Try This Dish: Berbere Wings

Ethiopian Berbere Wings
Ethiopian Berbere Wings / Step Out Buffalo

The best non-traditional wings we’ve ever had

Forget almost everything you know about wings. Forget the hot sauce. Forget the blue cheese. Just for a second, humor me.

Enter, the Berbere Wings at Theas in East Aurora ($10.95), an Ethiopian restaurant opened in Spring of 2014 in one half of Medici House. The owners of Medici House (formerly known as Tantalus) had been cooking Ethiopian food at home for years and decided WNY was finally ready for what they had to offer. While everything here is really delicious, meticulously crafted and authentically offered to customers, we’ve singled out their Ethiopian take on this Buffalo classic.

As a perfect combination of the unknown and the all-to-familiar, The Berbere Wings at Theas appeal to both adventurous eaters and Western New Yorkers with less venturesome taste.

Think of the chicken wings you know and love, but with an Ethiopian twist offering complex flavor and simple style. Instead of hot sauce, there’s a sort of Ethiopian spice rub of house-made Berbere which typically includes the likes of ginger, paprika, chiles, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves as well as others.

Instead of blue cheese the order of 10 wings is served with a thick yogurt-honey sauce on the side that offers a sweet compliment to the subtly spicy seasoning of the wing. You won’t miss creamy blue cheese one bit. The standard wings are mild enough that a table of 10 with a wide-range tolerance levels enjoyed them equally.

Trust me when I say, these are worth a visit to either Theas or Medic House in East Aurora or The Yelling Goat in Lancaster (you can order them at any of their three locations) and make a fantastic appetizer or main course.

The best wings really are in East Aurora. (Theas, Bar Bill)

Pro tip: Tuesday night is wing night – half off wings – that’s $5 for an order of 10.




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