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I've been having a serious wings craving as of late. Where can I find good, hot wings? I've tried the St. Louis wings but they weren't anything special, contrary to what I've heard before.

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  1. Duff's!!

    on Baview south of Eglington is your best bet.

    IF you want a drive, Morty's wings in Waterloo are not bad either

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    1. re: Lorne

      People think this is crazy but the wings at Sneaky Dee's (College and Bathurst) are awesome. Good amount of sauce, and good value because they are so big. The large portion at $17 can feed three hungry adults. I'm over 200 pounds so I'm talking real hungry. All the other food there is excretable, and the draft beer is usually skunky but the wings are good.

      1. re: alsiem

        Scratch Daniel's in the beaches have awesome wings. Whenever my dad comes in from out of town, he HAS to get his fix here. I'm only too happy to go along.

        1. re: Matt

          if you go to scratch daniels, get the 'tower' of onion rings! yumm

        2. re: alsiem

          I second the Sneaky Dee's recommendation! I really like the medium sauce there and they do a pretty good job at saucing them for me (hey, I like my wings messy!). They are the biggest and meatiest wings I've had in the city and a very good sized portion...I usually have to doggie bag!

        3. re: Lorne

          I have to agree with both of these - Duff's and Morty's are some of the best wings I've had.

          Am I the only one who thinks Hooters wings are bad? You can order them 'naked' to get rid of the breading, but they're still sub par. I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone goes there - a family restaurant known for its wings with bad wings! Must be some other thing that I'm missing. It's not for the owls, I'll tell you that much.

          1. re: Lorne

            I'd concur with Duff's. My wife and I go there about once a month and they're pretty awesome wings!

            1. re: jmcnally

              duff's... wings are basically vinegar

              i have tried and all star wings (woodbine and 16th) with 96 (NINETY SIX) different sauces. They are big wings but not cheap (20 for 14).

              duff's doesn't have a change (and in buffalo, its anchor for the sauce)

            2. re: Lorne

              Agreed... DUFF'S is number one for Wings in the City. However, for those of you in the WEST end... check out The Blue Goose in Mimico... great old tavern, AWESOME wings.

              1. re: BuH

                Finally tried Blue Goose the other day...wings are juicy, but "hot" wasn't, and the self-serve ordering, served-on-a-styrofoam-plate atmosphere was a bit off-putting. On the bright side, one pound of wings costs under $7 and beer is cheap.

              2. re: Lorne

                I second Morty's:)

                Yummy wing specials on Mondays and Thursdays... have patience for a table though, it's packed on those nights.

                1. re: sugarcube

                  Morty's seems to have slid downhill a little...was there just over a month ago and wings were undercooked (stuck to the bones and red). Server claimed this was normal.

                2. re: Lorne

                  Duffs does not dust their wings, resulting in a monotonous, boring wing, dousted in vinegar dyed red.

                3. How about All-star Wings.......they have dozens of flavors with cryptic names like SnakeBite, and Blonde

                  ..they overcook the wings sometimes, but trying all the flavors is quite the experience!

                  It's located in a plaza at the northeast corner of Woodbine and Hwy 16 in Markham/Unionville.

                  1. Scratch Daniel's in the Beach. The wings are large and crispy, 2 for 1 on Monday nights. The fries are quite good and they have a very decent ceasar salad.

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                    1. re: beth

                      Scratch in the beech is closed now. Land lord kicked them out

                    2. My favorite wings place is Harbourfront Bar and Grill located at 10 Yonge Street. I have tried Duff's and many of the other recommendations on this site but still find this place to be the best place to have wings and watch football on sunday.

                      1. My favorite wings place is Harbourfront Bar and Grill located at 10 Yonge Street. I have tried Duff's and many of the other recommendations on this site but still find this place to be the best place to have wings and watch football on sunday.

                        1. To me, best wings in Toronto are at Kilgour's Bar Meets Grill, at Bloor St. W and Borden in the Annex. Slightly deep fried, then grilled. They are awesome.
                          I do like the McSorely's wings, even though some think they have too much sauce.
                          Also, the Duke of Gloucestor on Yonge, south of Bloor north of Wellsley, has very good wings. Mon. and Wed. night specials.

