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Where to Find New Orleans’s Best Chicken Wings

The most addictive wings in the Crescent City

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Wings may be the perfect food. Convenient to snack on, they come with their own handle. There’s never a question about using a knife and fork, so they are a relaxing munch — straightforward, no hidden agenda.

And as a flavor delivery system, wings stand alone. Deep fried, slathered in spicy Buffalo sauce, served naked or with an exotic dip, there’s hardly anything better.

Here are Eater’s picks for the best chicken wings the Crescent City has to offer, from traditional to more creative options.

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Bourrée at Boucherie

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This lowdown cousin to the swankier Boucherie is all about innovative wings and fresh fruit daiquiris, in a casual space with plenty of outside picnicking space. Bourrée’s bigger-than-average wing offerings defy convention: Sweet mango and barbecue kimchee are two must tries, six to an order. Ask about the daily daiquiri and be thrilled if it’s gin and tonic.

Wings and daiquiris at Bourre
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Bayou Hot Wings

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This Uptown spot for wings ups the game with sauces made with local ingredients (Steen’s cane syrup, Crystal hot sauce) and a hot wing eating challenge that isn’t for the faint of heart. If you can eat ten “Bayou Beast” wings in five minutes, leaving only a pile of clean bones, you get your picture taken and a t-shirt — if you don’t burst into flames first. Bayou Hot Wings earns raves with battered wings paired with sauces like Thai chili glaze, Korean barbecue, and garlic butter Parmesan. Chefs Allen Nguyen and Kyle Makepeace love what they do, and it shows.

Chef Michael Gulotta expertly marries Vietnamese and Louisiana cuisine at MoPho in Mid City, a nondescript little spot in a shopping center a stone’s throw from Delgado University. But inside, the menu is alive with bold innovation, including, yes, the Vietnamese-ish style wings. First off, they are big wings, super-sized, and corn-fed. These oversized cluckers are smeared with a caramelized nuoc mam dipping sauce powered by fish sauce, ginger, and Thai chili.

MoPho wings
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Wit's Inn

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This Mid City dive bar boasts a game-changing menu of wings that dare to be baked, not fried. The accent is Italian at Wit’s Inn, with pesto wings as one of the more unusual flavor combos. The wing flavors cross over to the pizza menu, with Buffalo chicken pizza a perennial favorite. Plus, the game is always on, and there are all kinds of beers on tap. What’s not to like?

Pesto chicken wings
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Chicken & Watermelon

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Why settle for one flavor when 20 will do? Chicken and Watermelon on Claiborne is downright excellent, with flavors like ranch parmesan, crunchy barbecue, jerk, and Cajun ranch. Mix and match flavors in orders from 10 to 100 pieces, fried to order. The watermelon punch is overly sweet, but there’s a good daiquiri place next door.

Blue Oak BBQ

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If you can tear yourself away from the brisket and barbecue nachos at this beloved barbecue joint, try the big meaty smoked wings, grilled crispy and swabbed with sauces like Kung pao, jerk barbecue and Buffalo inferno. Blue Oak fires up some of the best wings in town, and they’re just $6 during happy hour. An order of roasted garlic mac and cheese is perfect on the side.

Fharmacy Nola

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Fharmacy has tons of savory options on its menu but don’t miss out on the crispy fried wings. Paired with house-made sauces including jerk, Cajun, and Vietnamese lemon grass options, they come as-is, or you can amp up the heat by ordering the “Emergency Room” option, with extra spice from a ghost chili sauce. Then there’s the ICU, set on fire with a North Carolina reaper sauce (as in, grim). The Chicago-style roast beef sandwich with provolone is a perfect second course.

We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp

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Up Canal Street, between Basin Street and I-10, We Dat’s is a friendly spot where you can order fresh, hot, fried wings in flavors like ranch, sweet heat, and lemon pepper, and get them topped with cheese, jalapeños, ranch, and bacon, at a buck a topping. The New Orleans-themed wall murals are a bonus.

