Wing Station owner gets creative with housemade sauces, dry rubs

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Restaurant owner Lincoln Ward and General Manager Carlos Espinosa expanded their repertoire of food concepts to wings in November 2018 when they opened Wing Station in the Sienna Plantation area of Missouri City.

Nearly a year after opening Wing Station, the pair, who also work together at Ward’s other concept, Pacific Coast Tacos, is preparing to open a second Wing Station the first week of September, this time in Sugar Land near the Riverstone community.

The Sugar Land restaurant will feature a new menu item: hamburgers.

“This gives customers even more of a reason to come in and be able to find whatever they like,” Espinosa said.

Wing Station offers larger-than-average wings, something Espinosa said was a way the restaurant sought to separate itself from the competition. Wings are tossed in rice flour to be gluten free and help the sauces and rubs stick to the wings.

“We also flash fry the wings so they stay crispy,” he said.

In addition to the three heat levels of traditional Buffalo sauce, the restaurant offers 17 other flavors, including wet rubs and dry rubs. It also offers nontraditional flavors such as curry and salty caramel.

Other popular flavors are the garlic herb parmesan, teriyaki and the Cowboy Rub, which combines coffee, brown sugar and cayenne. The rub is modeled after one traditionally used on beef brisket, he said. Wing Station will even mix flavors.

“The Cowboy Rub is something I recommend to customers who aren’t sure what flavor to pick,” Espinosa said. “They always come back and get it again.”

In an effort to cater to busy families, Wing Station added Caesar salad and chicken sandwich options to its menu to create a one-stop shop for both children and parents, Espinosa said.

The chicken sandwich can be made regular style or Nashville hot and is topped with coleslaw and dill pickles.

The Missouri City location is a 1,000-square-foot store with carry-out, delivery and online ordering. The new location will give the concept its first sit-down restaurant with tables and televisions.

“We got a lot of good feedback on the product, so we took a little bit bigger of a footprint in Riverstone,” Ward said.

 

Wing Station

A. 4340 Sienna Parkway, Ste. 104,

Missouri City

B. 4821 LJ Parkway, Ste. 80, Sugar Land (opening in early September)

346-202-5767

www.wingstationmissouricity.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun.

11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.
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