Chicken wings have become a staple of American cuisine, from humble beginnings as a rejected part of the bird to a beloved treat served in five-star restaurants and pubs alike.
The Buffalo wing, with its iconic recipe of deep-fried chicken wings slathered in butter and Frank’s hot sauce, was developed in (surprise, surprise) Buffalo, New York. It has since inspired countless variations of chicken wings across the country.
Here are some of the best chicken wings in the US:
17th Street Barbecue: 17ST Wings (Illinois)
17th Street Barbecue’s 17ST wings are smoked and grilled to perfection and then basted in yummy wing sauce. The wings remain crisp and fresh, even when coated in sauce. To get the full experience, ditch the fork and knife and use your hands to savor every sauce-coated bite with a cooling hit of ranch dressing or blue cheese to temper the spice.
Bar Bill Tavern: Sicilian Wings (Buffalo)
Bar Bill Tavern serves some of the best wings in the area, including their famous Sicilian wings. These wings are covered in tangy Italian dressing and parmesan cheese, making them a celebration of delicious flavors. The secret to Bar Bill Tavern’s success is the use of fresh wings rather than frozen ones and brushing on the sauce for a generous amount on each wing.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Honey Garlic Wings (various locations)
East Coast Wings + Grill restaurants can be found in southern and eastern parts of the country. Here you can order the honey garlic wings are a great alternative to spicier options, with the sweetness of honey and a touch of garlic making for a perfect bite. The impressive size of these wings combined with the numerous on-site televisions makes for a great game day experience.
Wing Factory: Lemon Pepper Wings (Atlanta)
Wing Factory’s lemon pepper wings are bright and flavor-forward, delighting your taste buds with a nice surprise. Lemon and pepper are traditional flavors for chicken breast entrees, so they work perfectly on wings, especially when coating that crispy fried chicken skin. These wings are a milder alternative to spicy wings and pair perfectly with a cup of bleu cheese and veggies.
House of Wings: Spicy Ranch Wings (Miami)
This place has more than 60 different flavors of wings, ranging from super spicy to whimsical. We love the spicy ranch wings and the restaurant proudly features ranch as the base for these wings, adding a fun twist on a classic.
Anchor Bar: Original Buffalo Wings (Buffalo)
No list of the best chicken wings in America would be complete without a nod to where it all started: Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. The bar is credited with inventing the Buffalo wing in 1964, and their original recipe is still a hit today. The wings are deep-fried until crispy and then tossed in a spicy sauce made with Frank’s Red Hot sauce and butter.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Boneless Buffalo Wings (various locations)
Buffalo Wild Wings, or B-Dubs is a staple in the American restaurant scene. With locations all across the country, it’s an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual dining experience with plenty of TVs, beer on tap, and, of course, delicious chicken wings. While their traditional bone-in wings are fantastic, it’s their boneless wings that deserve special recognition.
The breading on these wings is expertly crafted to create the perfect amount of crunch, while the wings themselves are much larger than you might expect. And when it comes to sauce options, B-Dubs has something for everyone.
J’s Creole Wings: Honey Heat Wings (New Orleans)
This family-owned restaurant offers a variety of flavors to suit every palate, but their honey heat wings are truly something special. The sauce is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet, with just the right amount of kick to keep things interesting.
But what really sets J’s Creole Wings apart is their commitment to quality. Each wing is made to order, ensuring that they’re always hot, fresh, and perfectly cooked. And if you’re in the mood for something extra, their fries are a fantastic accompaniment. Choose from flavors like garlic rosemary Parmesan, bacon ranch cheese, or fully loaded.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken: Nashville Hot Wings (Nashville)
If you’re a fan of spicy food, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is a must-visit. Their Nashville hot wings are the stuff of legend and you can choose from 6 different levels of heat, ranging from mild to shut the cluck up. Even their mildest option has a bit of a kick, so be prepared for some heat. The hot chicken is seasoned with a special blend of spices and then fried to perfection. And if you need a break from the heat, their sides are equally delicious.