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Best Wings

Best Wings

Whether fried, battered, smoked, naked or slathered in sauce, chicken wings are the perfect food staple for the big game or a quick bite. We’ve found the 30 worthiest wings joints in the 918. Stock up on wet wipes.

Article
Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
July 29, 2017 3:18 AM

You know you love them: those small bits of chicken, braised in sauce and served up as you hang with your best buddies watching the game at your favorite Green Country watering hole. The mighty chicken wing is a classic, go-to appetizer for good reason. They’re tasty, messily fun, come in so many flavors, and can easily feed just you or your whole crew of friends.

Believe it or not, wings were supposedly invented in — where else? — Buffalo, N.Y., when Teressa Bellissmo received a supply of chicken wings rather than chicken necks, and was forced to improvise. Whether true or not, the story reminds us that chicken wings are a brilliant use of what is otherwise a sadly overlooked part of the bird.

The average American eats around 90 wings a year. At around six wings per serving, that’s at least 15 times you’ll be enjoying this fun appetizer around town. And with the football season about to kick off, what better time is there to explore the best T-Town has to offer? So, we bit the bullet and ate our way around Green Country to give you this list of the best wings you can eat around these parts.

Albert G's smoked chicken wings, with what they call Roughneck sauce, really have a flavorful taste and a little kick to them. (Photo: Marc Rains)
Albert G's smoked chicken wings, with what they call Roughneck sauce, really have a flavorful taste and a little kick to them. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Albert G’s Bar-B-Q
421 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
When it comes to barbecue, it’s all about the sauce. Where else would you expect to get fantastic wing sauce than Albert G’s? They’ve been smoking ribs, chicken and pork for over two decades, so they know what they’re doing. It’s a sure bet that if you’ve enjoyed the rest of Albert G’s menu, you’re absolutely going to love their wings. These smoked chicken wings, with what they call Roughneck sauce, really have a flavorful taste and a little kick to them.

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Amazing Thai Cuisine
1232 E. Kenosha St. | Broken Arrow
Believe it or not, you can get some amazing wings at Amazing Thai. As with everything this restaurant serves, you’ll enjoy the quality of ingredients and tasty flavors of their wings or anything else you want to order. While you’re there, be sure to try their curry dishes, the Thai fried rice, and the Tom Kah soup (a Thai coconut soup, flavored with galangal, lemongrass, lime juice, Thai chilies and fresh mushrooms, topped with cilantro). All are favorites of Amazing Thai’s regular customers. Finish off your meal with a cooling, soothing, refreshing order of sweet rice with mango.

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Blue Rose Café
1924 Riverside Drive | Tulsa
When you stop by Blue Rose Cafe for a beer and a burger while sitting on their patio overlooking the Arkansas River, don’t forget to get an order of the Daniel’s Jalapeno Wings. This appetizer is unique — it gives you 1 pound of wings tossed in jalapeno cream sauce for spice, then topped with Parmesan cheese for good measure. Served with carrots, celery and roasted jalapeno, these wings will zest up your evening and bring the heat.

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Dave & Buster’s
6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa
Let’s face it — if you’re going to Dave & Buster’s, it’s either to have play time with the children or to blow off some steam with your buddies. So, go in with a plan to split their shareable regular or boneless Buffalo wings with ranch or blue cheese. Or try out their grilled smoked chicken wings, which are hardwood smoked and served with four dipping sauces (sweet Thai chili, buttermilk ranch, sriracha honey soy, and spicy Carolina Reaper sauce). Make the most of gaming there by testing out their Eat and Play Combo menu, which lets you pick several menu items (including the Buffalo wings) and score a play card — a great way to feed the family and have fun.

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Elgin Park
325 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
Across from ONEOK Field, Elgin Park is a home run for wings. Known for their New Haven style thin-crust pizza, they are also quietly becoming known for the wings. It could be because of the Wednesday night chicken or cauli (cauliflower) 0.50 cent wings special. From 5 p.m. until closing time every Wednesday night, enjoy a seat in front of their many HD screens, order an ice-cold beer, and tackle a basket of some of the meatiest, most flavorful wings you’ve ever had. Get them dry (garlic parmesan, creole, lemon pepper, sea salt and cracked pepper) or sauced (buffalo, hot buffalo, barbecue, or Korean sweet and spicy).

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Fat Daddy’s Pub & Grille
8056 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Fat Daddy’s is a solid, reliable, friendly local bar that you should definitely visit if you’ve never been there before. Whether you go for the excellent daily specials, the live music on Fridays, or the big screen TVs on game night, you’ll enjoy the upbeat service and no-nonsense bar time with a crew of regulars who make you feel at home. Fat Daddy’s appetizer menu includes classic wings available in a variety of portion sizes, all very reasonably priced. Get them drenched in your choice of mild, medium, hot, teriyaki, barbecue, or sweet and sour sauce, alongside a beer, and fit in a game of pool while you’re there.

