True wing lovers debate endlessly, drums or flats, naked or not, sauced and tossed? Besides Buffalo-spicy style from mild to inferno, Tampa Bay wing fans go wild for these delicious little bits flavored with teriyaki, garlic parmesan, Hawaiian savory, hickory-smoked BBQ, lemon pepper, Cajun, original 100 ways and other sauces. Deep-fried chicken wings served with hot sauce, and blue cheese dressing is reputed to have originated at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo circa 1964 and boy are we glad they did! What goes better with football than wings?
Let’s agree that TGI Friday’s, Hooter’s, The Wing House and Beef O’Brady’s top the list for chains with a leg up on wings on the bayside of the bridge, MidTown Sundries and Quaker Steak and Lube are top roosters.
Here are some of our other favorite cluckers we feel hold their own on any list of the best wings in Tampa Bay:
Buffalo Wild Wings: The premier destination for delicious wings, great drinks, and an excellent sports bar experience in Ybor and now in South Tampa. Whether you’re looking to kick it with friends and watch the big playoff game on one of their huge TVs or just relax with a cold draft beer after work, Buffalo Wild Wings has you covered. Stop by today and enjoy one of the many great specials that change daily.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza: Chicken wings that are oven-roasted in their Coal Fire oven, served with caramelized onions and focaccia bread, roasted and succulent. Not just a local favorite for best wings in Tampa but also some of the best pizza in Tampa.
Quaker Steak & Lube: If you like spicy wings then you have to try their Triple Atomic Wing Challenge where you have to eat 6 of their hottest wings to get a free t-shirt! There is no time limit on the challenge but they have faith in their 500,000 Scoville Heat Unit Triple Atomic Hot Sauce and most people don't make it all the way through. So check out Quaker Steak and Lube in Clearwater to try this insane challenge!
Green Iguana: Let her drink the frozen pupu drinks, while you down a pound of wings in these scrumptious flavors: Island Chili, Lava Sauce, Sweet Caribbean barbecue, Jamaican Jerk (not named after your ex-boyfriend), spicy Honey Dijon, Southwest Chipotle BBQ and the original. Find the Iguana in two locations in Tampa, South Tampa, and Tampa International Airport.
Hattricks: The best wings in Tampa spot is a simple, laid back sports bar offering wings in a variety of sauces, but if you dine in, they offer $.85 wing specials during their daily happy hour. Try them shake n bake style and thank me later!
Duffy's Sports Grill: On North Dale Mabry, Duffy's serves up some of the best Buffalo wings in Tampa Bay, fans of the bird love them! Their signature sauces include BBQ, Honey Garlic, Asian Sesame, Sweet Buffalo, Original, Firecracker, Hot, Spicy Roasted Garlic, Mango Habanero, Atomic Ghost Chili. Prices depend on the basket ordered, you can add a basket of regular fries $3.99, the Sweet Potato Fries set you back $4.99, or opt in for their enormous Onion Rings for $4.99 or go all-in with Parmesan Truffle Fries for $4.99.
Press Box: Old-fashioned family sports bar ambiance is what you find at Press Box, along with meaty, deep-fried jumbo wings slathered in mild to atomic Buffalo sauce, or Selmon Brothers barbecue, honey barbecue served with celery and blue cheese for dipping. Feeling healthy? Order them up in a salad or wrap.
Varsity Club: People come for the hot garlic or Italiano, and stay for the Asian sesame, teriyaki, lemon pepper, Cajun and the rest of the menu. It’s so good; it’s worth driving to the Palm Harbor or US 19 locations to experience this best wings in Tampa Bay. The nachos rock too.
Wingstop: This East Fowler Avenue location is part of the chain, but it’s finger-licking good and ideal for take-out and potluck at home, boneless or otherwise in every flavor imaginable. Don’t forget to order veggies and dips to travel.
Miller's Ale House: with several locations in Tampa consistently scores well in reviews when it comes to their wings. Find them in the USF area, Brandon and near the Airport in Tampa and in Seminole and St. Pete across the bay. We love their Zingers®, boneless chicken nuggets, fresh, never frozen wings that are hand-breaded and come in a variety of finger-lickin'-good flavors. Or order the JUMBO wings, breaded or unbreaded for 10/$10.99. This best chicken wings of Tampa Bay beer house also offers a great line up of craft, imported and domestic beers because we all know wings go down better with cold suds.
Maloney's: Check out Maloney's on Monday nights for $.25 boneless wings and $.50 bone-in wings after 8 pm. They offer a slew of sauces like their Guinness BBQ, Siracha Glaze and Mango Habanero. If you're daring enough try their Car Bomb Hot sauce. It is sure to blow you away!
Better Byrd: Locate in St. Petersburg, Better Byrd offers crispy buttermilk better tenders and flash-fried better wings in creative sauces including Better BBQ, Maple Mustard, Truffle Garlic Parm, Queso Sriracha, GreenBuffalo,, Zesty Heat, Nashville Hot, Asian BBQ, BBQ Ranch, Thai Peanut, and Caesar.
Each place making our list of best wings in Tampa Bay strives to serve the freshest ingredients and provides excellent customer service. Visit the ones nearest you, and consider taking a road-trip this weekend in Tampa Bay to explore delicious crispy wings created by the other wing joints listed. Register to stay connected to the best restaurants in Tampa Bay, and fun things to do on 813area or 727area, subscribe, it's free!