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Chicken Wings - Minneapolis

I'm looking for a place with a) terrific chicken wings and b) tasty fried fish. Nardie's was my go-to spot for this kind of thing, but it looks like they've closed. Any suggestions? (I'm in South Minneapolis.) Thanks!

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  1. Nardie's? Is that different than Short and Wags, or another name for it? I just googled the place, and the address comes up 38th and Nicollet, which is were Wags used to be.

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    1. re: pgokey

      They're across the street from each other. I loved the wings from Nardie's enough that I never had the ones from the place across the street - how are they?

      1. re: ms_curmudgeon

        I'm not a wing person. My mom used to get them all the time. The place is really popular.

    2. Of all places try the Monte Carlo...great wings and a decent Fish & Chips

      Monte Carlo
      3rd St.off Washington Ave N
      Minneapolis

      1. One word: Art Song's. (647 N University West St Paul, MN). Okay, it's two words but still the best wings ever.

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        1. re: Doghouse Reilly

          A hundred years ago when I was looking for buffalo-style wings in Minneapolis, Art Song's name came up. I understood that he used to have the wing shop at the location that is now Shorty & Wags on Nicollet -- does that sound right?

          Moved across the river to St. Paul and now I see the occasional sign for his place. It'd be GREAT to know if he really does have good wings near my new-ish address. Anyone know if he does them buffalo-style?

          1. re: KTFoley

            For Buffalo style wings in Saint Paul the only place I can recommed is Sweeney's - just had them on Friday and they were excellent.

            Never tried Song's.

        2. As a "wing lover" I think Shorty and Wags are very good. Up until about 2 years ago Mayslacks was the hands down winner, absolutely huge and flavorful, but since a new owner came on board they've become the pedestrian breaded junk now; too bad. Rail Station's on Minnehaha are pretty good, too.

          1. I have not tried them, but "Cali's Express" on Penn and the east side just south of 66th St (where the Homestead Pickin' Parlor is) recently went through a remodel and is now open with a wings / fish / shrimp menu. I stopped for a Banh Mi on Sunday and they were not making them that day (sad because they are pretty good and in my neighborhood) but I did pick up a new menu listing wings, etc.