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Wangs. Aka wings

Only threads I found were a few years old. Am I the only one who cares about this? Say it ain't so. I have a craving. Help me feed the monkey

Where are the best damn wings in Austin? Extra points for inventive and fancy-pants versions. Asian inspired would be ideal, and the hotter the better.

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  1. Pluckers at Lakeline has been good to us. We like spicy but the buffalo HOT is too much... We get the buffalo medium and also like lemon pepper and jerk. I think bleu cheese and ranch are house made. The service has been great, too. I specify the Lakeline location because we aren't so pleased with the other two we've tried, Burnet Rd and Round Rock. I'd love to hear about other local options, too. Fowler's and Buffalo Wild Wings don't make our cut.

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    1. re: Rene

      I saw large smoked wings at Hoover's. An adjacent table wwas having them and they *looked* really good. I came real close to ordering them, but didn't. Anybody try those?

      Alamo has some pretty good wings, but I've only had them once.

      There was a post for Tommy Want Wingy. I found a pic of theirs in an Austin wing review site. Scroll down. Now I have to go there immediately.Let's all try these and report:

      http://www.thrillist.com/eat/austin/b...

      I'll try Daisies, since it is around the corner.

      (I don't think I'll try McDonald new wings, but I'm tempted to. I saw the commercial while watching football yesterday. I was hungry.....there's a McD nearby......I may eventually cave. They will probably not be very good).

      1. re: rudeboy

        Thanks. Those Thai style wings at ESK look like they might fit the bill for what I'm yearning for

        1. re: puddles

          OH! You just reminded me of the wing "poppers" that used to be at Spin! Those were CRAZY-good. I must have put them out of my mind to save the heartache...

          1. re: amysuehere

            The duck wings at Spin were great.
            RIP

        2. re: rudeboy

          I get those Aus-Tex wings at Hoover's all the time. They're great - big smoked (not fried) wings tossed with a fiery hot sauce. And I do mean hot!
          As a bonus, they are 1/2 price during happy hour. Combine an order of those, a smoked chicken chipotle quesadilla (also 1/2 price) and a couple of the small but strong 6oz margaritas and you have yourself a cheap good time.

          1. re: rudeboy

            I was very excited to try Tommy Want Wingy, but the first time I went, he had just dumped his grease and was heating up new grease. He gave me a voucher and said to call ahead and he'd make me "something special." A few weeks later, I was in the neighborhood again and he'd already closed for good.

            I think it was all in the timing. He opened a street trailer in the middle of summer and sold fried wings. I think he may have made it if he opened about now.

            1. re: amysuehere

              Tommy Want Wingy is very much open. I was there 10 days ago or so off Jesse St. and I saw he tweeted last night. We liked the wings a lot--though at a $1/wing it can get costly. Chile Lime was our favorite. The one bone wing is definitely a nice touch.

              1. re: Carter B.

                Well, I'll be. I threw away my voucher, too. I will absolutely give it another try...but not this or next weekend. Avoiding downtown at all costs.

        3. Service was pretty bad but I like the Wings and Wingz Up. I also like the wings and Wings N More.

          1. My favorite are the crave-worthy wings at Green Mesquite. They're smoked and seasoned well and the sauce is a buffalo, but there's something very different about it. That with the slaw and okra...oh my....

            I USED to very much like the wings at the Moviehouse and Eatery until they served me raw (pink and bloody!) wings. This was very bad, as I only noticed because the texture wasn't right and took them outside into the light. They comped the wings but that was it.

            I'm sorry, Rene, but I really don't like the wings at Pluckers. I even got a free $20 gift certificate and left them after just one.

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            1. re: amysuehere

              Sorry that happened amysuehere. I am not a wing enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination, I just enjoy watching football, snacking on wings and drinking cold beer with friends. I should have left this one for the true connoisseurs.

              1. re: Rene

                No worries and the input is always good...and that's just my opinion. Lots of people say they're the bomb.

              2. re: amysuehere

                I second the Green Mesquite wings. Smoky, perfectly done, coated in some fusion of bbq and buffalo sauce. Indulge and get onion rings as a side, and a Shiner Bock. Sit outside, enjoy!

              3. A friend of mine from NY moved to town and was highly disappointed with the wing options here (Pluckers, etc).

                He ultimately discovered that his favorite (so far) were at Casino... I tried them a couple times with him, and they are indeed pretty damn good. It's been a little while so I can't speak to whether or not they're still good, but it's definitely worth a trip to see.

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                1. re: popvulture

                  I hate the filthy surrounding and surly service.

                  1. re: Rptrane

                    Ha, filthy? I never noticed it being particularly gross. Certainly cleaner than some other bars downtown.

                    As for the surly service, yeah... those guys are a bunch of grumpy bar rats. Always added to the charm for me though – to each his own.

                    Anyway, as far as Buffalo wings go (as opposed to many other types of wings people have mentioned on here), theirs are spot on.

                    1. re: popvulture

                      Watch them cook. I dare you to want to eat there afterward. That said the CHili cheese fries are very good. I will never return.

                2. I moved here from Chicago a few years ago and have been looking for the best wings in town. Wings to me are tied at #1 comfort food choice (Chicago style dogs is the other).

                  I have tried every place in town (Hooters, Pluckers, Alamo, Tommy Want Wingy, Wing N More, etc). I tried every option on the Thrillist “Best wing joints in Austin” to find the best wings in ATX.

                  The best wings in town, IMO, are actually at a Middle Eastern restaurant on Airport Blvd - Arpeggio Grill - http://www.arpeggiogrill.com.

                  Everything is made fresh and to order. I was told the story behind why a Middle Eastern restaurant serves chicken wings, but I can't remember now.

                  The best item they serve is actually not on the menu - ask for "Nuclear Honey BBQ".

                  The downside is that they don't have the traditional sides (onion rings, carrots, etc.) or serve beer. The wings are perfect for take-out.

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                  1. re: walkrunstumble

                    Funny, I was just looking at their menu today, trying to find a place in the area to meet a friend for lunch. I noticed that the last wing flavor mentioned was "salt and pepper." I was wondering if that was asian inspired, like salt and pepper shrimp. Ever try those?

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Unfortunately, I haven't had anything other than their hot (spicy) wings. I am planning on having a bunch of friends come over and trying out more of their flavors. Will report back.

                      1. re: walkrunstumble

                        I had garlic parmesan and teriyaki and they were both excellent. The Parm had a nice bit of spice to them.

                    2. re: walkrunstumble

                      I went there after your recommendation. The wings were very good. We had garlic parm and honey teriyaki. Good call.