Wings and football go together like the Pats and playoff victories. So in order to prepare the proper gridiron experience, we've plucked the six best wings you can get in Boston, whether it's Super Bowl Sunday or one of the 364 other days that don't matter as much.
Foodie-hipster haven Deep Ellum has two tantalizing wing choices worthy of multiple wetnaps: zippy Buffalo and the much zippier Maple Habanero BBQ. Match them up with one of 63 beers (like Idle Hands Brunhilda) and/or a signature cocktail (barrel-aged Hanky Panky).
The comfort-food kings at Estelle’s doth decree that you need next-level wings from their Southern-inspired outpost. Start off nice and easy with BBQ wings coated in a peach-basil BBQ beer glaze to go with your South End Sweet Tea. For the slightly insane, turn up the heat with Hot-As-Hell Wings scorched by wicked hot BBQ sauce and served with buttermilk ranch. If you still need some Buffalo in the mix, try the Buffalo Brussel Sprouts drizzled with blue cheese.
You’re probably at SA PA to fill up on chewy banh mi and slurpy pho, but the Party Wings are morsels of fresh Saigon-style goodness that are not to be missed. Choose between Hoisin BBQ or Sriracha Honey Lime. The former is sweet and oh-so sticky, the latter is spicy and extra gooey. Note: wings are available at the Cleveland Circle location only… for now. DX menu changes will be coming soon.
There are many reasons to visit Shojo (mmm… duck fat fries), but its new wings will keep you coming back for more. Aptly named “If You Like It Put a Wing On It,” these beauties are braised in Sapporo and finished with honey-oyster sticky-icky glaze. If you’re lucky, it might be cranking out special wings, too, such as Boba-Fett Buffalo Wings that are twice-fried and sauced with Sriracha-lime.
Skybokx 109 is very serious about its wings, and you should seriously get some. Today. This gastrosports mecca offers both bone-in or boneless tenders with six different flavors: classic Buffalo, spicy Thai peanut chili, zesty honey mustard, sweet teriyaki, an even sweeter bourbon-glazed, and garlic Parmesan. Add ample TVs and 43 beers and you really won’t need to go anywhere until March Madness is over.
There're three fried bird options on Tavern in the Square's elevated pub-food menu. Ode To Buffalo comes standard (blue cheese, celery, carrots) while Angry Ale gets funky with a spicy beer glaze, bread & butter pickles, and roasted garlic ranch. For the adventurous, Mongolian Barbecue features crispy garlic, ginger, and soy tastiness accompanied by kimchi and caramelized pineapple.
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Whiskey cocktails and Southern-inspired brunch fare are the name of the game at this Allston cocktail hangout. Deep Ellum's menu features seven types of Manhattans and more than 25 beers on tap, all worth exploring while you attempt to talk over blaring music (tip: get here early for a spot on the quieter, plant-filled back patio). While there is a solid dinner menu (go for the reuben sandwich and truffle gorgonzola fries), the brunch dishes are Boston bucket list-worthy and served seven days a week (!), and include a killer kielbasa & egg sandwich and a BBQ breakfast with braised pork shoulder, cornbread, and a fried egg.
Located in an old video store and named for the once-popular nearby neighborhood hotspot, Estelle's is an 80-seat celebration of the South from chefs Brian Poe (Tip Tap, Rattlesnake) and Eric Gburski (East Coast Grill) that pours one more than 99 beers (not on the wall, but at the bar) alongside burly sustenance from the area that didn't vote for Lincoln in the 1800s.
Fast-casual Vietnamese cuisine finds a home in SA PA, but they keep it real with everything from pho broth that simmers all day, to 72-hour sake-cured salmon, to mom’s home-made egg rolls.
Tucked away in Downtown Boston's Chinatown and named for a Japanese sea spirit, Shojo focuses their Asian fusion far on small plates of meats and steamed buns alongside savory noodle bowls. Much like its customers who order a slew of plates and share them amongst themselves, this hidden treasure covered with urban takes on famous Japanese art has also got a penchant for sake and inventive house cocktails.
Quite possibly the first and only "gastrosports" bar in the greater Boston area, SKYBOKX 109 boasts not only the ability to make up words like "gastrosports" but also 22 flat screens, live tunes, tea-infused bourbon cocktails, and comfy pub fare like Maker’s Mark BBQ ribs and braised duck 'za, all just steps away from the comforts of Natick Mall's Yankee Candle.