When the Patriots took down the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Boston consumed a lot of wings: According to data from online food ordering service GrubHub, orders for the casual football staple spiked 137% during the game.
With Tom Brady and co. back in the big game this year, the grand tradition of Super Bowl parties will no doubt continue. With it will come a need for Buffalo wings.
Alas, with such high demand comes headaches: busy signals, long wait times, and the terrible possibility the restaurant you’ve called on Sunday has run out of wings. To help cut down on stress, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants that still have wings for Sunday — and have provided tips on when to order.
Here were our parameters for the restaurants on this list.
They have to deliver.
Unless you feel comfortable leaving your house under the supervision of your friends while you brave traffic and potentially miss crucial game time (or almost-as-crucial commercials), delivery is a must. This unfortunately excludes some great restaurants with legendary Buffalo wings, but convenience is the name of the game when it comes to the Big Game.
They have to offer party sizes.
Assuming you’re not hosting a Super Bowl party of one, you’re going to want at least 50 wings, and possibly more if wings are the main attraction instead of a side dish.
They have to serve the people.
We wanted to cover as much of Boston (and its closest surrounding areas) as possible, while keeping this list manageable. With that said, we no doubt missed some local gems: if you have suggestions for places we missed, let us know on Facebook.
Every restaurant we talked to stressed one thing for wing-seekers: order early. Ordering on Friday or Saturday is optimal.
Scott Olsen, General Manager of Wings Over Boston, said the restaurant had already received all the orders it could handle for a 6 p.m. delivery on Sunday — but you can still order for an earlier delivery, and keep your wings warm in the oven (a better option than the microwave for optimal crispiness) until game time.
Grover Taylor, owner of Eat at Jumbo’s in Somerville, said that the restaurant already had thousands of dollars worth of wing orders for Super Bowl Sunday, and calling an order in at 6 p.m. the day of the game could mean you won’t get your wings until 9 p.m.
With that in mind, here are ten spots in Boston (and the surrounding areas) that will be slinging wings on Sunday.
AK’s South Boston
AK’s is one of the more popular spots in Southie for delivery, and can dish plenty of wings or tenders in all the traditional flavors (Buffalo, honey mustard, barbecue).
Phone number: (617)-269-3500
In the busy delivery hub of the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Big Daddy’s offers a helpful delivery map that lets you know how much you need to order for them to deliver to you.
Phone number: (617)-787-1080
BonChon is an outlier on our list in that it doesn’t offer Buffalo wings. Instead, the international chain — with locations in Harvard Square and Allston — offers Korean-style fried chicken, with deep-fried wings, drumsticks, and strips covered in a choice of a spicy chili powder sauce or garlic and soy sauce.
Phone number: (617)-254-8888 (Boston), (617)-868-0981 (Cambridge)
This North End cafe offers a variety of flavors and sizes, but only delivers to the North End unless you call ahead and order in bulk.
Phone number: (857)-263-8057
Eat at Jumbo’s
This Somerville eatery already has plenty of experience delivering massive quantities of wings in over two dozen different flavors to the students of Tufts University, but even a spot like Jumbo’s gets overwhelmed on Super Bowl Sunday.
Phone number: (617)-666-0000
Rock City Pizza
Another contender in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, Rock City Pizza is no-frills, but it’ll get the job done.
Phone number: (617)-782-7625
Tri-City Wings & Grill
Though it can be overshadowed by the superlative Buff’s Pub in Newton Corner, Tri-City holds its own a few miles North in the Newtonville neighborhood of Newton. The restaurant puts an emphasis on their wings, and has been rewarded with loyal clientele.
Phone number: (617) 244-8220
Boston University students are spoiled by the sheer number of wings options they have at their disposal, and yet another one is Wing-It, located a short ways away from the campus center. Even the restaurant’s order sizes are college-themed, with the truly gluttonous able to order a junior platter (50 pieces) or senior platter (120).
Phone number: (617)-783-2473
Started in 1999 at UMass Amherst, Wings Over has become a homegrown success, with more than 30 locations spread across 12 states. With 19 flavors ranging from the traditional honey barbecue to the zany cajun teriyaki, the variety should keep every personal taste satisfied. Even in the Boston area you have plenty of options, with Wings Over locations in Somerville, Brookline, and Boston.
Phone number: (617)-264-9464 (Brookline), 617-266-9464 (Boston), 617-666-9464 (Somerville)
Though Wingz Express is located in Brighton, the restaurant touts its ability to serve Allston, Brighton, Newton and Watertown on its website. And with a extra large platter of 140 wings, they can serve almost any party.
Phone number: (617)-783-9464