10 Takes on Chicken Wings in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  November 12, 2013

World Series champions: check! Now, Boston sports fans look to football (and February), crossing our foam fingers that the Pats don't let us down either. And what quells game day anxiety better than diving into plates of chicken wings? But we're over the staple varieties: Buffalo, traditional BBQ, blah blah blah. So we gathered a flock that roams all over the globe, from the South to the Far East, and from India and Indonesia to Italy and Mexico. Wing on over through the slide show.

  • Tuscan-Spiced Wings at 29 Sudbury

    For his new restaurant, chef Evan Deluty (Stella) looked west: to the suburb of Sudbury. But for his chicken wings he turned eastward to Italy, giving them a Tuscan touch with fennel, basil and gorgonzola dipping sauce (978-443-1700).

  • Korean BBQ Drumettes at Anthem 

    We proudly sing the praises of these meaty drumettes. The Korean-style bites are slathered in a spicy BBQ glaze and served with kimchi and toasted sesame seeds (617-720-5570).

  • Sweet and Spicy Wings at Catalyst

    Go Greek! (A little.) The Kendall Square standout from chef William Kovel offers on its lunch menu sweet and spicy glazed wings tempered by a lovely, cooling tzatziki dipping sauce (617-576-3000).

  • Green Chile Wings at Kirkland Tap & Trotter

    Craigie on Main chef Tony Maws is parlaying mainly simple but highly finessed plates at his new Somerville restaurant. But he's definitely not shying away from spice here: the wings are tossed in a green chile sauce, jalapeño, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Add cotija cheese and pepitas. Serve now, please (857-259-6585).

  • "Hot-as-Hell" Wings at Estelle's

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A video? That's a thesis. So while we could wax poetic about the Cajun-inspired take at this South Ender, we'd rather direct you to this visit we paid to chef Eric Gburski and taste test his wings. Spoiler: yum (857-250-2999).

  • Spicy Garlic Wings at Haru

    Boston restaurants still can't offer "happy-hour" promos of the, ahem, spirited variety. But that doesn't stop the food specials at Haru, the Prudential Tower sushi spot that's a popular after-work hangout for suit-and-tie types. From 3-7 PM (and again after 10 PM), you'll find a "Happy Haru" menu with tasty chicken wings in teriyaki and spicy garlic varieties (617-536-0770).

  • Vindaloo Wings at Moksa

    Heat seekers should set their sights on Moksa's infamous infernolike vindaloo wings. The combination of jalapeño and green Thai bird chile with Indian seasonings like Kashmiri chile powder, cayenne pepper and red chiles conspire to set taste buds ablaze (617-661-4900). 

  • Confit Chicken Wings at Park

    A little Indonesian flavor goes into the confit wings at this comfortable Cambridge American, where the dish is prepared with a sweet-but-tangy glaze of sambal and honey (617-491-9851).

  • Chipotle Wings at Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake

    Slither over to the Rattlesnake for chef Brian Poe's chipotle wings. They have a bite, courtesy of a smoked jalapeño rub and poblano-blue cheese dipping sauce. Yesssss (617-859-8555).

  • Moxie Wings at Strip-T's Restaurant

    If there's any doubt that young chef Tim Maslow deserves the increasingly loud buzz that surrounds him (which includes his status as a 30 Under 30 honoree last year), this plate alone would put them to rest. The lightly charred wings are slathered with a reduction of sambal oelek and Moxie soda to sensational effect (617-923-4330).