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Dry-fried wings at the Lighthouse
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Mind-Blowing Chicken Wings in Portland and Beyond

From wings slathered in sticky fish sauce glaze to crispy-fried lollipops

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Dry-fried wings at the Lighthouse
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For a city hundreds of miles from the South or New York, Portland is infatuated with chicken wings. Whether it’s traditional Buffalo-style, Southern Thai, or world-renowned fish sauce glazed wings, Portland restaurants have found a multitude of ways to take the most humble part of the chicken and turn it into the perfect sports bar snack. Below, find some killer wings of various styles all over Rip City. Those craving something more substantial should check out Eater’s fried chicken map for even more perplexing poultry.

The points on this map guide are not ranked but organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

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10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231
(503) 240-8827
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This wood-paneled, old school Linnton mainstay is worth the drive for its Louisiana dry-fried wings, doused in a well-rounded spice and served with a satisfying side of blue cheese for dipping. The meat itself is juicy and well-seasoned — plus, they’re only $6 during happy hour.

2. Hat Yai

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1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9701
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At Earl Ninsom’s casual Hat Yai, Southern Thai fried chicken is a glorious combination of dripping-juicy meat and a crunchy, cumin-and-coriander-scented, fried shallot crust. Combination sets come with standard Malay-style curry, flaky roti, drumsticks, and thighs, but wings can be added for $3 each. Two wings on their own, plus sticky rice, is $6; customers can order them to-go or gnaw away at one of the blue-and-white-checkered tables.

Two carmel-brown chicken wings sit on a white plate at Hat Yai.
Chicken Wings/Hat Yai
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3. Alberta Market

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909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 282-2169

As one of the best deals in Portland, these no-frills, fried chicken wings are lightly-breaded, slightly spicy, and served with jojos. Locals have been ordering these well-seasoned wings at this Alberta convenience store for years, with good reason: Six crispy wings and jojos are just $5.

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4. Yonder

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4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 444-7947
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Homey, light-blue Southern restaurant Yonder makes a deeply satisfying wing, of course, with a good crunchy exterior and juicy interior — after that first bite, they’re often dripping with trapped juices and chef Maya Lovelace’s no-joke sauces. The classic hot, dipped in chile-spiked lard, is the most recognizable “hot wing,” though the wings are particularly tasty in Lovelace’s sweet and salty “dust.” Yonder occasionally offers wet lemon pepper wings, as well, especially around the Super Bowl.

5. White Elephant Asian Fusion

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4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 766-9855
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White Elephant Asian Fusion can be overlooked sitting next to carts like Matt’s BBQ, but the restaurant’s wings should be on every meat-eating Portlander’s Prost Marketplace hit list. The cart offers a number of different sauces, including mango habanero and and Thai peanut sauce, but the real move is to get the Uncle Og’s Sticky Icky wings, tossed in a salty-sweet-funky glaze reliant on Laotian fish sauce.

6. Han Oak Restaurant

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511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 255-0032
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Chef Peter Cho’s simultaneously homey and chic Han Oak is well-known for its dumplings, quality banchan, stunning rice ssam dishes, and hand-pulled noodles, but the Korean fried chicken is the restaurant’s sleeper hit. Borderline perfect wings arrive in a glorious dry rub mixture of spice and fish powders, fried to a crispy crunch.

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7. Spirit of 77

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500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-9977
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For those seeking the quintessential sports-bar-wing experience, the boisterous Spirit of 77 makes a quintessential buffalo wing, as well as crowd-pleasing dry-rubbed wings. Spirit of 77 goes all-in on sports days, so this is a good spot for Ducks games or the Super Bowl.

8. Big's Chicken

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4606 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 255-0358
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While the signature dish is Alabama-style barbecue chicken, the Glisan and Beaverton locations of this restaurant from the folks behind Laurelhurst Market offer wings that are marinated, smoked, fried, and then tossed in dry spice. The crackly skin holds up under three sauce choices, including the Alabama white. This family-friendly spot has open seating and multiple TV screens to watch the game.

