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Jan 17, 2014 02:51 PM

Price for a pound of wings in a restaurant?

I've noticed the gradual increase from $8-9 up to $11-12 over the last few years in my neck of the woods (Alberta, Canada). Once a week most places have "Wings Night" where they're about $0.35 each. Being cheap I usually don't order wings unless it's on one of those nights. It's made me curious, though, what the average for a pound of wings in different places? Is there usually a cheap wing night or an AYCE night?

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  1. Haven't had wings OUT in a while... they're usually pretty small?? Bought a package of Perdue "wingettes" today... much bigger/meatier. Twelve to a package for $6+. They're brining right now and will be floured/seasoned and into HOT oven tomorrow till crispy.

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    1. re: kseiverd

      I've found doing Buffalo Thighs is a better/cheaper option.

      1. re: grampart

        With proper marketing, I expect to see Necks and Bootys being touted as "the next great thing."

        It's all in the marketing. I think that P T Barnum had some observations on such, but could be wrong.

        The same thing has happened with some seafood items - what were once called "trash fish," and used as cut-bait, now appears, under new names, on many menus.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          In another thread, there was a discussion about how hard it is to even find necks and backs in supermarkets these days. They've gone the way of the free bones for your dog.

          1. re: ratgirlagogo

            Have you looked for turkey thighs? Next to impossible to find now. No trouble in the past.

            1. re: Nanzi

              A lot depends on where you shop and what part of the country you live in. They're very common in the supers where we are (Seattle Area) and other parts of the West Coast. Perhaps less so elsewhere.

              We also have access at one of our suppliers to boneless skinless thighs the size of Briskets, and we prepare them as such. But you have to buy 40 pounds at a time.

              1. re: Nanzi

                Wegmans, turkey parts all year round.

                1. re: Nanzi

                  $1.59 pound fresh available all the time in our supermarkets. I buy them regularly for our dogs

                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Great price, here they are $2.79/lb. I have been buying thighs and wings for stock every other week. I'm glad to have a place that serves turkey parts year round, I much prefer turkey to chicken.

                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                      I saw them in my Walmart today for $2.29 lb fresh. That's a buy cause they're normally $3 to $4.00 a pound..

                2. re: ratgirlagogo

                  You know, I use pork neck bones in my sauce, and I can't get them anymore at my local grocery. I finally asked, and the butcher said the reason is that now that Smithfield foods is not longer a U.S. owned company, all of the non standard parts are being shipped to China. He said they are not even available for him to special order. I am bothered by that.

                3. re: Bill Hunt

                  Not always marketing, sometimes tastes change, or people simply realize something is good. Lobster was once considered fit only for servants, for example.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    I was speaking to a guy from New Brunswick (Atlantic Canada) a few weeks ago. His grandfather thought lobsters weren't even good enough for servants (not that he had any...).
                    He only used them to fertilize the garden.

                    1. re: porker

                      Honestly, I highly doubt that you were told the truth by that guy from New Brunswick. Maybe his ancestor back 200 years ago during colonial times may have thought that. Lobsters have been highly regarded as a delicacy since the 1800's and sought after enough that there was an official trap fishery for them since the 1850's.

                      1. re: JMF

                        "...We knew that the lobster being sold as pricey and special was until recently considered barely edible by Maritimers themselves. Children of earlier generations were shamed when forced to bring a lobster sandwich to school; lobster was used to fertilize farmers’ fields. If you had asked how we knew these things, we would not have been able to say—we just knew. The “facts” as we understood them were not usually shared through fully developed stories but came to us as brief “generalization narratives” that were part of our common knowledge...."
                        - from "Lobster Tales: Narratives of Food, Past, and Place in Maritime Canada"
                        by Diane Tye
                        in Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures / Cuizine : revue des cultures culinaires au Canada

                        So yeah, you're probably correct. Such stories and legend are part of Maritime culture and most people likely think it a time of their grandparents.

                    2. re: carolinadawg

                      Servants and prisoners, according to this site!


                      But some of the indentured servants rebelled, and started insisting that it be written into their contracts that they'd be fed lobster no more than three times a week!!

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                  Once a week most places have "Wings Night" where they're about $0.35 each.


                  Holy crap.

                  Here in the midwest USA I'm paying $0.60 USD a wing(Bone in) on wing special nites on the low end.

                  35 cents CDN is awesome.

                  Since all of the national chains ahve doted ove wings for years, the price has risen according to demand.
                  I'll have to check my Sysco or GFS prices to see current price but this time of year usually brings the demand and the always so-called lack of supply usually means an upcharge.

                  Happens every year.

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                  1. re: jjjrfoodie

                    Bar on the corner has a $0.25 wing night. I think it's Tuesday. (Queens, NYC)

                  2. $10.49 for 10 wings at our local spot, so $12.60 for a dozen. Wing prices have really increased in past years at the stores.

                    1. I think that the price will depend on how many wings are slated to be thrown away, after butchering the chickens. Then, the seller will factor in the market (how many folk can be induced to pay obscene amounts of money for wings) will bear.

                      Supply and demand at work.


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                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        Well, yes, but these days there are never any slated to be thrown away. The wings, as noted below, are some of the most-in-demand pieces around. At Costco most fresh chicken, whole and parts, can be had for about a buck a pound, but the wings are more than two bucks a pound ($2.19 last time I checked).

                        And that's a good price. If I want to pay less than that I need to buy the frozen pieces in forty pound boxes. Which is a lot to go through, even at my house, as we don't actually do chicken at our restaurant.

                        1. re: acgold7

                          Wings cost more than breast tenderloins where I live.

                          I mean the raw stuff at the grocery store... when I was a kid, wings were a throw-away item. Of course back then the breast wasn't half the size of the entire bird, either.

                        2. re: Bill Hunt

                          Just wanted to ask if you have again secured Rodan for your Superbowl party.

                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                            Turkey wings do in fact cost less per pound, but as they're about a pound each, the experience is somewhat different. Also they need to be pre-cooked before their trip through the deep fryer for crisping and then saucing.

                            Modesty prevents me from mentioning where you will be able to get them for this year's Super Bowl if you are in the Seattle Area.

                            1. re: acgold7

                              I sold Buffalo style turkey wings in the past. Called 'em Pterodactyl wings and people always asked where I got such BIG chicken wings - they didn't buy the Pterodactyl thing.

                        3. It used to be cheap on wings nights in the restos that offered them Over the years I noticed the prices have gone up to silly levels. I admit I like 'em at pubs as chat-up appies, but I only saw increasing prices and shrinking wings (or drummettes).