This is not a best of list. A best of list would be crucified in the comment section for a topic like this. Instead, be reminded that before 1970, no young urbanite would have touched a chicken wing with a ten foot pole. Instead, it was a cheap meat, down there with chicken necks and backs, reserved for stock and stew. Buffalo of the late 60s changed all this. But enough history.
Here are 10 places to eat wings in this big bad city we call home.
CROWN AND DRAGON
Half price on Tuesday and Thursday, this place has a great variety of flavours, from spicy Dragon’s Breath (award winning) to a pineapple and ginger wing, and a heck of a lot in-between. Even your friend who doesn’t like wings will probably find a wing they really want to try.
HOME OF HOT TASTE Home of Hot Taste does Korean-style fried chicken, plain or battered. But if you’re only into wings, theirs are definitely an interesting twist on pub food. Wings are double friend, and come spicy, garlic-soya flavoured, or “original”. If you want wings but aren’t in the mood for the bar, head here.
THE SISTER The Sister gets a mention solely because of their Mado’s wings. Mado’s, for those who don’t know, is a hard to find southern-Ontario hot sauce originally from Ajax. A steep $10 a bottle, you can score it at the House of Spice in Kensington or in the back of second-hand clothing stores. The papaya-based hot sauce makes a spicy, flavourful chicken wing for those who can’t find
SLOPPY JOE’S A bar known for jumbo-sized wings. Winner of awards and accolades, Sloppy Joe’s on Lakeshore West in Etobicoke is proud of its wings. They only come in 4 typical flavours (Honey Garlic, Mild, Medium Hot or Suice Sauce), but the flavouring is wonderful and the wings are huge, so 10 are enough. Tuesday and Thursday are 60 cent wing nights. Not sure if this description does it justice.
DUFFS FAMOUS WINGS
These guys are pretty popular. You all know all about them already.
Brought to you by the people behind Poutini’s, this Ossington snack bar serves up highly addictive Singapore style wings. Served dry with a sauce on the side, you won’t want to share these.
— Hawker Bar (@HawkerBar) April 24, 2012
DRUMS N FLATS
If you’ve ever wished that you could order only the flat wings (or vice versa), you’re in luck. This North Toronto joint lets diners embrace their drum or flat preference and has a plethora of sauces to choose from including The Angry Mexican (tequila lime then hot), Honey Boo Boo (honey garlic then mango jerk), Heat that will Blow your Face off, and many more.
BISTRO ON AVENUE
Owned by Louis Nemes, this Avenue and Lawrence spot is the OG St. Louis Bar & Grill. Expect the same St. Louis wings you’ve grown to know and love, in a much more charming atmosphere at the Bistro on Avenue.
The Chantecler isn’t necessarily known for their wings but the “Fancy Wings” are a must-try on this Parkdale restaurant’s tasting menu. They are Filipino style and are served with a finger-licking soy, chili, garlic and vinegar sauce.
— Chantecler (@ChanteclerTO) April 6, 2013
ALLSTAR WINGS & RIBS
With over 200 sauce options, AllStar Wings & Ribs can satisfy every wing lover. “Caesar Does Texas” is one of the most recommended flavours and many say it’s worth the trip. You can check out one of their locations around the GTA in Markham, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, and Scarborough.
— AllStar Wings & Ribs (@AllStarWings) July 22, 2013