The Colorado man has two hands: one hand to hold a pint of some of the state's finest brew, and the other one for
slyly scratching his nether regions when no one is looking holding a delicious bite of food. To help you decide which food to hold, here're the raddest spots in town to get your mitts on some fresh wings. They're so good you'll use both hands.
Highland Tap & Burger
This neighborhood standby offers their Stranahan's Barrel Smoked Wings with a homemade tap sauce. Be sure to pair it with one of their many craft brews on tap.
Kachina Southwestern Grill
Yeah, they're not exactly wings, but the Southwestern restos quail legs are wings on steroids, and likely will be banned by MLB for 211 games. The legs are flash fried to offer a good dose of crispiness, and then paired with an achiote buttermilk ranch as a dunk tank.
Vine St. Pub
The "kind" people of this craft brew pub offer their tasty "locals favorite" Mountain Sun Wings that come with either BBQ or hot sauce. Grab a
bag pint of their Colorado Kind and dig in.
Their famous Buffalo style chicken wings are all the way out in Morrison, so stop there and gorge yourself before a Red Rocks adventure. Choose from 9 different flavors (teriyaki, spicy BBQ, etc.) -- all of which are cooked to order.
Central Bistro & Bar
Sit out on their Highland patio and devour their inspired Confit Chicken Wings paired with a delicious honey dijon sauce. Just make sure to pronounce it "con-fee" or risk looking like an imbécile.
This legendary spot is worth the drive to Westminster, as they offer bone-in and bone-out pieces in flavors that range from mild to suicide to... Uncle Nasty's House. They might as well call those wings Everlast, because it's also a House of Pain.
Fire on the Mountain
This resto got its start in Portland, but they use local RedBird Farms free range chicken, fry 'em until crispy, and then toss them in unique sauce options like raspberry habanero, bourbon chipotle, and Buffalo lime cilantro.
The ping pong palace is honoring the flavors of Asia (not golfer adultery) with these "Tiger Wings". They're triple fried to ensure an extra layer of crispiness, and then blasted with the ever-so-funky fish sauce for a sweet and salty profile.
1. Highland Tap and Burger2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver
2. Kachina Southwestern Grill10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster
3. Willy's Wings109 Bear Creek Ln, Morrison
4. Central Bistro and Bar1691 Central St, Denver
5. CD's Wings7729 W 92nd Ave, Westminster
6. Ace501 E 17th Ave, Denver
7. Fire on the Mountain3801 W 32nd Ave, Denver
A patio with a fire pit might draw crowds during the colder months, but 16 52" TVs, an exclusively Colorado tap list, and significant happy hour deals keep them coming the rest of the year. Of course, some people do come to Highland Tap and Burger for the food itself, which constitutes surprisingly original takes on the usual pub grub. Fair warning: most of the crowd is college-age.
With mouth-watering eats including apps like blue corn fried oysters, buffalo picadillo empanadas with chipotle agave and a Blue Corn Dog with lamb sausage plus an atmosphere referencing early adobe architecture, Kachina will put that southwestern flavor in your face.
It's said that Willy's holds the key to some of the best wings in the Denver area. Put your tastebuds to the taste with some brew and wings, and of course, lot's of napkins.
Central Bistro and Bar set out to be a true American restaurant and they met their goal with flying colors by serving classic and modern American fare (and a full bar) in a trendy atmosphere in Highland.
CD's is known for their bone-in and bone-out wings, paired with a great sports viewing schedule.
The eclectic Asian cuisine here -- think Korean BBQ ribs, steamed bao buns, and dim sum -- might be good, but the ping-pong and huge outdoor patio is really what draws crowds. Tables can be rented by the hour, and you're encouraged to try one of the house-made sodas, or local and Asian beers (Asahi, Tiger, Singha) while waiting for your table.