As connoisseurs of buffalo wings know, not all renditions of the popular chicken-derived delicacy are worth crossing the road for. And when it comes to choosing favorites, wing lovers demand a healthy portion of meat on their bones, along with just the right amount of rub or sauce needed to deliver a tasty, finger-lickin’ punch.
Fortunately for those in search of the flavorful fowl on the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area boasts an array of restaurants serving up chicken wings that have been spiced and cooked to perfection, delivering a downright-delicious meat treat. Next time a wing craving strikes you and your vacation crew during a Grand Strand beach getaway, head for one of these five area restaurants known for their tasty chicken wings:
Pine Lakes Tavern — Situated within a strong tee shot of the famous Myrtle Beach golf course of the same name, Pine Lakes Tavern has something else in common with “The Granddaddy.” Just as Pine Lakes Country Club was the first of many golf courses on the Grand Strand, Pine Lakes Tavern is Myrtle Beach’s first gastropub. And as expected of a good gastropub, the bar and eatery’s wings are worth going out of your way to get. Called the Colossal Wings Drumettes, they’re brined, baked and flash fried, then served with your choice of homemade hot, mild, BBQ or hoisin sauce. See the full menu at pinelakestavern.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings — With a pair of Grand Strand locations — one off Highway 17 North in North Myrtle Beach and the other off Highway 501 near the Myrtle Beach Speedway — this national chain focuses its attention on chicken wings, brews and televised sports. Its traditional and boneless wings can be hand-spun in a wide range of signature sauces or dry seasonings, among them Buffalo, BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Parmesan Garlic, Thai Curry, Caribbean Jerk and Asian Zing, just to name a few. Check out all the flavorful options at buffalowildwings.com.
Fat Jack’s Wings and Things — Located in Surfside Beach, this locally owned family restaurant specializes in wings that are fried to perfection, then dipped in your choice of homemade specialty sauces. The list of sauce options is long, and it includes all the standards, as well as some unique offerings like Hawaiian, Ragin’ Cajun and Texas Gold. Keep an eye out for the especially unique sauce of the month, which was Beer, Bourbon & Bacon at the time of this writing. Explore the full menu at fatjackswings.com.
Wing Kings — This small, family-owned wing joint on Socastee Boulevard in Myrtle Beach has been repeatedly voted “Best of the Beach” by Sun News readers, and it offers over 20 sauce options on its fresh and cooked-to-order wings. Among the flavors available are the usual suspects, plus the super-hot, eat-at-your-own-risk Suicide Wings, Mustard Barbecue Wings, Garmesan (garlic flavored parmesan) Wings, Parmeyaki (parmesan and teriyaki) Wings and more. Bonus: The Fried Pickles are a popular and tasty side dish here. Learn more on the Wing Kings Facebook page.
Carolina Tavern — Known for its delicious wings and ribs, this Murrells Inlet eatery also offers unique “Tap Tables” where you can pour your own draft beers — a perfect cool-down option for those who enjoy a wing that really brings the heat (like Carolina Tavern’s “Ridiculous Hot” offering). The wings here are served in traditional and boneless styles, and the wide range of sauce options available includes some unique offerings like Cajun, Teriyaki Cajun, Cajun Honey, Hot Ranch, Tavern Beer Rub and more. Check out the full menu at thecarolinatavern.com.
With so many restaurants serving worth-your-while wings on the Grand Strand, you’re sure to find a place that fits the bill for your hungry crew. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why the Grand Strand is such a popular destination for foodies and beach-lovers alike.