Chicken and football don’t usually go together, but one exception is when you’re talking about a plate of perfect chicken wings. When you need a wing fix, nothing else will do – which is why Tuscaloosa is home to some top-notch wing joints. Whether you’re in the mood for thick drumettes or tender flats, check out one of these top wing spots to enjoy a tall pile tossed in your favorite sauce.
VooDoo Wing Company
1306 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
This wing staple on the strip offers crispy, well-sized wings that aren’t fancy, but are sure full of flavor. Their concept is simple: pick the number of wings you want (in boneless or traditional), choose from a variety of flavors and temperatures, and select your favorite dipping sauce. Then just sit back, relax, and get your wing on!
One of the best things about VooDoo is their large selection of wing flavors. They have the classic options – mild, medium, hot – as well as other tasty flavors like Spicy PB&J, Cajun Ranch, Hot Honey, and their signature VooDoo sauce. They also range in temperatures from no-spice BBQ all the way to The Bomb, which is guaranteed to make your eyes water. As a bonus, VooDoo Wing Company is a short 6-minute walk from your WestGate condo!
1149 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL, 35406
A Tuscaloosa staple since 1980, Buffalo Phil’s has mastered “the art of wings”. Their fresh-cut wings are smothered in Phil’s original (and secret) blend of seasonings, then fried to perfection and coated in a thick gloss of hand-crafted sauces. Flavor options include Garlic, Spicy BBQ, Honey BBQ, Crimson, Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Honey Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, or Parmesan Garlic. Servings range from an 8-piece ‘Snack’ to their 20-piece ‘Extra Large’ platter, all served with a generous side of celery, carrots, and dipping sauce.
This T-Town icon is located on The Strip, just 0.2 miles from WestGate and the heart of UA campus. The atmosphere is casual, with memorabilia-lined walls, ample bar space, and cozy outdoor seating. It gets crowded on gamedays, so pack your patience and prepare to enjoy the “best wings in the world”.
2322 4th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
This family-run restaurant opened in 2020 and quickly gained a reputation for its authentic, flavorful Caribbean dishes and casual island service. They’re also known for their Jerk Wings, a traditional platter that’s marinated in Jamaican herbs and spices, flame-grilled until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender, then coated in the chef’s signature Jerk sauce. If authentic Jerk is too spicy for your taste, they also offer fried wings in your choice of Sweet Chili or Jamaican, which are seasoned to perfection and topped with a yummy blend of Pineapple BBQ Jerk.
The restaurant has an authentic Caribbean vibe, with cultural decor and photos of the family lining the walls. They offer dine-in and carry-out, but you’ll want to stick around and enjoy their friendly, jovial service and mouth-watering wings.
1241 McFarland Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
If you’re in a hurry, Wing Zone is the place for a quick and tasty wing fix. They offer fast counter service, flavor-fuzed wings in gigantic sizes, and 18 award-winning flavors to create your perfect combination. Their wings are available in three options: Original (fried crispy and tossed in your choice of sauce); Boneless (the same, but sans bone); and Crunchy (hand-breaded and fried hard). Fan-favorite flavors include Liquid Gold (a full-flavored honey mustard); Smokin’ Q (a smokehouse BBQ with a cayenne kick); and Garlic Parm (a unique blend of buffalo, garlic, and parmesan flavors).
When the wings are gone and your fingers are clean, it’s a short flight back to your WestGate condo to rest and recharge. If you prefer not to leave the nest, your private balcony grill (or gourmet oven) can help you create your own wings with delicious, flame-grilled flavor.