9. Mando's

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15710 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 738-1376

This bright red food cart has a cult following in East Portland and Gresham, thanks to its hardcore “Remix Wings.” These lightly golden, crispy-saucy, salty-sweet wings are also available boneless, for wimps afraid of gnawing on a little bone. For those unwilling to drive that far east, Mando’s recently opened a cart in Northeast Portland as well, at 7339 NE MLK.

10. Canard

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734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2356
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Andy Fortgang and Gabriel Rucker’s gilded wine bar has become an instant classic since its opening in 2018. Rucker serves plump, dry-fried wings with truffle honey drizzle and a house truffled ranch, a blend of slight sweetness over funky, captivating savory flavors. When eaten alongside Canard’s steam burgers and garlic fries, Canard’s wings feel right at home.

Two crispy-fried wings dusted in a white powder with a drizzle of truffle honey at Canard
Wings at Canard
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11. Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings

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1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 230-9464
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With three locations and a fervent following, the ultra-popular, brewpub-vibed Fire on the Mountain takes Buffalo-style wings seriously. A dozen different sauces range from lime cilantro to Jamaican jerk, from raspberry habanero to the masochistic spice of El Jefe. Vegan wings are also an option here.

12. Mama Chow's Kitchen

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313 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

A favorite among downtown workers, this cheerful food cart fries lollipop-ed wings, which makes them easier to eat while on the go. Mama Chow’s garlicky honey soy wings should be eaten over the garlic noodles, so any jus or crackly fried bits can land on the already satisfyingly chewy noodles.

13. Departure Restaurant + Lounge

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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This bustling and buzzy spot on top of the Nines hotel serves wings that are soy-marinated, lollipopped so all the meat is on one side of the bone, lightly breaded, and fried. The result is a magnificent combination of savory with a touch of tanginess, thanks to a sweet chili sauce.

Four studs of golden-fried chicken wings sit on butter lettuce leaves with shreds of carrots and radish on top.
Wings at Departure
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14. Pok Pok Wing

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3120 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

As one of Portland’s most iconic dishes, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings are well-deserving of high praise. Salty fish sauce, sweet palm sugar, and fried garlic blend seamlessly on these marinated-then-double-fried wings, which arrive with a crowd-pleasing, sticky exterior and tender, juicy interior. Pok Pok Wing, the casual-counter-service offshoot, offers the wings for a few bucks less and in half orders.

A pile of wings  the color of hazelnuts on a white plate, with a side of pickled daikon and carrots
Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings/Pok Pok
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1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

10808 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, OR 97231

This wood-paneled, old school Linnton mainstay is worth the drive for its Louisiana dry-fried wings, doused in a well-rounded spice and served with a satisfying side of blue cheese for dipping. The meat itself is juicy and well-seasoned — plus, they’re only $6 during happy hour.

10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

2. Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
Two carmel-brown chicken wings sit on a white plate at Hat Yai.
Chicken Wings/Hat Yai
Nick Woo/EPDX

At Earl Ninsom’s casual Hat Yai, Southern Thai fried chicken is a glorious combination of dripping-juicy meat and a crunchy, cumin-and-coriander-scented, fried shallot crust. Combination sets come with standard Malay-style curry, flaky roti, drumsticks, and thighs, but wings can be added for $3 each. Two wings on their own, plus sticky rice, is $6; customers can order them to-go or gnaw away at one of the blue-and-white-checkered tables.

1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Alberta Market

909 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

As one of the best deals in Portland, these no-frills, fried chicken wings are lightly-breaded, slightly spicy, and served with jojos. Locals have been ordering these well-seasoned wings at this Alberta convenience store for years, with good reason: Six crispy wings and jojos are just $5.

909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Yonder

4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a, Portland, OR 97218

Homey, light-blue Southern restaurant Yonder makes a deeply satisfying wing, of course, with a good crunchy exterior and juicy interior — after that first bite, they’re often dripping with trapped juices and chef Maya Lovelace’s no-joke sauces. The classic hot, dipped in chile-spiked lard, is the most recognizable “hot wing,” though the wings are particularly tasty in Lovelace’s sweet and salty “dust.” Yonder occasionally offers wet lemon pepper wings, as well, especially around the Super Bowl.

