January 19, 2018 // Mabel Suen // Feast Magazine
A popular chain from the southwest has made its way to the St. Louis area. Native Grill & Wings debuted its first midwest location in St. Charles with a soft opening on Jan. 17. The family-friendly sports bar is known most famously for its 21 different chicken wing flavors and also offers pizza, burgers and more.
Native Grill & Wings originated in 1978 and is based out of Chandler, Arizona. There are currently around 45 locations across the country. The St. Charles franchise is owned and operated by STL Native, LLC, which is made up of individuals with a combined 20 years of experience in the industry, including owning Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in the St. Louis market. The group intends to open two to three additional locations of Native in the St. Louis area.
The St. Charles restaurant fills the space previously occupied by the Titled Kilt, with 270 seats throughout. The room features refurbished barn wood along its central bar, numerous TVs displaying sports events and a gaming area with air hockey, foosball, darts and Golden Tee. Local artist AJ Sanchez of St. Louis Underground Gallery will also be adding hand-painted murals to the walls.
The menu begins with the brand’s namesake wing sauces, which are available served with traditional bone-in wings, hand-breaded boneless wings and tenders. Popular flavor picks include ancho chile-lime dry rub, spicy honey mustard and honey hot sauce. Some more interesting options include ghost pepper as well as chicken ’n’ waffles dry rub.
Appetizers include options such as loaded tots, hummus and buffalo chicken nachos, while salads include highlights like the chicken apple walnut salad with garden romaine, Granny Smith apples, strawberries, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken and citrus vinaigrette.
Hand-tossed New York style pizzas are available with topping options such as the house special with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives. From the burger menu, choose from options such as the “Hangover Burger” with hardwood-smoked bacon, hash brown, fried egg, avocado, lettuce and pepper jack cheese.
Weekly specials include all-you-can-eat wings on Tuesdays, boneless wing specials on Wednesdays and fish fries on Fridays. Behind the bar, guests will find 30 draft handles with several local craft beer options as well as a selection of around 25 whiskeys.
Native Grill & Wings’s current hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11am to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 11am to 1:30am.
Native Grill & Wings, 1566 Country Club Plaza Road, St. Charles, Missouri, 636.493.9583, nativegrillandwings.com