Some might consider chicken wing consumption to be a great American pastime. I know I certainly do! My very first experience at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant was a memorable one, and from that day forward there’s been no shortage of wings in my life!
Metro Detroit is home to a multitude of phenomenal dining establishments, and you’d be hard pressed to find an appetizer menu that doesn’t include some variation of the good ole’ fashioned buffalo wing. Below are a few notable options to get you started on your quest for the best:
Sweetwater Tavern, located at 400 East Congress St. in Detroit, recieves a fresh delivery of wings daily, courtesy of Eastern Market. Tagged with the title of “Best Wings in Detroit” by the Detroit Free Press, these suckers are marinated for 24 hours before being doused in spices and deep fried to perfection. Served with celery and bleu cheese, Sweetwater wings are an absolute must.
Duggan’s Irish Pub, located at 31501 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak, has the perfect variety of flavors to suit your palate. Orders come in Spicy Hot, Jack (Daniel’s BBQ), Sesame Seed Teriyaki, or simply breaded with a side of BBQ sauce.
City Wings, located at 2986 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit, has dedicated the entirety of its business to the wing itself. With 17 different flavor options ranging from mild to lemon pepper to sweet chili, it’s probably in your best interest to order more than one during your visit.
Union Street, located at 4145 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, keeps it simple. Wing orders come one of two ways: Union Wings, served with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing, or Rasta Wings with a side of bleu cheese. What’s the difference? The level of heat! Rasta wings are no joke when it comes to spice, so eat with caution.
24 Seconds, located at 3071 Twelve Mile Rd. in Berkley, serves wings three different ways: with BBQ, spicy buffalo or extra hot buffalo sauce. Each order comes with a side of ranch or bleu cheese. I have yet to muster up the courage to try the extra hot option, but I can tell you that the spicy buffalo wings at 24 Seconds are my personal favorite among metro Detroit eateries.
Whether you start off your dining experience with a wing appetizer, or settle on them as your main course, this delicious finger food rarely disappoints. I’ve certainly never met a wing I didn’t enjoy!