                          1. The Willow (south side Danforth near Broadview) has Coyote wings. Ginger based sauce- very tasty.

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                              Robert Scott

                              I pride myself on being a wing man.....all through UofT I went to Rowers on harbord, they had the best barbq wings. But now I have to say that the best, and i mean best wings in toronto are at sloppy joes on lakeshore(just east of browns line). They are huge, and meaty, and very juicy...not dry like most places. On tuesday and thursday they are 30cents each. I guarantee them to be the best.

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                              1. re: Robert Scott

                                Sloppy Joes are the best.
                                I have never found wings that Big anywhere.

                                1. re: pdiguy

                                  Big, yes. Breaded, yes. Breading tastes like chemicals, yes. Authentic, definitely not. Good, no.

                                  1. re: redearth

                                    what makes a wing inauthentic?


                                    1. re: HarryLloyd

                                      I should have clarified - definitely not authentic Buffalo Style...

                                    2. re: redearth

                                      Can you get them not breaded if you ask?

                                    3. re: pdiguy

                                      I had their wings and did not like them at all, however I love the small fryer wings. People i know that love buffalo, like Sloppy Joes.
                                      There are fryer wing lovers and buffalo wing lovers. This distinction is important, especailly in reviews.....well IMO anyway.

                                  2. you want good wings? WINGPORIUM on queensway and islington rocks. lots of flavours make there crispy wings awsome. really friendly staff is great to. tons of screens for sports.

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                                    1. re: marky

                                      Avoid Wingporium on Islington. Had to be the worst wings ever. Lack of flavor and found them to be very dry.

                                      1. re: nmhinch

                                        Wingporium is a joke to my wife and I.

                                        We had such bad wings there a couple times that we had to add it to the no-go list.

                                        Everytime we drive by one of us will joke and say "Wingporium for some Wings?"

                                      2. re: marky

                                        Definitely can't say I was impressed with the WingPo. Only good thing was the large selection of flavours. Too bad they weren't very good.

                                        1. re: marky

                                          Just had one of my worst wing experiences at the Wingporium due to lack of late night dining in the west end. I would think that a place that only serves wings (88 varieties they say) would start by making their wings half-decent at least. Small overebreaded. You could taste the freezer on them. They combine a number of jarred sauces to come up with the 88 vaieties. Gross. I would have been happier defrosting a box of PC wings. I am thinking of venturing out to the Sloppy Joe's based on your rec. Anything else in the westerner reaches of the GTA worth trying??

                                          1. re: Westwardho

                                            The Firehall in Oakville (Lakeshore + Bronte) has good wings. Traditionally they win "best wings" in Oakville in any local reader's surveys.

                                            I was just there first time last week-end, and they were good sized, cooked crisp and nicely sauced.

                                            Best I have had outside of Duff's

                                            1. re: Westwardho

                                              The Pump and Grille/The Clarkson Pump in Mississauga have good wings. They are the small fryer wings and they have $.50/wings on Mondays at the Port Credit and Clarkson location. They have a website if interested.

                                              Clarkson Pump
                                              1744 Lakeshore W, Mississauga, ON L5J4N8, CA

                                          2. I really think Duff's needs another shout out. These are the best standard wings I've had and I have tried much of the above list (Rowers, Sneeky Dees, St. Louis, All-Stars -- haven't had Scratch Daniels, probably because its in the Beaches). Anyways, Duff's wings are large and juicy. If you want hot, you can damned well get hot. Also, they will personalise your order -- if you ask they will do less sauce, or cook them slightly longer for extra crispy. I find anything over medium and they put too much sauce on if you don't ask for less.

                                            Also, the wings at Pho Hung (Spadina at St. Andrew, N of Dundas) are really good. Only one spice level and I wouldn't call it spicy at all. But, they were perfectly cooked, crispy with no batter at all, and had I really nice sweet/salty thing going on. I know its not quite what the poster wanted, but anyone who likes wings should try these!

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                                            1. re: Atahualpa

                                              Ate at Duffs for lunch today. Fantastic as always.


                                            2. Cajun Bajan, at 133 Manville, se of Eglinton and Warden (go north from Comstock). Truly! don't let the surrounding industrial parks and autobody shops put you off. This place is a well-kept secret, and worth visiting for more than the wings. Food is as the name would suggest, an interesting fusion of Cajun and Bahamian. Used to be next door to an amazing Philippino bakery, but I think the bakery has recently moved to Warden.

