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The Best Chicken Wings in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 14, 2015

chicken wings torontoThe best chicken wings in Toronto can be found at sports bars, pubs, snack bars and smokehouses. The flavours and styles are as diverse as the city itself, broadening the criteria for best chicken wings beyond the breaded and fried varieties famous in Buffalo, and inclusive of tender pit-smoked versions, and sweet and spicy Asian variations.

Here are the best chicken wings in Toronto.

See Also: The Best Fried Chicken in Toronto

Duffs

Duffs

Two Toronto locations are modeled after the wing shack in Buffalo and stay true the regional claim to fame by serving up crispy fried wings tossed in varying degrees of hot and buttery wing sauce. Each order comes with a choice of blue cheese or creamy dill sauce and a pile of wet naps. More »

Barque

Barque

Smoked wings at this BBQ restaurant on Roncy are incredibly juicy and tender. Diverging from the typical Buffalo style, this smokehouse example is available seasoned with dry rub, sweet heat or chipotle and sold by the pound for $12. More »

Hawker Bar

Hawker Bar

This Ossington Avenue snack bar is open late every night serving up Singapore-style chicken wings for $12 per pound (or $7 per half pound). These wings differentiate themselves from the pack with a sweet and spicy chili soy glaze. More »

Real Sports

Real Sports

Take in all the action at Real Sports Bar, where wings ($14.5/LB, $28/2LBS, $54.50/4LBS) are a popular pair to the impressive roster of draught beers on offer. Select from over a dozen flavours ranging from “Mid Field Medium” to “Big Leagues Suicide,” plus inventive options Bacon Maple Mustard and Bobcaygeon (BBQ Cajun). More »

The Wheat Sheaf

The Wheat Sheaf

The tavern at Bathurst and King seasons its wings to perfection and serves them deep fried and sauced with a spectrum of hot coatings, including BBQ sauce, honey garlic, and rotating monthly flavours. 10 wings sell for $11.95 and includes staples like carrots, celery and blue cheese dip. More »

Crown and Dragon

Crown and Dragon

This Yonge St. bar serves wings ($11/lb) in novel flavours like apple cinnamon BBQ and sweet and sticky Classic Coke. Regulars know to order the hot and peppery, Dragon's Breath or diverge from the pub style norm with fall-off-the-bone, baked varieties like Bollywood wings flavoured with tandoori yogurt. More »

Aft

Aft

This BBQ joint on the east side serves up smoked chicken wings that are brined, slow smoked then flash-fried and tossed in the house bourbon barbecue sauce. The first pound with fries sell for $14, whole the second pound costs just $9 more. More »

Tara Inn

Tara Inn

The jumbo fried wings at this Scarborough joint start with daily poultry deliveries, ensuring absolute freshness and making for exceptionally juicy, meaty wings. Along with the standard mild, medium, hot, the smoked tequila lime is among the most popular of the fingerlicking flavours on offer. Order 5, 7, 10, 20, or 50 at a time with veggie sticks and ranch on the side. More »

Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joe's

This eatery on The Lake Shore might be named for a sloppy sandwich, but wings are where the kitchen excels. An order of plump, juicy wings comes in a standard variety of sauces including honey garlic, mild, medium, hot or suicide - 10 at a time for $10.95 or 20 for $19.75 come with carrot and celery sticks along with an all purpose blue cheese dip. More »

Buster Rhino's

Buster Rhino's

This BBQ joint on College Street does all sorts of smokehouse standards but the wings ($11/half pound, or $16 for a full pound) are a standout. Smoked then fried, expect the meat to be gently imparted with smoky flavours encased in a crackling skin. Each order is served au natural and come with fries and a choice of signature BBQ sauces on the side. More »

Stack

Stack

Pit smoked wings are a menu favorite at this midtown smokehouse but they only make a limited quantity each day, so get in there early or risk disappointment. A full pound seasoned with a Memphis-style rub sell for $13 and come with slaw and garlic dipping sauce on the side. More »

Duggan's

Duggan's

The Parkdale brew pub specializes in beer friendly foods, and chicken wings are a staple. 13 bucks buys a pound of poultry in a choice of jerk, lemon pepper, cajun, or hot 'n' honey seasonings. More »

Discussion

56 Comments

east / August 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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I'd argue that Louis Cypher's wings are definitely a contender
Hogtown / August 14, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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Hogtown Smoke's Smoked Chicken Wings should be on this list. They're up there for the best wing's I've ever had.
meatballs / August 14, 2015 at 01:08 pm
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I agree with this.

Duff's wings are HUGE and absolutely covered in sauce, and all the sauces are really good! I cannot recommend them enough. Likewise, the Crown and Dragon serves up really good wings in a fun atmosphere.

