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I have been to the Anchor Bar on Bayview (I think it was Bayview anyway) and was not that impressed with their wings. I thought the sauce (suicide!!) was very, very plain and just tasted like hot sauce out of a bottle.

Is there anybody out there who would like to post their favourite Toronto chicken wing haunt? Where are Toronto's sauciest and tastiest buffalo wings?

Thanks!

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  1. Do a keyword search on the Canada board - there have been several previous discussions on Toronto's best wings. Duff's seems to be the favourite.

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    1. re: Alex

      duff's . Some don't realize you can customize your order here. If you don't like them soupy , ask for "not saucy" otherwise they will come wet. You can also get them crispy. I think the hotter levels mostly come wet. For me its mild medium,not saucy, extra crispy. Perfect every time!-at least twice a week

      1. re: Alex

        I just went to Duffs with some friends. I couldnt believe what the hype was all about. The wings were sour and not good at all. The only ones that were good were the honey garlic, but honestly not worth it!! If you like the kind of wings that arent breaded and orange in colour and sour than this place is for you! Definate dissapointment, and that is coming from 4 people!! Oh their celery dip is good, that was about it. So don't waste your time!

        1. re: linda_brocker

          SPEAKING OF DUFF'S... anyone try their new location at Bathurst and College!?

          1. re: jennjen18

            The most overrated place I have ever been to. I will never eat there again. The wings were scrawny and not hot (spicy) at all, and I am not a person that eats suicide wings a lot. The hot here were mild at best. We also ordered mushroom caps which were still frozen inside when we got them. Barely an apology was offered, and nothing to entice us to forget how bad they were. This was the College location, and is often lined up.. I can't understand why.

            1. re: PrawnSolo

              Did you order the Armageddon wings? If you aren't the type that eats spicy food, there should be no reason you'd find Armageddon wings mild.

              1. re: kwong

                I love spicy food. I just don't like stupid heat. With all the warnings, I would have thought that second from the top would be hot enough.... but they were not, is all I was saying. They were misleading.

                1. re: PrawnSolo

                  The second from the top is the Death sauce, which is still quite hot. In fact, compared to most wing places, Duff's is hotter. That's their main selling point. The wings themselves are not great, but they are much hotter than most. If you don't find them hot, then you are certainly more capable of eating hot than most people.

                  The only reason I ever go to Duff's is when I want to eat hot wings (which happens maybe once a year at most). Otherwise, I would never go there.

                  I don't see what you find misleading about them though because I can't name a SINGLE wing place in Toronto that has hotter wings (not that I've been to every place, but I have been to many).

                  1. re: PrawnSolo

                    As mentioned, Hot is not second from the top...it's actually fourth from the top (after Armageddon, Death, and Super Hot). I personally don't find the Hot particularly hot either (I usually get super hot), but I know people that find medium-hot to be too hot, so each to his own. Before you knock them for not being hot enough you may want to try any of the three heat levels above hot.

                    I personally like Duffs a lot, but the sauce is fairly vinegary, so if that's not someone's thing I can understand why they wouldn't like it. Duffs can also be inconsistant with the amount of sauce you get (although I've never tried specifying the sauce level as someone suggested...maybe that's the key).

                    What I don't get is the recent proliferation of St. Louis around the city...now those are some tough, bland wings.

                    1. re: Strongbad789

                      St. Louis used to be good. Really good.
                      But now they're gone the way of Harvey's/Swiss Chalet.

                      DT

                      1. re: Davwud

                        I second that Davwud. I found most chicken wing places in TO to be somewhat inconsistent (primarily with the level of duness, and size). I relied on St. Louis to provide me with the dependable quality, but in the past several months I have noticed them slip more and more to the point where I don't want to go there anymore for wings. Sad but true.

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            2. re: linda_brocker

              I agree totally. On a recent visit to the Buffalo area I went to both Duff's and the Anchor Bar to do a proper taste test. Ordered a plate of "medium" at each. To me, Anchor wins hands down. The wings themselves (the meat component, and how they were fried) weren't much different, but Anchor's sauce recipe includes butter to cut down the vinegar bite. Duff's tasted like the wings were dunked in pure hot sauce, and the resultant strong vinegar fumes turned me off and made me sick.

              My wife can't handle anything hot so she ordered mild... at Duffs this meant she got a plate of wings with almost no sauce (it looked like they took the bottle, shook a couple dashes on the wings, and served it). She felt totally ripped off. At Anchor, they cut down the spice and increase the butter ratio so you still got nice saucy wings at the correct spice level...

              I expect to get flamed by all the Duff fanatics very soon...

              1. re: TexSquared

                Totally.. I felt the same way. The wings were too sour! Like I said earlier, and yes I did go to the new location. There was nothing special about it, and I am sure everyone else agrees. It was a whole lotta whoopla for nadda! Oh by the way, Pizza Pizza has really good crispy, HUGE, wings! They were amazing, and now so far one of my favs. Give it a try! It's well worth it if ya like the jumbo sized not so sour ones! But ask for crunchy! Linda.

              2. re: linda_brocker

                "If you like the kind of wings that arent breaded and orange in colour and sour than this place is for you!"

                Yeah, Buffalo wings aren't breaded, are orange from the chili-oil sauce, and sour because the sauce has a fair heft of vinegar. These are Buffalo wings. This is what they should be like.

            3. well, I havn't been to this place in a couple years so I don't know if its still there (or where it exactly is...) but theres this joint out in Burlington. It's either called "Wing Dings" or "Wing It Up." They changed the name from one to the other, which way I can't recall. Anyways, I remember their wings being HUGE and they had all sorts of sauces. Jerk, to pineapple as well as the standards. The few times I visited, I really enjoyed there food. I know its across the street from one of the malls (how many malls can there be in Burlingon?) on the lower west side. I think its the exit of the QEW before the Brant street exit.

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              1. re: ChinBrowSki!

                The thread is "Toronto's best wings" not Burnlington....lol

              2. The place on Bayview is Duff's (not Anchor) - and it's received the most good reviews, so if you didn't like it you're in trouble!

                1. Duff's on Bayview serves the exact same wings as the original establishment in Amherst, NY. I've been to both many times and have never been disappointed, but I've heard of those who have. The Toronto location has two versions of "suicide", Death and Armageddon. I've never tried either of them. You may find that "authentic" Buffalo wings taste very much like hot sauce out of the bottle, because the sauce itself doesn't have many ingredients (Franks's Hot Sauce, Margerine, Vinegar).

                  For true Buffalo wings you're going to have trouble finding anything better than Duff's, so if they disappoint you then you're probably S.O.L.

                  If you like wings in general there are other options. The last time I was at the Duke of Gloucester, on Yonge south of Bloor, the wings were pretty good. Some swear by St.Louis, but I do not. I've been meaning to check out Wild Wing, but haven't yet. Heard they're good and check out the variety on the menu: www.wildwing.org

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                  1. re: Mike

                    I think Duff's is the best in the city. You have to like Buffalo style wings though. They have a very definite vinegar taste to them. I usually order hot. Their sauces hotter than that don't seem to be very good.

                    DT

                    1. re: Davwud

                      I have found none better in TO! In addition, they also have a great deal on Tuesdays. A pound of wings is only $5.99 as long as you purchase a beverage. I'm going tonight.

                  2. I had some great wings at a place out in Etobicoke called Sloppy Joe's, they were huge, and came lightly breaded with a great sauce.

                    Not a real Buffalo wing, but in my opinion, better.

                    Any other hidden gems?

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                    1. re: bbbradk

                      Yes, Sloppy Joe's is pretty good. I have to second that. The best wings I've ever had...is in Waterloo, at this place called Morty's. Damn best wings ever! I use to go at least once a week for 4 years...okay maybe slightly exaggerating, but seriously best wings ever!

                    2. Has anyone tried a place called 'STICKY FINGERS RIBS & WINGS'?

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                        1. re: bbbradk

                          its on Yonge, in North York.. north of lawrence

                          1. re: hungryabbey

                            Never been, but if you say it's good I'll be sure to look for it next time I'm up there

                            1. re: bbbradk

                              I dont know if its good.. but I always drive by, and I am a chicken wing/rib enthusiast. So, its on my list of places to try.

                      1. I haven't had better than St Louis yet in toronto but I haven't tried Duff's.

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                        1. re: Aardvark

                          Wing purists rave about that place, but to me, the wings are always overcooked, and unless you bathe then in some of the hotter sauces are without much flavor and rather small.

                          The mild sauce is pretty much just margarine, so you can never get a good coating.

                          But I do like the mushroom caps there

                          1. re: bbbradk

                            I agree. St Louis seems always overcooked which makes them tough.

                        2. I love All-Star Wings, although it's waaay out of the way for more people, it's 2 mins from my place! 16th and Woodbine, great wings!

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                            1. re: chinwhat

                              We go to All Star in Richmond Hill after hockey on Thursdays. I love the wings there.
                              I went to Wild Wing and wasn't impressed. Same idea as AS but not nearly as good. AS used to be a WW but they split off.

                              DT

                            2. re: Wil

                              Agreed.. best place ever.. We have brought a bunch of friends there and they are always impressed.. there is styles for everyone. Dry wings, saucy wings, not so saucy. tons of flavors.. Excellent place.

                              1. re: gunfus

                                All Star has the ubiquitous breaded wings that pretty much every bad roudhouse in Toronto serves - the just trick the weak-of-palate by mixing sauces like 1/2 honey-garlic and 1/2 sweet chili to make "exotic Pandora's Box sauce".
                                If you like wings breaded and drowning in sticky-sweet sauce, then All-Star is your place. I'll pass, thanks.

                            3. More times than not, Grovers Pub on the east side. On Kingston Rd just past Main on the north side. Half price Tuesdays and Thursdays. Best: honey garlic combined with suicide and lemon cajun (make sure to ask for squeezed lemons if it doesn't come with it). Sometimes inconsistent, but majority of the time they are the best wings in Toronto that I have had (before I turned veggie, that is). My boyfriend's football team swears by them.

                              1. All Star Wings are good. I have only been once but no other wing place compares and I loooooooove wings.

                                1. I keep reading how Peter's Cajun Creole Pizza make great wings, yet no one here mentions them & I never see anyone eating them when I pass by. Whaddup widdat?

                                  1. I get my wings from "chicken place" located near weston rd./401, near crossroads plaza. It is in a small plaza, and does not look so hot, but damn the wings are great. They are very saucy and yummy...... take out only......

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                                    1. re: pancake

                                      I think that is where I used to get Pizza. Is it between a xXx store and a Halal butcher?

                                    2. THere's a place called "Cranberries" on Parliament, just south of Wellesley. The wings are big and lightly breaded and then sauced. It is the size that is most impressive as it makes for a very satisfying bite and a nicer ratio of chicken meat to skin and sauce. Wing night is Monday.

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                                      1. re: Tout Garni

                                        I have peeked my head in many times, is there anything else worth trying there?

                                        1. re: hungryabbey

                                          Decent enough burgers (though HoParliament are better) but I haven't really tried anything else. Service is pretty surly and there is a strange, pervasive warm bread smell from the bakery next door. In winter it is comforting, in summer, a bit off-putting.

                                          1. re: Tout Garni

                                            yes I figured. im a regular at house on parliament, so I think I'll just stick to it and feel safe with whatever I order there.

                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                              the wings are superior at Cranberries. But the wings are really the best reason to go.

                                        2. re: Tout Garni

                                          Oh Tout Garni - you have given away our local secret...sigh...:-). Tis true, my friends. Anyone I have ever taken there for wings has been a convert. You can also get your order with sweet potato fries. They will also do a half and half - hubby loves the honey garlic and I love the hot. This place in general is a find. The wings are huge and meaty. I have never been disappointed.