                                              1. I havent had Duffs yet, but tried most of the others, and I also actually found the wings at Yellowgriffin pub to be some of the best Ive ever had!! But there service is so bad i dont know if I can go back

                                                1. Fox & Fiddle John & Adelaid really good wings nice size plus every Sunday Monday 1/2 price wings and $10 pitchers

                                                  1. If you want something different, the capon wings at Allen's/Dora Keogh on Danforth are meaty and delicious.

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                                                    1. re: mummy2Luna

                                                      Yum - I love Allen's capon wings and their unique worcestershire-based sauce.

                                                    2. It's a little out of the way but if from or in Scarborough try the Tara Inn 2 locations big tara Kingston/Midland and the wee Tara Eglinton/Midland.
                                                      Great wings and pub atmosphere

                                                      1. Duffs...hands down. Scratch Danials in the Beach used to be the best, but the place was sold a couple of years back and the quality has declined substantially to the point that wouldn't even rank in my top 10 best wing places. Back in the day it was a fun bar...now its a mundane family restaurant. The better bet is Duffs or Wiley's near Yong and St. Clair

                                                        1. second the Pho Hung rec. I've been enjoying them for years and have wondered why people haven't talked about it much.

                                                          they're bigger than duffs, more crispy and has a beautiful spicy sauce with perfect amount of sourness.

                                                          Unfortunately they recently increased their prices.... used to be a huge plate for only $7, now is $9 or something. i've try Duff's and they're not bad, but nothing like Pho Hung.

                                                          There used to be a place at Bayview and Finch called Mr. Buffalo, but they folded last year unfortunately. had the best sauce and GIGANTIC wings.

                                                          1. i used to go to a place in scarborough back in the day called black dog pub, they had excellent wings

                                                            1. Black Dog still has pretty good wigs Dannyboy...easily one of the better pubs in Scarborough (Toronto for that matter)...great outdoor patio (recently expanded) and a good selection of beers too

                                                                1. I haven't tried them but my s/o says that Wild Wings on the Danforth "has the best wings EVER!"

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                                                                  1. re: SallyCinnamon

                                                                    they are actually quite good. very big and the sauce is decent. have one of the better specials around, a pint of beer and a pound of wings for 6.99

                                                                    1. re: wesarge

                                                                      I've been to the one in Newmarket and it was okay.
                                                                      They had a few bars split from their chain and one of them is All Star in Richmond Hill. It's our apres hockey place. Great wings now.


                                                                  2. I can't believe nobody has mentioned hooters.

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                                                                    1. re: gentilesque

                                                                      I like Hooters wings but they're not in the "Best in the city" category. Also, I like a second bowl to drain out the grease that accumulates at the bottom.

                                                                      Atmosphere is pretty good too.


                                                                    2. I think people go to Hooters for reasons other than the food

                                                                      1. Duffs!
                                                                        And nothing less.
                                                                        As a second, Scratch Daniel's


                                                                        1. I'm guessing you haven't been Scratch Danial's for a while poorboy...their wings, once some of the best in Toronto, are now very inferior.

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                                                                          1. re: Finnegan

                                                                            No kidding???
                                                                            Thanks for that. No, it has been a while. Any other place in The Beaches, or is it The Beach ;), that has good wings?

                                                                            1. re: Finnegan

                                                                              The Mrs, and I are checking out Scratch Daniels wings this evening. I convinced her.
                                                                              I will give an honest review later tonight.

                                                                            2. Again I have to vote for Duff's...Me & mine would make quarter annual trips to Bayview Ave just to eat there. Have no fear West-enders, they are opening anew location at College and Palmertson (what used to be Marlowe bar). The opening soon sign has been hanging for about two weeks now.
                                                                              I've been told Kilgour's wings are great too - thought he rest of their menu is lacking greatly.

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                                                                              1. re: bond

                                                                                YES! Downtown Duff's!

                                                                                For those downtown Duff's fans, how about a email campaign to get a better beer tap selection? I've fired off the first salvo...