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Fireside Grill | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
For starters, everything you order at Fireside will be classic and full of zesty flavor. But to say their wings are anything but classic wouldn’t exactly be a lie. Sure, they’ll send out classic Buffalo wings with hot sauce or blue cheese if you want them. You’re sure to enjoy yourself. But, those who love classic with a twist will simply go gaga over a huge order of raspberry chipotle wings. The jalapeno-cilantro-raspberry combination is one you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else in Green Country, and you’ll be back again for them the next big game, for sure.

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Gaetano’s Pizzeria & Creamery
12141 S. Elm St. | Jenks
A popular pizza joint in Jenks, Gaetano’s serves up some customer-favorite appetizers, Buffalo wings among them. The restaurant bakes the wings and tosses them in your choice of a traditional Buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce or teriyaki. They’re great for a starter before you get your pizza — regular customers love the Confluence of Ten Toppings, and the crust is brushed with garlic butter to add flavor. Top off your meal with a beer or some of their ice cream, which is shipped in from a specialty shop in Wisconsin, and you’ve got a meal made in casual heaven.

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George’s Pub
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
You could get wings in a ton of joints around town, but how many of them resemble the traditional English public house? Really, mainly just George’s in the fair burgh of Jenks. Just like they do with their beer, this pub can keep it coming with the wings. They’re no average wings, either. George’s doesn’t do average. Choose your level of hotness in their barbecue sauce or order the teriyaki or spicy Asian, and you’ll be screaming, “Another round!”

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Hooters
8108 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
Famous for wings and other things, this restaurant never disappoints. Through the years, they’ve perfected all things wings. So much so, that now they’ve got smoked wings that are — we kid you not — half the calories. They taste just as good as the original fried wings and some say even better. All the same famous flavors at half the calories? Two orders, please.

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Hwy 66 Diner | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 W. Cherokee St. | Catoosa
There are many places to eat at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, and you certainly can’t go wrong visiting their Hwy 66 Diner. Not only is it open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 24/7 year round, but it serves up All-American classics with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. Music from the ‘50s and ‘60s plays as friendly servers get you squared away with a comfort meal, perfect to start or — even better — end a night of gambling and live music at The Joint. Before you dig into a tasty chicken-fried steak or juicy, hot, open-faced turkey or roast beef sandwich, whet your appetite on Hwy 66’s boneless Buffalo wings, served with celery sticks and ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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Lefty’s on Greenwood
10 N. Greenwood Ave. | Tulsa
Located across from ONEOK Field in the GreenArch building, Lefty’s offers friendly service, classy decor and TVs tuned to sports all week long. Their Buffalo wings are a cut above, made from wings that are never frozen and bone-in for excellent taste. The wings are first roasted, then fried, then served with your choice of Lefty’s signature sauces (traditional buffalo, spicy Asian, honey barbecue, Jamaican jerk, or Lefty’s Light You Up sauce). Enjoy them with pals while watching the game, or swing by for live music. They’re open until 2 a.m. daily.

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Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace | Jenks
Since opening, thousands have discovered this place by now, and to be sure, all of them have come back or at least are looking forward to doing so. Maryn’s wings are likely to be one of the many reasons why. Watch this week’s big game on one of their huge big-screens, and enjoy a few of their many choices of beer combined with Maryn’s chicken wings. You’ll be set, even if the game goes into overtime.

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MixCo
3rd and Denver | Tulsa
Want to ratchet up your bar experience? Visit MixCo in downtown Tulsa for a craft cocktail experience you won’t soon forget. This award-winning, speakeasy style stop is located right across from the BOK Center, making it perfect for capping off a night at a live concert. They have it all — wines, bubbles, stouts, ales, ciders, classic mixed drinks and MixCo specialty cocktails, like the Stamos Gin Fizz (gin, honey-rosemary syrup, lemon, lime, Greek yogurt and orange flower water). Pair your favorite drink with their MixCo Wings — made with lemon pepper dry rub and harissa hot sauce, a spicy and aromatic Middle Eastern style chili paste.

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Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar
201 S. Denver Ave. | Tulsa
You never realized a place with flatbread and wine in its name would serve wings, did you? Yet Naples Flatbread is known for using superior jumbo chicken wings that won’t let you down in quality or meatiness. Roasted, not fried, in custom ovens, these wings are served up to you crisp on the outside, juicy and flavorful inside. Whether you go for traditional or white meat boneless, Naples Flatbread’s 10 signature sauces (hot, medium, atomic, mango habanero, bang bang, Caribbean jerk, garlic parmesan, barbecue and Korean barbecue) make this one of the restaurant’s best-selling happy hour specials. And you can order them in large shareable platters for parties, tailgates and more.

