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You Wing Some — 15 Best Spots for Chicken Wings in Greater Phoenix

You Wing Some — 15 Best Spots for Chicken Wings in Greater Phoenix
Lauren Cusimano
click to enlarge The Angry Mustard Wings at Zesty Zzeeks Pizza. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The Angry Mustard Wings at Zesty Zzeeks Pizza.
Lauren Cusimano
Wings are the kind of seductive comfort food that hit the spot just about every time. We have 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. Use this blueprint when you're hankering to chomp into an order of fried or grilled chicken beauties. From Buffalo-style classics to fresh Vietnamese and Indian takes, here are 15 of our favorite wing orders in metro Phoenix.

Angry Mustard Wings

Zesty Zzeeks Pizza
Multiple Locations

This place 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, 20, and 30. The chain has locations in Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Tempe.

click to enlarge Get them ATL style. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Get them ATL style.
Lauren Cusimano

ATL Style Wings

ATL Wings
Multiple Locations

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 flats 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 to 96.

click to enlarge Picture some sticky wings on this bar. - SANTISI BROTHERS
Picture some sticky wings on this bar.
Santisi Brothers

Honey Hot Wings

Santisi Brothers
2710 West Bell Road

These are your quintessential sports bar wings. The Best of Phoenix-winning establishment is home to the "Wide Wall of Sports" — meaning one wall has more than 60 televisions including several 65-inch screens — as well as a wall of wing options. Well, 12 ... but still. And while house specialties like Giovanni's or Dino's barbecue sauce are great, we always come back for the honey hot. Each heavily coated, petite wing has the right amount of sweetness with the right amount of tinge. But be careful — it's very dark and those things can be slippery. Santisi Brothers wings come in orders of 12, 24, or 36.


click to enlarge Casey’s own chipotle chicken wings. - CASEY MOORE'S OYSTER HOUSE
Casey’s own chipotle chicken wings.
Casey Moore's Oyster House

Casey’s Chipotle Chicken Wings

Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 South Ash Avenue, Tempe

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.

click to enlarge Those extra-crispy drumettes. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Those extra-crispy drumettes.
Lauren Cusimano

Chili Salt Chicken Wings

Asian Café Express
1911 West Main Street, #3, Mesa

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 cafe. 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 they're pretty much a steal.

click to enlarge Have you had these hot wings before? - JACOB TYLER DUNN
Have you had these hot wings before?
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Golden Wings

Zipps Sports Grill
Multiple Locations

Zipps Sports Grill has a dozen locations in metro Phoenix (Ahwatukee, Arrowhead, Arcadia, and elsewhere) The sports bar's standard wing order numbers 10 wings covered in a honey-tinged sauce in either mild or hot, or even extra 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 also offers daily specials so you may be able to get them on the cheap. Pro tip: if you like wings crispy, ask your server for an “extra three minutes."

click to enlarge The Vig delivers on wings. Oh wait, vings. - THE VIG
The Vig delivers on wings. Oh wait, vings.
The Vig

Hot Vings

The Vig
Multiple Locations

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 blue cheese and half a dozen pieces of celery.

click to enlarge Some of the best wings in town. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Some of the best wings in town.
Lauren Cusimano

Cajun Monkey Wings

Monkey Pants
3223 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

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 or a full dozen.

click to enlarge These G&D wings are famous for a reason. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
These G&D wings are famous for a reason.
Lauren Cusimano

Our Famous Wing Drumettes

George & Dragon
4240 North Central Avenue

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 blue cheese, plus thick cuts of carrots and celery. You’ll get eight or so meaty wings.

click to enlarge The Rúla Búla House Wings are next level. - RÚLA BÚLA IRISH PUB
The Rúla Búla House Wings are next level.
Rúla Búla Irish Pub

Rúla Búla House Wings

Rúla Búla Irish Pub
401 South Mill Avenue, Tempe

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 No. 3. 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, you can easily polish off a plate yourself.

click to enlarge They're smokin' and then some. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
They're smokin' and then some.
Lauren Cusimano

Smoked Jalapeno Wings

Long Wong's
Multiple Locations

For some "famous" Arizona wings, Long Wong's is your answer. There are about a dozen locations throughout town, and each one is a little different, but each spot certainly has one common denominator — quality wings. There are plenty of unique wing flavors on the Long Wong's menu, depending where you are, and can include habanero, Arizona chile pepper, horseradish red-hot, smoked jalapeno, and super suicide. But to keep things simple, each one will have a plain hot flavor. And that's not to say they're plain, as the wings themselves are normally fresh, never frozen, and the sauce is flavorful without being too hot (for some). Most places offer increments ranging from an order of six to 100.

click to enlarge A tasty take on classic wings. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
A tasty take on classic wings.
Lauren Cusimano

Tandoori Wings

Cornish Pasty Co.
Multiple Locations

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.

click to enlarge Some imaginative diner wings. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
Some imaginative diner wings.
Lauren Cusimano

Vietnamese Wings

Handlebar Diner
5149 South Inspirian Parkway, Mesa

Love pho and other Vietnamese specialties? Try the Vietnamese wings at Handlebar Diner, a ‘50s-style diner in Mesa that opened last 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.

Trapp Haus BBQ has the best wings. - CHRIS MALLOY
Trapp Haus BBQ has the best wings.
Chris Malloy

Philly Crack Wings

Trapp Haus BBQ
511 East Roosevelt Street

This Roosevelt Row barbecue restaurant is almost unexpected, but certainly welcome. The narrow dining room and bar call for your butt to sit, and order some beer and barbecue. Owner Phil “the Grill” Johnson calls himself “the Jay-Z of barbecue,” and the soundtrack kind of matches. How many places offer you burnt ends and En Vogue at the same time? A must try at Trapp Haus BBQ? The Philly Crack Wings. Saucy yet somehow crispy, these meaty, smoky wings are simply addictive.

click to enlarge Head over to Half Moon Sports Grill. - CHAD ULAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Head over to Half Moon Sports Grill.
Chad Ulam Photography

Honey Chipotle Wings

Half Moon Sports Grill
Multiple Locations

Half Moon Sports Grill may seem like your typical neighborhood sports bar, and it is, but that doesn’t mean the kitchen is slacking. Half Moon has some pretty dang good bone-in wings. You can get them traditional or grilled style, in flavors like traditional Buffalo, spicy, nuclear, teriyaki, barbecue, honey hot, Korean BBQ, sweet chile, and honey chipotle. While each sounds amazing, we recommend going for that sticky sweet honey chipotle options. Wings are available at both the Biltmore and Chicago-inspired Moon Valley locations.


Editor's note: This story was originally published on July 6, 2016. It was updated on November 24, 2019.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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