There will never be such a thing as a chicken wing war in Cebu. This is my realization after wolfing down on a platter of chicken wings from yet another newly opened chicken wing establishment. In the past year alone, there has been an immense growth of such establishments in the city. Unlike the recent #lechonwar, these establishments are not in for the kill.
True– these establishments may offer similar flavors and promotions (unlimited wings, anyone?). But each of the chicken wing places in Cebu has its own edge over the other. This is what makes it different from lechon, whose taste can only go so far.
Apart from varying flavors, these chicken wing restaurants have something different to offer; which is why it’s hard to identify who has the best chicken wings in Cebu.
Here is my rundown on the different chicken wing places in Cebu and what makes them stand out:
21 Dubs Flavored Chicken Wings
I first got to try 21 Dubs Flavored Chicken Wings when they had a stall at Sugbo Mercado IT Park. After that, we went to their location at Maria Cristina Arcade. It turns out that the space they were renting was quite small and fit for students to hang out in.
What makes them different: They have a total of 21 different flavors to choose from, hence the name.
How much: P120 for a platter (10 pieces)
Thumbs up: Both the wings and the sauce are flavorful! They don’t skimp on the sauce.
Thumbs down: It takes a while to serve. But if you’re not in a hurry, they’re definitely worth a visit.
Bestseller: Garlic Parmesan, House BBQ, Honey Garlic, Buffalo
21 Dubs Flavored Chicken Wings Cebu Branch
Maria Cristina Arcade
Maria Cristina Extension,
Camputhaw, Cebu City
For inquiries: 0943 097 9710
Operating Hours: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm (closed on Sundays)
Bad Boys Wingz
Bad Boys Wingz is among the first three establishments in Cebu to make a brand out of its chicken wing business. Although they now serve other dishes, their main product is their wings. The hole-in-the-wall started in Talamban but moved to a nearer location to the city.
What makes them different: They have focused on their branding and are pioneers of the industrial theme. They also offer other dishes like ribs, shrimp, pasta, and burgers. Their chicken wings come in 9 flavors: Plain Old Wings, Garlic Parmesan, Lemon Pepper, Teriyaki, Honey BBQ, Sriracha Honey, Mild Buffalo, Angry Buffalo, and Suicide.
How much: P169 (6 pieces), P320 (12 pieces), P430 (16 pieces)
Thumbs up: The sauce is tasty! Large dining area that can accommodate 30-40 people. They have delivery through FoodPanda.
Thumbs down: Pricey, the wing pieces are small.
Bestseller: Sriracha Wings, Garlic Parmesan
Bad Boys Wingz Cebu Branch
Kasambagan, Mabolo, Cebu City
For inquiries: (032) 415 4811
Mondays – Thursdays: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fridays – Saturdays: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sundays: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Burrow Lounge is one of the earliest restaurants to offer wings in Cebu. They started offering unlimited wings in their branch in Tsai Hotel, Lahug. Because of their unli wings promo, they were able to attract the young clientele. To date, they have opened a second branch at Parkmall, Mandaue.
What makes them different: They offer four flavors of wings: Asian Barbecue, Mild Teriyaki, Chili, and Classic.
How much: P199 for unlimited wings and rice. Add P40 for unlimited Iced Tea.
Thumbs up: If you’re hungry and want to eat different flavors of chicken wings, they are a good option. Since they have two locations, you can easily make your way to their restaurant.
Thumbs down: They tend to be crowded and lack tables especially during peak hours.
Bestseller: Asian Barbecue and Classic
Burrow Lounge Cebu Branches
Burrow Lounge Lahug
Unit 4, Ground Floor
Tsai Hotel & Residences,
Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City
For inquiries: 0906 229 4901
Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Burrow Lounge Parkmall
Reclamation Area, Ouano Ave.,
Mandaue City, Cebu
Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Gibbs’ Hot Wings
Gibbs’ Hot Wings is among the most popular names people turn to when it comes to chicken wings in Cebu. It’s been around since the first year the chicken wing trend started back in 2014, which is why they are #CebusFirst. The restaurant started as a small hole-in-the-wall establishment built in the garage of the owner’s home. After realizing the need to expand his business, the owner decided to take a risk and open a larger branch. Until today, Gibbs’ Hot Wings is the most sought after establishment at Streetscape. And it is definitely for good reason.
What makes them different: Their wings are tasty. The spicy variant comes in five levels. The Angel Wings are a must! They also regularly introduce new flavors
How much: Price varies
Thumbs up: Each wing is completely coated in sauce. They have their own delivery.
Thumbs down: Takes a while to cook the wings, especially on peak hours. But it’s worth it.