                                          1. re: Mitzimouse

                                            indeed. cranberries are pretty darn good. was introduced to there a few years past and easily have 10+ converts to the cause. some friends swear by the honey garlic, but i swear at them for thinkin it's a wing. large, juicy, not too saucy on all dressings. i just wish their hot sauce had a little more spice without having to choose a suicide kind of sauce. 5 sauce choices in total. cheap wings and beer on a monday.

                                          2. re: Tout Garni

                                            I have had there wings, wouldnt say they are the best wings ever but definately a 4 out of 5
                                            and havent ever had anything bad, one of my best friends lived around there for awhile and used to go several times a month and never said a bad thing about anything.

                                          3. Now, I think Duff's makes, probably, the best wings in T.O. Certainly the best Buffalo wings.

                                            However, the wings at Pho Hung on Spadina at St. Andrew (one block north of Dundas on the West Side) are worth a try. I understand this is a strange recomendation for someplace to have 'wings' since they only come in one seasoning level and you'd get a very weird look if you only ordered the wings; but, next time you want some Pho go and order a side of wings with it. They really are very good -- slightly (really slightly) spicy and very salty with a really crispy consistency.

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                                            1. re: Atahualpa

                                              Yes, the "special chicken wings" at Pho Hung. I used to make a special there just for those. They are great!

                                              1. re: Atahualpa

                                                I'm always looking to try new things, so I checked out Pho Hung's wings yesterday at lunch, but wasn't too impressed. although they are crispy, pretty tasty, and spiced well, they were way too small, dry, and expensive for what you get.
                                                Duffs is the best that I've had in Toronto. it does seem like their quality is up & down though, as many have noted here. but when its "up", it is very good! I always get the Hot. seems like anything more or less than that heat level (or flavour), isn't as good. IMO, I find their wings got bit too much fat on skins.
                                                I went down to Buffalo to the Chicken Wing Festival, and Duff's is exactly like Anchor Bar's wings. I liked Navy Wharf & Hawgdawg's wings the best at the festival. so if you're ever down in Buffalo, definitely check those two places out. also, the wings at bar called Balloons in Ellicotville, N.Y. are excellent. probably the best I've ever had. big, crispy on outside, tender on inside, with a perfect sauce. so good!

                                              2. There's a place up on Bayview where they grill their wings. Can't remember the name. Anyone?

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                                                1. re: ognir

                                                  probably McSorley's or Original's?

                                                  1. re: sleepy

                                                    McSorley's. They used to have a sister branch at Yonge & St Clair, called Doghouse Riley's, where they did the wings the same way. I thought they were excellent.

                                                      1. re: hungryabbey

                                                        McSorleys makes great (non-buffalo-style) wings - more a bbq style grilled and whole, not split, but nicely charred and spicy with a summer-backyard inspied flavour. Add an ice cold beer and help-yourself peanuts in the shell PLUS the city's BEST fresh-cut french fries and gravy and you're in heaven.
                                                        Can't Miss!

                                                        1. re: TorontoTips

                                                          This place makes pretty good wings and generally good food. Duffs is soooo overrated, last time I went wings were dry and sort of cold. Not even the sauce could save them.

                                                2. Haha, I know I'll definitely get shunned for putting this on the board, but Swiss Chalet's wings are not bad!!! I ordered a serving of it from their takeout the other day--medium--and they were very plump and juice on the inside, and sauce was very yummy and evenly distributed on the outside! Wings are very large in size. I believe it was $7.99 for 8 wings.

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                                                  1. re: jennjen18

                                                    Hmmm. Gotta wonder how much msg they chuck in there. ;)

                                                    1. re: ognir

                                                      Hmm, I dont know, but they sure tasted yummy. :) I didnt have to make a grab for iced tea tho!

                                                  2. For buffalo style in the city....Duffs and St. Louis...why go anywhere else?

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                                                    1. re: bestandworst

                                                      St. Louis aren't Buffalo style. They're like the Bistro on Avenue and Tom and Jerry's in Aurora and Newmarket.
                                                      They're good but I like Duff's

                                                      DT

                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                        St.Louis was not good at all. Especially Etobicoke location. They are not buffalo style, small and saucy. Nothing special, and expensive!

                                                      2. re: bestandworst

                                                        St Louis are NOT Buffalo style. I prefer them over any other option in the city (Duff's when I want Buffalo style) but they are a distinct taste that is not remotely Buffalo style).

                                                      3. Allen's on Danforth has great capon wings. They come wet if you don't ask otherwise, in a tasty sauce that doesn't taste bottled. You get a dip made of sour cream with lots of real blue cheese chunks. Expensive for wings (fries are extra), but larger and higher quality than the norm. These are NOT Buffalo style.

                                                        I'd agree that Duff's makes the best Buffalo style wings I've had in Toronto, but it's faint praise. I've never been happy at Duff's. I've always found the wings too soggy and often overcooked. The "hot" sauce tasted only of heat and salt while the medium was boring. I'll try once more and ask for dry and I'll see what happens. The two suicide sauces are a macho joke; they aren't about the enjoyment of food.

                                                        I hadn't thought of Pho Hung. They have another location on Bloor (N. side west of Avenue, upstairs from where Greg's ice cream used to be). They are delicious. Which reminds me of a basement place in Chinatown East called Beijing House (Gerrard east of Broadview, south side). The wings taste marinated and are crispy and delicious.

                                                        Note: Beijing House is a once popular spot that is now dying. They have abandoned some home made specialities but still serve very tasty chow. $10 feeds two handsomely. Give them a boost :-)

                                                        St Louis? Why, why, why??? Feh (I thought this place was more about getting lucky than about eating.).

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                                                        1. re: embee

                                                          I like the wings at Shakey's in Bloor West Village. Not Buffalo but not bad for Toronto.

                                                          1. re: bend_me_shape_me

                                                            Shakey's is pathetic for food...even mentioning them on this board is embarassing...

                                                        2. Two great spots for wings for those who find themselves on the western edge of the city or if you simply want to take a drive for great wings:

                                                          Belfast Lounge The Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5165 Dixie Road, Mississauga.

                                                          Hollywood On The Queensway, 1184 The Queensway, Etobicoke.

                                                          The both serve really large, juicy wings. Definitely not a dry wing, but not drowing in sauce either.

                                                          A quick edit to my original post: Another great spot for wings is a place on Hamilton's east side called "Chaps Restaurant", 1565 Barton E. Amazing wings!

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                                                          1. re: Brain of J

                                                            If you want the best wings in the west end, never mind all of Toronto, you have to go to Sloppy Joe's on the Laeshore, just east of Browns Line. They are HUGE; must come from a pterodactyl. Plus they are delicious!!!

                                                            1. re: TommyCanada

                                                              I have to disagree. Yes, the wings are huge at Sloppy Joe's, but the breading that coats the wings has an unpleasant bitter chemical flavour to it. You get a lot of bang for your buck, to be sure, as long as you don't mind the aftertaste.

                                                          2. I live around the corner from Duff's, but would waaaaay rather have the ones at Allen's on the Danforth.

                                                            1. I just went to duff's tonight after abstaining for a few years. Round 1 was juicy, with a crispy skin, very good contrast. Round 2 on the other hand was decidedly dry and overcooked.

                                                              Thus, I believe every poster's comments. It can be juicy, and other times it will be dry. It is a luck of the draw, and depends on whether the kitchen is swamped (I did go on a Tues/wing night).

                                                              Overall, I'd still recommend it if you're craving buffalo styled wings. Again, it is heavy on the vinegar, some might be fine with it, others might not.

                                                              The best part of the night was actually having some hollywood gelato post meal. w00t!

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                                                              1. re: aser

                                                                If you are tired of buffalo wings, honey garlic wings, hot wings, suicidal hot wings etc., why not try chicken wings made Asian style? Many Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and even Japanese restaurants have chicken wings made in various ways and styles. One of my favourites would have to be lemon grass chicken wings. Some Chinese restaurants even have stuffed chicken wings if you're interested. Also I find Asian restaurants tend to serve larger chicken wings, and they are a lot juicier than smaller ones.

                                                                1. re: pickymama

                                                                  I can vouch for this: Matahari occasionally has chicken wings as a special, and the few times that I've had them, they were beyond divine. I highly recommend Asian style wings. You can make them at home quite easily, too. I have a fantastic and easy recipe for Thai style wings (albeit not stuffed with pork, which seems unnecessarily complicated to me given how little a chicken wing will accommodate), and every time I make them, my guests lick the plates clean.

                                                                  1. re: pickymama

                                                                    I like Duffs.
                                                                    However the Tandoori Wings from Timothy's Tikka house are great too -- get em hot. They're very tender, not breaded, just tandooried

                                                                    1. re: pickymama

                                                                      I had the Vietnamese wings at Pho Saigon in Newmarket and they were fabulous. I got the hot and they were so hot I was almost crying. So good too.

                                                                      Also, the wing sauce left over made a great dipping sauce for our spring rolls.

                                                                      DT

                                                                      1. re: pickymama

                                                                        This might be surprising to some, but I found the chicken wings at Manchu Wok (yes, the in mall food courts one) to be exceptionally tasty. They're not sauced and lightly breaded and deep fried.

                                                                        1. re: ndawg

                                                                          It's probably not what the OP had in mind, but I personally like these too. Easy access to a quick fix when you're out shopping.

                                                                          1. re: ndawg

                                                                            Me, too. Have been eating that style since I was a teenager, and personally, I prefer the plainer flavour, as opposed to those slathered with a hot sauce. I like the wings at Congee Star on Don Mills Road. They come sprinkled with fish sauce, ginger and garlic, if I remember correctly. Also, the wings at Rol San remind me of the mall Chinese wings, so they're top of my list too.

                                                                          2. re: pickymama

                                                                            In Japanese restaurants what's referred to as "chicken karaage" (various spellings, generally in the appetizer section) is basically a dish of seasoned, deep-fried chicken wings. I've had them done dredged in flour or deep fried with a salty dry rub. They often come with a cold lemon-soy sauce "dipping" sauce on the side. When I lived in Vancouver my friends would be amused at my usual delight at the karaage (which sometimes exceeded the pleasure the sushi offered).

                                                                            1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                              Karaage is a generic term for fried meat, which, in many cases, is not chicken wings. Usually, in Toronto at least, it refers to deep fried chicken nuggets. Tebasaki karaage would be the wings. Just an FYI!

                                                                              1. re: tjr

                                                                                Thank you! I stand corrected.

                                                                        2. Has anyone else here tried the hot wings from Seabreeze Chinese? They're certainly not your run of the mill wings, being "Asian-inspired", but every time we get them, I am in ecstasy and to the annoyance of all my fellow diners (who agree, but aren't hounds), all I can do is comment repeatedly about how juicy and delightfully flavourful they are. Not nearly as hot as hot wings at other places: think non-breaded, with flecks of dried red chillies on them. Cheap, too. Many of their dishes are so-so, but their wings are truly a treasure, IMO.

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                                                                          1. re: vorpal

                                                                            I'm intrigued. Where is this place?

                                                                          2. No mention of Jack Astors on Front? Real good wings, great apple pie.

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                                                                            1. re: alanfg

                                                                              do you wonder why?

                                                                              suggest you go somewhere else for good food.

                                                                              in my books, you go to jacks when the other choice is Mcdonalds

                                                                              1. re: galambo

                                                                                Jack's used to be decent. I would eat the Cobb Salad all the time. It was great. No longer on the menu and much of the rest of the stuff you can get anywhere else.

                                                                                DT

                                                                            2. The jerk wings at the Old York (Niagara and Wellington) are really, really good ...

                                                                              1. I've always enjoyed the wings at Southside Louie's....especialy on 1/2 priced Tuesdays.

                                                                                1. I think Jack Astor's has the best buffalo-style wings around. Loose Moose in Toronto is also good, as well as Fox in the Fiddle (their Buffalo Butter wings), and Turtle Jacks (their New York butter wings).

