Don’t bother looking it up on the Worldwide Web; it simply does not exist. Hot Wangs.com owner Chris Jones admits that he has not quite worked out the website bit, he just likes the name. But when the wings are this good, you’ll forgive him for not spending enough time on the computer. Says Jones, “Every order is fresh done. There is no pre-cooking. We don’t start preparing the wings until you order.”
Jones was always close to his mother, and she spent some 40 years cooking in a number of Senatobia locales. Watching her cook, he learned the trade and never considered another career. After working a few years in Memphis, he came back home to Senatobia and opened C.J.’s Restaurant in 1996. A slowdown in business after 9/11 caused him to shut down that operation, but a few years later, he opened his dream restaurant, Hot Wangs.com, when a property on Front Street in Senatobia became available.
A little over two years ago, Jones thought the time was right to expand, so he entrusted the Senatobia operation to his brother and opened up his Oxford outpost of Hot Wangs.com (on the hill past the Kroger on University Avenue). Business has been pretty good, says Jones. He gets a lot of student traffic, from Oxford High School and Lafayette High School (the latter is practically around the corner) and also from Ole Miss. In fact, word is that Hot Wangs.com is a popular hang-out for Ole Miss football players.
Hot Wangs.com is mostly a take-out place. There is a fair amount of outdoor seating, which is popular when the weather is nice, but most folks prefer to take their wings home. In fact, you don’t even need to show up. Hot Wangs.com will cater your event or come out to your site to make some wings. Just give them a call at (662) 281-1100.
Despite the name, Hot Wangs.com isn’t just wings. The menu also features hamburgers, fish dinners, barbecue bologna, and Philly cheesesteaks. The big seller is still the wings, both the traditional variety and the “boneless wings.” Fried to perfection, they are then rolled in your choice of some 10 sauces or spice mixtures, with flavors such as “Sweet Heat BBQ” and “Honey Gold” (the latter similar to a South Carolina mustard-based barbecue sauce). For the thrill seekers, they offer “Liquid Hell,” a cayenne-habanero sauce.
Hot Wangs.com is located at 2028 University Avenue and is open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, they are open 11 a.m. until midnight. The restaurant is closed on all Sundays except for one: Super Bowl Sunday – the “wingiest” Sunday of the year.
About Danny Toma:
After spending time exploring Italy, Ireland, Poland, Israel, Iraq, Germany, and, perhaps most exotically, Washington, Danny Toma is now back in Oxford to stay after a 22-year career with the U.S. Department of State. He enjoys dining out, as well as cooking in, and contributes to EatingOxford.com on a regular basis.