Wing Lovers’ Paradise: Top Wing Spots in Metro Detroit

August 21, 2023
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Wings from Detroit's Sweetwater Taven

They’re small, they’re flavorful and they’re addictive to eat: Chicken wings are a Metro Detroit favorite, and there are countless establishments offering a well-balanced sauce, impressive wing size and lots of accompaniments to complete your meal. 

According to culinary historians, chicken wings are a relatively newer trend. At first, people were just looking for a way to use the chicken in its entirety. Eventually, wings got more popular, and in the 1960s gained traction as bar food, establishing the connection between wings, sports, and good times.

Retrospectively, the wing’s success was inevitable. They’re meaty, covered in your favorite sauce and undeniably fun to eat. That’s all the reason you need to grab a bunch of friends and hit the town in pursuit of Metro Detroit’s ultimate chicken wings. Whether you’re a fan of buffalo, hot, or plain deep-fried, these wing spots should be your next stop…

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This family-owned wings spot is a must-visit place in Dexter. With 8 flavors, ranging from plain to suicide wings, which Wings ‘N Things claim to be very hot and that you should, “eat at your own expense,” most should be able to find a new favorite kind. You can order boneless or traditional bone-in wings in quantities of 6, 12, 24, or 50 for those larger gatherings. 

Fairway Bar & Grill

Eastpointe’s Fairway calls itself a “friendly neighborhood bar,” but anyone who has a soul to love chicken wings knows they are the experts. One special you can order is bone-in wings for only $1 on Fairway Saturdays! Make sure you follow its social media for other specials or learn about other events Fairway Bar & Grill hosts.

City Wings

Detroit’s wing lovers know this is the spot to go because of its 17 different flavors selections. City Wings describes its wings as “delectable,” and for good reason. It only uses Amish chickens that are not factory farmed for its wings and all of its rubs are made in-house. All of the recipes also come from the family and it uses mostly organic ingredients across the board. You can order quantities from 10 to 120 wings depending on how hungry your crowd is. 

Detroit Wing Company

The best part of this franchise is its multiple locations so you are never far from its chicken wings. The Detroit Wing Company focuses on quality, preservative and artificial-flavoring-free ingredients for the most natural, good-for-you (kinda)  wings. Its menu is made entirely from scratch and features 19 signature sauces at over 15 Metro Detroit locations. 

Union Woodshop

This Clarkston-based restaurant has earned its reputation through delicious, smoky flavors and impressive work with meats ranging from pork butt to brisket to spare ribs. But its chicken –especially the wings — are what lands rave reviews across the board. Its house-smoked chicken wings are served “big and naked” with your choice of sauces right there at the table. One local favorite is the Nashville hot style – but don’t worry, it comes with a buttermilk blue cheese and celery to mitigate the heat. 

Sweetwater Tavern

This Detroit institution is housed within one of the oldest buildings in the city but it has an equally long history of serving amazing wings (well, not quite as long). Sweetwater offers one sauce and one only. When you got something good, don’t mess with it. After marinating for 24 hours, these wings are not ones you want to miss out on. There is a reason why this restaurant serves one of Michigan’s best wings. It’s spicy but with the perfect level of heat. With four Metro Detroit locations, stopping at Sweetwater Tavern is a must. 

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was authored by Karen Dybis.

 

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