Bestseller: Hot Wings and Angel Wings
Gibbs’ Hot Wings Streetscape Cebu Branch
Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino
Banilad, Cebu City
For inquiries: (032) 349 2103 or 0922 642 4888
Sunday – Monday: 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
KauKau Fusion Resto
To be honest, I haven’t tried KauKau Fusion Resto even though it’s very near our house. We literally pass by this restaurant everyday on our way to and from work. I happened upon their poster along the road that they were offering unlimited chicken wings. Upon further research, I discovered that the unli wings was an offer limited until March 2017 so it’s not available all the time.
What makes them different: Their flavors include Classic, Spicy Buffalo, Teriyaki, Salt and Pepper, and the Parmesan Wings.
How much: Unlimited Wings at P199
Thumbs up: They serve other dishes like crunchy garlic shrimps.
Thumbs down: Unlimited wings is only a promo
Bestseller: Parmesan Wings
KauKau Fusion Resto Branch
57 P. Almendras Ext. St.,
Mabolo, Cebu City
For inquiries, call 0925 725 8880
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
NY Buffalo Brad’s Hot Wings
NY Buffalo Brad’s Hot Wings is a new entry to the Cebuano chicken wing market. They have a number of flavors to choose from. Their location earns them a big plus for those working inside Cebu IT Park
What makes them different: They are inside IT Park
How much: 6 pcs (P174), 10 pcs (P290), 20 pcs (P560)
Thumbs up: Aside from chicken wings, they offer ribs, sausages, and pasta. They also have a Wall of Fame for their suicide challenge.
Thumbs down: Level of hotness is a different price. You can’t mix flavors.
Bestseller: Classic Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan
New York Buffalo Brad’s Hot Wings Branch
Garden Bloc, IT Park
Lahug, Cebu City
10:30 am – 2:00 am Daily
Paku by Chef Binux Chicken Wings
Pakû by Chef Binux is one of the newest chicken wings places in Cebu. They also offer unlimited chicken wings for only P199. They offer a total of 8 flavors with their chicken wings, namely: BBQ, Teriyaki, Hot and Spicy, Lemon Pepper, Sweet & Spicy, Cream Cheese, Honey Caramel, and Mango Wasabi.
What makes them different: The chicken meat is not dry. For an unlimited wing place, they have lots of flavors to choose from.
How much: P199 for unlimited chicken wings and rice
Thumbs up: Not too many people eat there yet (since they’re new) so there’s no crowd of diners.
Thumbs down: There’s no way to tell the flavors apart since they’re all served on the same plate.
Bestseller: Mango Wasabi, BBQ, Honey Caramel
Pakû by Chef Binux Branch
Pope John Paul Street, Mabolo,
Southside Chicken Wings
Just like many of the new generation restaurants in Cebu, Southside Chicken Wings is an establishment that started at their own garage. I was able to visit the hole-in-the-wall restaurant last weekend and was pretty amazed at how low-key and unassuming the restaurant was. Despite having a location that’s a bit difficult to find, there was a frequent stream of people entering the gate; proof that there’s really something special about this place.
What makes them different: They have unique flavors that no other chicken wing place in Cebu offers
How much: P129-159
Thumbs up: The chicken is straight delicious and flavorful!
Thumbs down: Location is not easy to find.
Bestseller: Cajun Glaze, Chili Garlic Wings, Inferno! Wings
Southside Chicken Wings Branch Cebu
#8 Humabon St.
San Antonio Village, Banilad
For inquiries, call 0933 026 3132
10:30 am – 10:30 pm (Monday – Saturday, closed on Sundays)
Sure Thing Chicken Wing
Compared with all the chicken wing places in Cebu, Sure Thing Chicken Wing is the only one that serves puso (hanging rice) with their chicken. Everyone else serves their chicken wings with a cup of plain rice. This establishment is also student priced since it’s near a number of colleges in Cebu.
What makes them different: They serve puso and they’re affordable.
How much: P99 (for 4 pieces), P179 (for 8 pieces), P259 (for 12 pieces)
Thumbs up: They only have four flavors to choose from. Chicken wings and puso is a great combination!
Thumbs down: Since there’s no exhaust fan in the restaurant, your eyes might get watery because of the smoke from the fryer. **Update: They have an exhaust but it’s being maintained.
Bestseller: Honey Glazed and Gangnam
Sure Thing Chicken Wing Location
F. Ramos St. (across The Diplomat Hotel),
For inquiries, call 0995 011 0051
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM Daily
So if you’re looking for the best chicken wings in Cebu, it’s truly a matter of preference– how much your budget is, how hungry you are, and what flavor you enjoy best. Since none of these establishments offer the same thing, you’ll always be able to find that one has an edge over the other. This is why I think a #wingwar in Cebu isn’t likely to happen, at least not with these establishments.
What’s your favorite chicken wing restaurant and why is it your favorite? Let me know below!