Food & Drink

Where to Get the 10 Best Chicken Wings in Portland Right Now

Published On 03/04/2015 Published On 03/04/2015
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Pok Pok
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Crown Q
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1. Fire on the Mountain 3443 NE 57th Ave, Portland, OR 97213

With a few of their wing locations scattered around town you’re probably already aware of these guys. But their location on Fremont doesn’t stop at the city’s best buffalo wings, they decided what goes great with wings? Pizza! Yeah, okay, so they make pizza too, so what goes with pizza and wings? Beer! And some damn good brew too.

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2. Ate-Oh-Ate 2452 E. Burnside Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Be sure to try the Aina Burger with crispy pork belly, kimchi relish, shredded iceberg, and shaved onion --proving that not all Hawaiian-style burgers come with teriyaki and pineapple.

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3. Happy Garden 2367 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

A little, okay a LOT off the beaten path, you’re forgiven for not knowing about this unknown Chinese restaurant between Portland and Gresham. But if you do find yourself driving those lonely streets we highly recommend stopping in (or even better, ordering to go) for the mandarin chicken.

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4. Departure Restaurant & Lounge 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.

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5. Pok Pok 3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

James Beard Award-winner Andy Ricker's Pok Pok -- the first of a few outposts around the country -- is known for its menu of authentic Thai food. The kitchen hones in on relatively unknown dishes from the North and Northeast of Thailand (don't expect pad Thai here), but a wide range of Southeast Asian flavors and ingredients are represented. Among the roster of family-style noodle dishes, salads, and smoky meats, the chicken wings are a standout. Based on recipe from a Vietnamese street vendor, the wings are marinated in fish sauce and sugar before they're fried and tossed in garlic, resulting in a caramelized finish and a whole lot of flavor.

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6. NEPO 42 5403 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218 (Ne Portland)

Swing by for gourmet-ish American "pub fare", some beers, and weekly trivia.

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7. Alberta Market 915 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Hiding inside this unassuming little convenience store are some of the best -- and cheapest -- chicken and jojos in town.

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8. Chicken Little Restaurant 7401 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213 (Montavilla)

Oregon Lottery and Keno banners adorn the outside of a building that houses not only Chicken Little, but also the Hour Glass pub, an unnoticeable dive bar except for the fantastic frying going on in the next room. You can order a whole bird or by the piece, and at $1.50 a piece for wings, they’re definitely the way to go.

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9. Crown Q BBQ 445 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

A contender for the best BBQ in Concordia arrives in the form of Crown Q, where they not only sling quality 'Q, but they also do a monster burger and a magical thing called "chicken-fried bacon".

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10. Fat Head's Brewery 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

This Pearl spot not only brews a decent beer (despite being a midwest transplant), but also manages a decent lineup of bar food that, considering the portion size, is a pretty sweet deal.

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