HTX Good Eats 2013
The Austin Restaurant Invasion

This ain't no Hooters: Austin-beloved restaurant roars into Houston, promising tasty wings

This ain't no Hooters: Austin-beloved restaurant roars into Houston

Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 exterior day
Pluckers will open November 25 in the former Maggie Rita's space on Shepherd. Photo courtesy of Pluckers Wing Bar
Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 interior with crowd
Turnout for preview services has been "a little nutty," but at least the staff will be ready for the onslaught.  Photo courtesy of Pluckers Wing Bar
Pluckers Wing Bar fried chicken wings
All wings are hand-breaded.  Pluckers Wing Bar/Facebook
Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 The Original Wing Bar sign
Patio + plus wings + 20 taps = good times! Photo courtesy of Pluckers Wing Bar
Pluckers Wing Bar fried macaroni and cheese THIS.
Fried macaroni and cheese isn't health food, but you're at a wing joint.  Pluckers Wing Bar/Facebook
Pluckers Wing Bar fried oreos with chocolate syrup and ice cream
Savor some festival flavor by ordering fried Oreos topped with chocolate syrup and ice cream. Pluckers Wing Bar/Facebook
Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 exterior day
Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 interior with crowd
Pluckers Wing Bar fried chicken wings
Pluckers Wing Bar Houston November 2013 The Original Wing Bar sign
Pluckers Wing Bar fried macaroni and cheese THIS.
Pluckers Wing Bar fried oreos with chocolate syrup and ice cream

Austin-based restaurant Pluckers Wing Bar will open its first Houston location in the former Maggie Rita's space on Shepherd on Monday, Nov. 25. Already a staple in Texas's beloved capital city, Pluckers had been looking for a Houston location for a long time to satisfy the legions of University of Texas alumni who loved eating there during their bright college days.

CultureMap first reported on Pluckers taking over this Shepherd locale back on June 27.

Co-owner Sean Greenberg now tells CultureMap that "we finally found the right location inside the Loop to present Pluckers." The spot is large enough to accommodate 60 HD TVs, including ones behind the bathroom mirrors, but Greenberg cautions against confusing Pluckers with other wing joints that are sports bars first and restaurants second.

 Unlike restaurants where waitresses in skimpy clothes cover up bad food Pluckers understands what to focus on.  

"We're really focused on giving people an authentic restaurant experience," Greenberg says. "Everything we serve we make from scratch."

Unlike other restaurants where waitresses in skimpy clothes cover up mediocre food, Greenberg believes Pluckers understands what to focus on. "There's no compromising on ingredients . . . Our food begins and ends with our wings, both bone-in and boneless, and sauces."

Each Pluckers location makes its own breading and hand breads all of the wings. Signature sauce flavors, such as spicy ranch and bakers gold, come from "people in the back (of the restaurant) mixing and matching (existing flavors)," Greenberg notes.

For the past week or so, the restaurant has been holding preview services for Facebook fans. Greenberg says the response has been "a little nutty," with people lining up as early as 4:15 p.m. for a 6 p.m. seating. At least the enthusiasm is helping the staff prepare for the onslaught that will come next week. 

Since the movement of Austin restaurants into Houston shows no signs of slowing down, can Tacodeli be next?

Pluckers Wing Bar will opens Nov. 25 at 1400 Shepherd. It's hours will be Sundays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.