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                                                                                  1. re: VeronicaHughes

                                                                                    There are 3 places i get wings from:

                                                                                    Occasions on Eastwood (Coxwell & Gerrard) can have them baked if you want.
                                                                                    Wise Guys on the Danforth
                                                                                    Eden House on Coxwell - love them deep fried & sprinkled with lemon juice

                                                                                  2. Hey George,

                                                                                    I really like the wings at St Louis Bar and Grill (the original..Haven't tried the others)...I really also like the wings at Sneaky Dee's . . . They've got a great Wing/Beer special on Monday and Tuesday . . . It's not the best looking place but the food in there is surprisingly good . . . The nachos are the best in the city IMHO and the wings are really big and are never soggy...

                                                                                    Let me know what you think...

                                                                                    SB

                                                                                    1. Here we go: I am a real expert on Buffalo Chicken wings - the pickiest and toughest critic. The standard is the Anchor Bar in Buffalo - by far, the best wings on the planet. I've been looking in Toronto for many years for something close to it. Number one: The St. Louis Bar has no idea how to make a Buffalo chicken wing (I know some people will say "they don't claim to have Buffalo chicken wings") - however, many Torontonians think that they do and are passing along recommendations to go to St. Louis Bar if you want Buffalo wings. If i hear one more person recommend ^&^&^ St. Louis bar for chicken wings, I'm taking out an ad in the paper to let the public know that their wings &*&^ SUCK. Number Two: I went to Duffs twice last week. This place is a real gem. first of all, it's the only WING joint in the entire city. 98% of patrons order wings. Notice how other restaurants simply have wings under the appetizer section of a 12-page menu. If the wing section of a menu is one line saying "One pound of chicken wings ... $8.99", I get very wary of how they are going to taste. The Atmosphere at Duffs is perfect for a Buffalo Wing fan (I was at the one on Bayview and Eglinton). Next - It's the only place that knows how to properly deep fry a wing (plus they will make it extra crispy or less-done if that's how you like it). Then - the size of the wing in consideration of the price is awesome. (10 jumbo wings = 1.6 pounds for under $10). Everywhere else, it's around $9 for 1 pound. Next - The sauce is NOT THE SAME AS ANCHOR BAR. At the Anchor Bar, there is a hint of "sweet" in the hot sauce. At Duffs, no sweet taste whatsoever. I know exactly what everyone means when they talk about the vinegar content and the margarine content etc... however, the problem is not about having too much vinegar ... the problem is that there is no sweet taste at all coming off of the wing. I came up with a solution. The second time I went there, I brought my own tiny container of my home-made recipe for killer suicide hot sauce (the recipe contains sugar). I ordered 10 wings from Duffs, ordered them "medium hot" (which is very, very hot) and secretly drizzled my sauce over their sauce. Folks, I was in ^&^%^ heaven. After 13 years, I finally found my spot for wings. With my secret recipe drizzled over the Duffs wings, I'm eating authentic Anchor Bar wings in my own city. One small complaint - the celery with dip - We got three tiny little pieces of celery both times that we went. Would it kill them to put more celery, and for that matter, what happened to carrot sticks? Is there a shortage in Toronto? (I'm positive that if I asked for more celery, they would have brought some, but it's just the idea of saving celery that rubs me the wrong way). The last thing is the service - awesome. Hooter's style waitresses (fun and bubbly - with absolutely no attitude on them at all) - and they run around quick - I needed a new ketchup for my fries and she handed me a new bottle in under 2 seconds. Best service in the city. One last note, their special on the every-day menu includes 20 wings + small pitcher (2.5 pints of beer) + their large fries (an endless gigantic bowl of fries, enough for 6 adults) for $28. (I don't run out for those "wing nights" that bars have because I'm not interested in waiting 45 minutes for a table and sit with a mosh-pit atmosphere to save $4 on my meal - so the every day combo at Duffs is a phenomenal value. p.s. I would pay double to eat at Duffs, but their combo price is a bonus. If you like authentic BUFFALO chicken wings, this is the only place to go in Toronto.

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                                                                                      1. re: montrealer70

                                                                                        You can't be an expert until you have tried Defcon wing sauces. It has revolutionized the chicken wing like Anchor Bar did way back when. You may be able to get some at Taste the 4th Sense on the Danforth - but if not go to www.defconsauces.com.

                                                                                          1. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                            I went to Taste the 4th Sense and they said that they didn't stock Defcon sauce anymore. You can order it from the defcon website...the only place that I can see to get it in Ontario is this mail order place called Chili Stand (http://www.chillistand.com/)...you still have to pay for shipping, but it's less than ordering it from the states.

                                                                                            The sauce itself is great...I ordered a bottle of #2 and a bottle of #1...#1 is too hot for me to use a lot of, but #2 is just about perfect. I'm not sure if I like it better than Duffs, but it's great for home use. I also ordered a bottle of Anchor Bar hot sauce as part of the same order, and it was just okay...nothing special.

                                                                                            1. re: Strongbad789

                                                                                              Defcon sauces are incredible. Best buffalo wings you can find in Toronto are in your own kitchen if you have them in your fridge. I've only tried Defcon #2, it fell into the sweet spot of flavour + heat. I can handle hotter wings, but 9 times out of 10, flavour is sacrificed as a result.

                                                                                              I was severely disappointed when I went into TTFS and was told they were no longer stocking it. WHY??????????????????

                                                                                              I should complain next time I'm in there.

                                                                                        1. I forgot to mention the Dill dip that comes with the celery. It is Awesome. It rivals the famous "Firkin Dip" that they serve at all the Firkin locations. I like to dip my extra hot wings into the dip as well as the celery, so another Plus for Duffs.

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                                                                                          1. re: montrealer70

                                                                                            Hollywoods on the Queensway has pretty good wings. I also tried wings from Dino's Wood Burning Pizza Pizza Place at Royal York & The Queensway. They are BBQ wings with a really different flavor. At first they didn't impress me but I found myself devouring more and more of them. Its like a love/hate relationship now...

                                                                                            1. re: montrealer70

                                                                                              Good post Montrealer. Thanks!

                                                                                              I agree with most of what you say about Duff's, however because they are so busy they parcook their wings and they can be dried out (and sometimes petrified). The best wings I have had in Toronto (other than my own) are at Tara Inn (Kingston Road). They do not appear to parcook their wings which are best ordered plain with sauce on the side or take your own. Tara does not have good dip and is a bit shabby but the wings are excellent!

                                                                                              The concensus among Hounds in the Buffalo area is that the best wings are to be found at Barbill in East Aurora. Armed with this advice I gained 5 lbs. over 4 days, soley and selflessly for the edification of fellow Hounds, testing the wings (and beef on weck) at Barbill.

                                                                                              They were superb. The wings are cooked from fresh, an order of 10 gets you 5 wings and 5 drumettes and both the medium sauce and dip are as good as I have had. An order of wings with a Guinness is $11.25 inc. tax.

                                                                                              The Beef on Weck is equally unbelievable. Very slow roasted beef on a kaiser topped with caraway seed and coarse salt.(kimmelweck)

                                                                                            2. Toronto Wings generally suck. Nothing like back in Florida.

                                                                                              That said, I discovered some AWESOME WINGS recently...

                                                                                              Squirrely's (810 Queen St West) serves up very delicious, nice and large... *grilled* wings!

                                                                                              I know, I know... not traditional... but better than anything else I have found by a mile.

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                                                                                              Squirrely's
                                                                                              810 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                                                                                              1. re: JonasBrand

                                                                                                I concur. I posted about these on another board.

                                                                                                It was about a year ago, but I liked the little patio in the back too. And the wings were a refreshing change of pace from all the fried stuff.

                                                                                                1. re: JonasBrand

                                                                                                  Oh my goodness, Squirrely's is still good??? I must make my way over there again some day. Do they still do the heated patio in the winter thing?

                                                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                                                    Hey googs. I went a couple summers ago and was right up my alley. Dive-ish, with a good selection of beer and the wings tasted nice. Not your standard breaded and fried stuff. Not sure about the heated patio, though.

                                                                                                2. http://www.lionanddragon.ca

                                                                                                  MUCH better than MANY OTHERS like Duff's and St Louis. St Louis is always a hit and miss. I even tried the Duff's in Buffalo, greasy and dry, yuck. I just don't like wings that are dry, small and skinny.

                                                                                                  Just give it a try, as well as their ribs. Their roasted red peppers are good. So does many other flavours.

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                                                                                                  1. re: oishiBear

                                                                                                    'hit and miss' is the most precise way to put the quality of wings at St Louis. and yes, they are NOT buffalo style. pretty good on a 'hit' day though.

                                                                                                  2. I really Like the Mados wings at The Rhino in Parkdale. Decent price and very tasty, and fairly consistent.

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                                                                                                    1. re: PrawnSolo

                                                                                                      House of Wings is Oakville. 88 flavours. I've gone to the Dundas and Third line location..Tuesday night is 2lb's for price of one. $10 for 2lb's..not bad. Liked their "Sherriff" and "Pretty Woman" sauces.

                                                                                                      They have other things on the menu...but who cares.

                                                                                                      1. re: soze

                                                                                                        and they show the UFC :) good place to go for fight night

                                                                                                        i prefer the rebecca & great lakes location though -- and the best part is that sweet smoke is in the same plaza. best pulled pork sandwich i've had in ontario so far, and the other ones are good too

                                                                                                      1. Help - what is the difference between Buffalo and others?

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                                                                                                        1. re: ksapd

                                                                                                          buffalo wings = deep fried wings + melted butter + frank's red hot

                                                                                                          1. re: aser

                                                                                                            Buffalo wings also tends to imply a larger wing.

                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                        2. I've said it before and some people turn their nose up at my recommendation, however, I've lived in TO for over 15 years now and I still think that Sneaky Dee's has the best wings in town hands down.

                                                                                                          If you're not picky about the decor - or lack of, try them out for sure!

                                                                                                          1. just thought i'd report back on a successful wings romp out on the danforth.

                                                                                                            brass taps has multiple locations but this is the only one i've been to. only two visits so far but between them they were consistently large, meaty, juicy and maintained a good crispness. the sauces they doused them in were quite basic but everything else about it was quite impressive for the toronto scene. no thick batter on 14 large wings for $7.50 (monday night half price special)... just watch it if you order anything but a beer... syrup juice will cost you $3.50!

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                                                                                                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                                                              That's pretty close to my hood and being the gf of a chef, Monday is his night off so we will have to check it out! And yeah for Monday specials!!!

                                                                                                            2. Okay wing fans. If you're not keeping score at home or if you have some sort of life, you may not know the vote tally.
                                                                                                              So with nothing to do today at work, I decided (as best I could) to tabulate the votes (for. Nay's didn't count).
                                                                                                              They are as follows:

                                                                                                              Duff's - 12
                                                                                                              All Star - 5
                                                                                                              Pho Hung, McSorley's, St. Louis and Squirrely's - 3
                                                                                                              House of Wings, Sneaky Dee's, Jack Astor's, Manchu Wok, Allen's, Hollywood on the Queensway and Sloppy Joe's - 2
                                                                                                              Wing Ding, Grover's Pub, Chicken Place, Swiss Chalet, Shakey's, Belfast Lounge, Matahari, Timothy's Tikka House, Congee Star, Rol San, Seabreeze Chinese, Old York, Southside Louie's, Loose Moose, Turtle Jack's, Occasions, Wise Guys, Eden House, Dino's Wood Burning Pizza Place, Tara Inn, Lion and Dragon, The Rhino and Brass Taps - 1.

                                                                                                              Take it for what it's worth.

                                                                                                              DT

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                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                Seriously. What's the big deal about Duff's wings? I've had them several times.. They are generous portions, but for taste and texture, they're average at best. And the hot sauces? Armageddon and "Death" are mild at best. There's no way in hell those are accurate Scoville measurements. I used to go to a place called CC's in Mississauga. They had the best wings ever. The sauce was awesome and they were deliciously breaded. I had some similar wings in Brampton recently, but can't remember the name of the place. It's a Cajun bar at Hwy 10 and Steeles, and I think they have great wings mostly by accident. It's not a "Feature" by any means, but they're the best wings I've had in a long while.