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Phat Philly’s Cheesesteaks
1305 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
There is good reason to pay a visit to Phat Philly’s Cheesesteaks. Its creator spent long, hard hours on the streets of Philadelphia just so he could give Tulsans the magic of steak and cheese on a hoagie like you wouldn’t believe. Next time you stop in, get an order of their Buffalo wings with your cheesesteak. They’re smothered in Frank’s wing sauce and served with a side of blue cheese or ranch — perfect for filling up your stomach after a long day.

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RibCrib
2077 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
12850 S. Memorial | Bixby
121 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
1736 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. | Claremore
1801 S. Main | Grove
421 S. George Nigh | McAlester
150 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee
8551 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
405 W. Wekiwa Road | Sand Springs
705 S. Mission St. | Sapulpa
1909 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 800 | Tahlequah
3022 S. Garnett | Tulsa
5025 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
8040 S. Yale | Tulsa
302 E. 1st | Tulsa
3232 W. Skelly Drive | Tulsa
One of Oklahoma’s favorite home-grown barbecue spots, RibCrib is known for its ribs and pulled pork dishes, as well as its friendly service and convenient locations all over Green Country. If you’re in the mood for an appetizer before your meal, or if you want a quick taste of barbecue before heading off to an evening of fun, get RibCrib’s wings — a generous portion of 10, bone-in wings fried up and topped with your choice of honey, barbecue or original hot sauce. It’s a great option for those times when you want some comfort food.

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Rozay’s Wingz
2627 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
Rozay’s may be new to Tulsa, but already they’ve got their repeat customers. The regulars come in for the mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings, but also the magnetic personality of Rozay’s owner, Roosevelt. Tulsa police officers and University of Tulsa football players alike, enjoy chatting with Roosevelt “Rozay” and slamming down some of the best wings in town. Stop in soon and tell Rozay Preview sent you.

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Rusty Crane
109 N. Detroit Ave. | Tulsa
One of downtown Tulsa’s popular watering holes, the Rusty Crane also sports a fabulous patio for warm evening romps with your pals or significant other. Order a treat off their drink menu, such as the Cherry Cola (whiskey over ice with cola and cherry juice) or a Vodka Fizz (shaken with sweet and sour and poured over ice with soda and amaretto liquor). And then dig into their wings, which come in some intriguing flavors. Popular choices are the straightforward, reliable Rusty Wings (tossed in coconut oil and the restaurant’s signature Rusty Dust seasoning) and the new PB&J wings (tossed in a housemade blackberry sauce and peanut sauce).

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Sisserou’s
107 N. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa
A relaxed yet stylish place to dine as you make a start of a fun or romantic evening, Sisserou’s offers some terrific Caribbean-inspired dishes to delight your palate. Kick off your evening with their jerk chicken wings, which are marinated in the restaurant’s in-house jerk seasoning, grilled to perfection, then served with a cool avocado cream dipping sauce. The slightly spicy yet cool mix sets the tone for your main course, which can run the gamut of beet salads and burgers to Caribbean curry and their specialty salmon rasta pasta. Don’t forget to savor the rum punch, and if you can, save room for the rum cake or the banana crepe soufflé.

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SMOKE. on Cherry Street
1542 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
Everything SMOKE. does is magical. Their locally sourced, Korean fried barbecue wings are made from choice 413 Farm chickens. Sprinkled with sesame seeds, served with scallions and smothered in honey, this dish will put the average wings lover in a spell for days. Combine those fabulous wings with an order of crispy quail legs in a sambal honey sauce or melt-in-your-mouth crab cakes with fried green tomatoes, and you’ll be making definite plans to go back to SMOKE. as you walk out the door.

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Twin Peaks
7007 S. Memorial Dr. | Tulsa
Hospitality is king at Twin Peaks and so are their wings. Where every seat has a knock-out view, sports fans love this place. Fans of barbecue wings get just as excited to see a plate of six, 12 or 18 killer Buffalo wings drenched in one of their flavorful sauces including jalapeno butter, Nashville hot, or spicy Thai chili, to name some of the favorites.

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Wings to Go
9530 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
Visit Wings to Go and you’ll have a variety of lunch and dinner options, but most importantly, a wide range of wings options. It’s a charming, sports-themed spot that serves up your chicken wings any way you like, including traditional bone-in style and boneless. You can get that chicken in a nice range of mild, medium and hot sauces and rubs with a variety of flavors, like the X-hot, Cajun, Asian fusion and many others. Their wings are never frozen and are marinated and breaded when you order them. Side your wings with Wings to Go’s coleslaw, fries or beans for a no-nonsense wing fix you won’t regret. Another great dish is the pizza fries that include marinara, melted mozzarella, pepperoni and Romano cheese on top of delicious fries.

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