We all have a soft spot in our hearts for the ultimate finger food (chicken wings obviously), but sometimes finding the right place with the perfect batter to sauce ratio can be a struggle. That’s why we’ve wrangled up some of our best chicken wing connoisseurs to make things easy for all the crispy meat lovers out there.
Here’s a list of the best chicken wings in Toronto by neighbourhood for your crunchy pub food cravings.
The Fry is home to some of Toronto’s best Korean fried chicken. The renowned chain has multiple locations in Toronto, but the Annex is where you’ll find some of their best eats. The chicken is flaky and tender with a crispy coating, all tossed in the perfect amount of sauce
If you find yourself in Baldwin Village craving some tasty fried meat, check out Mo’Ramyun, a delicious Korean restaurant that serves unique twists on classic dishes with creative fusion recipes. The restaurent centers around ramyun (the Korean version of ramen noodles), so you’ll find an interesting take on chicken wings that come coated in crunchy crushed noodles and accompanied by a garlic mayo and a red chili paste sauce.
Branding themselves as a “True BBQ Joint in Toronto,” Hogtown Smoke is a meat lover’s paradise. The restaurant originally started as a food truck, but has now opened up restaurants across the city, including their original hip spot in The Beaches. Their crispy “Smoked Bird Wings” come hand rubbed in their spicy house recipe and smoked for two hours and then finished in the deep fryer. They come with your choice of Hogtown sauce, each of which are equally mouthwatering.
Bloorcourt is home to self-described Roadhouse Restaurant with one of the best patios in town. Their “All Star Wings” are served grilled or deep fried and then tossed in any of their 12 unique sauces that range from Jerk to Spicy Coconut Curry. For all of you out there with a refined sense of a solid wing, this is the place for you.
The Entertainment District hosts Toronto’s largest and busiest sports bar, Real Sports Bar & Grill. There’s tons of food on the menu, so if you have to drag along a wing hater with you, this is the place to go. With two-story screens that are perfect to watch the game and 36 beers on tap, this tasty hot spot is like heaven for the sports fanatic in your life.
If your looking for some good food in the Junction, head to 3030 Dundas West, which is easy to find because it’s both the restaurant’s name and address of the west end bar. The environment of this hip Junction go-to is chic and retro with a black and white TV set, old beer company ads, lots of artwork, and tons of boardgames and pinball machines. If you’re looking for some hot wings and a good time, head to 3030 for an awesome night with some great brews to boot.
The Dirty Bird is a chicken and waffle restaurant home to some unique eats that match the eccentric neighbourhood of Kensington Market. Most of the ingredients are sourced locally, and a lot of their dishes are served on top of a maple buttered waffle. The Clucker is one of those signature dishes that come with a heap of dry rubbed wings and a side of some tangy slaw or creamy potato salad.
One of the oldest bars in Toronto, the Wheat Sheaf Tavern, has a great wing deal with 1/2 price wings on Monday, Tuesday, and Sunday after 5 pm. Not only is the food cheap and delicious, but there’s also a 1,200 song jukebox and tons of beer on top, making it a perfect hang out spot for you and your friends.
Toronto’s Little Italy has some of the city’s spiciest wings. At Duff’s Famous Wings, the first thing you’ll find out is that Medium is hot, Medium Hot is VERY hot, and Hot is VERY, VERY hot. Gather up the heat lovers in your life to taste some authentic Buffalo wings. Out of their 16 sauces, more than ten of them pack some serious spice.
Head to one of Parkdale’s staple dive bars, the Cadillac Lounge, which is hard to miss with half a car plastered to its storefront. The menu has every quintessential pub food you can think of, and the chicken wings can be either deep fried or smoked then tossed in one of six classic sauces. For all the beer lovers out there, this bar not only has delicious wings, but it also has over 20 beers on tap.
Barque Smokehouse sits in the heart of Roncesvalles and serves a twist on classic BBQ dishes. Their smoked chicken wings can come tossed in any of their six sauces or any of their 9 dry rubs with creative spice mixtures like “Popcorn Dust” and “Za’atar.” Their family style food has a refined twist and still stay true to their traditional smokehouse flavours.
Rosedale’s Crown & Dragon is known for great deals on some of the best wings in town. With a whole page on their menu dedicated to their copious sauces, this place is not for the indecisive people in your life. There are tons of unique flavours like Viva Italia or Don Ho’s Hawaii, and if you grab a bite to eat at Crown & Dragon on a Tuesday or Thursday after 5:30 pm, you can get your wings half price with the purchase of a beverage.
If you’ve got a late-night hankering for some tasty Korean style chicken wings check out Oddseoul, which is open from 6 pm until 2 am. The hipster bar’s wings pack a little heat and a little sweetness, and are served with a savory slaw and green onions.
Yonge & Bloor
Hip restaurant Sabai Sabai brings back the essence of Lao with Northern Thai influences. The central eatery offers Lao Style Chicken Wings that come grilled and tossed in a sweet and savoury sauce with a hint of spice. The flavours are vibrant and the decor is homey and unique, making it the perfect spot to chow down on some tasty wings.
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