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Wings in Calgary

Hi !

Could someone recommend a really good place for wings in Calgary (and vicinity) ? I realize that almost every pub in the city serves wings but is there a place famous for it's wings ? (Kinda like the St. Louis Bar & Grill for those Torontonians on this forum.)

I went to Brewsters at the recommendations of a friend but their wings were so dry. Any drier and they would crumbled to pieces when I picked them up. :)

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  1. If you haven't already seen http://www.hotwings.ca , then you should definitely check them out.

    Not sure if I've ever heard of a canonical wing joint, though. (Our St. Louis Bar & Hotel is famous for an entirely different set of reasons.) I had wings a couple of months ago at the Blind Monk, (10 cent Tuesday) and was satisfied with them. Certainly worth the dime.

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    1. re: ByeByeBaby

      I'd definitly try Schooner's Pub - Old Banff Coach Road

    2. Wow ! How the heck did I miss that ? Thanks Byex2 Baby !

      1. I never thought the wings at St Louis were up to the hype- now for wings, nobody could touch Mayday Malone's... but maybe my allegiance is just because that was my neighbourhood joint (MM is, or was, on Bathurst a block or so south of Dupont).

        I hardly ever order wings anymore; in Calgary the last bunch I had was actually at Moxie's on 17th and they were quite decent. I like places that give you real blue cheese dressing and not ranch.

        1. I think the Regal on 14th makes the best wings in town... but i also like the wings at the Hound ... salt'npeppa. hilarious that hotwings site. they should post hot chicks on it!

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          1. re: mrdave

            I agree with the comment about the Hose and Hound - they have great wings. The wings are not too small, and they aren't overcooked. Plus it's not as busy there as some of the places on 17th.

          2. Resuscitating an old thread, but do try the wings at Thai Rose Garden on Stephen Ave. They're not your traditional wings -- de-boned, then stuffed with ground pork and glass noodles, and then deep fried. Really good stuff.

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            1. re: CuriousCat

              Regal Beagle (14th or Centre stree)! Also, Original Joes makes decent wings.

              1. re: bohunk

                OJ does such good bar food- love their fish and chips too- thank god they're all nonsmoking now!

                1. re: John Manzo

                  Best wings in Calgary, is in a total dive.. but so worth the trip... Juliettes Castle on 16Ave N just before Deer foot. They have Big juicy wings that are served about 20 different ways. I have been going there for about 10 years.. and I have never been let down.

                  1. re: CookieGal

                    Surprisingly, I had the hot wings at Denny's one night and they were quite good actually, very messy and tasty. Then had them on another occasion and again very good.

                    1. re: CookieGal

                      Totally true - Juliette's is a greasy dive, but they do have fantastic wings - especially the hot ones.

                      1. re: CookieGal

                        Good to know. That's right by home, too! I'll give it a try.

                        1. re: CookieGal

                          ARe the wings at Juliettes still good ?

                  2. It's also worth a try at The Unicorn down town, they dont' do a "wings night" (from what I remember) but I do remember their wings being particularly big and moist.

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                    1. The wings at Nicastros (2418 Edmonton Trail NE) are great. Especially the "house" flavor which is basically a mix of all of the other flavors. Now that they're non-smoking it's even better.

                      1. I haven't had my favorite type of wings in about 15 years. They were at Red Robin's of all places. Crispy wings, not to steroidy thick and no disgusting added breading to make them soak up more nasty grease. Why do people like huge wings with piink veins and bloody boones? We are eating wings, do we really need to add a further layer of heart disease induction?

                        I had these same Red Robin type wings the other week at Bottom's Up, which is an awful sports pub. I have found myself longing to go back for these wings. It's on 17th at about 31st St SW.

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                        1. re: fotze

                          welcome to the board fotze- get your buds from calgarypuck to join the chowish discussions!

                          1. re: John Manzo

                            Thank you, always love your recommendations.

                        2. I shared a shockingly good plate of wings at FATS on 10th last week. I will have to check out Juliette's some day... miss the wings at Goldmine in Forest Lawn, since their demise.

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                          1. re: BigBrocktoon

                            I didnt realize the Goldmine had shutdown - they had awesome beef ribs on Wednesdays! How long ago did this happen??

                            1. re: yen

                              Last year, unless it is under some form of new management in the old Earl's location, or re-opended elsewhere since then...