4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a
Portland, OR 97218

5. White Elephant Asian Fusion

4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

White Elephant Asian Fusion can be overlooked sitting next to carts like Matt’s BBQ, but the restaurant’s wings should be on every meat-eating Portlander’s Prost Marketplace hit list. The cart offers a number of different sauces, including mango habanero and and Thai peanut sauce, but the real move is to get the Uncle Og’s Sticky Icky wings, tossed in a salty-sweet-funky glaze reliant on Laotian fish sauce.

4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. Han Oak Restaurant

511 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Han Oak
Nick Woo/EPDX

Chef Peter Cho’s simultaneously homey and chic Han Oak is well-known for its dumplings, quality banchan, stunning rice ssam dishes, and hand-pulled noodles, but the Korean fried chicken is the restaurant’s sleeper hit. Borderline perfect wings arrive in a glorious dry rub mixture of spice and fish powders, fried to a crispy crunch.

511 NE 24th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

7. Spirit of 77

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

For those seeking the quintessential sports-bar-wing experience, the boisterous Spirit of 77 makes a quintessential buffalo wing, as well as crowd-pleasing dry-rubbed wings. Spirit of 77 goes all-in on sports days, so this is a good spot for Ducks games or the Super Bowl.

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

8. Big's Chicken

4606 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

While the signature dish is Alabama-style barbecue chicken, the Glisan and Beaverton locations of this restaurant from the folks behind Laurelhurst Market offer wings that are marinated, smoked, fried, and then tossed in dry spice. The crackly skin holds up under three sauce choices, including the Alabama white. This family-friendly spot has open seating and multiple TV screens to watch the game.

4606 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213

9. Mando's

15710 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

This bright red food cart has a cult following in East Portland and Gresham, thanks to its hardcore “Remix Wings.” These lightly golden, crispy-saucy, salty-sweet wings are also available boneless, for wimps afraid of gnawing on a little bone. For those unwilling to drive that far east, Mando’s recently opened a cart in Northeast Portland as well, at 7339 NE MLK.

15710 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230

10. Canard

734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Two crispy-fried wings dusted in a white powder with a drizzle of truffle honey at Canard
Wings at Canard
Nick Woo/EPDX

Andy Fortgang and Gabriel Rucker’s gilded wine bar has become an instant classic since its opening in 2018. Rucker serves plump, dry-fried wings with truffle honey drizzle and a house truffled ranch, a blend of slight sweetness over funky, captivating savory flavors. When eaten alongside Canard’s steam burgers and garlic fries, Canard’s wings feel right at home.

734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings

1708 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

With three locations and a fervent following, the ultra-popular, brewpub-vibed Fire on the Mountain takes Buffalo-style wings seriously. A dozen different sauces range from lime cilantro to Jamaican jerk, from raspberry habanero to the masochistic spice of El Jefe. Vegan wings are also an option here.

1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Mama Chow's Kitchen

313 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

A favorite among downtown workers, this cheerful food cart fries lollipop-ed wings, which makes them easier to eat while on the go. Mama Chow’s garlicky honey soy wings should be eaten over the garlic noodles, so any jus or crackly fried bits can land on the already satisfyingly chewy noodles.

313 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

13. Departure Restaurant + Lounge

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Four studs of golden-fried chicken wings sit on butter lettuce leaves with shreds of carrots and radish on top.
Wings at Departure
Departure / Official

This bustling and buzzy spot on top of the Nines hotel serves wings that are soy-marinated, lollipopped so all the meat is on one side of the bone, lightly breaded, and fried. The result is a magnificent combination of savory with a touch of tanginess, thanks to a sweet chili sauce.

525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

14. Pok Pok Wing

3120 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
A pile of wings  the color of hazelnuts on a white plate, with a side of pickled daikon and carrots
Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings/Pok Pok
Nick Woo/EPDX

As one of Portland’s most iconic dishes, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings are well-deserving of high praise. Salty fish sauce, sweet palm sugar, and fried garlic blend seamlessly on these marinated-then-double-fried wings, which arrive with a crowd-pleasing, sticky exterior and tender, juicy interior. Pok Pok Wing, the casual-counter-service offshoot, offers the wings for a few bucks less and in half orders.

3120 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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