                                                                                                                1. re: justpete

                                                                                                                  I agree that Duff's wings are average wings. However, I can't agree that Armageddon wings are mild. I eat fairly spicy (not extremely hot, but I'm no slouch) and at best, I can only eat 7 Armageddon wings before I have to stop (I can eat over 40 wings in a sitting for reference).

                                                                                                                  Props to you if you find them mild, but I certainly don't... and I'd be willing to bet the majority of Torontonians who have tried Armageddon wings would also not consider them mild.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kwong

                                                                                                                    ok, perhaps mild was an understatement.. I would conceed that they're "hot", and hotter any wing I've had in Toronto. But, spicey food that I eat is hotter, and I will only say that at MOST, at absolute most, those have the same hotness as a habanero pepper. They aren't 750,000 on the scoville scale by any means, or else I don't think I'd be able to eat them.

                                                                                                                    1. re: justpete

                                                                                                                      I'm always curious about this, besides hot, what else can you taste at that level? It's too one dimensional for me.

                                                                                                                      At most I'll get hot or extra hot, but perhaps I'm a wimp.

                                                                                                                      1. re: aser

                                                                                                                        for wings, at that point, it's more of a contest than anything, to be quite honest. Sometimes I just crave that "burn your face off" feeling, though with other foods. :)

                                                                                                                        As for Duff's scale, the "Armageddon" wings are supposedly 850,000 on the scoville scale, the heat generated by a Naga Jalokia.

                                                                                                                        1. re: justpete

                                                                                                                          Ugh - Armageddon Wings are no where near 850,000. They top out at 400,000. They say they aren't using extract in it but thatsw a lie.

                                                                                                                          In fact Mega Death Sauce from Blair's and Armageddon sauce are almost identical. Mega Death tops out at 550,000 and is chock full of extract.

                                                                                                                          Duff's could not afford to keep wings those prices if they were using Naga. Naga is still very specialized and its heat goes up to about 1 Million and the burn and taste is completely different than a habanero.

                                                                                                                          I called Duffs out on how they came up with their number and even they know its wrong.

                                                                                                                          1. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                                                            I can't even eat curry with one habanero so I can't even begin to imagine what these wings would be like if they were using naga!

                                                                                                                            My lips are starting to puff up just thinking about it!

                                                                                                                            1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                              That's the thing.. they don't. They aren't even close to what they claim they are.

                                                                                                                2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                  You forgot my vote which is forget them all, drive to the Anchor Bar...

                                                                                                                  1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                    There we also votes for places in Hamilton and Kitchener I think. Since it's "Toronto's Best Chicken Wings" I left them out. I even thought Oakville/Burlington was a bit of a stretch.

                                                                                                                    If you include your's, drive to the Anchor Bar would win hands down.

                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                  2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                    We should include the other major thread on wings if tabulating votes.

                                                                                                                    I vote for Arizona near the airport. Consistently juicy, crispy and cheap ($5 for 9 wings on Mondays). Hot 'n' honey sauce is decent. If you're out in the west end, definitely make the extra effort to try them!

                                                                                                                    I hear the drummettes at St. Louis aren't bad. Any thoughts? The only time I've eaten their wings was at the Leslie/York Mills location and was unimpressed.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                      I didn't know there was another thread and the only reason I did this tabulation is becasue I had nothing better to do.

                                                                                                                      I haven't had wings at a St. Louis in years. I would periodically go to the original on Yonge south of Eglinton. It used to be fantastic. The last time I was at a St. Louis was the one on Yonge south of Finch and it was mediocre at best. The general consensus is that since the franchise explosion the wings have gone down hill. From what I saw/tasted it seem to fit. So I haven't felt the need to be disappointed since then. Not where there are other places that make wings that are better.

                                                                                                                      I haven't been to the Bistro in about 15 years so I don't know if they've managed to keep the same level of quality. The Chicken Deli is roughly the same as St. Louis now. I heard in it's hay day it was awesome. Tom and Jerry's has also seemed to be not as good although it's better than the afore mentioned places. They all use the same recipe.

                                                                                                                      DT

                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                          I started to read it. Then realized that I had posted on that thread. Must have forgotten.

                                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                        Technically they are not drumettes, they are drums and they are not bad simply because they are much more meaty, but they taste just like the wings and use the same second rate sauces.
                                                                                                                        Feh!

                                                                                                                      2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                        +1 for Tara Inn (wee Tara on Eglinton) I have to eat wings mild (love hot, but doesn't agree with me anymore) and find their mild sauce very tasty. Great wings.

                                                                                                                      3. I'm a fan of KC Wings. http://www.kcwingsandribs.com/

                                                                                                                        They're sorta like All-Stars wings (so if you don't like those at all, you probably won't like these either). Despite the um meh decor, the wings are great! They have nice wing specials on Monday and Wednesday too. Great if you're downtown near Eaton Centre (much better than St. Louis in the Atrium. :/

                                                                                                                        )

                                                                                                                        Duff's was not bad. I mean, I wasn't blown away but I did feel like it was a solid wing. Others I can't really comment on.

                                                                                                                        1. geeze, i just looked at the pricing for Duff's

                                                                                                                          20 wings for 20 bucks? Good grief

                                                                                                                          I'll stick to Wings Up in Milton for best wings in Ontario

                                                                                                                          1. I've been to Duff's and tried a few different flavours yet still don't see what all of the fuss is about. I think that for your wing dollar Gabby's is where its at. I often frequent the one west of Avenue on Bloor. Service is odd yet friendly, and if you go on a Mon/Wed the wings are a screamin' deal.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: grizzlyman

                                                                                                                              Had very good wings at Gabby's last Wednesday (Mon. & Wed. special 49 cents each).
                                                                                                                              They were as big as Duff's, unbreaded, not over-done and cooked to order.
                                                                                                                              Simplicity at a bargain price.

                                                                                                                              1. re: garlicandwingnut

                                                                                                                                Ugh. On these two recommendations, I took my boyfriend to Gabby's. It was near my house, we love wings, it was a Monday, and it was part of his birthday celebration.

                                                                                                                                PLEASE DO NOT RECOMMEND GABBY'S! Their wings were tiny, soggy and dry. The sauce was fine -- most likely the best part of the whole meal -- especially if you're looking for a Buffalo wing type of sauce. Nice vinegar bite, even if it was missing the heat.

                                                                                                                                An utter disappointment.

                                                                                                                                1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                  Which Gabby's?
                                                                                                                                  Because it is a franchise there can be wild variations.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                                                                                                    We were at the one in Roncesvalles. The bf and I also decided to try the wings at Pho Hung on the suggestion on this board too, and we were really surprised! They are definitely the closest things to buffalo wings outside of Buffalo. Crunchy, juicy wings coated in margarine and, I'm almost positive, Frank's. Only drawback: cost works out to something like $1 per wing. To me, that's a little too much for food that is generally not exactly considered a "premium" cut.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                    Went to Gabby's on Bloor. Would not go back for wings again. Wings are dry and skinny. Crown and Dragon is the way to go if you are downtown(Toronto).

                                                                                                                                    1. re: oishiBear

                                                                                                                                      I agree, i searched last week about chicken wings and i found this place ive walked by so many times since they opened...
                                                                                                                                      people are so friendly here, and the chicken wings are amazing.. im disappointed the wings when i saw there menu i wanted the smoking gun werent as good as i thought but the other 3 i have are amazing.. the dragons breathe, the honey bee and the smoking gun were amazing, and the best thing is you get the atmosphere and the amazing wings and it doesnt bleed your wallet :D

                                                                                                                              2. dominion/metro sells good precooked wings. i dont care what people say they are tasty wings, and you get 40 for 20 bucks!! buffalo flavored are the best

                                                                                                                                1. Crown and Dragon pub on Yonge Street. I've been going there every Thursday for the past few years... They have over 27 flavours, they are big and meaty.

                                                                                                                                  I've had wings at Duff's 5 times. 1 time they were over done, 1 time they were under cooked, 2 times I found a petrified wasp in the sauce and the 5th time I swear I ate a reheated wing. Never go to Duff's.

                                                                                                                                  Also, out by the airport is this restaurant called Sky Restaurant and Lounge, I went out there on a dine.to recommendation (I know I know what you'll say. I've been lucky with the writing of two particular girls there) and I found the wings to be really good. They were unusually large and juicy. They were different, because they looked like they were deep fried is a fried chicken coating. I ate the lemon pepper wings, because I wanted something plain.

                                                                                                                                  I agree, they were some of the best wings I've had in the city. They tasted fresh to me, but I'm no food expert. I just know what I like.

                                                                                                                                  Where else can I say? ummm... Allan's and Cranberries... although, if I'm going to head over to either of those places I might as well just drive out to Sky. I like the wings better anyway.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: sweatersister

                                                                                                                                    Lets be honest people, we're hard pressed to find even mediocre wings in this city. The Mecca of wing joints are in Buffalo or just outside of Buffalo in New York. The truth is we will have to settle for decent wings, imho St. Louis Bar and Grill and Duffs offer relatively good wings. I also think the wings at Rebel House are okay too.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                      Not a fan of big meaty wings.. If i want a turkey wing, i will order it!. Duffs will customize your order.. You can get well done , not saucy -saucy if u want.. Crown and Dragon won best wings in the city last week. It was all over the news. Beat out five competators including Duffs. Crown does have interesting flavours, and they are good, a little too big for my liking.. "Roadside Lemonade" were quite tasty though. Their "Buffalo style" orange sauce not even close to what Duffs does though. Crown also doesnt make blue chesse dressing anymore. Another faux pas in the Anchor Bar -Duffs axis of what a Buffalo wing experience should entail. They used to make it from scratch.. Crown and Dragon a good deal though overall..

                                                                                                                                    2. re: sweatersister

                                                                                                                                      Crown & Dragon (Yonge & Davenport) wings are very good. Certainly the biggest I have ever had at a commercial establishment.
                                                                                                                                      They are lightly breaded but I forgive them for this and order sauce on the side to preserve heat and crispiness.
                                                                                                                                      They are $8.95/lb and half price ($4.13, go figure, must be new math) on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
                                                                                                                                      This little place takes more care in the prep and execution of their wings and sauces than any other I've been to.
                                                                                                                                      Like Gabby's on Eglinton you can have a pint and 2 lbs. on wing nights (Mon. and Wed.) for $20 inc. tax and good tip.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: garlicandwingnut

                                                                                                                                        I recently check out a new wing place called "Puck 'N Wings", on Yonge, just north of Finch, east side. I'd say the wings were slightly above average in size. They come breaded but not heavily so and they have a pretty wide range of sauces to choose from. Mondays after 17:00 the wings are half price. I paid $53.00 for 5 lbs of wings on a regular night. I guess that's pretty standard? Overall a pretty good experience.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: garlicandwingnut

                                                                                                                                          went to Crown & Dragon yesterday (thursday) and their Viva Italia flavour is soooo yummy!! and their Yam Fries.. best thing was monday thru friday 5:00-6:30pm is half price appetizer!!!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: sweatersister

                                                                                                                                          Umm.. petrified wasp? And you still went back? The problem with this thread is that most posters HAVEN'T been around ALL of Toronto to find the best wings. Most of you are talking about central Toronto or parts of the west end so it's no surprise that there's disappointment in the air. The original post was for the best wings so I don't think we need to stick with just "Buffalo wings". I've had Duff's once and they were good, but I wouldn't say the best. I haven't tried the wings at St. Louis, but having read the mediocre reviews, I may not bother. Now, The Tara Inn on Kingston Rd and Midland serves very delish wings (they were featured on Resto Makeover a couple of years ago and even the RM chef David Adgee (?) enjoyed them so much he kept them on the menu). I'm surprised it only got 1 vote, but then again I don't know how many of you have been over to the east end. IMHO I enjoyed the Tara wings over Duffs.

