Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Chicken Wings in Seattle Right Now

Published On 03/12/2015 Published On 03/12/2015
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The very best, was probably the last episode (seriously, how did that show stay on TV for eight seasons?!), but the very best chicken wings are a bit harder to pick, which is why we've rounded up Seattle's eight best wing spots, just for you. Feast your eyes....

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Golden Beetle

This Ballard spot’s Mediterranean take on the American classic are called Fire & Honey Wings, which offer a unique kind of mellow zing thanks to harissa, ginger & peanuts and will keep you coming back for more.

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Tat’s Delicatessen

Pioneer Square
Though Tat’s is best-known for its sandwiches, it does offer Buffalo wings as a side, and believe us, this “side” is a meal unto itself if you get the 12 piece. Get ‘em regular or hot, but either way your order will come with a side of ranch or blue dressing plus some crunchy celery sticks.

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Slim’s Last Chance

This dive-y watering hole’s wings are fried, crisp, and covered in the house’s very own wing sauce. They're served with blue cheese dressing and are so good that your last chance to stay slim is before you ever try 'em.

Joseph Marchesano


TanakaSan’s twice fried chicken wings are huge and come in two varieties: one with smoked chili and Frank's RedHot, and one with salty caramel, serranos, and garlic. Drop by at happy hour to pick them up for $6 or any other time for $13.

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Ba Bar

Capitol Hill
This Capitol Hill Vietnamese mainstay offers its chicken wings for 50 cents a pop every Tuesday. Ba Bar offers two types of wings: Sài Gòn, made with local chicken, caramel sauce, roasted garlic chili, rice vinegar & fish sauce, and a weekly rotating wing. Three rules here... no to-go orders, wings are only available in the bar, and you have to get a drink. Don’t like the rules? Then go any other day.

Local 360

Local 360

Come in during happy hour, which is daily from 3-6pm, for the best deal on wings you’ll find in the neighborhood. $6 at Local 360 gets you a solid order of chicken wings, which have pepper jelly glaze and cream cheese, but time your trip right since they're not on the regular menu.

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Hue KY MI Gia

International District
Need we say more than Fried Butter Chicken Garlic Wings? Don’t let the strip mall parking lot keep you from this ID spot, Hue KY MI Gia's tasty appetizers are only a sneak peek into the world of deliciousness that is its menu.

Palace Kitchen

This Tom Douglas institution in Belltown has wood-grilled chicken wings that’ll leave you flying high. Palace Kitchen serves its wings with a side of coriander cream and will set you back around $12... and a pant size.

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1. Golden Beetle 1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Golden Beetle serves Eastern Mediterranean eats (that're a staggering 95% certified wild/organic) in a 90-seat blue-trimmed space that's lit by custom-cut glass lanterns.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. Ba Bar 550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A Vietnamese restaurant, Ba Bar proudly serves "street food", a principle defined by simplicity and quality. The other half of this eatery's maxim is "cold drink," as in cocktails. Many, many cocktails.

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6. Local 360 2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 981212 (Seattle)

Local 360 sources most things from within 360mi of the city, and Matt's in the Market gets almost everything from the stalls in Pike Place Market downstairs.

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7. Hue Ky Mi Gia 1207 S Jackson St, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98144 (Intl District)

Housed in a strip mall on Jackson St, this noodle house is actually the place to go for crunchy, meaty, buttery wings w/ a flaky crust and a dusting of garlicky green onion and chile. Oh, and they only cost $7.

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8. 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.