Eat your heart out with this roundup of some of the best places in Dallas to feed your a wing cravings.
Cosmo's1212 Skillman Road
Cosmo's is a dive bar best known for its Vietnamese fare, and also serves some of the best chicken wings in Dallas. Rather than coating them in sauce, they are fried until crunchy and then seasoned with a Cajun dry rub and served with a spicy sauce and a sesame-ginger-soy sauce on the side, which is perfect for dipping.
Mike’s Chicken4234 Maple Ave. (Cedar Springs) and 7752 Forest Lane (North Dallas) Mike’s is whether you like them spicy or mild. The wings are served whole, and you have a choice of ranch, Buffalo, chipotle mayo, honey mustard or gravy for dipping. The crust is nicely seasoned and has a sturdy crunch. They offer orders of wings as a two-piece with a biscuit and pickles for $5.95 or add two sides to your order for $8.95. Be prepared to wait (or order online in advance) as it is always cooked to order and is often in high demand. Patience is a virtue, and your virtue will thank you once these wings are in your belly.
Hawker’s Asian Street Food2800 Main St. (Deep Ellum) Hawker's should be sought by any wing lover. These come five to an order, but are large and extra-thick-skinned, so the dish is easily sharable. To get the crispy exterior, they add a little cornstarch to the batter then double fry it and toss it in a garlic gochujang sauce and top it with peanuts, sesame and cilantro. They also have naked wings available with your choice of sweet Thai chili, Hainanese, honey Sriracha or spring onion ginger sauce. If you prefer rubs over sauces, they offer five-spice or chuan jerk.
Onassis Greek Taphouse + Kitchen760 W. Ralph Hall Parkway (Rockwall)Onassis. These are seasoned with Greek oregano and topped with a creamy roasted garlic feta sauce and roasted red peppers. They are addictive, and extra napkins are a must.
Will Call Bar2712 Main St. (Deep Ellum) Will Call, the wings are pickle brined for 24 hours and dusted in their house-made gluten-free dredge before cooking. Each order comes with five wings, and you can choose between roasted garlic Buffalo, lemon pepper wet or Japanese glaze. They are served with ranch or blue cheese dressing. You can also get cauliflower wings instead of chicken if that is your jam.
Plucker’sVarious LocationsPlucker’s is probably the most popular place to eat chicken wings. You can order them as five pieces up to 100 pieces, either bone-in or boneless. They have more than 25 styles ranging from founder’s flavors, dry rub, Buffalo, Asian-inspired and barbecue. If you aspire to be on their Wall of Flame, just eat 25 “Fire in the Hole” wings in one sitting for a $5 T-shirt proclaiming your victory and a Polaroid picture on the wall.
Oak’d Handcrafted BBQ5500 Greenville Ave.If you prefer smoked wings over battered and fried wings, Oak’d is your spot. These wings are different in that you truly taste the smoke flavor as they are served naked and not tossed in any kind of sauce, resulting in a juicy and purely flavorful bite. Get a half-dozen for $7.99 or a dozen for $13.99.
Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + BarVarious Locations Pie Tap has a five-piece chicken lollipop appetizer ($12) that serves as a great starter to the rest of their menu. Choose from hot honey garlic or lemon pepper, all served with blue cheese.
Malai KitchenVarious Locations Malai Kitchen. Their Thai chicken wings ($10) are served four per order, and they are fried then wok-seared in their lemongrass-chili glaze. The glaze has Red Boat fish sauce, rice vinegar, garlic and sesame seeds. You will gnaw these to the bone just to soak up all the flavor.
Greenville Avenue Pizza Co.Various Locations We all know GAPCo. is a great pizza joint, but they are also known for some pretty spectacular wings. Choose from hot or mild Buffalo sauce, lemon pepper, garlic Parmesan or hot honey BBQ and experience the perfect combination of savory, saucy and crunchy. Get six for $13 served with ranch, celery and carrots. Bonus: they’re open late at night so you can get your fix at almost any hour.
Whistle BritchesVarious LocationsChef Omar Flores has a fantastic Southern menu of all things fried and savory. When ordering starters at Whistle Britches, don’t miss out on their chargrilled sticky chicken wings ($19) served with a soy and ginger glaze, scallions and sesame seeds. Ordering a chicken starter when fried chicken is the main event may seem a bit much, but you can always start with a salad or deviled eggs and have these spicy wings as your main course.
Smoky Rose8602 Garland Road (East Dallas)
At this popular East Dallas smokehouse, The pit masters at Smoky Rose in East Dallas take their wings up a notch by first smoking them and then flash frying them before tossing them with their house-made dry rub. You can choose either spicy barbecue, Carolina or Buffalo sauce for dipping.