                                                                                                                                          Still the best wings are always the ones you make yourself! Deep fry them UNSALTED and then salt them once they're out of the fryer. Toss them with a mixture of butter and hot sauce (get rid of the margerine!).

                                                                                                                                        3. The Green Dragon on Kingston Road at Victoria Park has great wings! they're enormous, and flavourful hot - not just heat hot . There's also Wiseguys at Woodbine & Danforth, I haven't been in a while, but I've put many a pound back over the years...

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bex714

                                                                                                                                            I love the Green Dragon wings. Lots of different tasty sauces. I usually go with Jerk with a side of sweet potato fries.

                                                                                                                                            Yum!

                                                                                                                                          2. Went to Duff's on Friday.

                                                                                                                                            The only thing my friend and I enjoyed were the service and the small but cute patio. The wings disappointed us.

                                                                                                                                            I got 20 of the hot honey garlic and my friend got 20 of the hot wings. They were ok, I would give them a 6 out of 10 (10 being the best and 1 being the worst). The hot wings were not hot at all. We had to order extra hot sauce ($1) to get the spiciness we desired. The hot wings were very vinegary. My friend was starving which is why she finished most of it and she was very disappointed.

                                                                                                                                            I took some of the left overs home and had to add some bbq sauce and hot sauce to make them taste better. I wouldn't go there again.

                                                                                                                                            The place seemed to get busier and busier that Friday evening but I didn't get why.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                I just realized that after reading through the whole thread. I guess I do like wings but not buffalo wings.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                  Not necessarily true. Duff's wings are extremely vinegary. I don't like them. Buffalo wings made with Frank's hot sauce and butter are very different..

                                                                                                                                                  Most of Duff's wings aren't even in the traditional Buffalo style. I've often found them to be dried out wings then made soggy in their sauces.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: embee

                                                                                                                                                    Dried out wings are dried out wings. It has nothing to do with the style. They've either been over cooked/recooked or have been around too long.

                                                                                                                                                    Most experts I've seen make BW's have Frank's as the main ingredient. The hotter, the more Frank's and the less butter.

                                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                      The wings at Duff's have been cooked until thoroughly dried out but, instead of being crisp, were then drenched in enough sauce to make them soggy. Ergo, dry, hard, wet, and soggy all at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                      That doesn't come across very well, but I suspect you know what I mean.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: embee

                                                                                                                                                        Ya, they were trying to cover up a poorly done wing with sauce to rehydrate it. Not good.

                                                                                                                                                        DT

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: embee

                                                                                                                                                          I finally gave the College St. location of Duff's a try on Monday evening. Ordered medium-hot and hot honey garlic. Had to send both back for being too dry. Second batch was only marginally better and the hot honey garlic sauce tasted "funny". I joked that they had peed in it. The service was good but that's the only strong point. Duff's does not make good wings. I would recommend driving to Arizona near the airport even though they don't do Buffalo style.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                            my one and only trip to arizona so far warrents a no return for me.

                                                                                                                                                            they were over done and appeared ragged... except for the great crispy exterior the meat was so mushy that it was quite unappealing. not sure why... perhaps water injected chicken?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                                                                                                              I've been there more than 3 times in the past few months with no problems...sorry to hear you got subpar product.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                Went back to Arizona last night for wing night. Wings were pretty consistent on 3 orders - crispy exterior, juicy non-mush interior. The problem we had was with one order - "hot & honey" arrived as some kind of mild bbq or hickory bbq but our server wouldn't take it back. Instead, she brought out a cup of hot sauce to dip, claiming the bbq we received was honey bbq. Well, as you can imagine, dipping bbq into hot sauce does not create "hot & honey" so eventually we sent it all back in favour of the original request. She then claimed the kitchen would have to "hold" the bbq sauce that normally comes in "hot & honey". Right. Anyway, we eventually got what we ordered.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                              I hear Triple Crown on Lawrence near the William Ashley Warehouse Sale has good wings. Will report back.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                I haven't had them in about 5 years but they were quite good. Nothing special but a very solid wing.

                                                                                                                                                                DT

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                  Triple Crown wings are average - mostly crispy exterior, hint of sauce, not that juicy. However, their bruschetta, made with greasy garlic bread, is decadently delicious, and they serve Murphy's Irish Stout on tap. So, all is not lost.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Einstein's on College has great wings

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: garfield

                                                                                                                                                        I am going to say my favourite wing joint is The Rebel house. I recently tried Duffs spicy bbq wings and was very impressed with them as well. I also think St. Louis Bar and Grill has pretty good wings and great fries.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                          If you think St. Louis has good wings now, you should've tried them 15 years ago. No comparison.

                                                                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                            The wings from the franchised St Louis locations don't even resemble the wings once served at their progenitor, Bistro on Avenue.

                                                                                                                                                            Anyone out there know whether Bistro on Avenue now serves the same wings as St Louis?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: embee

                                                                                                                                                              IINM the originator of that wing started at the Chicken Deli a way back when. The owners sold, opened the Bistro and St. Louis on Yonge in mid town. The recipe followed.
                                                                                                                                                              The cook then left and opened Tom and Jerry's in Aurora. (He's either Tom or Jerry).
                                                                                                                                                              From what I can tell, everyone making this style of wing is serving undersized, over cooked, under sauced, over hyped wings nowadays.

                                                                                                                                                              DT

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, Chicken Deli was the original St Louis style wing. Bistro on Avenue is St Louis by another name. Wings are the same as any other St Louis. I continue to like St Louis and prefer the size of the wing although I agree that they can be under sauced. Clearly I'm not alone as St Louis are popping up everywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                However if I want Buffalo style I don't go to St Louis.

                                                                                                                                                      2. I was able to try the wings at Jersey's on Yonge in Aurora. Fantastic wings. Big, nicely breaded to the point that even after eating 20 they still had some crunch to the end.
                                                                                                                                                        Overall, I think the wing it's self is as good as it gets. The sauce was merely very good. I had the honey garlic/suicide.

                                                                                                                                                        50c a wing on Mondays and Tuesdays

                                                                                                                                                        DT

                                                                                                                                                        1. I know it's a chain, but may I ask what people think of Wild Wing? Normally I don't like chains but went to one in Orillia, first time at a Wild Wing, and really enjoyed everything, Wings, fries, onion rings, service, all good.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buster67

                                                                                                                                                            I'm becoming a convert. I actually went there for lunch today. The wings were hot and crispy under the sauce. I love a saucy wing so it's right up my alley.

                                                                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buster67

                                                                                                                                                              Ha, I agree. I too like Wild Wings. One of the only places I know that offer deep fried pickles. And service for me has always been really good.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buster67

                                                                                                                                                                They actually are clients of ours and I was making a drop off there once and was going to order food.. However it seemed EXTREMELY overpriced so I left without trying them.

                                                                                                                                                                I vote for Wings Up!, even though they are now a chain. I've been going since their single location in Milton

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buster67

                                                                                                                                                                  I tried the Wild Wing location in Pickering today for a late lunch. We enjoyed our meal, but I have to agree with Duckdown that it's rather overpriced.

                                                                                                                                                                  We had the sampler platter of 20 wings in 4 different flavours. I chose Whiskey Girl (bbq sauce drizzled with buttermilk dill sauce) and Sour Cream and Onion (from their Feeling Chippy section that was all potato chip flavours); my DC chose Dry Cajun from the Let's Get Naked category, and Red Dirt Road from the Hot 'n' Bothered section (Frank's Sweet Heat and creole mustard). We both liked the Whiskey Girl wings best, followed by the Sour Cream and Onion, which didn't taste much like onion, but had a great dry-rub crunchy kind of texture. Next time we'd probably get a stronger flavour like Salt and Vinegar or Dill Pickle, as the concept worked better than the specific flavour we chose. Overall, we liked the crispiness of the wings and found them to be not over-sauced.

                                                                                                                                                                  I preferred the Dry Cajun over the Red Dirt Road, but only by a slight margin. I found the Frank's Sweet Heat and creole mustard sauce a bit too sweet, though it had a nice kick (not too hot).

                                                                                                                                                                  We shared a basket of sweet potato fries, which were just okay. I still want to try one of their special fries, such as cheese and bacon, or cheese, gravy and bacon (not poutine, but not trying to be). We thought it would be too heavy with all the wings, but it turned out we were both still a bit hungry after eating 10 each of the smallish wings (mostly flats, too, which I find tastier but smaller than drummettes). We shared a dessert of funnel cake batter "fries" with whipped cream and chocolate sauce (comes with raspberry sauce as well, but we opted out). I wouldn't recommend it -- overpriced and cloyingly sweet. To be fair, our waitress did warn us it was very sweet. She also mentioned that the basket of sweet potato fries ($4.99) wasn't really enough for two to share, though with the sampler platter it might be enough. She said the regular fries come in a bigger serving size.

                                                                                                                                                                  I found the hard wooden benches/chairs to be uncomfortable, and the table-to-chair ratio is off...the table feels too low. I think the ratio was better on the high stool/tables, but I'm not a fan of those as my feet never seem to find a comfortable place to rest.

                                                                                                                                                                  We'd probably go back, but would aim for a Tuesday when wings are 1½ lbs for the price of a pound. Thursdays you can get a pound and a pint for $12.99, but we're not beer drinkers.

                                                                                                                                                                  www.bestchickenwings.com

                                                                                                                                                                  Edited to add: I find their "no splitting" decree on their one- and two-pound wing orders to be offensive. I would understand this a) if it were wing night with a great deal, or b) if the wings were AYCE. Otherwise, who are they to tell people how to order? It just smacks of gouging. I can maybe understand not allowing two people to order two pounds if one pound each costs slightly more, but since there's no order smaller than one pound (except a lunch special), why not let two people share a pound of wings with drinks or other food?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                    I've tried the cheese bacon gravy fries. They fries in general arent great, but the combination with the toppings isn't bad. I agree about the wing servings, it seems like it would be too much but I never really get full, so adding the fries is probably a good idea.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                                                                                                                      I know what you mean...we would have ordered another pound to top up our platter were it not for their no-splitting rule. Thanks for the review of the fries.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                      Had to chime in to LOL at that decree... it's hilarious that it says that but seriously I'm pretty sure the minimum wage waitresses and bartenders could care less.. it's more of a bar, I can tell you for a fact that they show the UFC there.. i would honestly laugh out loud if they said something about it

                                                                                                                                                                      cheers

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                        LOL

                                                                                                                                                                        CQ

                                                                                                                                                                        No Splitting means one sauce only. You can't split the wings up into a few different sauces. It's not exactly clear though. The place I go to which has the same idea says 1 flavour only.

                                                                                                                                                                        So you can order a pound and a friend can order and pound and you can split them between the two of you.

                                                                                                                                                                        DT

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                          Well that makes sense, but the wording is definitely unclear. My friend and I both thought it meant no sharing, rather than only one flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                          Good to know for any future visit, though. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                            My significant other and I tried The Wing Company tonight at King and Bathurst. We ordered medium buffalo flavour and peppercorn mesquite, both were excellent.

                                                                                                                                                                            The wings are very large, juicy and very saucy. This is definately my preferred type of wing so they fit the bill perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                            The wings come with fries and celery and a dip. 10 wings for 9.98. 20 for 18.98 and you can split flavours if you order 20 or more.

                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely, the best wings I have had for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                            http://thewingcompany.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: paper_bag_princess

                                                                                                                                                                              I just noticed this place on my way home from work today and was wondering if it's any good. Definitely on my must try list now.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: paper_bag_princess

                                                                                                                                                                                I will second the vote on The Wing Company. We ate there a few times, and then ordered with a large group of friends and everyone got to taste one wing from each flavour.

