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Food Dude: Help me wing it around the 405 diningscape

Based on my early 2021 dining impressions, it's time to wing it.

For the Szechuan wings from Private Kitchen, 1117 NW 25 St., chef/owner Henry Yang blends just the right amount of ground Szechuan peppercorn with sauteed hot pepper to turn out a spicy wing for the ages at his new restaurant in the Asian District.

Just a few weeks after discovering those wings, Ponyboy chef Landon Hawpe introduced me to his pickle-brine wings, which just made me wish I had pickle-brine thighs, and drumsticks, too.

Toss those in with the new wings from Tori! Tori!, the great things going on at Chick N Beer, and the beauties at Pizzeria Gusto and it's clear a list is needed. And then of course there are the traditional favorites like Eddie's Hott Wings in the Edmond Railyard, and the smoked variety like those at Ned's Starlight Lounge and George's Happy Hog.

So, I'll need your input. Where do you like to wing it? Send me your favorite spot for wings. Include an explanation for what makes the wings your favorite in town. Email me at or contact me on social media (Twitter: @TheFoodDude, Instagram: thefooddood, Facebook: Keyword Dave Cathey The Food Dude).

Other news

Edmond Railyard will soon welcome Railyard Pie Company. Serving both sweet and savory pies, the new place is a partnership between Edmond's Lynn Muir and Happy Plate Concepts (Sunnyside Diner, Taqueria El Camino). Look for a sneak peek on my social media accounts. ...

Eddie Wrenn, chef owner of Hott Wing's and Eddie's Bar and Grill, will soon open The Lounge in the space previously occupied by Livegrass Butcher and Bistro. Wrenn calls the new concept his "culinary project" with 100 bottles or bourbon and a completely scratch-kitchen. Should be here in early spring.

Stella Modern Italian, 1201 N Walker Ave., has re-launched its lunch for the first time in almost a year on Tuesday. ...

Hey, some local Oklahoma talent is moving under the spotlight on Food Network. The Some Like It Tot from Tecumseh will compete on the upcoming season of the network's "Great Food Truck Race: Alaska." The series begins on March 7. As Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" moves into its finale round, Norman's own Cameron Bartlett has advanced to the finals. Tune in Sunday night as the chase for $25,000 nears the finish line at 8 p.m. ...

Don't look now, but the new Charcoal Oven sign went up on Monday! Stay tuned.

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma‚Äôs booming food scene. Read more ›