Food & Drink

These are the best wing joints in Austin. Enjoy.

Published On 08/22/2013 Published On 08/22/2013
Delicious Buffalo wings

Despite their advertising, Red Bull doesn't actually give you wings. But thankfully, these places totally do (!), either slathered in spicy Buffalo sauce, stuffed with pork, or wrapped in bacon. They do it so well, in fact, that we're dubbing them the eight best wing joints in Austin.

Pluckers' Facebook Page

South Austin
Locally born dynasty Pluckers raises the bar with battered boneless appendages available in 19 sauces ranging from spicy Mandarin to... Dr Pepper (!...?).

Draft Pick
Oltorf/East Riverside
Riverside newcomer Draft Pick's Burnt Orange wings get devoured faster than Vince Young's paycheck.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park's champion gets the nod for super-fiery sauces like mango habanero and ghost chile. And, to put out the fire, they've got 100oz beers served in LED-lit towers.

Tommy Want Wingy
South Austin
Winner for wings most likely to leave a mark, this Tommy Boy-themed trailer's secret weapon is a culinary school/badass ninja technique of cutting all but one tendon so that the meat falls right off the bone.

East Side King

East Side King
Central East
Venerable Asian fusion food trailer ESK boasts Thai-style wings glazed in Japanese BBQ sauce and green curry.

The Tavern's Facebook Page

The Tavern
12th and Lamar's sports bar stronghold's most popular appetizer is their "Amazing White Wings" -- boneless chicken wrapped with bacon and jalapenos, then smothered in classic wing sauce and worn by a Victoria's Secret model.

Daisies Cafe
Unassuming Rosedale diner Daisies may not seem like a destination for fowl snacks, but every Friday they dish out a delish special of wings stuffed with pork and shrimp filling.

Wings N More
North Austin
Crispy on the outside! Tender on the inside! What more can one ask for from a wing?! How about Bahama Jerk, or Chipotle Honey Mustard sauce? Yeah, they've got that.

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1. Pluckers Wing Bar 3909 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

A wing bar that's been around since the early '90s, serving bone-in and boneless wings with 19 dipping sauces to choose from.

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2. Draft Pick Sports Bar 1620 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Nestled into the Amli apartments on Riverside, Draft's the latest project from the guy behind Texican Cafe: a tastefully wood-paneled sports-watcher's paradise whose 17 flatscreens include a 226in monster they claim's the biggest in the 787.

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3. Wingzup 1000 E 41st St, Austin, TX 78751

Just opened by a former Wingstop franchisee, this Mecca for pluck-happy sports fans offers 26 flatscreens and a slew of boneless, smoked, or original recipe Buffalos smothered in 20+ sauces from tame (teriyaki, lemon pepper) to firey (mango habanero, ghost pepper).

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4. Tommy Want Wingy 415 Jessie St, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Deciding on the name after a serendipitous viewing of Tommy Boy, the culinary school trained honcho behind TWW has teamed with his brother to spread the gospel of bite-sized poultry out of the Barton Springs Trailer Park.

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5. East Side King 1618 1/2 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

78702 food-truckers ESK from Paul Qui and Moto Usonomiya are slinging an array of Asian-fueled goodness, like sausage-filled steamed buns like the beefy Gyu Bao (curry cabbage, Kewpie mayo, potato chips, green onion) and the pigged-out Bao Boy (bacon, chicharrones, kimchi, grilled pine nuts).

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6. The Tavern 922 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

These days, venues don’t feel the need to let you know if they do (or don’t) have air conditioning. But the world wasn’t always graced with such luxury, and when Austin’s Tavern -- founded in 1933 -- had an air-cooling system installed, it was so important that The Tavern enshrined “Air Conditioned” in the neon sign that welcomes you to this half-timbered, Tudor haunt. Though it’s rumored to have once been a speakeasy and brothel, today The Tavern is -- perhaps less excitingly -- a local favorite sports bar and hangout spot. The menu of bar fare faves includes appetizers, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and entrees, and we recommend that you try the “Amazing White Wings,” in which the chicken is wrapped with bacon and jalapenos and tossed in wing sauce, the Longhorn Philly Sandwich with thinly sliced rib-eye on a Tavern hoagie, or the steak tacos.

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7. Daisies Cafe 2320 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756 (Allandale)

Before you balk at Daisies Cafe's fusion of Mexican and Lebanese, remember that perfect strangers can achieve great success for... eight seasons!?

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8. Wings N More 1200 W Howard Ln, Austin, TX 78735 (North)

More than just wings (!), Wings N More is a sports bar with burgers, deep-fried everything, delicious desserts... and some of the best wings in Austin.