Why did the student cross the road? To chow down on some chicken and beer before class.
In the past month, two popular chicken wing joints have opened directly across campus: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill (BWW) opened in Sunset Place, and Sports Grill set up shop on Sunset Drive next to George’s (adjacent to Sunset Place).
BWW is famous for its 20 signature sauces and dry seasonings that range from Sweet BBQ to Blazin’. The new location feeds hungry Canes seven days a week until 2 a.m.
At BWW, six traditional wings will run you $5.29, or you can get eight boneless for $7.79. Specials include traditional wings for 50 cents each on Tuesdays, and boneless wings for 60 cents each on Thursdays.
Sports Grill, which was once named Miami New Times’ choice for “best wings in Miami,” offers seven different wing styles, including “Special Grilled” and “Miami Heats.” Wings come in orders of 10, 16, 25 or 50.
Titanic Restaurant and Brewery
This joint, located on Ponce De Leon Boulevard just south of the UM baseball stadium, is even closer to campus than Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Sports Grill. The beer it brews attracts drinkers and diners, but those who don’t order a Bucket O’ Wings are missing out.
The chicken soaks in savory Vietnamese sauce. If you’ve had Sriracha, you know these wings are fire.
They go by the pound: $8 for one and $14.50 for two.
Stop in on a Thursday to take advantage of the wing special. With the $10 deal, you get a pint of the house beer and 10 wings in one of 10 unique flavors. Spicy oyster, red pepper honey and chimichurri are three of the most intriguing.
Titanic Restaurant and Brewery is located at 5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Gables Pizza and Salad
If the gooey pizza, slew of salad toppings and neighboring My Yogurt Bliss aren’t satisfying enough, add spice to your order with some chicken wings.
Scorching hot, jalapeno hot, mild, barbecue and honey garlic are the sauces to choose from, or plain and simple is also an option for these jumbo wings.
Prices are $8.99 for 10, $14.99 for 20 or $20.99 for 30. Note that there is often a 10-minute wait for the wings to be fired up.
GPS is located at 1558 South Dixie Highway.
Hurricane Grill & Wings
Don’t be fooled by the name. This franchise is not “all about the U,” but the wings will definitely rock you on a scale from Category 1 (the calm before the storm) to Category 5 (seek shelter). Hurricane’s wings have the greatest variety of flavors – more than 30 – and new ones are constantly added to the menu. The possibilities are endless because you can combine the flavors.
Boneless wings are $8.99 for 10, $12.99 for 15, $17.99 for 20 and $41.99 for 50. If you prefer jumbo, the 100 percent natural chicken wings add just a dollar to those prices.
Celery with buttermilk ranch or chunky bleu cheese dressing come with the wings at no additional charge. Spend $2 more for a platter with two sides: homemade kettle chips, crispy fries or coleslaw.
Not to mention, the tropical decor gives the restaurant a laidback, beachy vibe.
Hurricane Grill & Wings is located at 3201 North Miami Ave. in Midtown and at 14211 SW 42 St.
While the waitresses strut around the restaurant in orange hot pants, the kitchen serves up saucy, orange hot wings. They’re sure to soak your fingers and sizzle your taste buds.
The wings are available breaded or naked, and can be drenched in either mild, medium, hot, Three Mile Island or 911 sauce. Honey and honey Thai are sweet alternative options.
The five-piece “flappertizer” is $4.99. Ten wings are $8.49, 20 are $15.99 and 50 cost $32.99. Boneless wings will run you $7.99.
Also, each Wednesday is “Wingsday,” with a $5.99 platter of boneless wings, fries and ranch or bleu cheese.
Hooters is located at 3015 Grand Ave. in CocoWalk and at 3301 Coral Way.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
The chain pizzeria boasts their “well-done” pies, but the same can be said about their coal oven-roasted chicken wings. They are smothered in caramelized onions and served with focaccia bread.
Anthony’s wings are not spicy. Instead, they are cooked in the oven with rosemary and spices.
A plate of 10 costs $8.95 and it’s $14.95 for 20. You can order them for takeout or dine in at one of the cozy restaurants. Quick service and classic rock make for an enjoyable dining experience.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is located at 10205 South Dixie Highway or at 12502 SW 88 St.