                          2. I've gone to quite a few places in the city for various "wing nights". I'll list a few of my faves, and a few places to stay away from.

                            My favourite wings in the city thus far are @ the Rusty Cage in the Westbrook shopping centre. There's also a Rusty Cage down on Heritage (formerly Studio 82), but I cannot confirm that the wings there are just as good as the ones in Westbrook.

                            Their 25-cent wing nights are wednesdays (and Sundays too, if I remember correctly), and not once have I been disappointed with the wings. They are not as cheap as some other places, but when you know what you're getting is going to be good every time, it's worth the extra few cents. They have a wide variety of flavours available (25 to be exact). They have your run of the mill flavours such as BBQ, Salt n pepper, Honey Garlic, Hot, etc etc...but they have some more exotic flavours, some of which are quite good. For example, Thai Peanut (my fave), BBQ Jack, Dill Pickle, Johnny Cash (Super hot...aka Ring of Fire...hehe), and spicy parmesan. Also forgot to mention that their Salt n pepper wings are amazing...so tasty! They almost taste like KFC used to taste when I was a kid...before their chicken got all greasy & slimey.

                            Kilkenny's in the NW is also an ok place for wings, but the service is poor and the quality of wings are sometimes inconsistent. One week you'll get average sized wings, next week they'll be tiny & overcooked.

                            Classic Jacks on 17th also has a great wing night on wednesdays, but it's almost guaranteed that you'll be waiting a while if you get there anytime after 6pm. They do have one really good flavour called Mediterannean, which is basically greek salad dressing on the wings. Sounds simple enough, but it's quite deelish.

                            We used to go to Malcolm's on 5th after work downtown, where they have pretty good wings, but now that they have supremely jacked up their wing prices, I won't be going there anymore.

                            If there is one place to AVOID, it's Dixon's down in the Shawnessy area. I went there just the other night, and the wings were TERRIBLE. I have never seen wings this small, and they were as dry as could be. Picture Nicole Richie going on a meth binge while tanning on the sun....that's how skinny & dry these things were. On top of that, Dixon's has awful service.

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                            1. re: electroleum

                              I tried the wings at Rusty Cage in Heritage once, and they were literally raw inside. might have been super busy that night, or maybe there was a new cook who didn't know the proper deep frying time to cook a wing, but i won't try them again

                            2. I venture to a few locales for wings.

                              Limerick's on Macleod Tr has 17¢ wings on Mondays and are tasty. Shillelagh's on Sirocco Dr has 19¢ wings on Wednesdays, and have some great and unique flavours including a fantastic parmesan. I'll second the vote for Regal Beagle's salt n pepper wings. That said, they're breaded and I prefer mine au naturale.

                              1. Another one to avoid for wings, suprisingly, is the Wildwood in mission. The last basket I got there downstairs in the pub I bit into the first one and it was still bleeding. Not just a little bit, like oozing out blood from the uncooked centre. Not a good sign. Looking on the positive side they took them off the bill and I didn't die.
                                Watchman's on 17th are good as are the Kensington Pub. Still never tried the now infamous Regal Beagle wings yet.

                                1. Friar's pub (Glenmore Landing) has great hot wings.

                                  1. this post just keeps on giving... one of my all time favorites is the Black Sheep west coast pub on Elbow drive. Great spot and I've never been let down. www.hotwings.ca has them ranked as #1, and the urbanspoon.com also voted them a high %90. That's my vote for #1.

                                    1. I like the wings at Boston Pizza, although they are really expensive.

                                      Did I just embarrass myself?

                                      1. Hi!! Check out The Black Swan Ale House. Off Maclead Trail South S.W. Been there acouple times Wing nite Wed. 22 cent. They have lots of flavors, my flavor is the teryaki wasabi and the cajun.

                                        1. I used to live in Calgary and i would go and eat wings often. At the time my favorite place was Regal Beagle but i hated how you had to buy drinks to get wings. That was 5 years ago though. Are the wings still good there? Are they still doing the ribs on thursdays too? I also used to frequent a pub (don't know if its still there) on the northwest corner of 16th Ave and 19th street NW which had 15 cent wings and lots of flavors but they weren't the greatest wings.

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                                          1. re: blond_america

                                            That was the worst policy they could have. We left when we found that out.

                                            They are closed anyway so obviously something turned away a lot of customers.

                                            1. re: chewy_bakah

                                              Probably the numerous and recurring health violations... that's what kept me from going...
                                              They really did have the best salt and pepper wings though, and who doesn't order a couple beers with their wings?