                                                                                1. re: bond

                                                                                  C'mon folks ... all the hype about Duffs is just that. They make half-decent buffalo-style wings which are not half as good as virtually any wing or pizza-place in western New York.
                                                                                  Always overcooked and stringy, WAY too much sauce that forces me to leave the last few wings,drowned and water-logged, behind.
                                                                                  Plus miserable service with a rush-rush-rush attitude, even when it's not wing-night and the place is half-full.
                                                                                  Decent, yes.
                                                                                  Amazing, no.
                                                                                  I'm still looking for great buffalo wings in TO, and enjoying my regular pilgrimage to Buffalo, Niagara Falls NY, Corning, etc.

                                                                                  1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                                    The service at Duffs has always been great!
                                                                                    I have never had a bad experience besides the fact that i get wicked shits from the heat.

                                                                                2. What are the best places that deliver? Does Duff's deliver? I'd be either around the College and Jarvis or King and Shaw area(s)...

                                                                                  1. Man, I have got try Duff's wings. Haven't had wings in ages and I must get some ASAP!!!

                                                                                    1. Not a wing fan, but I was at All Star Wings and Ribs at Elgin Mills and Yonge St. . My friend, who loves wings said their's were the best she'd had, and she was sorry she only ordered ten! It's your typical sports bar (I think), so nothing very fancy. Their ribs were quite passable also, actually surprised me!!

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                                                                                      1. re: Leslieville

                                                                                        I love that place.
                                                                                        Great wings and wait staff.


                                                                                      2. I agree with both duffs and morty's (morty's alo offers amazing poutine, all dressed fries, and great onion rings). But believe it or not, I also like WEGZ wings (Rutherford & Creditstone), and Applejacks on Keele between Sheppard and Finch.

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                                                                                        1. re: icey

                                                                                          Was at WEGZ last week.....wings looked pretty good...but a pint of Keiths for $7.25 was tough enough to swallow.

                                                                                          1. re: Love it Spicy

                                                                                            Wegz is stupidly expensive. My one trip there I tried the Thai chicken wings and they were fantastic.


                                                                                          2. re: icey

                                                                                            Applejacks have breaded wings, worse than Hooters, worse than All-Star.
                                                                                            If you like breaded wings drowned in sticky-sweet bottled sauces try any of the above.
                                                                                            Really really bad.
                                                                                            Run for your life!

                                                                                          3. Okay. I live at the Bluffs, so here's my call for best wings, East Side, just to mix things up...
                                                                                            - The Grover Pub and Grub.... LOVED their wings, but they burned down. (The Pub, not the Wings.) Dones anyone know what's going on with that place?
                                                                                            - Murphy's Law, a distant second.
                                                                                            - The Unicorn, at Yonge and Eg, at least, they were great two years ago when I lived close by....

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                                                                                            1. re: oracle347

                                                                                              The Grover has recently reopened. I don't know if the wings will be the same since it's been out of commish for quite some time.

                                                                                                1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                                                  Grover (where'd the "Exchange" go?) Pub, 676 Kingston Rd east of Main. A Toronto institution since the earth cooled.

                                                                                                    1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                                                      went to grover tonightt with my parents and it was quite busy since the game was on. We had the nachos to start- okay, reallly skimpy on the toppings though, hardly any cheese , a few tablespoons to tomatoes, a bit of lettuce and about 10 jalepeno slices. but the chips were at least really crispy so that was nice. my mom had a spinach salad as well, which she claimed was really good. then they had the wings and fries, no complaints, but no rave reviews , which is strange for my mom LOVES her wings and usually will rave about any chicken wing haha. i had the philly cheese steak sandwich and fries which was actually really good. a delicious crusty bun with a very generous portion of lean roast beef thinly sliced, sauteed onions and a thin layer of cheese. Some people might complain that it wasnt enough cheese but I hate when the taste of processed cheese overpowers the meat. The fries were excellent, nice and crispy, skin on thin cut fries. Mmm. so for a salad, nachos, 3 mains, and 3 beers was only 74$, cant go wrong for a casual pub night. I will definetly go back since its close by and has a kind of cute neighbourhood vibe.

