10 Best Buffalo Wings–Chicken Wings and Duck Wings too!
Wings remain one of the hottest food items, literally and figuratively—proper use of the word, ‘literally’ (you’re welcome)—and St. Pete’s eateries are happy to oblige.
The list order is alphabetical. I refuse to say that these wings are better than those, and so on. In my opinion, that is wrong. There is no “apples-to-apples” comparison here. These are all excellent wings, and you should try them all, which brings me to another point.
There are other publishers of “best of lists” that do not actually go to the establishment and actually eat the food. They just surf the web collecting information, and downloading photos, or emailing the restaurant for them. We think those types of lists are crap.
Unfortunately, we’ve seen it a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.
It’s ridiculous that I need to say this, but yes … I ATE ALL OF THESE WINGS, AND WENT TO ALL OF THESE PLACES, AND THESE ARE ALL ST. PETE FOODIES PHOTOS.
Most of the places listed offer different versions of their wings. We are featuring one of each.
Here are the 10 Best Wings in St. Pete for 2021
These are listed in alphabetical order. <—— Look
The Buffalo Wings at The Avenue provide the nice sting and vinegar kick that we all crave. They are spicy and mouthwatering.
From Lori’s Bier Boutique review: “These wings are large in size, juicy, spicy and absolutely some of the best I have ever had. On the menu they are described as a Pound of Grilled Wings – choose original, chipotle bbq, supercharged or jerk. I know Kevin will definitely go for the supercharged next time.”
We always see people raving all over social media about the Sriracha Wings at Engine No.9, and it’s for good reason. In the past, I shied away from cooked Sriracha items as it gets sweet, and loses it’s heat when cooked. However, Engine figured out how to get them sweet with heat, and I love it.
Ford’s Classic Wings are fried crispy. They have a nice crunch, pack a little punch and really satisfy. They have a little bit of char, which adds another satiating dimension.
The Galley’s Buffalo Wings are meaty, and hot with just the right amount of bite.
From Lori’s write-up: “Harry’s has been voted as having the best wings on St Pete Beach, so no question, we had to try them. We were going to just get them with buffalo sauce, but then our server said we had to try the Signature Sirata Sauce which is a mixture of Boom Boom and sriracha. As soon as I heard that…I was totally in. They are super saucy and absolutely delicious! I highly recommend these wings and that sauce is a must! Completely craveable.”
Dancing with Alex – Four deeply sautéed duck wings presented with your choice of our signature citrus buffalo sauce or our soon to be famous Tabasco honey glaze.
The Lure changes things up with Duck wings. I had the citrus buffalo sauce version, and enjoyed them immensely. They are a little less spicy than typical Buffalo wings, which sometimes disappoints me, as I love spicy food, but I was pleasantly surprised. The little bit of sweetness, and tanginess had me wanting more than just the four.
Smoked Wings – beer brined, house ranch, citrus chili rub.
The smoked wings here are killer delicious. The seasonings, outside crunchiness, and inside juiciness will have you craving these for days.
Sea Dog Smoked Chicken Wings – Slow smoked, tossed in Mama Lil’s Buffalo Sauce.
These wings are perfect! The skin is nice and crispy / crunchy. They are “wet”, but have the ideal amount of sauce, and just the right level of spiciness for people that like the heat without it being over the top. I like crazy levels of spice that make me sweat. This didn’t induce perspiration, but I was still quite pleased with the pepperiness, great flavor, and contrast between the crispy skin, and plump juiciness of the meat.
We love the Hot, HOT Extra-Crispy Double Fried wings at Three Birds. Lori said, “the hot, hot double fried wings were fantastic!”
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Here are the ten best wings - Buffalo, Hot, Sriracha, and several other styles - In St. Pete for 2021.