                                                                                                                                                                                They have 40 different flavours so you can order some done traditionally and some unique ones. Some of my faves turned out to be ones I would not have thought would be great including one done with red wine and another with dijon mustard.

                                                                                                                                                                                They use "roaster" wings, so the wings are much larger, juicier and not all bone like some other wings I have had.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: buster67

                                                                                                                                                                          I went to the Wild Wing in Oakville and found it disappointing. Service was slow, waitstaff could not pour beer properly, flavours were mainly Frank's Red Hot plus something else - there was no BBQ flavour on the spicy BBQ wings we ordered - it just tasted like vinegary hot sauce, and they're pricey compared to All Star. However, their sides are better than All Star and I like that they list the ingredients in each flavour, unlike All Star Wings, where it's a mystery as to what the flavours consist of. I might consider going back, most likely to another location, and mainly to have the deep fried pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                                          180 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hungrymeerkat

                                                                                                                                                                            Our service was good, but the wings were too small. I did love the flavours we chose, but we weren't going for the hotter ones. I wish their wings were bigger, as I'd be willing to pay their prices on occasion if I wasn't going away still hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hungrymeerkat

                                                                                                                                                                              Just want to clarify: When I mentioned "All Star", I meant All Star Wings and Ribs - at Woodbine / 16th in Markham and on Yonge St. in Richmond Hill.

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                                                                                                                                                                              180 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hungrymeerkat

                                                                                                                                                                                the pickles are the main reason we go too.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. OK, let's be clear for those who are newbies - All Star, Puck'n'Wings, and Wild Wing are BREADED wings coated with combinations of various bottled sauces to achieve the different flavours.
                                                                                                                                                                              If you are willing to eat this type of crappy wing, I would suggest that All Star is probably the best of them, but is barely passable. (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King) and Wild Wing (Vic Park & Ellesmere) is truly TRULY horrible, as are the frozen fries!
                                                                                                                                                                              St. Louie's is a franchised chain that began with the Chick'n'Deli and Bistro on Avenue and they serve unbreaded wings that have been pre-marinated before cooking and then sauces are added. The result is something like a baked wing - not saucy at all, kinda crisp, mildly flavoured and OK, but nothing like the real deal.
                                                                                                                                                                              There are a number of places that TRY to make real Buffalo Wings, but are usually hampered by a fatal flaw - sauces, wing size, etc. Good luck.
                                                                                                                                                                              Personally, I can't stand Duff's - the sauce is pulpy and bitter, the wings somehow end up dry inside yet not crispy outside, and the whole macho-scoville-armageddon nonsense frankly annoys me. Buy a corvette if you need to over-compensate for your inadequacy.
                                                                                                                                                                              BOTTOM-LINE: I agree with previous poster, enjoy THE BEST outstanding Banh-mi sub at Nguyen Huong, or a killer Veal at California Sandwiches, but when you get the craving for some REAL buffalo wings, get in the car and drive to Anchor Bar on Main Street in Buffalo and stop wasting your time looking in Toronto.
                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, and by the way, when you're there, order a well-done pepperoni pizza, and try one of the best gooey pizza's in North America, as well.
                                                                                                                                                                              You can thank me later :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                Buffalo-style wings are only ONE type of chicken wing. Clearly you don't like breaded wings. I do, and so do lots of other people. I'm sorry you have to drive to Buffalo just to get some wings that you can enjoy. I quite enjoyed the ones I had at Wild Wing (still thinking about those Sour Cream and Onion and Whiskey Girl ones). I just wish they were either larger or cheaper. Then again, factor in the gas I saved and they were a bargain. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think you may be reading a little to much into what is essentially deep fried chicken wings with sauce shaken on. Perhaps nostalga is clouding your judgement about Anchor Bar. I don't find them particularily better than everwhere in Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Crispy skin

                                                                                                                                                                                    Many Buffalonians agree that that the Anchor Bar doesn't have anywhere close to the best wings in Buffalo so take that advice with a grain of salt. I'd have to say Duff's in Amherst is the best. Period.

                                                                                                                                                                                    In Toronto, I've really liked the Fossil and Haggis for a long time but apparently their wing prices have skyrocketed recently. I haven't been in almost a year. They are traditional Buffalo style, large and well prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                                                                                      The last time I had non-breaded wings was at Wee Tara on Eglinton and they were fantastic. I wasn't crazy about the fries, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wee Tara on Eglinton have the best wings period. Ignore everything else and I mean EVERYTHING... But the wings The BEST. Half price Wednesday's

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                          HI Connoisseur, CeeQueue where is Wee Tara located on Eglinton? I did a search on google but didn't get a hit for address

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                                                                                                            It's actually called Tara Inn, but there are two and very close to one another - Wee Tara is the one on Eglinton.

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://maps.google.com/maps?q=tara+in...

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh man Fossil and Haggis is good, havent been in a few months... I hope they still have good cheap wings !! Lion and Dragon were the best but they closed down after being swallowed up by the home Depot. Lion and Dragon ripped me off too many time to recommend going back if they ever open up again.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Crispy skin

                                                                                                                                                                                          In the wings in Durham thread it was mentioned that Lion and Dragon had moved to 1163 Kingston Rd (west of Liverpool). But their Web site hasn't been updated in almost a year. Anyone know for sure?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                                            Lion and Dragon has been demolished for a new Home Depot.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Crispy skin

                                                                                                                                                                                              Check out the discussion near the bottom of this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/601581

                                                                                                                                                                                              L&D has apparently opened in a new location.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                      "If you are willing to eat this type of crappy wing"
                                                                                                                                                                                      You're as bad as my dad. If it's not to your taste, it's crap. I happen to like breaded wings and what's more, I like sauce. All sauces, gravies, dressings, moles and what ever else falls into that category. So All Star are perfect for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                      DT

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ha ha, my dad was like that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                          I like breaded wings as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                          There is a line between good breading and over breading...

                                                                                                                                                                                          I still vote for Wings Up! in Milton

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                            Second the rec for the Wing Company at King/Bathurst. Went a couple of weeks ago and bot 30 wings with 3 different sauces - a medium buffalo, honey garlic, and sweet chili something. Wings and sauces were very nice, the dipping sauces were very good. Only small disappointment was that I was told that the fries were included. It was - sort of. As I was buying for 3 people, 2 out of 3 had wings in their order but mine was missing fries. Had I known I would have ordered extra. Quality was very good but at over $30 for 30 wings - a little pricey for takeout.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                            I recently tried All Star and really enjoyed the wings. People shouldn't be so judgmental, you like what you like. It is all a matter of opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            180 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                              UPDATE - Just noticed that the Richmond Hill location of All Star is gone, replaced by Puck'N'Wings.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The good news is that they buy their foodservice sauces from the same restaurant-supply house that All-Star does, so let your Dad know he'll hardly notice the difference :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                All Star in RH on Yonge has moved south to the old East Side Mario's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                DT

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                                                                                                                                                                                                180 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                              Toronto Tips is right about all of his points, been to Duff's in the states, as well as, Anchor Bar. Anchor bar is the best, Duffs is as he descibes. Wild Wings are all over Barrie and are heavily breaded, interesting sauces but awful fries. Veal at California Sandwiches with hot peppers and provolone unbelievable. Did not like Bistro on Avenue small wings with pedestrian sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                Finally a man with good taste. Drewster knows his stuff :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey, I am OK with those of you who like frozen bake & serve Costco wings, or soggy breaded wings, or even KFC 'Boneless Wings' (read: chicken fingers dipped in sauce).

                                                                                                                                                                                                Some folks like McCain frozen-then-coated-in-shellac 'crispy fries' better than fresh-cut fries. Some folks like Pilsbury pizza pockets better than hand-tossed pizza, and some people like a McDonals McRib better than your beloved Pork tenderloins. I say "good on-ya" to them all for loving what they love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                But to recommend to others that frozen, breaded wings that are then baked or deep fried and tossed with generic bulk foodservice sauces that have been combined to create "101 flavours" can even begin to approach "The Best Wings in Toronto" which was the original OP request is just silly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                You can love you a Swanson's chopped salibury steak TV dinner, but to recommend to Zagat that it's the best steak in the city, well, sorry, it just ain't :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Last weekend we ate the wings at Pete's Cajun Creole Pizza down at Queen St East & Parliement ( 181 Parliement Street).
                                                                                                                                                                                              Although the place is famous for the cajun pizza, the cajun chicken wings were finger lickin good! They were juicy and seasoned perfectly with additional frank hot dipping sauce if its not spicy enough for you. Unfortunately they only do cajun chicken wings unlike St. Louis or Duff that offers a wide range of flavors. But if you are up for pizza and wings..this is the place to go.Most people go for take out because the place probably can only accomodate 14 people at most.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Sneaky Dee's is my Toronto favourite. They taste like Duff's, but they're bigger, juicier, and cheaper. My all-time favourite is The Baysville Pavillion (Hwy 117 in Muskoka), but they've changed hands since I was there last so I can't necessarily vouch for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Best buffalo wings in toronto are any medium jack astor's wings.... perfect combo of flour, franks redhot, butter and vinegar. turtle jacks' new york butter is not bad either. fox and fiddle's buffalo butter is good, too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  in buffalo, even better than anchor bar or honeys is the MILLENIUM HOTEL restaurant by walden galleria mall. OHHHHH MY GOSH they are so good and won the award for buffalo's best wings!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ENJOY

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bananabanana1

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Damn! I stayed there 2 weeks ago and had NO IDEA! :'-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bananabanana1

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have to give my vote to Turtle Jacks. The wings are amazing to me and you have the option of the small fryers or large buffalo wings, dusted or not, and grilled on the Q or not. The New York butter is great or if you like spice, Extreme NY butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bananabanana1

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmmm ... do they have the perfect combo with flour, or are they more traditional style?
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll have to check them out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I have tried a whole bunch of bars/pubs but personal fav is so far the Tyson buffalo style wings that you get from Costco in the frozen food section! Matter of personal taste but I think they are better than Duff's which is rated quite highly on this forum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: elvisahmed

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I actually think the Firkin chain pubs do pretty good wings. It's too bad there's no real BBQ place in Toronto that does BBQ wings like in the south U.S.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: C mac

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not in Toronto- but have to say that Moose Winooski's is awesome for wings!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: shariberri

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I agree very good but breaded, best breaded around love Wild Wings Pale Rider creole mustard with jamaican jerk on top hot stuff!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Duff's has the best wings... no contest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lpaulsen1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only if you like to drink vinegar straight on a regular basis. Nothing in Toronto matches the Anchor Bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We have touched on this before Tex, Duff's wings may be the best in town until the douse them with 10 cents worth of awful sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't like breaded wings much but the Crown and Dragon's (Yonge and Dav. across from Crappy Tire) are excellent- order sauce on the side and also ask to see the selection of sauces which they keep refrigerated at the bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Watched the referee beat the Netherlands yesterday at the Bull and Firkin (Yonge and Merton) and was surprised at the excellent wings. Slightly smaller than Duff's, unbreaded, well cooked with a pretty good selection of sauces and a Sat. Sun. special at 49 cents each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: C mac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have you tried that new Wing Place on Queen and Portland . They have introduced grilled wings which are absolutelly delicious . The best wings I have ever tasted . They serve the large wings and fries by the pound for $ 9.45 . I have had the fried wings there which are fantastic , but the grilled ones are incredible . The place is very inviting , friendly service and just a cool place to hang out . Very reasonaqble prices too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Wings Grill and Rib House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                563 Queen Street West

