Brisbane's American restaurant scene is booming, so there's no shortage of chicken wings in this town to gnaw your way through. But, in our chicken wing-loving office, the title of Brisbane's Best Chicken Wing is not handed out lightly. Oh no. We've analysed the sauce-to-crunch ratio, debated the merits of the three-piece wing versus the half wing, and deliberated on the virtues of KFC resemblances. We've also had quite a few beers along the way (the only thing to drink with wings).
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Now, after all that, we're finally ready to bring you our second edition of Brisbane's best chicken wings.
Newstead Brewing Co.
If you like your wings buffalo style, you'll like what Newstead are plating up. A slightly sticky wing, served with a subtle blue cheese sauce to the side, these are well deserving of a spot on this Brisbane's best chicken wings list.
Fried and golden, and yes, vaguely reminiscent of The Colonel's best, Tippler's wings are the stuff of legends. Adorned with black sesame seeds, dipped in blue cheese sauce, and only $10 for a kilo. Killing it.
New Orleans-approved American restaurant and bar, Papa Jack's BBQ chicken wings are served with a perfectly tart horseradish cream (it cuts through the any greasiness like a dream). Best yet, they serve their wings until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. Tuck in!
Chances are you'll be in an apple-juice-and-whisky haze when you eat these, but Lefty's wings are worth being shaken out of a stupor for. Deep fried and perfectly crunchy, they're some of Brisbane's least talked about chicken wings, but well deserving of the title of Brisbane's best.
King of the Wings
They're wings, on wheels. King of The Wings is a relatively new Brisbane food truck, but they've already managed to steal our hearts with their awesome chicken wing selection. Available in six moreish flavours, including Portuguese, American BBQ, and Chilli, it's hardly a surprise these Brisbane chicken wings have a cult following. You can join their groupies and keep an eye on their movements via their Facebook page, or find them outside Green Beacon every Wednesday night.
It's not often we meet a three-piece chicken wing we love, but these crumbed wings from Shady Palms, coated in a deliciously sticky sauce, served with watermelon triangles (adorbs!), make the grade.
Hoo Ha Bar
Oh, the glory that is Hoo Ha's spiced chicken wings. Served with an apple and radish salad, and wonderfully coated with palm sugar caramel, this is bar food as it should be.
Pig 'n Whistle Brunswick Street
Like 'em spicy? The new Pig 'n Whistle on Brunswick Street does a very tasty and spicy chicken wing. Tossed in hot sauce, these bad boys are skinless, sticky, and addictive.
The Flying Cock
New Brisbane pub, The Flying Cock's version are dry crumbed and heavily spiced. They sell their chicken wings by the kilo, so come with an appetite, or friends.
South Bank Surf Club
Chicken wings are the ultimate soul food, and South Bank Surf Club's chicken wings sure got soul. Momma's Finger Licking Buffalo Wings come with the requisite celery sticks, blue cheese dipping sauce, and napkins for mopping up after you've made a pig of yourself.
Not to be outdone by the Americans, Harajuku Gyoza waves the flag for Japan on our Brisbane's best chicken wings list. Originally a lunch special, their wings were so requested they've become a permanent fixture on the menu. Their Tebaski Wings are lightly dusted and fried with a thin crunchy crust, then glazed in a sweet and spicy sauce. Their the perfect accompaniment to a Sake bomb, and sure to satiate the hungriest Salaryman.
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