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The 8 Best Chicken Wings in Memphis

Published On 07/27/2015 Published On 07/27/2015
Stacey Greenberg/Thrillist
Stacey Greenburg/Thrillist
Courtesy of Ching's
Stacey Greenberg/Thrillist
Courtesy of Oshi
Stacey Greenberg/Thrillist
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1. Mosa Asian Bistro 850 S White Station Rd, Memphis, TN (East Memphis)

Most Asian Bistro is an East Memphis mainstay for high-quality Chinese, Thai, Korean, and Japanese cuisine in a casual atmosphere, with affordable prices. Don’t let the dollar signs fool you — everything is made to order, from family recipes, and using fresh ingredients. Enjoy dumplings and spring rolls, noodle dishes and rice bowls, curries (get the signature Rainbow Panang Curry), and whatever daily specials the restaurant has listed on the whiteboard over the counter. At lunch, take a number and order at the counter, but be prepared to wait in line at the bustling counter bistro on White Station Road.

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2. Elwood's Shack 4523 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122

Memphis is primarily a pork town, while brisket is generally more of a Texas thing. But you can find some good brisket in Memphis at Elwood's Shack. To take it to the next level get it served on a taco. You'll probably wonder why one taco costs $8 until you see the thing -- containing enough smoky meat for a jumbo sandwich covered with avocado, pico de gallo, fresh greens and sour cream all piled on top of a layer of melted cheese inside a crisped flour tortilla.

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3. Ching's 1264 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111 (East Memphis)

Honey gold is the most popular flavor at Ching’s but it is hard to pass up the challenge of the “suicide” option. Ching's also has its own special seasoning, found on the seasoned wings and French fries, with ingredients that are top secret, but there are hints of curry, salt, and parsley. Other unique touches are the option to order a small croissant rather than a roll, the marinated carrots and celery that come on the side, and the Orange Mound Punch or G Street Punch - fruit drinks are amped up with extra sugar, a perfectly sweet counterbalance to the salty wings.

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4. Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken 3633 Millbranch Rd, Memphis, TN 38116 (South Memphis)

A man named Lou Martin opened the doors to Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken in 2001 to share his carefully honed family recipe for fried chicken, wings, and biscuits with Memphis, and the rest is history. Order your chicken fried with Sweet Spicy Love sauce or homestyle (which means very hot), then wash it all down with a 44oz "bucket" of Kool-Aid.

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5. Best Wings of Memphis 3995 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116 (Midtown)

At Best Wings they certainly aim to please, letting customers choose to have their giant whole wings bathed in a number of sauces-- hot, mild, seasoned mild, honey-glazed, honey-glazed mild, barbecue, honey barbecue, lemon pepper, and regular salt and pepper. While mild sauce is the best seller, there are fans of every sauce. Those in the know recommend ordering half lemon pepper and half honey-glazed for the absolute perfect combination of sweet and spicy.

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6. Oshi Burger Bar 94 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103 (Downtown)

This is an upscale Asian-inspired burger diner and its Fathers Office burger is just one of several sophisticated, burger purist-angering options: a proper hand-formed Texas patty of black Angus beef, grilled to medium and topped with bacon, funky blue cheese, tangy onion jam, peppery arugula leaves, and a smear of earthy truffle aioli.

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7. Slider Inn 2117 Peabody Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (Midtown)

Memphians love patios almost as much as the beer they drink on them, and lucky for the Slider Inn in Midtown, it has both amenities in abundance. In addition to its daily specials, this neighborhood bar specializing in tiny burgers has a three-buck pint night on Tuesdays. With a kitchen open until 2am and a bar until 3am, it's the perfect end to a perfect evening. Bonus: it is apparently home to the "only Lobster Roll in the midsouth."

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8. Central BBQ 147 E Butler Ave, Memphis, TN 38103 (South Main)

For good barbecue it's best to avoid the tourist-centered places Downtown. But if you go a little south of Beale St to the South Main district, to the Downtown location of Central BBQ, you'll be rewarded with a menu that frequently tops local polls for best barbecue. And since the sauces are self-serve, it's a great place to sample a variety to see what you prefer among the four options: mild, hot, vinegar, and mustard.

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