Food & Drink

The top 8 chicken wings in Seattle

Published On 08/22/2013 Published On 08/22/2013
Seattle Best Wings

The very best Wings... is obviously the episode where Joe and Helen finally get married. Or maybe the one where Lowell goes into witness protection, or... aargh, there’re so many good ones it’s impossible to choose! Picking the very best chicken wings, on the other hand, is easy: it’s gotta be someplace in the International District that makes ‘em, right? But what about the ones by super-chef Tom Douglas? Aargh, forget it -- just check out Thrillist’s list of Seattle’s best wings, below:

A plate of these spicy, reddish-colored fried chicken wings w/ a chili caramel glaze, peanuts, and scallions only costs four dollars, but you’ll probably want 16 bucks worth... either ‘cause they’re just that good, or because... um, there’s only three on a plate? Yup.

Tat's Delicatessen
Pioneer Square
These dudes are known for repping Philly with their cheesesteaks, but they’re making Buffalo proud with authentic-style wings fried crispy, and served either regular or hot.

Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack
Besides serving five kinds of their titular dish, this dive-y SoDo spot has got crispy poultry parts smothered in their smokey, signature wing sauce, and served with a house-made blue cheese dressing.

Palace Kitchen
Tom Douglas’ smokey hot-pepper wings w/ cilantro sour cream are what he calls “He-man” sized, and they definitely have the power of Greyskull to satisfy any late-night craving.

Roxbury Lanes
White Center
The Chinese-style jointed wings will... waitforit... bowl you over with their sweet, garlic-heavy flavor, and with the fact you’ve gotta hit this old-school bowling alley to get ‘em.

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663 Bistro
International District
Try the slighly spicy/garlic-y bits of flightless bird at this ID mainstay and you’ll understand what the rapturous reviews of their deep-fried Pepper Salted Chicken Wings are all about.

The Attic Alehouse & Eatery
Madison Park
This Madison Park mainstay makes classic Buffalo-style wings that’re spiced with a house-made marinade, served with a house-made blue-cheese dressing, and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Oh, and they come in BBQ and teriyaki too.

Just like the other T-Doug wings on the list, these suckers are huge, plus they come in two flavors (smoked chili w/ kimchee ketchup, or salty caramel, serrano & garlic), and are fried about the same number of times you actually watched Wings: twice.

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1. Roxbury Lanes 2823 SW Roxbury Ave, Seattle, WA 98126 (South Seattle)

If you're in need of a throwback, head to Roxbury Lanes for some goold, ol' fashioned bowling, beer, and some of the best wings in town.

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2. Cha:n 86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Cha:n's a Korean restaurant downtown serving up traditional and modern cuisine alongside a lengthy Asian-inspired cocktail and wine list.

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3. Tat's Delicatessen 159 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Tat’s Deli is well known for a bevy of its jam-packed sandwiches, but its classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich takes the crown. Tat’s offers four different variations: a chicken cheesesteak, a pizza steak (with Tat’s marinara and mozzarella), a hoagie steak (topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion for no extra charge), and the OG, which you should order with and Ice-T, obviously. This esteemed P Square spot sports digs lined with simple wooden two-tops and a handful of banquettes, including now serving beer and wine to go with their East-coast-style-awesome sandwiches.

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4. Slim's Last Chance 5606 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)

Slim's is the best place to kick back with some brew and some exceptional wings. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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5. Palace Kitchen 2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

Palace Kitchen is a wing haven. Meaning, their wings are exceptional and you should try them. They also have great desserts and a pretty impressive happy hour.

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6. 663 Bistro 663 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

This Chinese-BBQ-fusion joint is one not to be missed, especially at 3a Sunday morning when you're craving their salt and pepper wings.

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7. The Attic Alehouse & Eatery 4226 E Madison ST, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

Well-worn sports hang The Attic is famous for being just steps away from the beach at Madison Park, and for its deep-fried wings w/ buffalo sauce topped with a smattering of sesame seeds/chives, and served with the classic -- blue cheese & celery sticks.

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8. TanakaSan 2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Downtown)

As the sole purveyors of the sake slushy, this local Seattle eatery is serving a creative roster of original Asian-inspired dishes. The space, itself, is clean and simple, with long communal teakwood tables, ornate iron-wrought dividers, and a clamoring open kitchen. The food, on the other hand, is complex and multilayered, with dishes like caramelized coconut beef, sweet-soy-chicken katsu omelettes, and perhaps most importantly, the spot's famous chicken wings -- tossed in Serrano chili, toasted garlic, and caramel, and fried twice for maximum crisp. To complete your sticky poultry feast, the beverage list (in addition to the sake slushies), offers a series of inventive house cocktails, a full catalog of beers on tap, and 10 separate varieties of Japanese whiskey.



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