathered over meaty yet crispy wings and drums. Zzeeks wings come in increments of 10 (for $8.99), 20, and 30. The chain has locations in Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Tempe.
ATL Style at ATL Wings
If you love chicken wings, ATL Wings should be one of your go-to spots. And if you love a good dry rub, ATL Style should definitely be your order. ATL Style consists of wings and drums (mostly drums in some orders) covered in oil and tossed in a colorful array of herbs and spices. The dryer take gives skin and edges nice crispness. Hot chicken meat is juicy, if not drippy. We recommended the traditional style wings (bone-in), which come in orders of six (for $5.99) to 96.
Casey’s Chipotle Chicken Wings at Casey Moore's Oyster House
The wings at Casey Moore's Oyster House are worth braving the crowds even if you aren’t a regular at this well-loved Tempe eatery and watering hole. Wings come flavored in chipotle, barbecue, teriyaki, or Buffalo — of course.—and with your choice of ranch or blue cheese and side of celery and carrots. The wings themselves pack a lot of meat. Go for the chipotle-flavored sauce, smoky with just a little bit of heat. Casey's doesn't skimp on sauce. It's plentiful, but not slopped on too heavily, avoiding the slimy texture that often comes right around wing number eight. A dozen costs $10. What more do you want?
Chili Salt Chicken Wings at Asian Cafe Express
Located in a strip mall on the southeast corner of Main Street and Dobson Road in Mesa, Asian Café Express is a fan-favorite lunch spot and Hong Kong-style café. If you order the restaurant's Chili Salt Wings, you'll get a small plate of five extra-crispy drumettes, which come with a little spoon you can use to pile on green onions, garlic, spices, and chili oil. The toppings seep into the nooks and crevices of the crackly chicken skin, which crunches away to juicy meat. These Asian-style wings may not be the most traditional route, but at $4 a serving they're pretty much a steal.
Duck Wings at Shady Park
We never said this list had to be all chicken wings! Shady Park, the Tempe bar and restaurant at the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive, does serve chicken wings, but also duck wings that are well worth a try. The distinct topography of these wings is crispy and crunchy. They’re tossed in a house-made sauce, which, depending on your tolerance, can come in at regular heat or brutally spicy. Actually, the "regular" can be pretty fiery, so be prepared to use the entirety of your ranch. You get four substantial duck wings for $7.
Golden Wings at Zipps Sports Grill
Zipps Sports Grill has 12 locations in metro Phoenix (Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and Arcadia) The sports bar's standard wing order numbers 10 wings covered in a honey-tinged sauce in either mild or hot. The hot comes with a hard kick. Each bite brings a mouthful of spice and meat. These babies have been considered an essential appetizer in the Phoenix area. Zipps' wings will run you $11 per dozen. Pro tip: if you like wings crispy, ask your server for an “extra three minutes.”
Hot Vings at The Vig
The Vig has several locations in the Phoenix area, and all serve sweet Thai-style wings. The flavor is a sticky, delicious mess. Sweet-yet-mild sauce comes studded with chili flakes, the tender meat nicely coated. For $11, the grilled appetizer comes with 10 wings. You can go with Thai chili, traditional, or barbecue. Wings come with an ample cup of bleu cheese and half a dozen pieces of celery.
Cajun Monkey Wings at Monkey Pants
You’ve heard about the karaoke and comedy nights, and probably the 1 a.m. shirtless shots, but have you heard about the awesome Monkey Wings at Monkey Pants in Tempe? Monkey Wings are plump, with a generous ratio of sauce to wing surface area – not dry, not dripping. Flavors include mild, medium, hot, barbecue, Cajun, Mae Ploy, teriyaki, or the signature Spankin’ Monkey Sauce. Cajun is a strong bet. If you're indecisive, you can even mix sauces for an additional $.59. All wings can be grilled or blackened upon request and come in half a dozen for $5.99 or a full dozen for $8.99.
Our Famous Wing Drumettes at George & Dragon
A staple of the Valley wing scene, Our Famous Wing Drumettes (informally referred to as “Dragon Wings”) can be found at that well-loved British pub on Central and Glenrosa avenues in Phoenix. The George & Dragon appetizer has changed here and there over the years. Currently, the wings are plump, evenly sauced, and include a good mixture of drums and wings. These traditional pub wings come in mild, medium, hot, or honey Sriracha. They include your choice of double ranch or bleu cheese, plus thick cuts of carrots and celery. You’ll get eight meaty wings for $9.49.
Rúla Búla House Wings at Rúla Búla Irish Pub
This Irish Pub on Mill Avenue uses jumbo farm-fresh chicken wings at a clip of 6,000 pounds per year. Wings come in three flavors: Buffalo, Guinness-barbecue, and a combination of the two (a.k.a. Rúla Búla House Wings). We suggest option number three. The goopy, spicy-sweet sauce seems to have been generously slathered on each sizable drum and wing. Though plates are portioned for two to share as an appetizer for $9.50, you can easily polish off a plate yourself.
Smoked Jalapeño Wings at Long Wong's Mesa
There are plenty of unique wing flavors on the Long Wong’s Mesa menu, including habanero, Arizona chile pepper, horseradish red-hot, and super suicide. We're fans of the smoked jalapeño. These hot little numbers offer a subtle hint of jalapeño at first but get spicier as you go. If you visit on Wild Wings Tuesdays, an order will run you $.49 a wing. Any other day, you can order The Famous Dozen for $6.99, the Mini Bucket (25) for $13.49, the Family Bucket (50) for $24.99, or the Office Party Bucket (100) for $48.50. And yes, you will be needing the napkin dispenser on your table.
Tandoori Wings at Cornish Pasty Co.
Cornish Pasty Co. has locations in Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix, and is known for, unsurprisingly, its pasties. But that doesn't mean other menu items don't impress. Wings come in "saucy parliament" and sweet tandoori flavors. The oven-baked chicken tandoori flavor have more of a dry rub than a wet sauce. Blackened edges of each wing are crispy, and meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. The tandoori flavor features a mild kick and a sneaky sweetness. The six wings come with cucumber and tomato slices, and a cup of lemon mint yogurt dip, all for $8.
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Vietnamese Wings at Handlebar Diner
Love pho and other Vietnamese specialties? Try the Vietnamese wings at Handlebar Diner, a ‘50s-style diner in Mesa that opened this year. These meaty wings are brined and double-fried before getting glazed in a sauce of soy, sesame oil, fish oil, brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, and other ingredients. And then they're sprinkled with sesame seeds and topped with carrot sticks. Six cost you $6.