Neighborhood Eats: Haywood Lounge

Haywood Lounge in West Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

One West Asheville restaurant has a big claim to fame for having the best wings in Asheville.

Haywood Lounge is always trying to heat things up with over two dozen sauces for their very popular wings.

"It's a big title, but you know, every time I bring out an order, it's always fresh. It has no choice but to be good. Everytime," owner Hosea Jackson said. "The people say it. I just go off of that."

Customers we spoke with seem to agree.

"They're hot and they're fresh. They're cooked to serve right then and there, and they're, like, crispy," customer B-Ana Cameron said.

With 27 sauce flavors, there's a lot to choose from, including teriyaki, honey lemon pepper, garlic parm, and sweet BBQ.

Haywood Lounge was once a private club, but about five years ago, Jackson converted the business into a restaurant. But long before he was serving, he was sweeping.

"When I was younger, I would clean outside. You know, sweep, and there was a bakery up the street. So, I would sweep the outside and make money to go to the bakery that's beside Ingles," he recalled. "I never thought that I'd be owning the building that I swept in front of."

Now customers say, tasty wings aside, Jackson is the reason they stop in.

"He's a good person. He loves his customers," customer Shaquisa Patton said of the owner.

"Hosea is a very nice person. Sweet," Cameron said. "When I first met him, I was like, 'I don't know what to try.' He was nice enough to give me multiple options to try free of charge, and he's a just a nice, down to earth person."

Haywood Lounge is located at 590 Haywood Road in Asheville. They are open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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