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: itzi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought this place was a huge let-down. I was waiting for it to open forever (it's right in my neighbourhood and I love wings) but I doubt I'll go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The place is called Hot Wings. Their logo is fire. I ordered hot wings. They weren't spicy at all. At all. I'm not saying they weren't hot enough, they weren't hot at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So I asked for some hot sauce, assuming they have bottles of hot sauce around like most places. The bored waitress brought me a small bowl of hot sauce and charged me two bucks for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The wings were just OK for the price, nothing special. I've heard they have great ribs. Fine. So call the place Great Ribs, not Hot Wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just went back today to give them another chance. I got the grilled wings and they were pretty great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Enjoyed some excellent tasty wings from Buster Rhino's in Durham area yesterday. Addictive! (Too bad his brisket was dry, dry, dry.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also had my usual fix of fantastic wings at Arizona on Carlingview near the airport on Monday half-price wing night (9 huge wings for $5). Those wings stay crispy even when sauced! And so juicy! They have an updated menu, with an interesting beer list. Tried the malty Brooklyn lager - terrific!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm a Duff's guy. Eat there regularly. I agree with a real early poster: ask for them crispy and not wet, and they're terrific.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. So after allllllll this....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                have you found somewhere to eat and has anyone got a suggestion for the downtown CORE ie. the finanical district surrounds that has good wings or at least passable other than St. Louis on King /Church area?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone tried the Jersey Giant yet or any of the surrounds?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a serious need for wings downtown on my lunch hour HELP ME!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MultiverseQueen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So... Wings. I love wings. Good wings for me are meaty, juicy, and fresh. Fresh is not pre-cooked. Fresh is made from fresh then cooked, either fried or grilled or both.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you would like to see for yourself, try any, or all of these:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Duffs - visted the college location:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wings were smaller, however, they were juicy and the mild-medium sauce was buttery and sooooo yummy - yes I even drank some of the sauce from the bowl! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sneaky Dees - College:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wings were perfect size. The Medium sauce was very tasty. The wings were juicy and made from fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bier Markt - Esplanade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The wings are frenched styled so it makes it fun to eat. They are juicy and there is only one sauce.. it's buttery yummy. They are just good and fun. A must try! That's why it's on my list!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Durham Region area:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Xenos Bistro in Ajax on Bayly:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wings were perfect size. The Medium sauce was very tasty. The wings were juicy and made from fresh. The owners even acknowledge fresh wings as the key to being different from the rest in the Region.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Tap and Tankard in Whitby:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haven't been in a while, I'm due to go back though :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The wings were prepared from fresh - Tasty, Juicy and just the right size!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's the list. I've read the other posts and people are split down the middle so I've saved you the reading and decision.. just go to any or all of these places and enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GotMunched

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Xenos Bistro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  250 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S3V4, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gotmunched

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Duff's wings are "buttery"? Not unless they changed their recipe...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ya.. similar to Jack Astor's sauce... and as I admitted.. drinkable... :) Not vinegary at all. Perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gotmunched

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Duff's They had lots of vinegar and pureed tomato consistency, very little butter. Go to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo to see how they are supposed to be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            much better quality of wings are to be found in the buffalo area. hmmm, how to make this comments ON related? try this: if you plan to drive all the way from ON to that area for wings(guilty of having done just that), do yourself a favor and search the NY board for wings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: shekamoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Got it... Loud and clear nicely played Sir. :) I think it's safe to say only a guy would be crazy enough to "Road Trip" for wings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh BTW I'll be making said "Road Trip" soon lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What makes you think only guys go great distances for wings? Wrong!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wife and I travel south regularly to get a fix of REAL chicken wings. Anchor bar rules. We pick up a huge order on Saturday and take them cold to the Bills Tailgate next day (at least the ones that make it). Fun road trip. Duffs are OK. Have done many head to heads (even including Honey's wings once) and Anchor beats Duffs IOHO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toronto's best is Duffs. Tried St Louis, Einsteins, Chick'N'Deli, Sneaky Dees, Shoeless Joes, and many others ONCE. Who'd a thunk frying fresh (not frozen) meaty chicken wings and covering in tasty sauce would be so difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, if you are in Peterborough, the Montreal House wings are very good. They are slightly dusted with flour (I know, but these are OK, trust me), crispy, with good zazzy hot sauce. Tuesday is wing special day. Along with cheap beer and great old locals, who could ask for more...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Poppi next time you are in Buffalo try the wings at Barbill in East Aurora about 12 minutes east of Ralph Wilson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barbill also does a very good Beef on Weck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SO and I made our first wing pilgrimage just about two months ago and checked out Barbill thanks to recs in the NY board. The drive was so worth it!! I am dreaming about my next trip :P We also tried the beef on weck, and thought it to be okay. This is probably an unfair assessment since we felt that anything would compare to the wings with house made Cajun hot sauce :) So to bring it back to Toronto...anyone else who is thinking of doing a wings road trip should definitely check out Barbill, which far surpasses any wings I've had in Toronto. I did not check out Anchor Bar but hear the same "tourist trap" warnings as noted below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, Barbill is on the "Must Do" list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I understand that people have different preferences, but even comparing Anchor Bar's horrible wings to Einsteins, or even St Louis is ridiculous. You're even better off going to Pizza Pizza than across the border to Anchor Bar. Duff's are boring as hell. If you like Frank's Red Hot and vinegar, then I guess they're right down your ally, but they are seriously nothing special. If you want hot in Toronto, Einsteins "To the bone" sauce is where it's at (although you probably won't get past one wing), but their regular hot or cajun beats anything at Duffs outright flavour wise. Also great is their secret "Hammer" sauce (which isn't officially on the menu). It's great for those that don't eat wings for the heat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My friends just went to Buffalo and visited Anchor bar. They said it has turned into a huge tourist trap and that the wings were sub par at best. I used to go to Buffalo years ago and always enjoyed the wings there, too bad they have gone downhill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was there a few years ago and the wings were still excellent. They used to make awesome pizza but it had certainly gone down hill. I'm guessing the Bellissimo family is no longer involved?? Such a sad thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Not buffalo wings, but the best chicken wings I've had are at Blue Sage in Mississauga.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        instead of frying, they're smoked for hours in a jerk spice, then "kissed" on a grill. They are literally fall of the bone juicy. Be sure to get a little extra sauce, either bbq or hot sauce (they make their own hot sauce that's fantastic).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Be wared, they are VERY smoky. I brought a pound of them to our office for lunch, and the whole floor smelled of smoky goodness. After it was gone my fingers still smelled of smoke.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. New favourite chicken wings: The Wheat Sheaf! Try them if you like Buffalo style wings. The "hot" is actually hot, and they don't try to reinvent the blue cheese dip. My mouth is watering just typing this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wheat Sheaf is definitely at the top of my list for best wings in Toronto. I have yet to leave disapointed. Sundays and Mondays are 1/2 price wings, which is an absolute steal. I like to order their suicide sauce on the side, which as a good amount of flavour (not just vinegar intensity).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just to add my Two-Cents, I agree with Tex that Duff's is a really pale imitation of real Buffalo-style wings. I don't like the pulpy bitterness of their sauce nor the soggy rubbery texture of the wings. Tara Inn is probably the closest to the real thing I've found in T.O., but I haven't been to Sneaky Dee's or Einstein's, both of which have been recommended by others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JUST A NOTE: I travel to Buffalo at least every couple of months and Anchor Bar is still tops for me - true buttery hot sauce, crispy wings, and fantastic cheesy-saucy pizza with a great crust and lots of tiny, oily, real pepperoni :-) Order your pizza well-done for best flavour. Oh, and by the way, the Belissimo family still owns Anchor Bar - widow of the founder's son and the longtime head chef Ivano are co-owners these days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I've also heard Shagwell's in Pickering recommended recently... anyone try their wings? Are they authentic style, or are they part of the frozen, breaded, 101 cheap sauce flavours blight that has swept Toronto :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Margarine,Margarine, Margarine, Margarine and Frank's original Hot Sauce! Margarine to Hot sauce ratio defines the Heat of the sauce (Hot, Med , or Mild) Butter will separate, and your wings will not have the even silky sheen,of the marg! Great read as well on the Canada's Margarine history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: stockyards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, Stock, I said buttery, not butter :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Back when I was in the resto-biz, I only used liquid margarine and Durkee's Red Hot (now called Frank's) in the appropriate ratio for heat. (plus a little habanero puree for suicide).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly, it's too simple, and nobody does it anymore... I am gonna have to open my own place again and show 'em how it's done :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .James.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I tried Wing Company (King and Bathurst) a while back, based on positive reviews on this board, and the wings I got were breaded. Did I do something wrong? Can anyone weigh in on whether the wings at Wing Company are breaded or Buffalo-style (i.e. not breaded), cause I don't like breaded wings. Maybe I ordered incorrectly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmeggs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I ordered Buffalo Style and they were breaded, and the sauce wasn't Buffalo-ey at all. They were tasty, big and cheap, mind you, but not Buffalo. I'm curious about their other flavours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately some people don't realize that "Buffalo Chicken Wings" is a specific style/flavour of wing. BBQ, Honey Garlic, etc. are not "Buffalo Wings" even though some places use it as a catch all name for wings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, it was a red pepper sauce, but it just didn't have the right 'zing' to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like Harveys vs Hardees all over again.... He named his restaurant what he did specifically to block the competition from moving in, and is cybersquatting the domain name. I hope the Americans crush him like a grape.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yea maybe instead of whining about the name, both chains will compete against eachother to see who has the best wing. I dont care about the name, they can call it Crap-On-A-Stick but if they have the better wing, Ill be shopping there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Last we were at Duff's, my solution to the problem mentioned above -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ask for Wings without sauce, extra crispy - and Hot Sauce on the side (I always end up mixing the hot sauce with the Dill sauce anyways) and dip till your hearts content.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Big crispy wings, with a tasty sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you are anal about your sauces - sneak in a little vial of your own home brew.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sadistick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have never had a big meaty wing at Duffs?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My recollection is that, indeed, the Duff's wings were the largest I've had in Toronto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Sneaky Dee's wings are much bigger and I like them much better. Let the mocking begin! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No need to apologize for liking Sneaky D's wings...or King's Crown Nachos at 2 a.m. I've enjoyed both many times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's not for others to decide what you like and don't like.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can't argue - haven't had theirs - but the point was to dispute the Connoisseur comment (not to start a "mine is bigger than yours" competition).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fair. They also happen to be my fav wings in the city my only wish was that I could get them hotter as hot is never hot enough for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd bring my own favourite sauce to put on them if its a planned visit. But I have a problem with food. I like it too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me too. :-) And I have a pepper sauce addition thanks to my bf's aunt who makes the best habanero pepper sauce I've ever had! Sooooo good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Guess I'm going to have to try them again but IMO they were not that big? and def not the best in the city... The search continues :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's odd, they're usually huge. Must've been an off night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Besides eating chicken drumsticks, these are some of the biggest wings I have come across.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Obviously everyone has their own attributes of what composes the best wing, but if you get theirs without sauce (assuming crispy is a desirable attribute) ask for extra crispy, and chose the sauce which delights you most, I fail to see how you can leave unsatisfied.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. A lively discussion of the WW vs. BWW franchise issue has been split and moved to the Chains board:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759250

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Sorry to bump, but I had the 'Dragon Wings' at the Crown & Dragon today (890 Yonge St - just north of Bloor), and they were amazing. Half price wings all day Sunday, and 5-Close Tues-Thurs. Huge, huge range of really inventive flavours in both fried and grilled (my recommendation would be the 'Foghorn Leghorn' grilled wings and the 'Ancient Chinese Secret') although there are 31 flavours to chose from, with things like Teriyaki/Sesame Seed, Tandori/Yogurt, and Lemon/Rosemary. Definitely worth checking out, and I will be back most Sundays!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Blakfish

