Best Place to Get Chicken Wings in Every State

According to the National Chicken Council, approximately 1.42 billion (yes, billion) chicken wings were consumed on Super Bowl Sunday this year. Since the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, jump-started their popularity back in 1964 by creating their now iconic Buffalo wings, they have become a national phenomenon. 

From pizzerias to dive bars to barbecue joints, wings are ubiquitous. What started as an inexpensive byproduct of chicken processing, typically discarded or thrown into the stock pot, is now in such high demand that the supply chain can’t keep up. (Did you know that nearly all chickens in the U.S. are raised in these 34 states?)

To assemble a list of places to find the best chicken wings in every state, 24/7 Tempo reviewed and extrapolated from listings, rankings, and reviews on numerous websites, including Food & Wine, Thrillist, Men’s Journal, Eat This Not That, Tasting Table, Mashed, The Daily Meal, Food Network, Insider, Big Seven Travel, Yelp, and numerous regional and local sites.  

Some of these restaurants are devoted solely to wings and offer multitudes of sauces and spices to choose from. R&R Extreme Wings, a small chain in Indianapolis with three locations, has 18 different sauces including sweet chili, lemon pepper, bourbon, garlic parmesan, and Cajun.

The list also includes sports bars, barbecue spots, chicken-and-waffles eateries, and other restaurants that happen to have a dedicated wing following. For example, Chik’n & Mi in Louisville is an Asian fusion fried chicken and soup restaurant where fried wings come glazed in sweet soy sauce or hot jeow bong (Lao chili) sauce. (Other Asian countries, including Thailand, Korea, and Japan, have their own fried chicken culinary traditions. Here is the best Japanese fried chicken in the U.S. and Canada.)

Most often the wings come deep-fried and then glazed in a flavorful condiment – but sometimes they come dry rubbed, smoked, grilled, and even served without a slathering of sweet or spicy sauce. Some restaurants serve whole wings, while others split them into a drumette and a wingette, discarding the wing tip.

Source: Courtesy of Nate F. via Yelp

Alabama: Yo’ Mama’s
> Location: Birmingham

Source: Courtesy of That Wing Place via Facebook

Alaska: That Wing Place
> Location: Anchorage

Source: Courtesy of Valley Wings

Arizona: Valley Wings
> Location: Phoenix

Source: Courtesy of The Wing Shack Bar and Grill-John Barrow via Facebook

Arkansas: Wing Shack Bar & Brill
> Location: Little Rock

Source: Courtesy of Catherine Y. via Yelp

California: Charcoal
> Location: Venice

Source: Courtesy of CD's Wings via Facebook

Colorado: CD’s Wings
> Location: Westminster

Source: Courtesy of J. Timothy's Taverne via Facebook

Connecticut: J. Timothy’s Taverne
> Location: Plainville

Source: Courtesy of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings via Facebook

Delaware: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
> Location: Wilmington & Pike Creek

Source: Courtesy of Nick Q. via Yelp

Florida: House of Wings
> Location: Miami

Source: Courtesy of Mike V. via Yelp

Georgia: Wing Spot
> Location: Covington

Source: Courtesy of Alvin W. via Yelp

Hawaii: DB Grill
> Location: Kapolei (Oahu)

Source: Courtesy of Bodacious Pig Barbecue

Idaho: Bodacious Pig Barbecue
> Location: Eagle

Source: Courtesy of Andy W. via Yelp

Illinois: Crisp
> Location: Chicago

Source: Courtesy of R&R Extreme Wings via Facebook

Indiana: R&R Extreme Wings
> Location: Indianapolis

Source: Courtesy of Jethro's BBQ via Facebook

Iowa: Jethro’s BBQ
> Location: Numerous locations

Source: Courtesy of Pam's Wings with Things via Facebook

Kansas: Pam’s Wings with Things
> Location: Wichita

Source: Courtesy of Chik'n & Mi via Facebook

Kentucky: Chik’n & Mi
> Location: Louisville

Source: Courtesy of Cesar R. via Yelp

Louisiana: Bayou Hot Wings
> Location: New Orleans

Source: Courtesy of Gritty McDuff's Portland via Facebook

Maine: Gritty’s
> Location: Portland, Freeport, & Auburn

Source: Courtesy of John W. via Facebook

Maryland: Delia Foley’s
> Location: Baltimore

Source: Courtesy of Wicked Wing Co.