St Louis is everywhere and have totally lost their touch. The wings are small, scrawny, and dry (even if you go for the allegedly sauciest varieties like Authentic Buffalo).

Wild Wing is surprisingly decent, given it's a chain.
Grant Lowe / August 14, 2015 at 01:17 pm
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Had a terrible experience at Duff's - wings used basic hot sauce, were dry and not very big. Won't go back. (Unless in Buffalo of course - much better experience)
Stephane Paris / August 14, 2015 at 01:18 pm
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Chicken wings are my favourite food, thank you for the post. The Auld Spot on the Danny has great wings. As for the size of wings, I find that smaller is better, after all, I've never seen a chicken with large wings, kinda makes me worry...
Alex / August 14, 2015 at 01:49 pm
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The fact these lists are compiled by and voted on by us the readers of this site completely discredits your comment. BlogTo puts out a voting poll and we vote on it or can submit any restaurant in the city.

Toby's remember when they were a thing? There was so many locations around the city and there is just one remaining now on College St. And one in Hamilton

Used to go to the Yonge and Bloor location all the time.
Adam J. / August 14, 2015 at 01:53 pm
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Not having The Bistro on Avenue Road is criminal (in my opinion)
Mike / August 14, 2015 at 02:00 pm
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Agreed with all of the above-Adam J.- Bistro on the Avenue is actually the original St. Louis- Yes it should there....

It may be sacrilege..but Shoeless Joes has AMAZING wings....
Chris / August 14, 2015 at 02:03 pm
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Have to agree with Adam J - The Bistro on Avenue Rd are my fav! That place is classic... Surprised it was missed.. I wasn't overly impressed with Duffs.. Only tried it once, will try again perhaps.. cheers!
Dll / August 14, 2015 at 02:12 pm
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Puck on Bloor near Spadina has wings to rival Duff!
paul / August 14, 2015 at 02:12 pm
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Hurricanes at Bloor & Dovercourt has great wings. Try the sweet heat on grilled wings. Mmmmmmmm
Moo / August 14, 2015 at 02:14 pm
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I keep hearing these are based on voter polls but I have not seen any polls. Can someone direct me to the poll section please? Thank you.
JD. replying to a comment from Moo / August 14, 2015 at 02:23 pm
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They regularly post entries that bring you to a survey page that lets you, within the specified amount of time, vote on a number of different upcoming 'best of' articles.

And Duff's is amazing, glad it got the top spot.

Though it's a small place, Old York's jerk wings are fantastic. (On Niagara near King and Bathurst)
laughing / August 14, 2015 at 02:26 pm
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There's no way the wheat sheaf should be on this list.
Stone cottage is nowhere to be found?? cmonnnn blog to
Connor / August 14, 2015 at 02:27 pm
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There aren't any best of polls running right now to vote on. But here's an example,


