10 best chicken wings in the Twin Cities

Stephanie March has her picks for the best chicken wings of all styles 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:


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


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


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


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


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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