Chicken Wings In The Lower Mainland
Hey all! Me and a couple of the boys from work are currently embarking on the quest to find the best chicken wings in the lower mainland. We've got a small list started so far, but if you have any suggestions for the "Spring Of Wing's" tour, I'd love to hear them.
So far we've hit a few locations including:
-Wings on Granville
-The Thirsty Duck in New West
-Jack's Pub in Surrey
-Fox & Fiddle in Langley
-Cat & Fiddle in PoCo
-Flying Beaver in Richmond
-Fleetwood Arms Pub in Surrey
My list is at work, but I think that covers where we've been so far. We are judging wings on price, size, flavor options, flavor quality...
Pretty decent places for ideas on where to go, but while they mention where the CHEAP wings are, they don't say much about where the BEST wings are...
So far the only disappointments have been The Flying Beaver and Pizza Hut (although Pizza Hut expectations were not all that high anyway). Breaded wings bad!
Topping the list so far are Wings Granville, Cat & Fiddle, and Fox & Fiddle.
In any case, this should be a tasty journey.
Some suggestions that stray from the pub style wings....
Deepfried wings at Phnom Penh in Chinatown (perhaps the most famous chicken wings in the Vancouver area).
The Pomegranate glazed wings at Stella's (Commercial Dr).
Deepfried wings at Wo Fun (Aberdeen Center)
Deepfried wings at Pak Tak Chiu Chow in Yaohan Center
I second the wings at Stellas, and Jade Dynasty on Pender and Main also make amazing deep-fried wings. Get a side of chili sauce or sweet & sour sauce for dippin' and order a Tsingtao to wash it down - beer & wings Chinese -style :)
Jade Dynasty Restaurant
137 Pender St E, Vancouver, BC V6A1T6, CA
They used to make a very tasty wing at Habit on Main st. Not sure if those are still on the menu though. For a straight up hot wing, I like Earl's and Cactus Club.
One of the guys at work told me that Pak Tak Chiu Chow doesn't have wings? Anyway, I'm going to have to make it to Chinatown in the near future for sure!
A couple more to the list:
Don't bother with Woody's pub in Coquitlam for wings. Very small, and they charge extra if you want them tossed. Otherwise it's just a plain skinny wing and a dipping cup of Franks Red Hot. First time I've ever left an establishment on wing night after only 30 wings (10 each between 3 of us).
We then walked over to the French Quarter pub since it's on the same block. They had more flavor options, and even tossed them in the sauce! The wings were pretty small there as well though (And it wasn't even their cheap wing night). Overall the French Quarter was a lot better then Woody's though, although the actual building is not as nice as Woody's. Not sure where we'll head next, but the other one I want to try in Coquitlam is John B's pub. Never been there, but their website looks tasty.
That's all for now...
My brother and I are also Wing nuts and always in search of the best wings in town. Our criteria are decent prices, but also good flavours, and most importantly, nothing soggy! I hate it when you get wings and the skin is soggy. Good wings must be nice and crispy. The best ones (IMO) are the ones that are so crunchy that you can eat the bones!
Our current top favorites are:
- The Eatery: yes, the funky Japanese restaurant on W. Broadway. Hands down year after year, best wings in town. Wednesday and Saturdays are wings night too!
- Soho on Denman and Davie. Great selection, tasty, and if I recall correctly, Thursdays are Wing night
- Stella's: yes, as another person said already, their Pomegranate Wings are killer!
- Cactus Club: their wings have decreased in size a little and increased in price over the years, but still remain a classic and a favourite of ours.
- Penny Lane Pub on Main and 41st: again, crispy wings, good selection and great prices.
Bimini's on 4th used to have great wings, and a wing night as well, but they are closed at the moment sadly. And for some strange reason, the overly coated and deep fried wings at Hooter are quite good as well, but we don't have that chain in the Lower Mainland any longer.
My brother has a few more to add to this list I am sure, which I cannot remember at the moment, but if you have not tried any of the above, then you must get on it! :)
Best traditional wings: Frog & Nightgown in Coquitlam.
Best wings period: Ensemble Tap downtown Vancouver.