http://www.blogto.com/news_flash/2015/04/vote_12_new_best_of_categories/
Dan / August 14, 2015 at 02:29 pm
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WheatSheaf has great wings and great wing night!
I often ask for them well done (at most places) especially on wing nights when they're pumping them out. Less Saucey.
Donnie / August 14, 2015 at 02:39 pm
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Einsteins hammer wings are GOAT
meatballs replying to a comment from Chris / August 14, 2015 at 02:54 pm
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Serious question to you and Adam J: is their recipe different for their wings? The reason I ask, is the original St Louis location (that was branded as St Louis) at Yonge and Lola now serves the same dessicated crap that all their other locations do. If Bistro has something better I'd love to go try them.
Brendan Armstrong / August 14, 2015 at 02:55 pm
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How about Gabby's (but not the beaches location...)
Or check out Hooters.
Ree / August 14, 2015 at 03:01 pm
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Lists are subjective. Eat what brings joy to YOUR taste buds.
Wes / August 14, 2015 at 03:16 pm
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1985 called your Tobys wings are ready!
Alex replying to a comment from Brendan Armstrong / August 14, 2015 at 03:25 pm
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Hooters's wings are like cold cat vomit. They aren't even proper wings.
Alex replying to a comment from Brendan Armstrong / August 14, 2015 at 03:26 pm
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Mr. Pizza's tandoori wings are the bomb!
CaligulaJones / August 14, 2015 at 03:49 pm
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Thanks for keeping my fave wing place secret...
freddiejohnson / August 14, 2015 at 03:52 pm
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I second Hurricane's wings. Plus, they're half price Monday and Tuesday.
matlewy / August 14, 2015 at 04:05 pm
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Wrong. The answer is "Wingporium".
austin / August 14, 2015 at 04:06 pm
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as i am from buffalo i havent found any good wings up here, duffs up here isnt close to what they have in buffalo so i dont know what this article is talking about, barque is probably the best.
Paula / August 14, 2015 at 04:31 pm
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Your missing Duke's Bar on Gerrard St W, relly taste spicy crispy wings..... so good
Gabe / August 14, 2015 at 04:49 pm
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This list should really include Trinity Common
BM replying to a comment from Adam J. / August 14, 2015 at 06:23 pm
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Bistro is actually the original St. Louis. Love their wings.
Tim / August 14, 2015 at 06:42 pm
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Wingporium!
Bill replying to a comment from Paula / August 14, 2015 at 06:49 pm
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Gerrard St West? Does that even exist??
d.a.r.y.l. / August 14, 2015 at 07:04 pm
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Universal grill on dupont.
Fresco on st clair.
jay / August 14, 2015 at 07:06 pm
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Does anyone know where to get big breaded ones like you get at real sports without having to go to real sports? There used to be a place in Hamilton that served the big breaded saucy ones bit I can't find ones like that anywhere
wingit / August 14, 2015 at 07:12 pm
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I have yet to find a truly authentic buffalo style wing in toronto. too sweet and bbq saucey.
Yummy / August 14, 2015 at 09:36 pm
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I really like the wings at Wegz Sports bar but not in Toronto.
S / August 15, 2015 at 12:14 am
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Tried Duffs for takeout and the wings were DRY and the sauces were just acidic without real flavour. Not impressed.
franchesco / August 15, 2015 at 12:32 am
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Best wings are the smoked wings from memphis bbq in woodbridge...yeah yeah yeah, it's not in the core...but hey, butta boom butta bing!
j y / August 15, 2015 at 10:26 am
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bistro on the avenue is by far the best and - what a shock- it's not on this list.
SassyDiva / August 15, 2015 at 02:15 pm
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Sunrise Restaurant just south of Eglinton E and Victoria Park has nice, big, juicy wings that I crave! They also give you a choice of grilled or deep fried. But I always go for the fried ones - for me it is the only way to eat wings!
Dawna@fds.ca / August 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm
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This is one of those topics where beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
ad / August 16, 2015 at 03:34 am
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the overdraught on front, best ive had in Toronto..
RAY / August 16, 2015 at 09:23 am
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Futures Bakery on Bloor great patio, great wings!
Todd / August 16, 2015 at 09:25 am
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Hooters wings are awesome AND kids eat free on Sundays! #WinWin
Get er done bud!
Angel / August 16, 2015 at 05:06 pm
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Anywhere serve goose or turkey wings?
beaches / August 16, 2015 at 05:51 pm
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the green dragon, victoria park and kingston road!
Dr. Mantis / August 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm
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Mill St. Pub wings in distillery district are underrated.
jane doe / August 17, 2015 at 02:56 pm
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Incomplete list that I am beginning to question.....No wings in Etobicoke? No wings in NORTH YORK? Not everyone wants to travel downtown.
@Jay replying to a comment from jay / August 17, 2015 at 04:00 pm
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I haven't had the ones at Real Sports so I can't say for sure that they're alike but big, breaded and saucy would describe the wings at Sloppy Joe's.
Chloe / August 19, 2015 at 03:59 pm
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How is the Bistro on Avenue not on this list - come on
Mack / August 21, 2015 at 06:41 pm
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The Dizzy on Roncesvalles
Sergio / August 22, 2015 at 01:25 pm
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Hawker Bar's wings are the worst I've ever tried, no contest. Very sweet, super-thick deep-fried skin with undercooked meat underneath. Terrible. My gf refused to eat them after the first bite so I had to finish 2 pounds since I always finish my food. Will never forget. Other food there is great though, just avoid chicken wings.

Speaking of St. Louis, quality is very different depending on the location. Their restaurant at King West and Church is definitely the best one.
meatballs replying to a comment from Sergio / August 25, 2015 at 01:36 pm
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I've been to that one a few times. I find that if you ask them for extra sauce on the wings, they are served up a lot better. I'm a firm believer in you needing a lot of serviettes and a wet wipe for wings.
Rob / August 26, 2015 at 07:09 pm
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Question wing fans: What is happening with all of Southern Ontario's wing festivals being cancelled?

Anyone have word on the St. Catherine's Wing Festival that was supposed to go down this weekend? It looks like it was cancelled.

This would be the fourth wing festival that we lost this summer. The Toronto Wing Fest was also cancelled and the Halton Wing Festival and Brampton Wing Festivals just weren't scheduled this year. Good thing the National Wing Festival is only a few days away. See you all in Buffalo!
Joseph / August 27, 2015 at 09:48 am
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The red chilli wings at Soos on Ossington are amazing. Great depth of flavour.
AJ / August 31, 2015 at 11:11 am
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We had King Catering cater the Mayweather fight for a private party, and ordered a wings platter... Jerk Chicken wings? Yup. Delicious.

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