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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tsunami Wing Factory

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5242 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

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 o order Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

2. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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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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3. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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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.

4. Wit's Inn

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141 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 486-1600
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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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5. J's Creole Wings

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1700 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 309-9444
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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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6. Manchu Food Store

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1413 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 947-5507
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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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7. Junction Bar & Grill

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3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 272-0205
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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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8. Bar Redux

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801 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 592-7083
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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.

9. Fharmacy Nola

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2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 324-6090
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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.

10. kin

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4600 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 304-8557
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The incredible Gert Town ramen destination Kin has reopened for takeout, with convenient online ordering. Without a doubt it’s some of the best ramen in the city, but the wings are also heavenly, with a spicy house version and sweeter honey jalapeno flavor (made with savory fish sauce) on the menu always, and special flavors available from time to time. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11. We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp

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1407 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 252-4927
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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.

12. Bourrée at Boucherie

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1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 510-4040
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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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13. Bayou Hot Wings

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6221 S Claiborne Ave #104
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 662-9933
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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.

14. Chicken & Watermelon

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3400 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 896-4596
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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.

1. Tsunami Wing Factory

5242 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

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 o order Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

5242 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

2. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
MoPho wings
MoPho/Facebook

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.

514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Wit's Inn

141 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Pesto chicken wings
Yelp/Mira P.

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?

141 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. J's Creole Wings

1700 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Honey heat and spicy hot wings
Yelp/Alex P.

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.

1700 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Manchu Food Store

1413 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Chicken wings in barbecue sauce
Yelp/Hannah G.

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?

1413 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Junction Bar & Grill

3021 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Tijuana wings
Yelp/John D.

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.

3021 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Bar Redux

801 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

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.

801 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Fharmacy Nola

2540 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

2540 Banks St
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. kin

4600 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

The incredible Gert Town ramen destination Kin has reopened for takeout, with convenient online ordering. Without a doubt it’s some of the best ramen in the city, but the wings are also heavenly, with a spicy house version and sweeter honey jalapeno flavor (made with savory fish sauce) on the menu always, and special flavors available from time to time. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4600 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

11. We Dat's Chicken & Shrimp

1407 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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.

1407 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Bourrée at Boucherie

1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Wings and daiquiris at Bourre
Bourrée at Boucherie/Facebook

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.

1510 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. Bayou Hot Wings

6221 S Claiborne Ave #104, New Orleans, LA 70125

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.

6221 S Claiborne Ave #104
New Orleans, LA 70125

14. Chicken & Watermelon

3400 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

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.

3400 S Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

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