Massachusetts: Wicked Wing Co.
> Location: Worcester

Source: Courtesy of Wing Doozy (Wyoming, MI) via Facebook

Michigan: Wing Doozy
> Location: Grand Rapids

Source: Courtesy of Mindy B. via Yelp

Minnesota: D-Spot
> Location: Maplewood

Source: Courtesy of Fairley's Wings & More via Facebook

Mississippi: Fairley’s Wings & More
> Location: Hattiesburg

Source: Courtesy of Gobble Stop Smokehouse via Facebook

Missouri: Gobble Stop Smokehouse
> Location: Creve Coeur

Source: Courtesy of Desperado Sports Tavern

Montana: Desperado Sports Tavern
> Location: Missoula

Source: Courtesy of Rob G. via Yelp

Nebraska: Addy’s Sports Bar & Grill
> Location: Omana

Source: Courtesy of Paul C. via Yelp

Nevada: Wing King
> Location: Las Vegas

Source: Courtesy of Wing-Itz

New Hampshire: Wing-Itz
> Location: Dover, Newmarket, & Portsmouth

Source: Courtesy of Wingin It via Facebook

New Jersey: Wingin It
> Location: Jersey City

Source: Courtesy of Wings Gone Wild via Facebook

New Mexico: Wings Gone Wild
> Location: Albuquerque

Source: Courtesy of Carl Vincent N. via Yelp

New York: Anchor Bar
> Location: Buffalo

Source: Courtesy of Ron W. via Yelp

North Carolina: Apex Wings
> Location: Apex

Source: Courtesy of The Fish & Chicken Shack via Facebook

North Dakota: The Fish & Chicken Shack
> Location: Fargo

Source: Courtesy of Scott C. via Yelp

Ohio: Woddy’s Wing House
> Location: Columbus

Source: Courtesy of Chick-n-Beer

Oklahoma: Chick-n-Beer
> Location: Oklahoma City

Source: Courtesy of Hot Mama's Wings via Facebook

Oregon: Hot Mama’s Wings
> Location: Eugene

Source: Courtesy of Vince W. via Yelp

Pennsylvania: Hunt’s Wing Hut
> Location: Ridley Park

Source: Courtesy of Bangin Wings via Facebook

Rhode Island: Bangin Wings
> Location: Johnston

Source: Courtesy of One Hot Mama's via Facebook

South Carolina: One Hot Mama’s
> Location: Hilton Head Island

Source: Courtesy of Steve D. via Yelp

South Dakota: T.C.’s Referee
> Location: Sioux Falls

Source: Courtesy of Hattie B's Hot Chicken via Facebook

Tennessee: Hattie B’s
> Location: Nashville

Source: Courtesy of The Tavern Austin via Facebook

Texas: The Tavern
> Location: Austin

Source: Courtesy of Lala P. via Yelp

Utah: Wing Coop
> Location: Salt Lake City

Source: Courtesy of Bluebird Barbecue via Facebook

Vermont: Bluebird Barbecue
> Location: Burlington

Source: Courtesy of Amanda S. via Yelp

Virginia: WingsWay
> Location: Virgnina Beach

Source: Courtesy of The Wing Dome via Facebook

Washington: Wing Dome
> Location: Seattle & Kirkland

Source: Courtesy of Baked - Craft Wings via Facebook

West Virginia: Baked Craft Wings
> Location: Hurricane

Source: Courtesy of Fannie L. via Yelp

Wisconsin: TomKen’s Bar & Grill
> Location: West Allis

Source: Courtesy of Khyati C. via Yelp

Wyoming: The Bird
> Location: Jackson Hole

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