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The Best Chicken Wings on Anna Maria Island

Discover the Best Wings on AMI: Hurricane Hanks’ Irresistible Hurricane Wings

Chicken wings have evolved from a simple appetizer to a beloved staple in American cuisine. Their journey from the kitchens of Buffalo, New York, to the sunny shores of Anna Maria Island is a testament to their universal appeal. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the rich history of chicken wings and highlight the legendary Hurricane Wings at Hurricane Hanks on Anna Maria Island.

The Origins of Chicken Wings

Buffalo, New York: Birthplace of Buffalo Wings

The story of chicken wings begins in the 1960s in Buffalo, New York. Teressa Bellissimo, co-owner of the Anchor Bar, is widely credited with creating the first Buffalo wings. Faced with a surplus of chicken wings, she decided to deep-fry them, toss them in a tangy, spicy sauce, and serve them with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. This innovative dish quickly became a sensation, setting the stage for chicken wings to become a game-day favorite across the country.

Learn more about the Anchor Bar’s history and the origin of Buffalo wings.

The Rise of Chicken Wings

Sports Bars and Super Bowl Sundays

As the popularity of Buffalo wings soared, they became a staple in sports bars nationwide. Their finger-licking goodness made them the perfect companion for watching football games, particularly on Super Bowl Sundays. The combination of crispy, flavorful wings and exciting sports action was irresistible, and chicken wings cemented their place in American culinary culture.

Variations and Sauces

Chefs and home cooks alike began to experiment with different sauces, expanding the flavor profile of chicken wings far beyond the original Buffalo sauce. Today, you can find wings coated in everything from tangy BBQ and savory teriyaki to garlicky parmesan and sweet chili. Each sauce offers a unique taste experience, ensuring that there’s a wing flavor for every palate.

Explore a variety of chicken wing recipes and sauces.

Hurricane Wings at Hurricane Hanks

Hurricane Wings
Hurricane Wings

Anna Maria Island’s Hidden Gem

Nestled on the picturesque Anna Maria Island, Hurricane Hanks Grill and Bar is a local favorite known for its relaxed atmosphere and dedication to quality. This charming eatery stands out not just for its ambiance, but for its mouthwatering Hurricane Wings, which have become a must-try for visitors and locals alike.

The Hurricane Wings Experience

Flavor Explosion

Hurricane Wings are truly addictive. Lightly smoked and expertly seasoned, these wings are packed with flavor and don’t require any extra dipping sauce. However, the tangy blue cheese dressing that accompanies them enhances the overall taste experience.


At Hurricane Hanks, you can customize your wing experience. Choose from a variety of sauces such as hot, medium, mild, BBQ, teriyaki, or garlic parmesan. Whether you like your wings fiery or mild, there’s an option for you.

Anna Maria Island Favorites

While wings are a highlight, Hurricane Hanks also offers island favorites like the grouper sandwich, grouper tacos, and grouper piccata, providing a delightful mix of seafood and poultry.

Check out Hurricane Hanks’ full menu for more delicious options.

The Perfect Pairing

No meal at Hurricane Hanks is complete without a refreshing beverage from their full bar. Whether you prefer craft cocktails, exclusive wines, or draft beers, you’ll find the perfect drink to complement your Hurricane Wings. Sipping on a cool drink while enjoying crispy wings on a sunny island day is an experience like no other.

Discover the drink menu at Hurricane Hanks.

Pairing Perfection

Craft Cocktails and Flavorful Wings

At Hurricane Hanks, the combination of craft cocktails and flavorful wings creates a dining experience that’s both satisfying and memorable. The bar features a variety of handcrafted drinks that perfectly complement the robust flavors of the wings. Whether you’re enjoying a classic margarita, a refreshing mojito, or a local craft beer, you’ll find that the right drink enhances the taste of the wings, making each bite even more enjoyable.

Find out more about Hurricane Hanks’ craft cocktails.


The journey of chicken wings from Buffalo, New York, to the charming Hurricane Hanks on Anna Maria Island showcases their enduring popularity and versatility. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, Hurricane Hanks offers an unforgettable wing experience that captures the essence of island life. Their Hurricane Wings are not just a dish; they’re a culinary adventure that celebrates the rich history and evolving flavors of chicken wings.

Don’t miss out on the chance to savor these delectable wings. Head over to Hurricane Hanks, enjoy the relaxed island atmosphere, and indulge in the best wings Sarasota has to offer.

For more information, visit the Hurricane Hanks Website or check out the Tripadvisor Reviews for Hurricane Hanks.

Whether you’re a wing aficionado or just looking to enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting, Hurricane Hanks and their legendary Hurricane Wings are a must-visit destination on Anna Maria Island.

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Make sure you swing by Hurricane Hank’s on your next trip to Anna Maria Island. We’ve been serving up incredible dining experiences since we first opened our doors back in 2000. Our mission has always been to provide our guests with unforgettable moments, whether you’re a local or a visitor to Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island. Over the years, we’ve carefully curated a menu that features our customers’ all-time favorites alongside tantalizing new dishes. We believe in using only the finest ingredients, allowing their natural flavors to shine through in every bite.

We’re located at 5346 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. We have parking!

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Last updated February 06, 2023

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