October 15, 2014
5 Places to Get Chicken Wings
Whether you consider chicken wings to be an appetizer or main course
By Joshua Aromin
The chicken wing, it’s a timeless bar snack as well as the finishing move of the pro wrestling great Bob Backlund. And over time, it’s become more than just a food that accompanies sports, beers or an entrée. Instead, the chicken wing itself has become the main event. I’ve been obsessed with wings for quite some time now, and my friends can attest. Proof: I went to Niagara Falls last April, and a pit stop in Buffalo to try the original Buffalo wings at the famed Anchor Bar was one of the main highlights. I even have a souvenir T-shirt.
Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying I like chicken wings and constantly seek them out. There are a lot of places to get wings in Rhode Island but here are five of my go-to places. I should also say, I used to seek out the hottest wings (and food in general), but have since mellowed out after trying what were supposedly ghost chili wings. That resulted in pain, agony, bitter defeat and an early retirement from extreme spicy foods. Nowadays, I still like spicy but tend to go for non-Buffalo-flavored wings. This list reflects that.
Wings Over Providence Yes, this is a chain, but it’s a chain that I love. Introduced to Wings Over years ago by a cousin, I’ve been regularly ordering their garlic parmesan and Cajun blackened wings. In addition to five levels of Buffalo, Wings Over also has a selection of other sauces and dry rubs, ranging from spicy teriyaki to honey barbeque to Jamaican jerk. For heat lovers, I did try their highest level of Buffalo before, aptly named After Burner. It’s a strong level of heat that still maintains a nice flavor, unlike some of its counterparts. 725 Hope St., Providence, 401-274-9464, wingsover.com
Providence Coal Fired Pizza As the name suggests, Providence Coal Fire Pizza cooks their pizza with coal fire. They also cook their chicken wings, which are surrounded by sea salt, rosemary and onions, with coal fire. Yes, the pizzas here are pretty great, but trying the wings is an absolute must. They only have one style of wing (and that’s all they need) so the decision shouldn’t be very hard. 385 Westminster St., Providence, 401-454-7499, providencecoalfirepizza.com
Bonehead Wings Here’s where the decision making really comes into play. By my count, there are forty-nine sauces and twenty-one dry rubs here. The restaurant is music-themed and so is the menu. Flavors include the standards, but the more unusual choices range from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (candied bacon and maple sauce) to Pump Up the Jam (peanut butter and jelly sauce). The last time I was there I had the buffalo mac and cheese dry rub. Many future trips are in order. 131 Washington St., West Warwick, 401-828-9464, boneheadwings.com
Seven Moons The menu at Seven Moons is huge. The pan-Asian restaurant in North Kingstown has American Chinese food standards like crab rangoon and orange chicken mixed in with Japanese choices like shu mai, edamame and a variety of sushi rolls. Among the menu choices are the crispy Thai-style chicken wings. Breaded, fried and served with peppers and dried red chilies, these wings are the crispiest on this list and let you control the heat level by how many peppers you eat. 6900 Post Rd., North Kingstown, 401-885-8383, sevenmoonsonline.com
Brass Monkey I first came here by chance when my car broke down outside the office, which is across the street, and AAA said it would take an hour-and-a-half to get to me. They ended up coming in ten minutes, but not before I could order their lemon pepper wings. The location that houses Brass Monkey has changed so many times in recent years, I didn’t really know what to expect. The wings are crispy, full of flavor, they’re legit. I’ve since been back, this time with a working car and for their take on garlic parm and got the same result. Other flavors include buffalo, teriyaki, bourbon and more. Here’s hoping Brass Monkey sticks around. 800 Allens Ave., Providence, 401-785-1818, brassmonkeyri.com