Preview magazine: Best Wings

September 2017// Preview // Michele Chiappetta & Rob Harmon

Best Wings – Whether fried, battered, smoked, naked or slathered in sauce, chicken wings are the perfect food staple for the big game or a quick bite. We’ve found the 30 worthiest wings joints in the 918. Stock up on wet wipes. 

You know you love them: those small bits of chicken, braised in sauce and served up as you hang with your best buddies watching the game at your favorite Green Country watering hole. The mighty chicken wing is a classic, go-to appetizer for good reason. They’re tasty, messily fun, come in so many flavors, and can easily feed just you or your whole crew of friends.

Believe it or not, wings were supposedly invented in — where else? — Buffalo, N.Y., when Teressa Bellissmo received a supply of chicken wings rather than chicken necks, and was forced to improvise. Whether true or not, the story reminds us that chicken wings are a brilliant use of what is otherwise a sadly overlooked part of the bird.

The average American eats around 90 wings a year. At around six wings per serving, that’s at least 15 times you’ll be enjoying this fun appetizer around town. And with the football season about to kick off, what better time is there to explore the best T-Town has to offer? So, we bit the bullet and ate our way around Green Country to give you this list of the best wings you can eat around these parts.

Native Grill & Wings
10804 E. 71st | Tulsa
Located just north of the Cinemark Tulsa and IMAX off 71st, Native Grill & Wings abounds with delicious-looking combinations of sandwiches (California Cluck, meatball sub), salads, sliders, burgers and, yes, pizza. But if it’s wings you want, it’s wings you can get. Native takes the basic concept of wings and runs it through an abundance of variations. Their menu features some traditional flavors, and a host of bolder choices as well including The Ghost (which claims to say RIP to your taste buds), Chicken n’ Waffles, Strawberry Hot and Teriyaki Ginger. While it’s difficult to pick a standout, Native goes above and beyond the traditional wing offerings. If you’re seeking wings done well, Native will never steer you wrong, especially on Tuesdays when you can get bottomless tradition wings for $14.99.

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Review: Native Grill & Wings is sports bar-style eatery featuring pizza, wings

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September 5, 2017 // Tulsa World News // Scott Cherry

Sports bar-style eater opens in south Tulsa

The history of Native Grill & Wings, according to managing partner Jason Prout at the new Tulsa restaurant, started in 1979 when the founding Anderson family made its way from Buffalo, New York, to settle in Arizona.

“The story goes that they moved there to open a pizzeria and called it the Native New Yorker Restaurant,” said Prout, a veteran Tulsa restaurateur. “When the pizzeria started failing and since they were from Buffalo, where wings began at the Anchor Bar, they went and bought a bunch of wings and started selling them in Arizona. They became very popular and successful with the wings.”

The story also goes that people started saying, “Let’s go to Native to eat,” and the owners eventually dropped New Yorker and renamed it Native Grill & Wings.

Regardless, the chain made its entry into Oklahoma about three weeks ago in a new building that sits in front of Cinemark Tulsa theater and behind Smashburger and Chuy’s on the south side of 71st Street.

It’s a sports bar-styled restaurant with banks of big-screen televisions that are easy to see anywhere in the dining areas. Two large screens over the bar can show up to four games each at one time, a handy thing to have as football season gets under way.

Wings are the big stars here with 21 flavors, including seven dry rubs and 14 sauces. They range from mild chicken n’ waffles and asiago Parmesan to spicy hot habanero mango and The Ghost.

Our table ordered a 15-pack platter ($15.99) with five salt and vinegar, five honey hot and five honey barbecue. The bone-in wings were tender and meaty, and the latter two flavors had a little kick to them. They came with celery sticks and a good, creamy ranch dipping sauce.

Along the same line, the restaurant also offers boneless wings and strippers, Native’s name for boneless fried chicken tenders.

The menu has enough variety to satisfy most tastes. It includes stone-oven pizzas, flatbreads, salads, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, sliders and a couple of fish entrees.

In addition to wings, we also had the hangover burger ($10.99) and an order of sliders (two for $6.49), and both came with tasty seasoned fries.

The hangover burger, served in a paper-lined wire basket, was almost too thick to eat by hand. It included a ground beef patty, hardwood-smoked bacon, hash browns, fried egg, avocado, lettuce and pepper jack cheese. The combination of the bacon, egg and avocado made it a burger to remember.

The sliders turned out to be a good bargain. We chose barbecued pork and Native sliders. The former held a generous serving of shredded pork with pickle slices and honey-barbecue sauce. The Native was a basic, small burger with ground beef, cheddar cheese and pickles. Both were served on soft brioche buns.

Other slider choices included meatball with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and chicken-fried chicken with lettuce, pickles and mayo.

I substituted onion rings for the fries with the hangover burger for an extra $1.99. They were medium-sized and OK, but I might just stick with the fries next time.

I almost ordered the fish and chips, but instead of that, I think I would like to return on a Friday for the Friday Fish Fry, which includes a 13-ounce, beer-battered haddock, served with fries, tartar sauce and lemon for $12.99.

Native Grill & Wings offers full bar service.

A menu for ages 12 and younger includes a grilled chicken breast, four-pack wings, kid-friendly strippers, grilled cheese, mac-and-cheese or slider for $3.99 to $5.49. They come with a fountain drink or milk and choice of one side.

Our server, Christina, was hard-working, friendly and seemed well-versed on the menu.

Restaurant features include a garage door that can open to the patio and counter seats on the patio that open to the bar through another garage door. Decorations include a hand-painted wall mural with a Tulsa and Route 66 theme.

Native Grill & Wings Back and Better than Ever in Laveen

September 18, 2017 // Franchising.com // Native Grill & Wings

Award-winning restaurant continues Arizona expansion.

Native Grill & Wings, an award-winning Arizona restaurant chain known for its 20+ wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, has announced the reopening of its Laveen location.

The restaurant is located at 5020 W. Baseline Road, Suite 123, in Laveen, and is open and operating as of September 8, 2017. Franchise owner Pat Kieny is bringing the brand back to Laveen with extensive experience as an owner of two other Native locations in Phoenix.

“I’m thrilled to reintroduce a staple Arizona brand like Native Grill & Wings to the people of Laveen,” said Kieny. “Native already has a loyal following throughout Arizona, and we can’t wait to see Laveen become another hub for local chicken wing lovers.”

Native Grill & Wings (or, “Native,” as the regulars call it) focuses on high-quality food and being a family-friendly environment, unlike competitors such as Hooters, Twin Peaks and Buffalo Wild Wings. The polished sports grill proudly offers over 20 wing flavors – from Strawberry Hot to Ancho Chile Lime, Asian Garlic to Honey Chipotle – which guests can order by the individual wing, as well as an extensive menu of pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Most of the sauces and rubs can be used to customize other menu items.

Native Grill & Wings restaurants are divided into a bar and restaurant, with approximately 30-40 flat screen TVs throughout, offering sports coverage for families and serious fans, and a customer base spanning all generations – baby boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials.

“I am confident that Pat will continue to bring success to each area he introduces Native in,” said CEO Dan Chaon. “We’re incredibly proud of the recognition and iconic status we’ve received in our own backyard over the past three decades, and we’re excited to see the brand continue to expand throughout Arizona.”

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