10 best chicken wings in the Twin Cities

Whether your team is still in the playoffs, or you’re just pre-gaming for the Super Bowl, wings are things you should pick up this weekend. But not all wings are equal and there’s a wing for every taste:

CHEFFY WINGS

The Rabbit Hole (Midtown)
While everyone goes over the moon for the 21-spice chicken tenders here, don't forget to bone up and try the outstanding $10 "Wangs," which can be tossed in either an earthy hoisin barbecue sauce or a zippy chili-lime rendition. eatdrinkrabbithole.com

Meritage (Downtown St. Paul)
There's no reason a semi-fancy French bar can't have semi-fancy wings along with the pate du jour. The $8 smoked confit chicken wings with a tomato-lemon glaze elevate the snack to champagne-worthy status. You can still lick your fingers, this is Minnesota. meritage-stp.com

WHOLE WINGS

Hickory Hut (University Ave./Frogtown)
The Art Song wings at Hickory Hut are old-school classics. The big, meaty wings are crisp and laced with signature seasoning that hints at cinnamon and five spice. Get five monsters for $9.99. hickoryhutstpaul.com

Breaking Bread Café (North Mpls)
The buttermilk-fried wings at this new spot in north Minneapolis are all about simplicity and execution. Battered with flaky shards of happiness, you can score six for $6. breakingbreadfoods.com

DRY AND CRISPY

Monte Carlo (North Loop)
A huge basket of these meaty wings, while eaten at the bar, are automatic friend makers, and a steal at $12.95. They come out piping hot, and with every crunchy spiced bite, someone down the bar will be jealous. And, yes, wings go with martinis. montecarlomn.com

Psycho Suzi’s (Northeast)
Non-saucy wings in a tiki joint may seem anachronistic, but there’s nothing out of place with these dark little $10 beauties and their crusty bits that scream with flavor. psychosuzis.com

SAUCY

Runyon’s (North Loop)
Believe the hype because Runyon’s deserves every hot drippy ounce for its classic $10 buffalo wings. On moist, tender wings, the slick sauce comes on like an East Coast gigolo, burning and messy, but compelling nonetheless.

The Blue Door Pub (Longfellow & Merriam Park)
Ignore the burgers and get down on some Frogtown wings tossed in a sultry peanutty soy glaze that is the definition of lip-smackin’ good, $9.50. bluedoorpubmpls.com

HOT

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbecue (Stillwater)
Smalley’s 666 wings have been on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives burning the hair right out of Guy Fieri’s nostrils. If you’re Guy enough, order the $6.66 half -basket with a side of Death Juice. smalleyscaribbeanbbq.com

Shamrocks (West 7th)
Big wings that come drenched in the habanero Hot Damn sauce for $17 are no joke. Finish 14 wings in 20 minutes with no drink and no dipping sauce, and you’ll get a free T-shirt and a punch to your gut (but that comes later). crshamrocks.com

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