Wing Chow owners Joe Chow and Sean Atwood want to offer a “blue collar” eatery with large portions and affordable prices in East McKinney, they said.

The background

Chow and Atwood said they first met 20 years ago in Frisco when Chow opened a hibachi restaurant in the parking lot of a restaurant where Atwood was a chef.

The duo reconnected in 2008 and remained friends. They later began talking about fried rice and chicken wings, and decided to open a restaurant together that offered fresh and affordable food.

Within a few weeks, they purchased the building where Wing Chow is currently located and spent several months renovating the space, which opened for business Aug. 12, 2023.

Atwood said the community reception to Wing Chow has been positive. Manager Madison Atwood said the restaurant is popular with local workers, who can stop in for a quick meal and leave with plenty of leftovers.

“We offer a good price and good quality food,” Chow said. “Everyone can afford it... the portions are very big.”

What’s on the menu?

Chow said the restaurant uses high-quality ingredients. Additionally, Atwood said every dish is made from scratch when it is ordered, with all of the sauces made in house daily.

“Nothing here comes from a bottle,” Atwood said. “There’s no Buffalo sauce, there’s no teriyaki sauce or mango habanero that comes from a bottle. It’s all made from pure ingredients.”

Popular dishes include the combo fried rice and combo lo mein, which features steak, chicken and shrimp. Another popular item is the spicy lemon pepper tempura crawfish fried rice, which includes caramelized onions and jalapenos.

“It’s one of the coolest spins on crawfish out there,” Atwood said.

The restaurant's chicken wings come in a number of flavors, including mild or hot Buffalo, teriyaki, honey garlic, mango habanero, sticky Asian, garlic lemon pepper, Korean, Cajun, honey barbecue, garlic parmesan, naked and Joe style, a spicy lemon pepper blend.

Quote of note

"We’re trying to build a brand right now of good quality, fresh food at an affordable price,” Atwood said. “Which is something you can’t find anywhere.”