Little Bones: Next-level wings more than 50 ways
It’s one thing to name your restaurant after a Tragically Hip song. It’s quite another to have the actual band try your food.
Alex Goertzen, owner of the Little Bones wingery, knows all about both.
Since starting out as a food truck back in 2012, Little Bones has established itself as a major player on Winnipeg’s local food scene. In addition to the trailer, they’ve added a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Transcona and a pop-up catering service.
They’ve also become a fixture at major annual events like Folk Fest and ManyFest, and recently began manufacturing frozen wings for wholesale. But the surest sign of success came when Gord Downie and the rest of the Hip made an order after their last show in The Peg.
From dry(ish) to saucy to gourmet, Little Bones offers more than 50 kinds of wings. Some, like the classic buffalo, honey dill and lemon pepper, are simple and straightforward. Others, like the the Philly Cheese wings, the poutinerized wings (topped with cheese and gravy), the All Mighty Za Wings (topped with – you guessed it – traditional pizza toppings), and the Nacho Wings (topped with cheese, sauce, sour cream, jalapenos, cheese and chili flakes), are not.
But the ginormous (and unique) selection is only part of the story. The wings are never frozen, the chicken is tender and juicy, and the smaller-than-average bones make for more meaty goodness in every bite. It’s no wonder they have three “Best Wings in Winnipeg” titles.
And if you’re fan of wing nights without the wings, not to worry. The restaurant’s ever-expanding menu features a great selection of traditional pub food like burgers, quesadillas, calamari, shrimp, Frickles, perogies and (to alleviate some of your diner’s guilt) a nice variety of fresh, healthy salads.
They also have a legit “meatless” wing alternative (breaded tofu strips) that can be dressed with all the same sauces as the meat version. And while they may not look like a traditional wing, they’re just as tasty and have become almost as popular with meat-eaters as they are with vegetarians.
The only thing better than Little Bones wings is Little Bones wings with an appetizer. Lucky for you, We Heart Winnipeg members get 50% off any appy when they buy a large order of wings (at the restaurant or from the food truck). So get the card and check out Little Bones. If it’s good enough for Gord Downie, it’s good enough for you.