Wing It for Super Bowl

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I go to Super Bowl parties every year. Not for the football, mind you. I didn't even know who was going to be in this year's Super Bowl until last night (my mother nearly stroked out upon realizing this about her only, sports-retarded child). I go for the food.

My favorite food at Super Bowl parties has always been and will always be Buffalo wings. It's probably the only time of the year when I eat them, and I'm always excited to see them on a party spread. Frank's Red Hot sauce and butter could coat a burned tire and I'd eat it. Hell, Buffalo wings even taste good cold.

You can, of course, make your own Buffalo wings at home for your party. But half the fun of eating them is not having to endure the messy creation or clean-up processes, leaving that to restaurants like Hooters or Buffalo Wild Wings.

So I asked our Twitter followers yesterday for their favorite wing joints in town. Their answers (and directions) are below. Order in if you're having a Super Bowl party, or go out and leave the clean-up to the pros.

Champps
(1121 Uptown Park Boulevard, 713-627-2333)

If you're going to watch the sporting event of the year, you might as well watch it at one of the most sports-centric bars in town. Luckily, Champps also has an immense kitchen that can keep up with the demand at these large-scale events, so you can order wings and beers to your heart's delight, without having to wait for the fourth quarter for them to arrive. And if you're having a party, platters of wings start at only $9.99 a dozen.

Lucky's Pub
(801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010)

Lucky's is the only place in town with a 21-foot, high-definition projection screen. And if that doesn't suit your Super Bowl needs, there are 50 other TVs to choose from. But while the wings are great, the place also gets crowded for events like this, so call ahead to reserve seats for your friends. Ordering for a party? Lucky's has a full catering menu that starts at $12.95 a person.

Little Bitty Burger Barn
(5503 Pinemont, 713-683-6700)

I have been warned that LBBB's Nitro wings are not for the faint of heart, but never fear: If you can't handle the heat, the Burger Barn has 10 other flavors to choose from including Cajun and Creamy Garlic. Place your order today, though, because half of Houston will be gunning for these wings. They're that good.

Beaucoup Bar & Grill
(3012 Old Spanish Trail, 713-747-5100)

There's a good reason we named this little joint Best Cajun Restaurant in last year's Best of Houston awards, and it's not just because of the ridiculous crawfish bread. The wings here come in 11 flavors, including Jerk and three different kinds of BBQ sauce, and start at $5.50 for a half dozen. The 50-piece bucket of wings is where it's at for a party, though, for only $35.

Petrol Station
(985 Wakefield, 713-957-2875)

Yes, the best beer bar in town has wings. This is supposed to be a secret, so...shh, or something. And although I haven't had them myself, reliable sources say they're among the best in the whole city. I'm not surprised, though, as I've never had a single shred of bad food here. Bonus: You can probably avoid the more sports-inclined Super Bowl crowd here, tucked away in a quiet Oak Forest neighborhood.

Rudyard's
(2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521)

The Buffalo wings at the "living room of Montrose" are as simple as Rudyard's itself: five wings for $4, ten wings for $8, available in one flavor only. But that's the beauty of this place, where you can also pretty much guarantee a much more laid back crowd than your typical Super Bowl bar. I watched the World Cup here and was able to simultaneously carry on a conversation without yelling. That might not be your cup of tea, but I was in heaven.

Niko Niko's
(2520 Montrose, 713-528-4976)

People that I trust implicitly swear by Niko Niko's honey chicken wings -- and the non-traditional wings (served with blue cheese) would make a great addition to a non-traditional Super Bowl spread, especially if you decided to go full-Greek with it. The wings are $9.70 a dozen in the restaurant, but a lot cheaper if you order off the catering menu in bulk.

Buffalo Wild Wings
(multiple locations)

This granddaddy of sports/wings bars can be found all over town, making it much easier to acquire both wings and a chair to watch the game in. You can go with either traditional or boneless wings here (pro-tip: don't order boneless wings unless you're a five-year-old girl) and choose from a whopping 14 flavors. My favorite is Hot. I'm a traditionalist like that. Half a dozen wings are $4.99, while a bucket of 50 goes for just under $34.

Hooters
(multiple locations)

Like at Little Bitty Burger Barn and Buffalo Wild Wings, pre-ordering your wings at the famous Hooters is strongly recommended. Unless, of course, you want to just catch the game there while you ogle the pretty girls, using the wings as a mere excuse. We don't judge here. Hooters' equally famous wings come in 10, 20 or 50-wing platters with eight sauces to choose from. Order the 3 Mile Island if you're looking to impress someone...just make sure you don't touch your eyes or any other orifices for at least a week afterward. That shit burns.


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mary
mary

using the term sports retarded is really awful. I'm sure you didn't mean to offend people with special needs but when you use the term retarded as an insult that's what happens.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I meant it solely in the Merriam-Webster sense, applied in this case to my grasp of sports:

re·tard·ed definitionPronunciation: /ri-ˈtärd-əd/ Function: adj slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development

I am slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development as it relates to sports. No offense intended, and I'm sorry you took it that way.

Gil Velasquez
Gil Velasquez

I love wings. And I love this article by @kshilcutt

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

KFC's new fiery grilled wings are surprisingly good and great as a hot wing alternative. Also BW3 came out with some new dry seasoning options for folks who just got really tired of messy drippy hot wings after so many years.

Jack Reynolds
Jack Reynolds

I prefer Alton Brown's steamed then baked wings recipe to most any deep fried wings I get at a bar or restaurant.

LW
LW

Sounds interesting, I might give it a whirl this Superbowl...

RW
RW

Brian O'Niells in Rice Village has pretty good wings. I don't know that I would reccomend them for the Super Bowl though, you might not actually get someone to pay attention to you until the next super bowl.

sullivan
sullivan

Hooters' wings bring to mind the debate oven-baked vs. stove-top mac' n cheese. It's a matter of taste, as Hooters are breaded. A bit the exception, but personally, like the change on occasion.

Shilcutt, you're the reason I avoid Super Bowl parties. Step your game up!!!

Todd
Todd

The wings to order at Hooter's are naked Daytona-style, which are finished on the grill.

They're pretty awesome.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Ignoring the TV except for commercials and eating all the wings is how I do Super Bowl. I have no shame.

Megan
Megan

I normally do this, but this year my husband's dear Packers are playing the game. Grrr. (This'll make you feel better -- his legal research professor assigned his class to watch the commercials and analyze the persuasive arguments. So he HAS to watch the commercials!)

Glenn Livet
Glenn Livet

Shilcutt was also the reason I used to avoid coming into work, but "they" made me cut that out.

Guest
Guest

In Pearland area, you should try Centercourt Pizza & Brew.

Wang Lover
Wang Lover

You're truly joking when you put Hooters on this list, right? These wings are horrible....and hot is not hot. If we're talking simply about wings....Very disappointed....But oh well, guess you at list had Petrol and LBBB.I hear Pappa's Burgers have good wings from a trusted source....never had em though.

Wang Lover
Wang Lover

Fair nuff....and yes, Beaucoup....tres bien, ma chere

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Keep in mind, these are our Twitter followers' suggestions. @GilV will battle you to the death over Hooters wings. Hehehe.

Personally, my money's on LBBB and Beaucoup.

Flipwidfe
Flipwidfe

Forget bland for the Super Bowl! I'm going with an assorted jerk platter from Jamaica House!!

I did it at New Year's and everyone was commenting what a cool idea it was.

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