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  absolutely agree with Blakfish. the wings at Crown & Dragon are excellent. the "Dragon's Breath" flavour is my favourite. I have noticed that the wing quality is not as good on wing nights, compared to when they're regularly priced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've had Duffs, The Wing Company, and many others many times ... and I'd say that Crown & Dragon is the best in T.O. I would like to try Sneaky Dees though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wooby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I second that and in particular love the Dragon's Breath wings too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It should be pointed out that Crown & Dragon wings are breaded and Duff's are not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Both use large (7 pc./lb.) wings. C&D has some pretty inventive original sauces and I recommend ordering plain with sauce on the side as the wings will stay hotter and crisper longer and you can mix and match.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The owner/manager keeps some commercial sauce at the bar if you ask nicely. Last time I was there I tried "Ring of Fire", "Slap my Ass and call me Sally" and "Haemorhoid Helper" among others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crown & Dragon makes many different flavours of wings. But none of the one's I've had were breaded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wooby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          C&D's deep fried wings are breaded their baked wings are not.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unfortunately the baked wings are reheats and taste like it to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They have about 30 flavours of breaded deep fried wings and about 6 of the baked variety. So yes, it is possible to get unbreaded wings at C&D.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: wooby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please do NOT bother trying Sneaky Dee's wings! They are entirely mediocre. I was very disappointed after reading some rave reviews here! Come on, CHers, we know better. Pho Hung's wings are still the closest to decent buffalo wings I've found in town -- non-breaded, super crispy skin, and Frank's red hot and margarine coated. Absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are not buffalo style wings but I love them. Sneaky Dee's is my fav in the city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          although not in Toronto I find Big Bone Barbecue on Yonge in Barrie to be the best around, but they are not Anchor Bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Big Bone BBQ were the boys in the Food Building of the CNE last year. They did a pretty good job I'd say. Funny thing was they never had a line-up even though they were the one truly worthwhile vendor. Hope it's better for them this year. Better still, I hope they open up in East York.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bigbonebbq.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never get a bad meal there, they used to be involved in some bbq place in Toronto. Went to the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga based on a review on Chow just soaked in margarine and Frank's red hot. I'll stick with Anchor Bar for Wings in Buffalo, Big Bone for here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Big Bone BBQ owners are the people who used to own the Purple Pig in Aurora.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They opened Memphis in Woodbridge but have somewhat divested themselves. They shy away from that name since they don't have control over what goes on there and aren't pleased either.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They opened BB BBQ in Newmarket a couple years ago and have since franchised out to the place in Barrie. They have much more control over what goes on in Barrie from what I'm lead to believe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                IMHO it's the best up here. They'd be successful in the south. I've had much worse down there. They still don't do it exactly as I'd like to see but they're very happy with their product and do well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bigbonebbq.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What would you like to see Texas style brisket?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They sauce their pulled pork which I don't like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They have burgers on the menu which is fine. I'd like to see fresh beef but they use frozen patties. That kinda thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't blame CHers! Sneaky Dee's wings really went downhill very recently, they really were the best! Now, as you say, they're mediocre and inconsistent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shame. I dragged a skeptical friend there, too, saying I'd heard great things about the wings. She ragged me hard and long about my choice of wings (she too, was unimpressed). If they pull up their standards, let me know! I'm still looking for a good wing place, buffalo-style or no.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As for Pho Hung, while their wings are big, meaty, greasy and good, I can't recommend them any more either. Their service last time I visited was just shockingly rude. Back to the drawing table for wings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went to Duff's last night and my whole table couldn't get enough of the wings - a couple of us love wings and have had good experiences from a few places - but Duff's again really hits the spot for us - overall good quality wing - properly sauced and fresh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I go back and forth on my favorite spots for wings but I have to say Duff's is #1 in my mind in terms of consistency

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gwanderc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Will definitely give it a shot. Any particular location that you prefer to others?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  College St location is one I have been to a few times and each time has been great - and this has been in a spread out period - have found consistency all times

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I haven't been in a while as I really try not to eat wings more than twice a year but I'm sad to hear of the decline. Hopefully they get it together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: plasticanimal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While the flavours were never outstanding (the BBQ was really ketchupy) what I used to love about the wings at Sneaky Dee's was the size.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In fact we used to call them "baby arms"....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They're smaller now unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Wings are huge, not breaded and come with a great dill dipping sauce. They have a big variety of flavours to choose from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shagwells in Pickering has by far the best wings in the GTA. Its in a plaza off Kingston road just east of White's Road. You can't see the place from Kingston road its in behind another plaza. Just turn left just before the wendy's/tim hortons and it will be on your left.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Had a chance to try out Buffalo Wild Wings while in Detroit this weekend. I know they're opening a couple locations in the far flung (905) regions of the GTA, and i wanted to see how they stacked up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            True to their name, they are true Buffalo style, in that they're not breaded (unlike ont. chain "Wild Wings").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, the purists who claim the buttery hot sauce that Anchor Bar uses is the best are going to be disappointed. BWW sauces are very much akin to Duffs (more vinegary/acidic).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My personal opinion, while I liked the wings very much, and even bought some of their sauce to take home, they're not as good as Duffs or Anchor Bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I see that Let's Wing It has introduced non-breaded wings. Anyone had a chance to try them and, if so, what's the verdict?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. One to stay away from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tried Memphis Fire's smoked wings for the first time last week. They are horrible smelling and tasting small rubbery things. Pulled pork and brisket are really great, sauces and sides are OK, but avoid the wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still intrigued by smoked wings though, so Big Bone's smoked wings is on my list to try.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Go on a monday there is a special wings, ribs etc for cheap the smoked wings are really good but not crispy due to using the smoker I prefer their dry cajun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I love Duffs and it's my favourite in the city...it's vinegary, so if you don't like that you won't like Duffs. But I personally love it. I've also had Anchor bar in buffalo and I personally prefer Duffs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's not the point of my post, though. I haven't liked any of those 100-flavour type places at all (I'm looking at you, puck'n'wings) until recently...but I actually really like Wild Wing. As I said it's the last place that I thought I would like, but the flavours are really bold and I've managed to find a number that I like (and some I don't like (lemon pepper and any jerk-based wings, I'm looking at you), but that's to expect with so many flavours). The only problem is that even the hottest wings aren't very hot, but they've still got a bunch of great flavours. Some I particularly like are Snakebite, Hawaiian, and She's a Hottie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, just thought I'd put my vote in for Wild Wing as a great option for wings in the city. They don't seem to need my help (based on the number of new franchises I see opening up), but if this is the default chain option in Toronto, then I think we're doing pretty well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. this will likely get some eyes rolling, but after having major wing cravings lately and trying out the usuals (wild wing, duffs)..had the best wings tonight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      East Side Marios of all places...was so surprised how amazing they were! Front ST location, but wow...exactly what I've been craving..they are breaded and big.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never thought of ordering wings there, but will again!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You lost me at "breaded" :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Actually, if you like breaded fried chicken wings, there are dozens of asian places in Markham-RH that make way more flavourful chicken wings than any of the roadhouse chains do. Yes, I enjoy them sometimes, too... but breaded wings are no comparison to real wings like Anchor Bar, for me. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hmmmm. almost time for another road-trip for Anchor Bar Wings & killer Buffalo-style pizza! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .James.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I find the wing debate so wide and varied that it may soon be time and helpful for those looking to have four sepearate threads: 1) Breaded fryer lovers, 2) Breaded roaster lovers, 3) Unbreaded fryer lovers and 4) Unbreaded roaster lovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm in the unbreaded fryer lovers category. And I'm due for a wing gorge session soon after I work off two weeks of eating out while on vacation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And two more sub-categories, sauced or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To me the worst combination is breaded and sauced. Yuck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Optimal to me is traditional Buffalo style -- unbreaded, fried, sauced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you, Tex.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              #1. Buffalo Style - unbreaded, fried crispy, sauced simply with RedHot & Margarine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              #2. Grilled, Fried, or Roasted, unsauced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              #3. Toronto Style - unbreaded, fried crispy, sauced with other sweet, sticky sauces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              #3. Asian or Broasted - breaded, fried, unsauced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              .... # 253. Breaded & Sauced for that extra soggy texture :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Other than saucy, I'm good with any preparation as long as it's well executed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will say that from time to time I'll find myself staying away from one style or another but I'll take done properly over what style they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh... breaded. This style always reminds me of the breaded chicken wings and drumettes from the Swanson's frozen dinners. Unbreaded and fried crispy is the way to go. Sauced or unsauced depends on your mood. Peking Garden makes crispy fried unbreaded unsauced wings, but sometimes they can be on the oily side. We sometimes order 2 orders and sauce them ourselves. =9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Personally I like breaded wings too. Bad frozen wings or a bad sauce ruins it for me (much more than the breading).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If the wings and sauce are good, so am I !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wings, wings, wings, wings. Wings, wings, wings, wings... (to lively Dixieland Music)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, but I like all of those. That means if we split those 4 into sauced or not, I'm going to have to check 8 separate threads for all my wing needs. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I really enjoyed the wings at the Black Dog Pub (87 Island Road, Toronto, ON M1C 2P6). You get ~1lb. of wings with a side and the traditional blue cheese sauce, carrots and celery. The wings aren't huge, but they are fried till crispy (unbreaded) and then sauced. I had my order mild, but you can get medium, hot, suicide or honey garlic. It's a tangy sauce that clings to the wings and it's quite tasty. For a side I got the steamed vegetables which were asparagus, broccoli and red peppers (I wanted to make the meal a bit healthy) - which were quite good. I would recommend the fries as they are fresh cut or their garlic mash which is oh so tasty. Order a lime and lager to wash it all down. $14 for the order of wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. This thread is useless without referrals to Duff's... "Chicken Wings" can and do mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. However, if you want a taste of "Buffalo Wings" then I would suggest Duff's. I've been to a few various Buffalo wing joints (Anchor, Duffs @ Sheridan & Millersport, Cobblestone Bar) and I can verify that the GTA Duff's are spot on. I do like Anchor for the flavour however I personally enjoy the Duff's (Millersport & Sherdan) flavour a tad more due to the increase in heat. In terms of proper chicken wings in the GTA there is only one place that prides itself on the original idea of half Franks and half butter and that place happens to be Duff's. That said I do enjoy the Anchor Bar flavours a tad more than Duff's however the closest one is now apparently in the Hammer. Long live the original Buffalo Wing :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jeremyh1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With all do respect, Anchor Bar should no longer be mentioned in the same breath with the top five buffalo wings joints. Last time I visited, the wings were dry and rather flavourless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jeremyh1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The thread is Toronto's Best Chicken Wings. It does mention buffalo style in the end of the message and mind you I prefer "Buffalo Style" over all others, and as you said 1/2 Frank's 1/2 butter is the way to go. However there is plenty of room for all the other variants. The wings at Black Dog are cooked the right way which is unbreaded, friend to a crisp golden brown. The cooking technique does matter as the unbreaded style has a better texture and flavour IMHO. The sauce is more akin to bbq sauce, but slightly thinner. It is not, however, traditional Buffalo style sauce as mentioned above, but very flavourful none-the-less. As to Duff's, I've really enjoyed their wings in the past, but I also really enjoyed the wings at the Black Dog. Two different styles in terms of sauce, but two very well executed wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I can offer up Stein, Burger and Koop in Richmond Hill. It's on Elgin Mills just west of Leslie. Across (south side) from the Richmond Green complex.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The wings are pretty large, crispy (even when sauced), juicy and tasty. I always order hot and honey garlic which could be a bit hotter but all in all, fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AWTTW, the service can be atrocious. We're kinda stuck since we go there after hockey and it's pretty much the only place near there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DT

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone try the wings at The Bistro on Avenue Rd.? They are marinated in spices and then hit the fryer, without breading. They get sauced after cooking. Service is great as it's a local bar where everyone knows everyone's business, but that's what makes it great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Louis, the owner, has come a long way from the Chick n Deli!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: franpelyk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not in over a decade. At one time, hands down the best in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agreed. Although, I would say more like two decades ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: franpelyk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wings are small not worth stopping, its a cop bar so avoid unless you want legal issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What do you mean? The cops are hassling ordinary people who go there for wings? I highly doubt it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Drums and Flats: http://www.drumsnflats.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The flavours are nice, and you can customize what part of the wing you want...!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went on a Sunday for dinner and it was quite laid back with lots of seating.