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Good Wings in Durham Region?

Anyone know of a good wing place in Durham besides Wing Shack in Whitby? I used to frequent the one in Ajax but now it's a Wild Wing restaurant.

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  1. I like Wild Wings because the selection of sauces, but the wings are just average.

    The Crown & the Firkin in Whitby, are decent nothing amazing, but Mondays and Thursdays are 25 cent wing nights, which makes it very worth while. If you like dry wings and not saucy their dry rub Cajun is quite nice.

    Jax's Fillin Station in Oshawa (Formerly Jacks' Fillin Station) has really good wings, but the atmoshpeher isn't that great. But probably some of the better wings around.

    Theres a wing place in Whitby, Wow Wings I think, its on HWY 2 east of Brock, I've been told they have good wings, but never been. They have a similar style to Wild Wings as far as sauces, but the wings are suppose to be better.

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    1. re: DurhamPark

      The Tilted Kilt at Brock St and Mary are pretty good, St Louis wings @ Harwood and 2 and one on Brock St N at Baldwin in Whitby, Also a Wing Shack on 1121 Dundas in Whitby, if thats what you like.

      1. re: DurhamPark

        Atmosphere isn't that great at Jax? Care to explain please?

        1. re: Misskisscake

          Its kind of like a hole in the wall type place. A lot of regulars, sometimes peanut shells on the floor everywhere. Just not the most comfortable atmosphere. Not a place you feel necessarily as welcome in as you would at like a Denny's or Montanas.

          I remember one time we went in at about 7pm, at 8:30 they had a band coming on. We sat down but when we we're going to order the waitress told us that this band was playing, made it sound like a well known type band, that we'd never heard of and then said if we do want to stay to eat either we need to buy tickets or get out by 8:00pm. The whole conversation and everything was a little weird.

          But I still continued to get wings there about once a month. Haven't been back since the new owner took over though. That was maybe a few months ago.

          Its worth a go, some people do really like the place. My friends and I just didn't feel as welcomed the times we've eaten in. Normally I get wings for take-out.

          1. re: DurhamPark

            Yikes! Maybe I'll just do the take-out. Thanks for the tip ;)

      2. Hey thanks so very much for your help! I can't wait to check out these places! :)

        1. After having lived here for 28 years, I've sampled pretty much every wing in the area. After my exhaustive search, I settled on:

          Buffalo Style Wings
          800 King Street West
          Oshawa, ON L1J 2L5
          (905) 571-9464

          .....in Oshawa as being the best, and haven't looked back in 10 or so years. They continue to float my proverbial wing boat. Awesome wings.

          1. I would recommend the wings at Magwyers pub in Ajax (~Bayly and Harwood). Their wings are a good size and come in a variety of different sauces and rubs. Tuesdays are wing nights!

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            1. re: Lili6917

              Ya know I've always wanted to try there but it looks so small. Thanks I think I'll check them out this Friday :)

            2. I would like to add my 2 cents to this post. I have been a wing junkie for decades, often traveling down to Buffalo in the 80's to get what wasn't yet available up here. There are several very good wing places around and most have already been mentioned. Jax Fillin Station on Simco (North of Rossland) is the best. The "new" owner Dianne (who has worked there for a decade) has spruced the place up quite a bit so it is no longer a Peanut bar. The wings are large and they have won "Best Wings in Durham" for many years. This year, they won Peoples Choice, with the judges choice going to another good wing place called "Whiskey Johns" located on # 2 at Stevenson just inside Oshawa near the mall. Also top notch wings at WOW Wings - 2 locations one in Whitby on Dundas (#2) about a km west of Brock (#12) tucked into the corner of a plaza. The other is take out in Ajax just off Harwood south of the 401. There are a couple of WILD Wings around, one in Oshawa around Taunton, the other in Whitby in the AMC complex at Thickson and the 401. Both of those last 2 offer about a hundred different flavours. I would not recommend the wings at most other places. The Crown and Firken pre-cooks on wing nights, the St Louis wings I just do not like. The size and flavour just are not there. "On the Rocks" (Whitby and Oshawa) does a pretty good baked wing. They come sauced in about 8 different ways. The Gryphon at #2 & Perry (downtown Whitby) does some good wings, and even Los Cabos (Tex Mex) in Whitby does a pretty good wing. There are other places in Ajax that I have not been to that I have heard good things about but have not sampled yet. Most Wing places do not get categorized as "fine dining establishments" and so expectations about decor should be realistic. I would recommend DuramPark give JAX another shot. I doubt you will be disappointed.

              Jax Fillin Station
              948 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1G4W2, CA

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              1. re: rocknhound

                According to The Gryphon's website, they have a 25 cent wing night. I have a hard time believing that pricing. Anybody know what their current specials are?

                Magwyers has a Tuesday wing nigh on their websitet: 59 cent/wing.

                How are the wings at the Portly Piper in Ajax? They have 49 cents per wing on Tuesdays on their website.

                Portly Piper
                235 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S3K3, CA

              2. if you are willing to take the drive to Bowmanville, there are two decent places for wings. A new restaurant opened up at Longworth and Liberty called The Wing Pit. They have ten flavours and they are all good (I have had them all). if you like spice they have some with some nice kick. Also in Bowmanville I love the wings at The Village Inn. A nice atmosphere, cheap beer and great crispy wings. Finally, Churchill's in oshawa at taunton and Simcoe are decent as well. Anyone agree? Disagree?

