The top 35 chicken wings in Toronto by neighbourhood
Chicken wings in Toronto run the gamut from conventional pub grub offerings to sticky Asian-inspired styles. From fried Buffalo wings and Korean varieties to smokehouse specialities, this quintessential finger food is as diverse as the city itself.
Here are my picks for the top chicken wings in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Deep fried wings at The Dirty Bird come in flavours like dry & dirty, Buffalo, sticky honey garlic, and jerk BBQ. Order them by the pound, half pound, or piled on top a maple buttered waffle.
Drums & Flats is a dedicated wing joint that offers the choice of just drumettes, just flats, or mixed. You can order them wet, dry, or double dipped in over a dozen flavours including Mango Jerk and Ragin' Cajun.
Move over blue cheese, Ramyun chicken wings at Mo'Ramyun are best dipped in garlic mayo and sweet chili. The unique riff on Korean fried chicken is encased in crispy noodles and deep fried.
Smoked bird wings at Hogtown Smoke start with organic chicken seasoned with a spicy rub. They smoke for two hours in the wood fired pit and then take a bath in the deep fryer before being painted in a choice of sauce. Each order comes with house-made chipotle ranch dip.
Get your wing fix at Hurricane's Roadhouse where a pound of wings can be had grilled or fried and tossed in a choice of over 10 sauces including Cane's sweet heat, honey garlic or jerk.
Duffy's Tavern does their cheap wing nights on Tuesday and Wednesday where you can grab a pound for just $5. Order them in all your standard flavours like mild, medium and hot.
Brewery, bottle shop and restaurant Lot 30 Brewers does chicken wings by the pound. Order them in flavours of honey garlic, BBQ, honey sriracha and mango habanero.
Dock Ellis' larger sibling The Aviary Brewpub does a must-try pastrami dry spice wings. They are part of a list of pickle-brined Ontario chicken wings, the other options being jerk, general tao and fermented hot sauce.
Barbecue purveyor Earlscourt BBQ serves up their four-hour smoked wings by the plate, with ribs, and in their pit master platter.
Head on over to Auld Spot Pub for a plate of big, juicy chicken drummies. Have them sauced in classic Buffalo style or opt for honey hot, BBQ or scotch bonnet flavours.
Mantra is where you can get your fill of something a bit untraditional. Tandoori chicken wings get tossed in housemade BBQ tandoori sauce and cooked directly in the oven.
The Dyno wings at Hanmoto aren't your typical chicken wings. An order of these features gyoza filling stuffed into a de-boned wing that's deep fried and finished with a drizzle of Kewpie mayo and a sprinkling of nori, cilantro, and hot peppers.
La Famiglia Pizza is the type of pizzeria that everyone outside the delivery zone should be envious of. Not only does this joint offer pizzas, pastas, hot subs and garlic knots, but the wings are lustful.
Ancho chicken wings add variety to the taco-centric menu at La Carnita. Wings here are deep fried 'til crisp then tossed in a coconut cream, cilantro, crispy shallot, pepitas, and an ancho lime bbq sauce.
Crowds flock to Sloppy Joe's for the 80 cent wings on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Flavours are relatively standard and include hot, honey garlic and dry rub cajun spice.
Real Sports serves up massive and flavourful flappers by the half dozen in 10 flavours including unique ones like Thai chili, butter chicken and lime salt.
Toronto's first bar to specialize in Japanese rice wine Koi Koi Sake Bar does soy chicken wings which offer about a pound of meat topped with green onions and sesame seeds.
Get your wet naps ready at the Wheat Sheaf because the specially seasoned wings served 10 per order demands that you roll-up your sleeves and dive right in. Customary carrots, celery and blue cheese dip are included while the selection of sauces ranges from mild to suicide.
Crispy breaded wings dominate the menu at Clinton's Tavern. Sauces on the side include varying degrees of hot sauce plus unique options like smoky BBQ and Thai chili.
Authentic Buffalo wings ranging from mild to Armageddon are the specialty at Duff's Famous Wings. Order a single flavour by the pound with celery and dill dipping sauce on the side.
The menu at Grand Electric is heavy on the taco offerings but it also includes chicken wings, which consist of mole dusted chicken wings topped with valentinas, crema and sesame.
Chimac specializes in Korean fried chicken and wings are available breaded or un-breaded with your choice of sauces like lemon pepper, BBQ and honey garlic.
It's not just fun and games at Toronto's bocce bar Lob. They boast a menu full of pub grub including Nashville hot chicken wings which come served with butter pickles and a tasty side of lemon aioli sauce.
Barque Smokehouse does jumbo smoked chicken wings either dry rubbed or sauced up.
Over two dozen unique flavours of giant wings served baked or fried are on the menu at the Crown & Dragon. Standouts flavours include Holy Haberno, Roadside Lemonade and Bollywood.
If you love wings as much as you love steampunk, Victorian Monkey is the spot for you. Their garlic parm wings are solid, and they also have honey hot, sticky sesame, and cajun dry rub flavours.
Blazing fire chicken wings are the thing to get at the Korean fried chicken joint Home of Hot Taste.
The Green Dragon is a pub known for their tasty chicken wings. Get 'em sauced up in classic flavours like mild, medium and hot.
Chow down on chicken wings while watching the big game at Dog & Bear. They are doing flavours like Buffalo, BBQ and honey garlic.
Memphis BBQ is a divey roadhouse on Islington slinging wings either smoked or fried. Opt for the smoked, which are marinated overnight before being smoked for four hours and then glazed and finished on the grill for a little flame-licked flavour.
The Bishop and the Belcher does roaster wings by the pound. Get them tossed with your choice of mild, medium, hot, chipotle, sriracha, or sticky sesame garlic sauces. Each order is served with fries and choice of chunky blue cheese or house dill dip.
Meaty slow smoked wings coated in dry rub seasoning at Lou Dawg's are sold by the pound. Have them plain or tossed in one of the finger licking house BBQ sauces.
Smoked chicken wings are a standout on the menu at Stack Restaurant. Wings are seasoned with their own Memphis rub and served with slaw and garlic dipping sauce.
The Pilot slings wings by the pound with veggie sticks and ranch dip supplied on the side to offer reprieve from spicy flavours like kamikaze.
Hector Vasquez at The Dirty Bird. With files from Jaclyn Skrobacky and Liora Ipsum.
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