Manchu Food Store

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Commonly known as “crack wings,” you can smell Manchu’s a block away from the low-slung purple wingery on Claiborne. Deep fried, fresh, hot, and guaranteed to make you thirsty, these wings are positively addicting. You can get them dipped in barbecue sauce, but why?

Chicken wings in barbecue sauce
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Chicken’s Kitchen

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Chicken’s Kitchen in Gretna is New Orleans homestyle cooking at its best, serving large portions, delicious chicken, and great mac and cheese and smothered okra. But back to the chicken — from wings and tenders to legs, these pieces are expertly fried; juicy, tender, and crispy. Bonus — chef Marlon “Chicken” Williams’s food is available for catering.

J's Creole Wings

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Located in the Seventh Ward, J’s is one of two massive shipping containers on this lot that dishes up casual eats, with a great covered patio/courtyard in the middle. It’s a cool scene, even better when you’re munching honey heat, Jamaican jerk, or Sriracha lemon pepper wings along with perfect fries. The battered crispy Buffalo wings are classic goodness.

Honey heat and spicy hot wings
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Tsunami Wing Factory

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Some of the best wings in the city are located inside of a bakery in Gentilly, Heavenly Sweets on Elysian Field. Choose from hot, lemon pepper, mango, spicy pineapple, honey barbecue, spicy garlic, and barbecue flavors, and grab some fried shrimp and fries while you’re there. Stop by or text 985-441-7822 to order Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Junction Bar & Grill

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Although this place on St. Claude is best known for its innovative burger combos, Junction’s wings here are also worth a trip. Jumbo in size, the Laguna comes slathered in an adobo sauce with a pineapple chile compote for dipping, while the Buffalo and Tijuana flavors are dry-rubbed with spices and served with a side of Caesar dressing. Plus, the wings come with a house blue cheese dip. Definitely get the skin-on hand cut fries.

Tijuana wings
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Bar Redux

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This dive bar on Poland Avenue haunts the digs that formerly housed The Joint. Besides entertainment on the patio, which can range from blues to burlesque, Bar Redux dishes mighty fine bar food, including meaty chicken wings slathered with zippy barbecue sauce. Enjoy the basement rec room vibe along with homemade veggie burgers and loaded nachos.

Bourrée at Boucherie

This lowdown cousin to the swankier Boucherie is all about innovative wings and fresh fruit daiquiris, in a casual space with plenty of outside picnicking space. Bourrée’s bigger-than-average wing offerings defy convention: Sweet mango and barbecue kimchee are two must tries, six to an order. Ask about the daily daiquiri and be thrilled if it’s gin and tonic.

Wings and daiquiris at Bourre
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Bayou Hot Wings

This Uptown spot for wings ups the game with sauces made with local ingredients (Steen’s cane syrup, Crystal hot sauce) and a hot wing eating challenge that isn’t for the faint of heart. If you can eat ten “Bayou Beast” wings in five minutes, leaving only a pile of clean bones, you get your picture taken and a t-shirt — if you don’t burst into flames first. Bayou Hot Wings earns raves with battered wings paired with sauces like Thai chili glaze, Korean barbecue, and garlic butter Parmesan. Chefs Allen Nguyen and Kyle Makepeace love what they do, and it shows.

MoPho

Chef Michael Gulotta expertly marries Vietnamese and Louisiana cuisine at MoPho in Mid City, a nondescript little spot in a shopping center a stone’s throw from Delgado University. But inside, the menu is alive with bold innovation, including, yes, the Vietnamese-ish style wings. First off, they are big wings, super-sized, and corn-fed. These oversized cluckers are smeared with a caramelized nuoc mam dipping sauce powered by fish sauce, ginger, and Thai chili.

MoPho wings
MoPho/Facebook

Wit's Inn

This Mid City dive bar boasts a game-changing menu of wings that dare to be baked, not fried. The accent is Italian at Wit’s Inn, with pesto wings as one of the more unusual flavor combos. The wing flavors cross over to the pizza menu, with Buffalo chicken pizza a perennial favorite. Plus, the game is always on, and there are all kinds of beers on tap. What’s not to like?

