clock menu more-arrow no yes
A bowl of fried chicken is surrounded by banana leaves, topped with rice, at Prey & Tell
Fried chicken wings from Prey + Tell
Summer Luu / Official

Mind-Blowing Chicken Wings in Portland and Beyond

Whether they’re in tangy lemon-pepper, sports bar Buffalo-style, or searingly hot pepper sauces, Portland has wings for days

View as Map
Fried chicken wings from Prey + Tell
| Summer Luu / Official

For a city that’s nowhere near Buffalo, New York, nor anywhere close to Atlanta or Seoul, Portland is still crazy about chicken wings. Whether it’s traditional Buffalo-style, Southern Thai, or Atlanta lemon-pepper, Portland restaurants have found a multitude of ways to take the most humble part of the bird and turn it into the perfect 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 golden poultry, or to the Korean fried chicken map for yangnyeom goodness.

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

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

Copy Link
10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231
(503) 240-8827
Visit Website

This wood-paneled, old school Linnton mainstay is worth heading out Route 30 for its Louisiana dry-fried wings, doused in 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 a bargain during happy hour.

2. White Elephant Asian Fusion

Copy Link
4233 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 766-9855
Visit Website

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 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.

3. Prey + Tell

Copy Link
3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 220-1997
Visit Website

Prey + Tell, chef Diane Lam’s Cambodian-style fried chicken, can be found at North Mississippi’s Psychic Bar for takeout, delivery, or enjoying indoors and out on the heated patio. The ultra-crispy, gluten-free wings are dredged, well-seasoned, and accompanied by sauces like a blend of caramelized fish sauce and butter, lime leaf buffalo, lime-kampot pepper a.k.a. “Mekhong Mud,” or Nary ranch, a French-Cambodian take on the American classic.

4. Mama Chow's Kitchen

Copy Link
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.

5. Lúa

Copy Link
3971 N Williams Ave Suite 103
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 954-3600
Visit Website

North Williams’ Lúa serves a robust selection of Vietnamese food, from house-made woven rice noodles to street food snacks. Fried wings tossed in a savory fish sauce-spiked glaze is a surefire pick from the latter category. It brings the light, crisp crust of Korean fried chicken and hints at the glory of Pok Pok’s famous Vietnamese wings. They’re served with banh mi-style shredded pickled daikon and carrots for tartness and crunch.

6. Spirit of 77

Copy Link
500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-9977
Visit Website

For those seeking the comforting sports-bar-wing experience, the boisterous and busy Spirit of 77 makes a quintessential buffalo wing, as well as crowd-pleasing dry-rubbed wings. The warehouse-like sports bar goes all-in on game days, so this is a solid spot for Ducks, the Super Bowl, and of course Blazers games—the Spirit of 77 is, after all, a reference to the year the Blazers won it all at the NBC championships.

7. Canard

Copy Link
734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-2356
Visit Website

Andy Fortgang and Gabriel Rucker’s gilded wine bar has become an instant classic since its opening. Rucker serves plump, dry-fried wings with a 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 — preferably with a glass of sparkling wine in hand — Canard’s wings feel right at home.

8. Alberta Market

Copy Link
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: It’s a delicious bargain, served fresh and hot in a bag to go.

View this post on Instagram

Chicken Wings #seasonings #broastedchicken

A post shared by Portland Epicurean (@motoman55) on

9. Hat Yai

Copy Link
1605 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9701
Visit Website

At either location of Earl Ninsom’s casual counter-service restaurant Hat Yai, Southern Thai fried chicken is a glorious mix 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 are also available; 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
Nick Woo/EPDX

10. Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings

Copy Link
1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 230-9464
Visit Website

With three locations and a fervent following, the ultra-popular, brewpub-vibed Fire on the Mountain takes Buffalo-style wings seriously. There are roughly a dozen different sauces to choose from which range in spice level, like a zesty lime-cilantro, smoky-sweet Jamaican jerk, and the peppery sweet raspberry habanero. Vegan wings are also an option here, for non meat-eaters who want to try their hand (and tastebuds) at the masochistic levels of spice in the El Jefe.

11. FOMO Chicken

Copy Link
113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 308-0258
Visit Website

A food cart in Pod 28, just off of East Burnside, FOMO is strong contender for the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) title in Portland. The wings here are served bone-in or boneless, and come with a few options: One, a sticky-sweet Korean garlic sauce, another a spicy Korean sauce. Those who cannot choose, however, don’t have to, as diners can order them half-and-half. Even on their own the spicy wings aren’t overly hot, but a lovely level of heat to balance the gently sweet notes.

12. Chimcking

Copy Link
4118 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 384-2536
Visit Website

Similar to Happy Valley’s Bonchon, Chimcking is a Korean franchise with Portland outposts (in Beaverton and Hollywood). This is classic Korean fried chicken, dredged in tapioca starch and twice-fried for that perfect golden crackle. Wings come in garlic-soy or spicy. Order a combo of both and don’t forget the pickled daikon cubes on the side, paired with an ice cold Hite. 

