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Jerk chicken wings piled on a wood plank with shredded red cabbage and a slice of lime from Coop at Detroit Shipping Company.
Jerk chicken wings from Coop.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

12 Superb Spots for Wings in Metro Detroit

Where to order the finest fried, sauced, or dry-rubbed birds

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Jerk chicken wings from Coop.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

A worthy friend of the sports fan and the chicken lover with a soft spot for crispy edges (and a bit of extra effort), wings are one of the most underrated parts of the bird. In Detroit, there is an ample selection of spots where chicken wings can be found, but some stand out from the crowd.

The restaurants rounded up in this wing guide, for everyone’s gluttonous wing eating pleasure, are standouts. Some serve up classic recipes that have kept customers reliably returning for years, while others have only recently thrown their hats into the wing ring with creative flavors pairings like macha and caramel. Below find a wing for every taste from spicy buffalo bites to Caribbean jerk chicken and even a stray Cajun turkey wing.

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Aside from its regular live music and strong drinks, this Rivertown Warehouse District restaurant brings its A-game with wings that come covered in tangy sauce.

Sweetwater Tavern

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Ask a Detroiter where to find the best wings and Sweetwater Tavern in Bricktown probably tops the list. The wings here are a house recipe, marinated overnight, covered in spices, and fried to finger lickin' perfection.

Coop at Detroit Shipping Company

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Chef Max Hardy’s Detroit Shipping Company food stall Coop specializes in chicken with Caribbean flair. The jerk chicken wings can be customized with sauces ranging from honey lemon to curry.

Flowers of Vietnam

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This modern, Vietnamese-influenced restaurant has gained a particular following for its caramel chicken wings. Every single bite of these bronze, glazed Korean fried beauties delivers a satisfyingly sweet crunch and juicy meat.

City Wings

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This New Center restaurant knows its way around a wing, but customers won't find any standard battered and fried birds here. City Wings tosses its Amish chicken in a variety of sauces and seasonings ranging from traditional spicy buffalo wings with three levels of heat to parmesan-garlic to curry.

The Turkey Grill

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Spring for a bigger bird and take the Turkey Grill's wings for a spin. Order the Cajun fried turkey wings or add a flavor like lemon pepper, buffalo, or honey barbecue sauce for a little extra.

Detroit Wing Company

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Mostly servicing takeout orders this fast-expanding Eastpointe restaurant chain serves bone-in and boneless wings alongside chicken tenders and dresses them up with flavors such as dry-rubbed habanero ranch, Carolina gold barbecue, and teriyaki sauce. The restaurant also offers comfort food favorites like poutine and macaroni and cheese.

Wings are piled on a cutting board and slathered in red sauce. Detroit Wing Company [Official photo]

Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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A classic jazz bar on the Avenue of Fashion is an entertainment hub that takes special care with its food. Baker's Keyboard Lounge's fried wings are a crowd favorite. Order them as a set of four or six, and don't skip the peach cobbler for dessert.

Anita's Kitchen

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Ferndale Lebanese restaurant Anita’s Kitchen serves up crispy chicken wings flavored with zip sauce. The restaurant includes plenty of creamy, mild feta for dipping and, of course, carrot sticks.

Otus Supply

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For something a little different, Otus Supply marinates its wings in tangy bloody mary mix and seasons them with chili-lime Tajin and sumac with lime yogurt dipping sauce for dunking.

This Woodward Avenue diner's extra crispy, plump wings deliver plenty of flavor. Choose from a saucy buffalo flavor, dry-rubbed, or macha. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day six days a week, for that late-night fix.

JINJI Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

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At Jinji, inside Korean dining complex New Seoul Plaza, diners can try dishes like seafood scallion pancakes alongside Korean fried chicken wings. The deep-fried wings come in flavors like sweet and spicy, garlic soy, and honey garlic. It’s a great snack worth sharing while sampling the various flavors of soju served at the bar.

A plate of honey glazed Korean fried chicken wings in front of a can of Hite and a green bottle of soju. Jinji [Official photo]

They Say

Aside from its regular live music and strong drinks, this Rivertown Warehouse District restaurant brings its A-game with wings that come covered in tangy sauce.

Sweetwater Tavern

Ask a Detroiter where to find the best wings and Sweetwater Tavern in Bricktown probably tops the list. The wings here are a house recipe, marinated overnight, covered in spices, and fried to finger lickin' perfection.

Coop at Detroit Shipping Company

Chef Max Hardy’s Detroit Shipping Company food stall Coop specializes in chicken with Caribbean flair. The jerk chicken wings can be customized with sauces ranging from honey lemon to curry.

Flowers of Vietnam

This modern, Vietnamese-influenced restaurant has gained a particular following for its caramel chicken wings. Every single bite of these bronze, glazed Korean fried beauties delivers a satisfyingly sweet crunch and juicy meat.

City Wings

This New Center restaurant knows its way around a wing, but customers won't find any standard battered and fried birds here. City Wings tosses its Amish chicken in a variety of sauces and seasonings ranging from traditional spicy buffalo wings with three levels of heat to parmesan-garlic to curry.

The Turkey Grill

Spring for a bigger bird and take the Turkey Grill's wings for a spin. Order the Cajun fried turkey wings or add a flavor like lemon pepper, buffalo, or honey barbecue sauce for a little extra.

Detroit Wing Company

Wings are piled on a cutting board and slathered in red sauce. Detroit Wing Company [Official photo]

Mostly servicing takeout orders this fast-expanding Eastpointe restaurant chain serves bone-in and boneless wings alongside chicken tenders and dresses them up with flavors such as dry-rubbed habanero ranch, Carolina gold barbecue, and teriyaki sauce. The restaurant also offers comfort food favorites like poutine and macaroni and cheese.

Wings are piled on a cutting board and slathered in red sauce. Detroit Wing Company [Official photo]

Baker's Keyboard Lounge

A classic jazz bar on the Avenue of Fashion is an entertainment hub that takes special care with its food. Baker's Keyboard Lounge's fried wings are a crowd favorite. Order them as a set of four or six, and don't skip the peach cobbler for dessert.

Anita's Kitchen

Ferndale Lebanese restaurant Anita’s Kitchen serves up crispy chicken wings flavored with zip sauce. The restaurant includes plenty of creamy, mild feta for dipping and, of course, carrot sticks.

Otus Supply

For something a little different, Otus Supply marinates its wings in tangy bloody mary mix and seasons them with chili-lime Tajin and sumac with lime yogurt dipping sauce for dunking.

O.W.L.

This Woodward Avenue diner's extra crispy, plump wings deliver plenty of flavor. Choose from a saucy buffalo flavor, dry-rubbed, or macha. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day six days a week, for that late-night fix.

JINJI Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

A plate of honey glazed Korean fried chicken wings in front of a can of Hite and a green bottle of soju. Jinji [Official photo]

At Jinji, inside Korean dining complex New Seoul Plaza, diners can try dishes like seafood scallion pancakes alongside Korean fried chicken wings. The deep-fried wings come in flavors like sweet and spicy, garlic soy, and honey garlic. It’s a great snack worth sharing while sampling the various flavors of soju served at the bar.

A plate of honey glazed Korean fried chicken wings in front of a can of Hite and a green bottle of soju. Jinji [Official photo]

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