Wing It On: New restaurant opens just five minutes from school


Alena Gillespie

A Lawrence original, Wing Stand by Jefferson’s, is located on the northeast corner of Johnson Drive and Nall. The restaurant has been open for almost two months.

Alena Gillespie, Features Editor

On my drive home from school for the past months, I’ve seen the progression of a former Pride Cleaners turn into Wing Stand by Jefferson’s. Open since Sept. 29, Wing Stand is a five minute drive west of school on the northeast corner of Johnson Drive and Nall. 

Originating from the Jefferson’s in Lawrence that’s known for its wings, burgers and oysters, this new location in Mission specializes in its wings. The restaurant has 18 sauces and is known for having a flavor for everyone. 

Walking into Wing Stand, the restaurant is bright and welcoming with floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant colored chairs and big TV screens that display the menu. Guests walk to the counter to order their food where they are given a metal number to place on the table of their choice. Inside, the restaurant includes five tables and high-top seating. The restaurant also offers outdoor seating with a corn hole set to play. 

When my family and I went to the restaurant for the first time, we ordered a variety to share. My dad ordered a regular wing meal that included nine wings, coleslaw and a 20-ounce drink for $12.49. For the flavoring of the wings, he chose half of them to be in medium buffalo sauce and the other half with a ranch dry rub. My mom ordered the signature sauced sandwich with the mango tango flavoring. The sandwich included the choice of side of either fries, coleslaw or veggies with a 20-ounce drink for $9.99. I ordered a side of macaroni and cheese with the small tenders tossed in honey q sauce, which is one of Wing Stand’s signature sauces. The meal included three chicken tenders with a 20 ounce drink for $9.49. 

The flavoring on the wings was delicious. Of the two flavors that we ordered, the ranch dry rub was my favorite. A downside of the wings was that they did not have as much meat on them compared to other restaurants. The chicken sandwich was served on a big, fresh bun with a thin layer of coleslaw on top. For people who like a kick of spice, this sandwich in the mango tango sauce is for you. The flavoring was too spicy for my liking. If we were to order it again, we would try it with a different sauce. The tenders in the honey q sauce was my favorite item that we ordered. The sweet sauce paired perfectly with the big juicy tenders. The creamy macaroni and cheese was the perfect compliment to the chicken. 

Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone considering trying it. I like how there is a flavor of sauce for all. It is a quick drive from school and it is located at a perfect corner spot. I will definitely be back for the honey q tenders and macaroni and cheese. 

The mango tango sandwich, creamy macaroni and cheese, honey q tenders, ranch and mild buffalo wings made for a perfect dinner on Nov. 11. (Alena Gillespie)