13. Big's Chicken

Copy Link
4606 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 255-0358
Visit Website

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.

14. Erica's Soul Food

Copy Link
803 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 922-5519
Visit Website

This bright yellow cart in Montavilla has become a go-to for chicken wings, specifically the Atlanta-style lemon-pepper, a rarity in Portland. For the uninitiated, ATL-style wings are from the more-is-more school, a hybrid of hot Buffalo wings and zesty lemon-pepper glaze, served “extra wet” with fries and ranch or blue cheese for dipping. This popular style is just one of the nine wing varieties on offer — so feel free to branch out with peach sriracha or buffalo bacon ranch — and vegan options are also available.

15. Mando's

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

This bright red food cart developed 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 anyone afraid of gnawing on a little bone. Mando’s recently opened a brick-and-mortar spot in Morrison Market, so fans now have a closer-in option.

1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

10808 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, OR 97231

This wood-paneled, old school Linnton mainstay is worth heading out Route 30 for its Louisiana dry-fried wings, doused in 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 a bargain during happy hour.

10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

2. 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 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

3. Prey + Tell

3560 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Prey + Tell, chef Diane Lam’s Cambodian-style fried chicken, can be found at North Mississippi’s Psychic Bar for takeout, delivery, or enjoying indoors and out on the heated patio. The ultra-crispy, gluten-free wings are dredged, well-seasoned, and accompanied by sauces like a blend of caramelized fish sauce and butter, lime leaf buffalo, lime-kampot pepper a.k.a. “Mekhong Mud,” or Nary ranch, a French-Cambodian take on the American classic.

3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. 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

5. Lúa

3971 N Williams Ave Suite 103, Portland, OR 97227

North Williams’ Lúa serves a robust selection of Vietnamese food, from house-made woven rice noodles to street food snacks. Fried wings tossed in a savory fish sauce-spiked glaze is a surefire pick from the latter category. It brings the light, crisp crust of Korean fried chicken and hints at the glory of Pok Pok’s famous Vietnamese wings. They’re served with banh mi-style shredded pickled daikon and carrots for tartness and crunch.

3971 N Williams Ave Suite 103
Portland, OR 97227

6. Spirit of 77

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

For those seeking the comforting sports-bar-wing experience, the boisterous and busy Spirit of 77 makes a quintessential buffalo wing, as well as crowd-pleasing dry-rubbed wings. The warehouse-like sports bar goes all-in on game days, so this is a solid spot for Ducks, the Super Bowl, and of course Blazers games—the Spirit of 77 is, after all, a reference to the year the Blazers won it all at the NBC championships.

500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

7. Canard

734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Andy Fortgang and Gabriel Rucker’s gilded wine bar has become an instant classic since its opening. Rucker serves plump, dry-fried wings with a 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 — preferably with a glass of sparkling wine in hand — Canard’s wings feel right at home.

734 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

8. 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: It’s a delicious bargain, served fresh and hot in a bag to go.

909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

9. 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 either location of Earl Ninsom’s casual counter-service restaurant Hat Yai, Southern Thai fried chicken is a glorious mix 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 are also available; 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

10. 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. There are roughly a dozen different sauces to choose from which range in spice level, like a zesty lime-cilantro, smoky-sweet Jamaican jerk, and the peppery sweet raspberry habanero. Vegan wings are also an option here, for non meat-eaters who want to try their hand (and tastebuds) at the masochistic levels of spice in the El Jefe.

1708 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

11. FOMO Chicken

113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

A food cart in Pod 28, just off of East Burnside, FOMO is strong contender for the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) title in Portland. The wings here are served bone-in or boneless, and come with a few options: One, a sticky-sweet Korean garlic sauce, another a spicy Korean sauce. Those who cannot choose, however, don’t have to, as diners can order them half-and-half. Even on their own the spicy wings aren’t overly hot, but a lovely level of heat to balance the gently sweet notes.

113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

12. Chimcking

4118 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Similar to Happy Valley’s Bonchon, Chimcking is a Korean franchise with Portland outposts (in Beaverton and Hollywood). This is classic Korean fried chicken, dredged in tapioca starch and twice-fried for that perfect golden crackle. Wings come in garlic-soy or spicy. Order a combo of both and don’t forget the pickled daikon cubes on the side, paired with an ice cold Hite. 

4118 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

13. 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

14. Erica's Soul Food

803 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

This bright yellow cart in Montavilla has become a go-to for chicken wings, specifically the Atlanta-style lemon-pepper, a rarity in Portland. For the uninitiated, ATL-style wings are from the more-is-more school, a hybrid of hot Buffalo wings and zesty lemon-pepper glaze, served “extra wet” with fries and ranch or blue cheese for dipping. This popular style is just one of the nine wing varieties on offer — so feel free to branch out with peach sriracha or buffalo bacon ranch — and vegan options are also available.

803 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97216

15. Mando's

15710 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97230

This bright red food cart developed 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 anyone afraid of gnawing on a little bone. Mando’s recently opened a brick-and-mortar spot in Morrison Market, so fans now have a closer-in option.

15710 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97230

Related Maps