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Where to Eat the Crispiest, Sauciest Chicken Wings in Houston

From classic Buffalo to crunchy Korean-style wings, these 10 restaurants serve up the city’s best

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Korean-style wings at Dak & Bap
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Chicken wings may seem like humble bar food, but there’s actually a technical reason why they make the perfect snack. In addition to being bite-sized and hand-held, more than any other part of the bird, the wing has the closest skin-to-meat ratio, which when fried, makes for the perfect balance of crispy to juicy.

Many restaurants in Houston take that textural combo a step forward, with the addition of sauces, seasoning and sides that reflect the city’s truly multicultural makeup. From soul food classics to wings flavored with herbs straight from the garden; from soy sauce to fish sauce to barbecue sauce made from local beer — this map has wings that are spicy, sweet and everything in between.

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Wings of Houston - Montrose

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In addition to standard wings sold in increments of five, Wings of Houston also offers boneless wings, and boasts a super impressive range of flavors — 16 at last count — including chicharron, maple bacon and hot honey butter. order for takeout on the Toast app, or delivery through Uber Eats.

Sticky's Chicken

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This restaurant, which started as a food truck and just celebrated one year as a brick and mortar, serves wings enhanced with Asian flavors inspired by the owners’ Filipino heritage, including shallot wings, sweet garlic barbecue wings, and S.L.A.B. wings, which stands for spicy, loud and bangin’. The restaurant’s food has drawn celebs like for Texans player DeAndre Hopkins and rapper Wiz Khalifa. Find Sticky’s on Grubhub and Doordash.

Dak & Bop 18th Street

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Dak & Bap’s Korean-style chicken is double-fried, giving it an extra-crispy skin, before being hand-brushed with a glaze of soy sauce, garlic and various fruits. In addition to wings, the restaurant also serves boneless tenders and drumsticks. Order delivery from UberEats and Grubhub.

Stuff'd Wings

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Houston loves its stuffed poultry legs, and Stuff’d Wings is no exception. Choose from four types of stuffing — chicken boudain, mac and cheese, pork or beef boudain, or seafood boudain — them pick your number of wings. Each wing is filled to the bring, then battered and deep fried. The menu regularly sells out, so make sure to get in line early.

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Bismillah Restaurant & Cafe

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Bismillah’s famous Ten Spicy wings feature seasoning from — you guessed it — ten spices. The recipe’s a secret, but after they are fried, the wings are drenched in a spicy, acidic sauce. Order them extra-spicy if you dare. Bismillah also sells buffalo and mango habanero wings, and chicken strips in the same flavors. Order from their website here.

The Hay Merchant

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Hay Mechant’s selection of wings include some classic flavors — wing sauce, spicy mango and a barbecue sauce made from Southern Star Brewery’s Buried Hachet Stout — alongside more creative flavors, like PB&J. Order to go via the Toast app.

Thanh Phuong Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine

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Buried deep on the menu at this Pearland spot are two Vietnamese-style fried wing dishes, one with crushed garlic and butter, and one with caramelized fish sauce. (They’re number 113 and 114, if you’re looking.) Order delivery through Grubhub.

BBQ Chicken Westheimer

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It takes two days to marinate and fry the wings at this Korean chain, resulting in super juicy, tender meat inside an extra-crispy skin. Get them with sweet and spicy sauce, or honey garlic. Order through Doordash or UberEats.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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You might not expect to find chicken wings at this garden-inspired Italian spot, but these wings benefit from the basil, lemon verbana and chiles grown in Coltivare’s yard, which go into the saucy coating. Order for takeout through Coltivare’s website.

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The Breakfast Klub

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Wings are served three ways at this iconic Midtown restaurant — with waffles, with grits, or al la cart. The breaddng on the bird is made up of a combination of spices, including onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and generous helping of vinegar and cayenne pepper. It’s about as classic as wings can get. Order by calling (713) 528-8561 or through the Toast app.

Wings of Houston - Montrose

In addition to standard wings sold in increments of five, Wings of Houston also offers boneless wings, and boasts a super impressive range of flavors — 16 at last count — including chicharron, maple bacon and hot honey butter. order for takeout on the Toast app, or delivery through Uber Eats.

Sticky's Chicken

This restaurant, which started as a food truck and just celebrated one year as a brick and mortar, serves wings enhanced with Asian flavors inspired by the owners’ Filipino heritage, including shallot wings, sweet garlic barbecue wings, and S.L.A.B. wings, which stands for spicy, loud and bangin’. The restaurant’s food has drawn celebs like for Texans player DeAndre Hopkins and rapper Wiz Khalifa. Find Sticky’s on Grubhub and Doordash.

Dak & Bop 18th Street

Dak & Bap’s Korean-style chicken is double-fried, giving it an extra-crispy skin, before being hand-brushed with a glaze of soy sauce, garlic and various fruits. In addition to wings, the restaurant also serves boneless tenders and drumsticks. Order delivery from UberEats and Grubhub.

Stuff'd Wings

Houston loves its stuffed poultry legs, and Stuff’d Wings is no exception. Choose from four types of stuffing — chicken boudain, mac and cheese, pork or beef boudain, or seafood boudain — them pick your number of wings. Each wing is filled to the bring, then battered and deep fried. The menu regularly sells out, so make sure to get in line early.

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Bismillah Restaurant & Cafe

Bismillah’s famous Ten Spicy wings feature seasoning from — you guessed it — ten spices. The recipe’s a secret, but after they are fried, the wings are drenched in a spicy, acidic sauce. Order them extra-spicy if you dare. Bismillah also sells buffalo and mango habanero wings, and chicken strips in the same flavors. Order from their website here.

The Hay Merchant

Hay Mechant’s selection of wings include some classic flavors — wing sauce, spicy mango and a barbecue sauce made from Southern Star Brewery’s Buried Hachet Stout — alongside more creative flavors, like PB&J. Order to go via the Toast app.

Thanh Phuong Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine

Buried deep on the menu at this Pearland spot are two Vietnamese-style fried wing dishes, one with crushed garlic and butter, and one with caramelized fish sauce. (They’re number 113 and 114, if you’re looking.) Order delivery through Grubhub.

BBQ Chicken Westheimer

It takes two days to marinate and fry the wings at this Korean chain, resulting in super juicy, tender meat inside an extra-crispy skin. Get them with sweet and spicy sauce, or honey garlic. Order through Doordash or UberEats.

Coltivare Pizza & Garden

You might not expect to find chicken wings at this garden-inspired Italian spot, but these wings benefit from the basil, lemon verbana and chiles grown in Coltivare’s yard, which go into the saucy coating. Order for takeout through Coltivare’s website.

Coltivare/Facebook

The Breakfast Klub

Wings are served three ways at this iconic Midtown restaurant — with waffles, with grits, or al la cart. The breaddng on the bird is made up of a combination of spices, including onion powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and generous helping of vinegar and cayenne pepper. It’s about as classic as wings can get. Order by calling (713) 528-8561 or through the Toast app.

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