As connoisseurs of buffalo wings know, not all renditions of the popular chicken-derived delicacy are worth clucking about. And when it comes to picking personal favorites, wing lovers look for a healthy portion of meat on their bones, along with the perfect proportion of sauce or rub needed to deliver a tasty, finger-lickin’ punch.
Fortunately for Grand Strand vacationers in search of the flavorful fowl, the Myrtle Beach area boasts an array of restaurants serving up chicken wings that have been cooked and spiced to perfection, delivering a downright-delicious treat for meat lovers. Next time a wing craving strikes you and your vacation crew during a beach getaway on the Grand Strand, head for one of these five area restaurants known for their tasty chicken wings:
Pine Lakes Tavern — Situated within a long 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 is to be expected at 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.
Wing Kings — This small, family-owned wing joint on Myrtle Beach’s Socastee Boulevard offers over 20 sauce options on its fresh and cooked-to-order wings, and the delicious results have earned it repeated “Best of the Beach” honors from Sun News readers. Among the flavors available are the usual suspects, plus the super-hot, eat-at-your-own-risk Suicide Wings, Mustard Barbecue Wings, Parmeyaki (parmesan and teriyaki) Wings, Garmesan (garlic flavored parmesan) Wings and more. Bonus: The Fried Pickles are a popular and tasty side dish here. Learn more on the Wing Kings Facebook page
Fat Jack’s Wings and Things — Found 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, plus some unique offerings like Ragin’ Cajun, Hawaiian 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.
Carolina Tavern — Known for its delicious wings and ribs, this Murrells Inlet eatery also offers unique “Tap Tables” where diners can pour their 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, Cajun Honey, Teriyaki Cajun, Hot Ranch, Tavern Beer Rub and more. Check out the full menu at thecarolinatavern.com.
Buffalo Wild Wings — With a pair of Grand Strand locations — one off Highway 501 near the Myrtle Beach Speedway and the other off Highway 17 North in North Myrtle Beach — 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 variety of signature sauces or dry seasonings, among them Buffalo, BBQ, Parmesan Garlic, Thai Curry, Lemon Pepper, Caribbean Jerk and Asian Zing, just to name a few. Check out all the flavorful options at buffalowildwings.com.
With so many Grand Strand restaurants serving well-worth-your-while wings, you’re sure to find a place that fits the bill for your hungry vacation crew. Book your oceanfront getaway at Caribbean Resort & Villas in Myrtle Beach today, and come see why the Grand Strand is such a popular destination for beach-lovers and foodies alike.