Disclaimer: Prepare to be shocked! This information will trigger sympathy in even the coldest of hearts.
Until the 1960s, chicken wings didn’t exist. Of course chickens themselves still had wings but when it came to food, wings were discarded or otherwise used in soup. BLURGH! Soup.
Basically, we owe all of our wing-filled memories to a lady named Terressa Bellissimo. One day, Terressa didn’t have enough wings to create her usual soup dish at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, America, but with her creative thinking and marinating, later that day Buffalo wings were born. Can we get a “hallelujah”!?
So, now you know their history, next time you nibble on one of the tasty little suckers you’ll appreciate each and every bite—That. Much. More.
Not sure where to get em’ across our sandy coastline? We’ve rounded up the best chicken wings on the Sunshine Coast, and they’re all yours for the devouring.
For the established and more competitive wing connoisseur, we present to you Wings Wednesday at Taps Mooloolaba, where you’ll nab 10 chicken-y pieces for $5. Because every night out needs a little action, Taps holds a competition each week judging peeps on how quickly they can devour their twice-cooked hot wings (because once-cooked wings are for amateurs). Now, we told you these were hot wings and you’re probably imagining them being a little spicy on the throat, but you’d be wrong. Very, very wrong. Truth be told, Taps actually makes competitors sign a waiver before taking the challenge—that’s how hot we’re talking. Ouch!
Where: Corner Brisbane Road and The Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5477 7222
Who said wings weren’t Mexican? South America, North America, it’s all connected. La Canteena has created their own street food version of Buffalo wings with what they call their “Epic El Diablo Wings”. Sitting in what feels like an actual alley way bar in Mexico, these wings come with a delicious ranch dipping sauce. And just like traditional Mexican food, these wings do not disappoint when it comes to heat factor. We totally encourage having both a glass of sangria AND a margarita slushy on hand to help cool this shit down.
Where: 19 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
When it comes to meat, we really can’t look past some of the experts promoting traditional South American cuisine on the Coast. Machu Picchu serves up wings so tender you could actually pick them apart with a fork. Seriously, South America knows how to do meat and Machu Picchu manages to perfectly frame each dish. None of the fluffy salad on the side business, these wings come with a cabbage and apple salad under them. That’s right, wings on top, salad on the bottom, like they’ve given their wings and salad a plate hierarchy. #royalwings
Where: Shop 9, 12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Alex Bar and Grill
You can’t question a local fave that has had an epic reputation for chicken wings on the Sunshine Coast before the Sunshine Coast even knew what chicken wings were. They’ve been in the business long enough to ensure perfection in each and every plate of wings and their full house on Wing Night proves it. Seats at Alex Bar and Grill are booked quicker than a chicken can cross the road, and it’s no wonder when they’ve got wing sauces for all palettes and expertise.
Where: 3/152 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5475 4211
We’re about to get kinky because what better place to fulfil those authentic American wing fantasies than Laguna Jacks? This Noosa restaurant serves New York Wings, an actual branded version of wings served only at specific restaurants, bars, and pubs. With a massive flavour range featuring up to 13 combos—because Americans think of it all—you’ll be tossing up between Apple Bourbon, Thai Chilli, and even a Mango Habanero option. Once you’ve finished stuffing your face, get rid of the mess on your chin by finishing up with a beach swim across the road.
Where: 50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5474 9555
Image Credit: Claire Plush