Pesto chicken wings
Yelp/Mira P.

Chicken & Watermelon

Why settle for one flavor when 20 will do? Chicken and Watermelon on Claiborne is downright excellent, with flavors like ranch parmesan, crunchy barbecue, jerk, and Cajun ranch. Mix and match flavors in orders from 10 to 100 pieces, fried to order. The watermelon punch is overly sweet, but there’s a good daiquiri place next door.

Blue Oak BBQ

If you can tear yourself away from the brisket and barbecue nachos at this beloved barbecue joint, try the big meaty smoked wings, grilled crispy and swabbed with sauces like Kung pao, jerk barbecue and Buffalo inferno. Blue Oak fires up some of the best wings in town, and they’re just $6 during happy hour. An order of roasted garlic mac and cheese is perfect on the side.

Fharmacy Nola

Fharmacy has tons of savory options on its menu but don’t miss out on the crispy fried wings. Paired with house-made sauces including jerk, Cajun, and Vietnamese lemon grass options, they come as-is, or you can amp up the heat by ordering the “Emergency Room” option, with extra spice from a ghost chili sauce. Then there’s the ICU, set on fire with a North Carolina reaper sauce (as in, grim). The Chicago-style roast beef sandwich with provolone is a perfect second course.

We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp

Up Canal Street, between Basin Street and I-10, We Dat’s is a friendly spot where you can order fresh, hot, fried wings in flavors like ranch, sweet heat, and lemon pepper, and get them topped with cheese, jalapeños, ranch, and bacon, at a buck a topping. The New Orleans-themed wall murals are a bonus.

Manchu Food Store

Commonly known as “crack wings,” you can smell Manchu’s a block away from the low-slung purple wingery on Claiborne. Deep fried, fresh, hot, and guaranteed to make you thirsty, these wings are positively addicting. You can get them dipped in barbecue sauce, but why?

Chicken wings in barbecue sauce
Yelp/Hannah G.

Chicken’s Kitchen

Chicken’s Kitchen in Gretna is New Orleans homestyle cooking at its best, serving large portions, delicious chicken, and great mac and cheese and smothered okra. But back to the chicken — from wings and tenders to legs, these pieces are expertly fried; juicy, tender, and crispy. Bonus — chef Marlon “Chicken” Williams’s food is available for catering.

J's Creole Wings

Located in the Seventh Ward, J’s is one of two massive shipping containers on this lot that dishes up casual eats, with a great covered patio/courtyard in the middle. It’s a cool scene, even better when you’re munching honey heat, Jamaican jerk, or Sriracha lemon pepper wings along with perfect fries. The battered crispy Buffalo wings are classic goodness.

Honey heat and spicy hot wings
Yelp/Alex P.

Tsunami Wing Factory

Some of the best wings in the city are located inside of a bakery in Gentilly, Heavenly Sweets on Elysian Field. Choose from hot, lemon pepper, mango, spicy pineapple, honey barbecue, spicy garlic, and barbecue flavors, and grab some fried shrimp and fries while you’re there. Stop by or text 985-441-7822 to order Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Junction Bar & Grill

Although this place on St. Claude is best known for its innovative burger combos, Junction’s wings here are also worth a trip. Jumbo in size, the Laguna comes slathered in an adobo sauce with a pineapple chile compote for dipping, while the Buffalo and Tijuana flavors are dry-rubbed with spices and served with a side of Caesar dressing. Plus, the wings come with a house blue cheese dip. Definitely get the skin-on hand cut fries.

Tijuana wings
Yelp/John D.

Bar Redux

This dive bar on Poland Avenue haunts the digs that formerly housed The Joint. Besides entertainment on the patio, which can range from blues to burlesque, Bar Redux dishes mighty fine bar food, including meaty chicken wings slathered with zippy barbecue sauce. Enjoy the basement rec room vibe along with homemade veggie burgers and loaded nachos.

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