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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. They Say

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267 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 446-4682

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.

2. Sweetwater Tavern

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400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2210
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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.

3. Coop at Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 462-4973
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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.

4. Flowers of Vietnam

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4440 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-2085
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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.

5. City Wings

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2896 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871-2489
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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.

6. The Turkey Grill

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8290 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 872-4624
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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.

7. Detroit Wing Company

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17535 E 9 Mile Rd
Eastpointe, MI 48021
(586) 204-3156
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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]

8. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 345-6300
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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.

9. Anita's Kitchen

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22651 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 548-0680
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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.

10. Otus Supply

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345 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 291-6160
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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.

11. O.W.L.

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27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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.

12. JINJI Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

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27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 996-8922
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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]

1. They Say

267 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 48207

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.

267 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207

2. Sweetwater Tavern

400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226

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.

400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. Coop at Detroit Shipping Company

474 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201

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.

474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Flowers of Vietnam

4440 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

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.

4440 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

5. City Wings

2896 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

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.

2896 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

6. The Turkey Grill

8290 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

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.

8290 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

7. Detroit Wing Company

17535 E 9 Mile Rd, Eastpointe, MI 48021
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.

17535 E 9 Mile Rd
Eastpointe, MI 48021

8. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

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.

20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

9. Anita's Kitchen

22651 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

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.

22651 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220

10. Otus Supply

345 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220

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.

345 E 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220

11. O.W.L.

27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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.

27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

12. JINJI Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a, Southfield, MI 48034
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.

27566 Northwestern Hwy suite a
Southfield, MI 48034

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