                Wingpit website is http://www.wingpit.com/
                Village Inn website is http://www.thevillage-inn.com/

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                1. re: fifthglen

                  I have to disagree with the wings at the villiage inn. I do frequent this pub and i can tell you the wings there are not very good. They are typically too small, deep fried too long and thier sauces are just pure tobasco for the most part. The wings at The Wing pit are decent however i have had 2 bad experience out of 3 with them. They for some reason always seem to mess up my order.

                2. Has anyone tried the wings at Winston Shagwell's? Any good?

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                  1. re: CeeQueue

                    Yes I've tried the wings at Shagwells and they are delicious! big, juicy I believe before 6pm or 7pm on weekdays, they are 1/2 price wings. If you look at the Events page on their website there are other nights where they have wing specials.

                    Another place which is quite good is Lion and Dragon with their All You Can Eat Specials. I used to frequent that place quite a bit but recently they moved to 1163 Kingston Rd and I haven't had a chance to try it out. Anyone try their wings at the new place?


                    1. re: yummyPiggy

                      In another thread a poster has just said Lion and Dragon was torn down to make way for a Home Depot. Their Web site hasn't been updated in nearly a year. Was that their new location, or can you verify that this place is still in operation?

                      1. re: CeeQueue

                        The Home Depot location is the old location and is torn down. I have not gone to the new location but there was an article in the local newspaper that mentioned they have reopened. Also on another forum, someone mentioned they went to the new establishment recently.

                      2. re: yummyPiggy

                        I had the wings at the Lion and Dragon a few weeks ago and they were probably the best wings I've had in a long time. Perfectly cooked and huge. There were quite a few options - I went for a dry garlic seasoning and side suicide for dipping....AWESOME. Nice pub too! The owner, Bruce, and staff were very friendly. I live in North York but now travel to the east end for my wing fix. The pub is in a little courtyard with a patio that looks like it will be great in the summer. Old Kingston Rd & Kingston Rd.

                        1. re: TG101

                          What are the nearest crossroads? The only place I can picture where Old Kingston and Kingston meet is where Sisters is -- just east of Morningside.

                          1. re: CeeQueue

                            It's actually on Old Kingston Rd and Kingston Rd. The main big crossroads are Kingston Rd and Church St near Safari Bar and Grill. (west of Church St)

                            1. re: yummyPiggy

                              Thanks. I forgot about that other strip of Old Kingston.

                        2. re: yummyPiggy

                          You mean Lion and Dragon moved FROM 1163 Kingston Road. They're now located at 102 Old Kingston Road in Ajax.

                          1. re: kwong

                            Thanks! I didn't know the new address, I copied the existing address from their website and didn't realize it's the old one.

                            1. re: yummyPiggy

                              Someone told me that the Lion and Dragon doesn't have AYCE anymore. Please tell me it isn't so! Does anyone know?

                              Unrelated question: how do you add a new restaurant to the list of restaurants in the "manage your links" list? I wanted to add Family Shawarma in another thread, but it's not on the list.

                              Somewhat related: Lion and Dragon's address is wrong in the list. How do we get that fixed?

                              Lion & Dragon Pub
                              1163 Kingston Rd, Pickering, ON L1V1B5, CA

                              1. re: kwong

                                According to their www, they stil do.

                                1. re: stv

                                  I went to their website, but it says it was last updated November 20, 2008, which was about 1 year and 2 months ago. I may just have to call them and find out.

                                  1. re: kwong

                                    The Lion and Dragon has an updated website and according to it, they no longer have AYCE wings. :(

                      3. I think if your willing to travel east a bit try the Courtyard in courtice on highway 2. Or in Bomanville at Maddy's Pub off highway 2 and division both have patio's with great varieties and flavours.

                        Maddy's Pub & Restaurant
                        7 Division St, Bowmanville, ON L1C2Z2, CA

                        1. The Bulldog Pub in Oshawa has great wings!

                          1. Actually, the very best wings in the Durham region are the smoked wings from Buster Rhino's.

                            He sells 2 lb boxes for $11.99 takeout and wing dinners for $9.99 every day.

                            No breading, deep hickory smoke flavor, no grease, sauce on or on the side.

                            Try the Hot habanero sauce if you dare!

                            Buster Rhino's
                            2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

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                            1. re: Northforker

                              I will second the wings at Buster Rhino's. Excellent!

                              Buster Rhino's
                              2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

                            2. Jacks Fillin station in Oshawa, The Waltsing Weasel in Oshawa and Winston Shagwells in Pickering. All great wings! Large wings, great sauces and the dipping sauces you get on the side are pretty good as well.

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                              1. re: jillyrae

                                I actually live within walking distance of Shagwell's but have never gone in. Are their wings breaded or not? (to me breaded wings = autofail)

                              2. We went to Simcoe Jazz on Simcoe Street North in Oshawa - wings were great!! They were rolled in sauce and then grilled for a few minutes so they didn't come out too goopy and mushy. And under $6 per pound!!!

                                1. Best I've had in Durham was Antrim House, haven't been in a few years but apparently still good.

                                  1. I like wow wings in Whitby...off dundas and francis street next to giant tiger.Good portions and friendly staff.The front door going is a bit sticky but I guess you cant have everything.Pint and pount Sundays and Weds is when I go in.Best bang for your buck.You can get a lovers deal also which is pretty good.Plus they have 121 flavours.Go check it out and tell them Paul sent you.