Some cities are known for certain foods: Chicago has deep-dish pizza, Philly has cheesesteaks, New Orleans has poboys. But for those in the know, no food reigns more supreme in the ATL than the lemon pepper wing. The zingy wing is king. We have specialized wing restaurants everywhere and if that weren't enough, a good number of restaurants, lounges, and even strip clubs have a chicken wing option! While you can order just about any flavor you want, by far the most popular is lemon pepper.
Atlanta is a truly unique place. Our populations have swelled and we continue to welcome everyone with our southern hospitality and sweet tea charm. With our airport being the busiest in the world, your travels will likely bring you to this beautiful city. When it does, we highly suggest you expeditiously get yourself some lemon pepper wings (shout out to Atlanta native T.I.). And Inspiced is here as your virtual tour guide.
Where to go? As we mentioned, wings spots are everywhere and each has a slightly different technique. Staples include LT's Wings, J.R. Crickets, American Deli, Dugan's, and Wingstop. If you're feeling super adventurous, you can enjoy your wings at one of our equally famous strip clubs like Magic City, Cheetah, or Blue Flame. We can't tell you why, but it's what locals do and our strip clubs actually offer some of the best food in the city.
How to Order? It is not as simple as ordering the lemon pepper wings. One has to put thought into the type and style of wings. First, you have to decide whether you want flats, drumsticks, or a combination of the two. This is a simply matter of preference but believe us it matters to some people.
- Traditional. Traditionally the wings are deep-fried and then quickly tossed in a mixture of butter and lemon pepper seasoning.
- Dry. You can opt to skip the butter, and just have the wings with the lemon pepper dry rub.
- Wet. Wet style lemon pepper wings are prepared with extra butter and lemon pepper seasoning to give the wings more sauce. Some places feature a wet style where the wing is tossed in a traditional buffalo wing sauce and then topped with lemon pepper seasoning.
- Sprinkles. If you want an extra hit lemon pepper request that it be topped with dry rub or sprinkles.
So there you have it. Try it and you will quickly see why Atlanta's culture has embraced the lemon pepper wing. Our ATL Bound spice blend is a zesty, peppery blend, inspired by our love for this city and that culture. Needless to say that while we love globetrotting, we also love coming home to Atlanta, the best place in the world to get that "10 Piece Lemon Pepper, Wet, All Flats, with Extra Lemon Pepper Sprinkles." No upcoming travel plans to Atlanta? Fear not, we've got all the deets on how you can recreate this chicken wing excellence in your own kitchen.