Winging It: Houston Gets Its First Pluckers

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Photos by Carla Soriano
Pluckers Wing Bar has a college-bar feel to it, but serves food that is far above average.

If you love wings, TVs and cheap drinks, you'll be happy to learn that Pluckers Wing Bar has landed in Houston. While it's the concept's first location in the Bayou City, the company has 14 other spots scattered throughout the Austin area, where it began, and in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

I got a great first look at the casual restaurant and bar this past week when complimentary, open-to-the-public mock services were held. The huge restaurant -- two patios, a large main dining area and an almost equally big bar area, all plastered with TVs -- was packed to the brim.

I didn't expect my visit to "pass" with flying colors on one of the first days it was "open" and simultaneously on the verge of being overcrowded. Plus, two visits to their Austin locations a couple of years ago were disappointing (the chicken sandwiches I ordered
came out incorrect both times.)

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The Pluckers Nacos are great for sharing.
But the place actually did pass, and with flying colors. My lunch began with a huge mason jar of their sweet iced tea. The oversize jug of what some would call the state beverage made me feel so Texan that I almost uttered a "y'all" and "fixin' to." I had one and a half appetizers, which could have easily equated to one entire meal: an order of Pluckers Nachos (tortilla chips topped with chicken, queso, honey barbecue sauce, red onions and cilantro) and fried pickles. The nachos looked prettier than your average bar nachos, and they tasted quite all right, too. The chicken topping the nachos was...gasp... real chicken -- not the ubiquitous microwavable varieties found at many chain restaurants that come pre-painted with grill marks. The cilantro and onions were pleasantly fresh as well. My only complaint was that the barbecue sauce was a little too sweet, even for me, and I'm a big fan of the sweet-savory marriage.

As for the fried pickles, they are the best I've ever had, I kid you not. These juicy pickles came in spears rather than round slices, and were covered in a delicately crispy batter that adhered perfectly to the pickle. Pluckers could have saved time and effort on making a dipping sauce to go with them, as the fried pickles were great all by themselves.


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Scott Fuchs
Scott Fuchs

The potato chips they make in house are very good. Service was top notch. Their hot wings are definitely hot. It's a pretty good alternative to some of the larger, better known, wings chains.

Steven Perry
Steven Perry

Went by on Monday night. Place was SUPER packed. I'm not going to wait 45 minutes for Buffalo Wild Wings-quality food. Yeah, I know. Trivia. Yes, all you can eat wing nights (do those exist outside of the Austin area?). Still going to wait until the hype dies down.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

The old Carlos Mencia place on Shepard.

Amy McMullen
Amy McMullen

We had one in Tomball! It was Great at first then the Food started tasting greasy and it went out of business!

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

yeah another restaurant just what this city needs more low paying service jobs....

Shari Block
Shari Block

Heck yeah! Got 'em in Dallas. Good stuff!

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Hope its as good as the Cedar Park location.

Jose Luis Quintanilla
Jose Luis Quintanilla

I used to eat here ALL the time when I went to College in Austin!! Lets go Luz Galmiche Virginia Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla :-)

Disclaimer Dave
Disclaimer Dave

We also have an outdated slogan, frequently used in advertising.... :( The article fails to mention the location as well.... 1400 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007 for those wondering.

Michael Grabois
Michael Grabois

If only the article had told us where this restaurant is....

RedIsNotADrink
RedIsNotADrink

Where is it??!! And do they have plans on opening more in H-town, if so where?

abcd
abcd

but where is it

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Did you say BBQ sauce on the nachos? Yuck.


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