While Portland is somewhat far removed from the traditional southern heartland of fried chicken, devoted local converts and migrants in this Pacific North-West city have truly put the city on the map in this regard.
Blending classic approaches to wings with influences from its impressive mix of different cultures, Portland's wing houses display a delightful range of different tastes. With so many types on offer, we've set about sorting these out into a handy list detailing the subtle intricacies.
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A growing local brewery with delicious wings served in both its brewery and its 'bikebar'. Hopworks has won over fans not only for its great food, delicious beers, but also it's seriously friendly staff. They even have a stationary bike to work off those calories… any takers? No, probably not. Check out their Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Like many food places in Portland, this one also doubles as a brewery. Their 'clubhouse' boasts a brilliant airy design and a colossal menu of brews to wash down some spicy wings with! Just in case you'd like to combine beer and chicken wings more thoroughly, there's a house IPA buffalo sauce on offer (hint: get it). Check out their Facebook and Twitter.
Wingstop make the list for producing great, cheap wings that don't skimp on quality. Its blue cheese dressing is considered one of the best in town. Specials like 60c boneless wings and various combo offers keep customers coming back again and again; it's hard to beat Wingstop for sheer value. Check out their Facebook for the latest news.
Though including a big nationwide chain restaurant on this list might be a bit controversial, Buffalo’s streamlined cooking method and service offers a very reliable and tasty chicken wing meal. This place always has a lively atmosphere, a wide range of different signature flavours and its beer menu is ace. Check out their Facebook and Twitter.
This popular Thai restaurant does amazing wings! Head here if you're looking for some less common flavoured wings. Basil, peanut and sweet and sour sauces makes this place a rare treat. Check out their Facebook for updates.
The Country Cat's chef Adam Sapppington brings Midwestern excellence to his wings. If you like your wings crispy to the point of being slightly charred, then this is your destination. Magically, the inside remains fantastically tender and juicy. This place has a great, homey feel: gravy and mashed potatoes are the favoured accompaniments of wing eaters here. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The unique taste of these wings comes from its intricate cooking method: first smoked, then fried. Topped off with a spicy, homemade sauce, Nepo's wings are an unforgettable, mouthwatering experience. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Mama Chow's is a locally-famous food truck. Equally renowned for its wings as its dumplings (which it curates a festival in honour of). What sets Mama Chow's apart is the warm customer service, delivering an authentic Portland experience straight into your hands as you stroll around the beautiful banks of the Willamette River. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
Pok Pok has already grown a veritable food empire from the West Coast all the way to New York, and its future looks bright. There's so much on its menu to instill delight, but it's wings are consistently one of the most requested items. Pok Pok's wings are coated in a subtle fish sauce, as well being cooked with garlic and Thai spices in the mix. This all lends itself to a hard-to-place but certainly enjoyable dining experience. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The busiest spot on Portland for chicken wings and with good reason. Expect a busy atmosphere with efficient staff to handle it. From kitchen to counter, these guys are pros at providing an A-Grade chicken wings experience. The menu offers a broad range of eats too, from the lauded jerk chicken wings to vegan wings, there’s something for everyone here. With three locations in the city, you’ve no excuse not to check this place out! You can keep up to date with these guys on Facebook and Twitter.