East Coast Wings and wings and wings

by Charles Womack

With more than 75 flavors and 675 possible combinations, the wing’s the thing at East Coast Wings. (photo by Charles Womack)’

I had heard good things about East Coast Wings and have been meaning to give it a try. The rapidly growing chain currently has locations in 10 states, with six right here in the Triad: two in High Point (2703 S. Main St. and 2900 N. Main St.), two in Winston- Salem (4880 Country Club Road and 5014 Peters Creek Parkway), one in Kernersville (800 North Main Street, Unit J) and the Greensboro spot I visited located at 1579 A-B New Garden Road.

Last week, on a nasty rainy night, the wife and I decided to give their New Garden Road location in Greensboro a shot.

According to the company website, “East Coast Wings was founded in June 1995 in a small 1,600 square foot shopping center space in Winston-Salem…. The local patrons quickly adapted to the unique style of Buffalo wings.”

My first thought upon being handed the menu was “WOW! It’s huge!” There’s a lot of stuff here — 75 flavors of wings more than 15 appetizers or “Preliminaries,” homemade chips, fried pickles, Southwestern egg rolls and the item that caught our eyes: sweet-potato fries with a sweet dipping sauce.

The fries were served warm and tender and seasoned with cinnamon sugar. They could have stood on their own as delicious, but when slid through the sauce they all we could say was, “Ohhhh my!” This place also serves quesadillas and classic sandwiches including a BLT, Monte Cristo, French dip and a Reuben to name a few. The menu also benefits from 10 salads, including a taco salad and spinach salad.

More: eight wraps, 10 burgers and seven chicken sandwiches. And then there’s the wings, 75 flavors of wings to be exact.

Overwhelmed yet?

There are a lot there. A LOT! But that’s part of the fun in this place.

A special menu the gives more details on flavors of the sauces. You can get several small orders of six, see what tickles your fancy and make mental notes. On your next visit, try a few more, and so on. Eventually you will find your favorites and possibly… possibly… work your way up to giving the ECW Insanity wings a try.

These wings are so hot you have to be 18 and sign a waiver before eating them. If you can keep them down, they will take your photo and put it on their “Wall of Flame” for all to see.

But I’m still working my way through the menu. On our first night we ordered five orders of different flavors: General Tsos, 1,000 Reasons, Sweet BBQ, Bang Bang and the Bahama Mamma.

Since I usually order General Tso’s Chicken when I eat Chinese food, it was my pick and my favorite of the bunch. My wife enjoys a milder wing and she enjoyed the Sweet BBQ. We enjoyed the others as well and both look forward to working our way through the menu. Others that I can’t wait to try are some of the “Spirited Flavors” such as Spiked Bourbon Street, Honey BBQ with Whiskey, and Teri-Ginger with Rum.

As the website attests, these wings come in more than 675 combinations and have consistently won honors in the Triad and beyond, including the “War Of The Wings,” the Triad Wing Festival and accxolades in the High Point Enterprise and the Winston-Salem Journal.”

wanna go?

East Coast Wings 1579 A-B New Garden Road Greensboro NC, 27410