Vancouver's fantastically multicultural atmosphere is reflected in the huge range of food options on offer in the city.
Even in terms of wings, this cultural melting pot produces a huge, varied spread of exciting flavours and unpredictable combinations. With sports bars aplenty and a host of brilliant restaurants providing Eastern cuisine, Vancouver's chicken wing scene throws up some great surprises as well as delivering flawless traditional wings. From the greasy to the classy, southern fried to oriental twists, we've evaluated all the great wing spots out there to produce our list. Are there any we're missing here? Comment below with any more ideas.
10. All Star Wings & Ribs
All Star is great place for hockey and wings. In case you haven't combined the two, this is a beautiful and advisable concoction. Stop into this buzzing sports bar on match day and sample some a basket of spicy wings with beer-battered fries. Its old school interior is intriguing while easy on the eye as well.
9. Jimmy's Tap House
Jimmy's is conveniently located within walking distance of the BC Place stadium. This is a somewhat classier version of a traditional sports bar and is well decked out with interesting sports memorabilia. Their Maple Garlic Wings are their signature flavour and are tasty Canadian spin on an American delicacy.
8. Indochine Kitchen
This trendy place Vietnamese restaurant is renowned for their whopper half price Wednesday wings deal. They have a decent range of flavours and at that price, you might as well opt for a few different types. This is a thriving little spot with a lot of potential!
7. Wings Restaurant & Pub
It’s all in the name. Wings do quality chicken wings in 25 flavours and have an impressive selection of beers. Don’t come to Wings downtown restaurant expecting a bland experience however; from spicy to saucy, these wings are addictive!
Fancier that most other places on this list, Pidgin is well known for its oyster shooters but increasingly so for its wings too. These are made with a mix of Korean spices and chili paste. Pidgin’s wings are just one of this reasons this restaurant has been making such a storm since it opened two years ago. Their crispy pork bites are incredible too.
5. Yaggers’ Downtown
Yagger's is famous for its cosy surroundings and chatty atmosphere. This is a very lively place to watch a game and, as its place on this list indicates, a wonderful spot to feast on some wings. The vibe here is very relaxed and groups of customers generally mingle. On top of all this, their meats are organic and responsibly sourced.
4. The Denman Tap House
This place holds a whopper location overlooking the entire bay. Denman’s are big on wings, offering 30 different flavours and running three wing nights a week. They also do a huge range of delicious sauces and are quite confident enough in their quality to drape every square inch of the basket with it. This place is kid friendly and MMA is a big deal here; this isn’t a quiet place, nor does it aim to be.
3. The Charlatan
Commercial drive's hottest new gastro-pub. The Charlatan doesn't have the widest selection of wing flavours, option instead to do a half dozen of them to perfection (the Crispy Hot Wings are the most popular generally). Pop in here and dig the nice, relaxed atmosphere and the killer beers on tap.
All of Zabu’s types of wings go down a treat, but their Soy Original Wings (soy garlic sauce) are simply phenomenal. Zabu brings a Korean sensibility to crispy wings and has a great location in the heart of downtown, meaning it’s a convenient place to fill up on quality food after a day of walking around town or hanging out in Stanley Park.
1. Phnom Penh
From its tucked-away, Chinatown location Phnom Penh has steadily been earning city-wide acclaim for the delicious wings on its menu. These wings are deliciously crispy and cooked with black pepper to give them a subtle taste. Heads up: they also do fried frogs legs which are highly-regarded, if you’re in a bucket-list type of mood. PP does all round quality Cambodian food, but the wings are unmissable.