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Manchu, home of damn good wings
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A Guide to New Orleans' Best Wings, Reader Decided

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Manchu, home of damn good wings
| Photo: Yelp/Jay D.

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Hot wings. They're an imperative part of football season for those watching the game at home, or really even in a bar or restaurant too. In our last Friday Open Thread, Eater NOLA asked you, dearest readers, where to find the best wings in the city. Behold, now, the reader-generated guide to New Orleans best wings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Manchu Food Store

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1413 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 947-5507
The overwhelming majority of Eater readers agree that "Manchu on Claiborne" is the king of wings in New Orleans. The foodstore's "sauceless" fried chicken wings are the stuff of legend, perfectly breaded with a hint of seasoning, all of which will leave you saying "forget about it."

2. Chicken And Watermelon

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(504) 896-4596
This Central City wing specialist is home to an array of wings coated in crazy flavors including taco, Cajun Terminator, and the house special Boogie Bird (which may involve mayo, y'all). They're best washed down with the house Watermelon Punch, and yes, they do gigantic catering trays too.

3. Fat Harry's

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4330 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9582
This essential Uptown haunt does 1/2 off pitchers and wings every Monday night after 7 p.m. And the devoted deem these buffalo wings "best in the city." Time to check out the post-fire Fats, people.

4. McHardy's Chicken & Fixin'

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1458 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 949-0000
"It ain't a party without McHardy's," and this applies to their wings too— available in honey barbecue or just fried.

5. Gott Gourmet Café

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3100 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 373-6579
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"No Doubt," writes a fan of this Magazine lunchtime staple's take on game day wings. They have three flavors— classic, barbecue, and habenero. The latter will apparently "knock your socks off." They also offer delivery via NOLAfooddelivery.com

6. Lucky Rooster

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515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA
(504) 529-5825
Neil Swidler's turns KFC on its head at the CBD Asian street food hottie. The Korean Fried Chicken wings come slathered in a chile garlic sauce and "Bonus: kimchi slaw" comes along for the ride. These are best eaten in-house before heading to the Dome.

7. Theo's Neighborhood Pizza

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4024 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-1133
"Theo's may be better known for their pizza but the hot wings are great," a tipster writes. Another seconds the motion, gushing over these "amazing wings that are baked not fried" and pair well with a pie and salad for game day noshing.

8. Bayou Hot Wings

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6221 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 865-9464
The Broadmoor wing joint is rather polarizing when it comes to Eater readers. You either love or hate it. Adam Richman called them the Best Wings in the World. Haters detest the breading, while lovers say the breading "makes the perfect carrier for that delicious sweet heat!"

9. Ming Garden

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1151 N Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-2400
If you like eating spicy sesame chicken, you will want to try these wings that come "swimming in garlic sauce" on the cheap. Sure, there are other Chinese take-outs that do relatively the same thing, but of Ming Garden's wings a tipster actually admits, "I feel guilty after I eat those things."

10. St. Lawrence Restaurant & Bar

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At this Quarter bar (also a good place to watch games with LOTS of televisions and a relatively sane vibe given the location) the crispy confit wings are baked and fried in their own delicious fat, glazed in pepper jelly and come with a highly addictive goat cheese dressing. Seemingly hoity-toity but oh so legit.

11. Wing Snack

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N. Claiborne
New Orleans, LA
(504) 827-0602
Home of "ghetto punch" and various expansions, this joint in Treme offers take-away only wings with various flavors including pineapple.

12. Wing Snack Express

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3570 Holiday Dr, Ste 1
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 366-6225
For the tamer version of Wing Snack, but still with ghetto punch, head to the West Bank. They also do a Winning Wednesday special for 5 free wings with purchase of 15, whenever the Saints win.

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1. Manchu Food Store

1413 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
The overwhelming majority of Eater readers agree that "Manchu on Claiborne" is the king of wings in New Orleans. The foodstore's "sauceless" fried chicken wings are the stuff of legend, perfectly breaded with a hint of seasoning, all of which will leave you saying "forget about it."
1413 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. Chicken And Watermelon

New Orleans, LA 70115
This Central City wing specialist is home to an array of wings coated in crazy flavors including taco, Cajun Terminator, and the house special Boogie Bird (which may involve mayo, y'all). They're best washed down with the house Watermelon Punch, and yes, they do gigantic catering trays too.

3. Fat Harry's

4330 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115
This essential Uptown haunt does 1/2 off pitchers and wings every Monday night after 7 p.m. And the devoted deem these buffalo wings "best in the city." Time to check out the post-fire Fats, people.
4330 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. McHardy's Chicken & Fixin'

1458 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119
"It ain't a party without McHardy's," and this applies to their wings too— available in honey barbecue or just fried.
1458 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Gott Gourmet Café

3100 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
"No Doubt," writes a fan of this Magazine lunchtime staple's take on game day wings. They have three flavors— classic, barbecue, and habenero. The latter will apparently "knock your socks off." They also offer delivery via NOLAfooddelivery.com
3100 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Lucky Rooster

515 Baronne, New Orleans, LA
Neil Swidler's turns KFC on its head at the CBD Asian street food hottie. The Korean Fried Chicken wings come slathered in a chile garlic sauce and "Bonus: kimchi slaw" comes along for the ride. These are best eaten in-house before heading to the Dome.
515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA

7. Theo's Neighborhood Pizza

4024 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
"Theo's may be better known for their pizza but the hot wings are great," a tipster writes. Another seconds the motion, gushing over these "amazing wings that are baked not fried" and pair well with a pie and salad for game day noshing.
4024 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Bayou Hot Wings

6221 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
The Broadmoor wing joint is rather polarizing when it comes to Eater readers. You either love or hate it. Adam Richman called them the Best Wings in the World. Haters detest the breading, while lovers say the breading "makes the perfect carrier for that delicious sweet heat!"
6221 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

9. Ming Garden

1151 N Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70119
If you like eating spicy sesame chicken, you will want to try these wings that come "swimming in garlic sauce" on the cheap. Sure, there are other Chinese take-outs that do relatively the same thing, but of Ming Garden's wings a tipster actually admits, "I feel guilty after I eat those things."
1151 N Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. St. Lawrence Restaurant & Bar

New Orleans, LA
At this Quarter bar (also a good place to watch games with LOTS of televisions and a relatively sane vibe given the location) the crispy confit wings are baked and fried in their own delicious fat, glazed in pepper jelly and come with a highly addictive goat cheese dressing. Seemingly hoity-toity but oh so legit.

11. Wing Snack

N. Claiborne, New Orleans, LA
Home of "ghetto punch" and various expansions, this joint in Treme offers take-away only wings with various flavors including pineapple.
N. Claiborne
New Orleans, LA

12. Wing Snack Express

3570 Holiday Dr, Ste 1, New Orleans, LA 70114
For the tamer version of Wing Snack, but still with ghetto punch, head to the West Bank. They also do a Winning Wednesday special for 5 free wings with purchase of 15, whenever the Saints win.
3570 Holiday Dr, Ste 1
New Orleans, LA 70114

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