                                              1. re: Strider

                                                Ya i remember the salt and pepper wings at Regal Beagle were my favorite too. The place on 16th Ave and 19th street NW was called Tipperary's. It was kind of dive but the wings were okay.

                                                1. re: Strider

                                                  Oh yeah that's not the point. Of couse we would have ordered more than adequate drinks. It's when someone says you must drink to get wings...we just didn't like that. Seems just a bit unethical. So what if you want to eat a lot of wings.. do you have to get drunk for a few measly wings? Anyway, we didn't like so we voted with our feet.

                                                  1. re: chewy_bakah

                                                    Not that i'm defending the policy but as i remember it you could order non alcoholic drinks too with the wings. But that's not really the point anyways...

                                                    1. re: blond_america

                                                      If i recall their non alcoholic drinks ie pop and tea were pretty close to beer prices which in that case you would just order beer. Same thing.

                                                2. re: chewy_bakah

                                                  the beagles closed ..no ,that makes me sad ,loved the wings and had good times there to boot.also who orders wings without beer ,that seems sacrilegious to me .they go hand and hand.when i rule the world ,it will be illegal(on pain of death)to order wings without beer

                                                  1. re: howlin

                                                    The Regal Beagle closed up shop on Centre Street shortly after they opened up their south location (just of MacLeod Trail at 94 Avenue). The 14th Street location reamins open to this day.

                                              2. I agree with Julliette's best wing in town but very much a greasy place. worth going for the wings

                                                1. 1410 Beer House on 17th has a wing's dish called the bartenders special which is a plate of hot wings which are fried, sauced and then finished on the grill. They're regular price which isn't cheap but i like the way they taste. Grilling adds a bit of a smoky taste to them.

                                                  1. I really enjoyed the wings at the Blind Beggar Pub. Their wing night is Tuesday and they serve full size wings for 25 cents each. I tried the Jamaican Jerk and Hot wings and loved them both. I haven't been to enough pubs in Calgary to claim they're the best but they're the best I've seen. Located on the corner of Macleod and 50th.

                                                    1. As mentioned before, my fave wing joint is the Rusty Cage in Westbrook (don't go to the Studio 82 location...nowhere near as good).

                                                      And, my fave wing joint just got a lot better. They now have 50 flavours of wings! It may seem like overkill, but we just went yesterday and tasted some of the new selections (a few of which were a result of our suggestions).

                                                      I enjoyed the ones we tried. The standouts were Teriyaki Hot, Butter Chicken and Red Thai. We also tried Garlic Parm (not bad), Macho Nacho (also pretty good), Pineapple Curry (wasn't what we were hoping it would be), Sour Cream 'n' Onion (needed a little bit more seasoning).

                                                      Some other new flavours (that I can remember anyway)

                                                      -Pepper medley
                                                      -Peppercorn Brandi
                                                      -Ketchup (as in ketchup chips)
                                                      -Butter Garlic
                                                      -Cajun & Cajun Hot
                                                      -Salt & Vinegar

                                                      The price did go up to $0.29/wing, but that's understandable when you add a huge batch of new flavours. Also, try and get there before 6. All drinks are $2.75

                                                      1. Best wings I've had in Calgary by far were at Bottlescrew Bills since they renovated the old Buzzard's restaurant section. Not the scrawny gross Sysco wings, big and meaty- and the hot sauce is actually flavourful. The beer selection there is also actually not bad now to go along with the wings.

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                                                        1. re: jeffwhit

                                                          When did they renovate the restaurant? I may have to give them another try. A few years ago we vowed not to go back because the restaurant was freezing cold and draughty, they were out of most of the beer and the food was bad (dry burgers on dry buns)

                                                          1. re: 23skidoo

                                                            Moose McGuires makes a tasty hot and teriyaki version. The wings are grilled, not breaded. Delicious.

                                                            1. re: 23skidoo

                                                              I'm not exactly sure because I had stopped going there a long time ago but it's no longer like a barn. The beer list has also vastly changed for the better. I suspect there was an ownership change again. There is at least one waiter who really knows his beer which is a nice change of pace for Calgary. The wings though, really I haven't had better in Calgary.

                                                          2. There was a pool hall in the NE north of Costco on 32 st called JR's. They served a good honey garlic flavor of wings. I'm not sure if this place still exists.