                                                                                            2. I'm no wing connoisseur, even though I do like 'em at times (and after all the recommendations for Duff's, I'm excited to try them). Strangely, the best wings I've had in my life were from Seabreeze, the Chinese restaurant near Leslie and Queen. They were succulent, tender, and just the right level of spicy.

                                                                                              1. for delivery or pick up
                                                                                                they may have eat in as well
                                                                                                Peters cajun style pizza has the best wings
                                                                                                spicy cajun style and they are massive
                                                                                                excellent pizzas too
                                                                                                they are at parliament & queen

                                                                                                1. Of course the best wings ever are at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo...BIG meaty wings, real blue cheese sauce...wash it down with a jug of Gennesee Cream ale and you're in heaven

                                                                                                  1. 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.

                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                      True enough about getting next to no sauce when you order mild wings at Duffs. The mild-medium option is a good compromise. A little more heat, but good sauce coverage.

                                                                                                      A recent great find for wings is Hollywood on the Queensway. Big, juciy wings, perfectly done, not overly saucy. Here's a link:


                                                                                                      I believe this place is far superior to Duff's.

                                                                                                      1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                        Heard from a fellow 'hound a few days ago that Hollywood wings were so dried out they felt lightweight.

                                                                                                      2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                        I agree with the comments about Anchor Bar...love it! The best "medium" buffalo wings I ever had. I noticed the butter taste the first time I had them and surprisingly, it makes the difference. I'll have to find somewhere in Toronto that can compare.

                                                                                                        1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                          When in TO, I'll take Duff's

                                                                                                          BUT, when in Buffalo, or on earth for that matter, the Anchor Bar cannot be beat.
                                                                                                          Simply the best wings period.


                                                                                                          1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                            I've heard from a wing fan that the grilled wings at Casa di Pizza in Buffalo are excellent, even though not "Buffalo" style.

                                                                                                            And I really don't like Duff's wings in Toronto -- not juicy enough for me.

                                                                                                            1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                              No flame here bud. Anchor in a landslide.
                                                                                                              We missed you on tor.eats btw....

                                                                                                            2. Love the Anchor bar.....the wings are awesome.....the only place I have found here in GTA is Sloppy Joe's in Etobicoke.....huge meaty wings.....40 cents on tues and thurs

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                                                                                                              1. re: Love it Spicy

                                                                                                                I have heard that the wings at Sloppy Joe's are actually capons. Does anyone know what the difference is?

                                                                                                                1. re: joeplush

                                                                                                                  What do superheros have to do with chicken wings?


                                                                                                                2. Ok bit of travel involved however, gotta be RUBICON on the Lakeshore in Clarkson...great wings..They were featured on restaurant makeover awhile ago..not a big place..but wings are good..They deliver in the area. RUBICON gets my vote.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: flipkeat

                                                                                                                    So the RM chef allowed the owners to keep the wings on the menu eh?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                      Yup they kept them lol..We laughed when we saw the show because most people go there for their WINGS lol..Without their WINGS really why go to Rubicon??? lol I think that part of the show is bogus..it's whatever the owners want in the end. Who knows??

                                                                                                                  2. RUBICON GRILL
                                                                                                                    1900 Lakeshore Road West (Clarkson Village)
                                                                                                                    Mississauga, ON L5J 1J7

                                                                                                                    Tel: 905-855-8444
                                                                                                                    Fax: 905-855-7981

                                                                                                                    1. What kind of a place is rubicon? Do they have wing specials? Draft selection?

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Love it Spicy

                                                                                                                        Spicy, It's a small restaurant in a little strip mall on Lakeshore Road. Atmosphere nothing to write home about (even after restaurant makeover lol). However, they do have good wings. I don't drink beer so can't comment on the draft selection. I do know they have a liquor licence though for sure. As I said, locally I believe them to have the best wings. Lots of people come and go for pickup of wings I've noticed. Not a great place for ambience that's for sure..Most wing joints aren't anyway.

                                                                                                                      2. My sister RAVES about Beaver & Bulldog's wings in Mississauga. I've seen their wing menu and it has like 15-20 different and inspired wing offerings. That said I have never been but am curious. They also have a Collingwood location, which is where she first discovered them.

                                                                                                                        Me, I love Bistro's wings on Ave Rd. I don't care much for Buffalo's Duff's (pure vinegar) so I never bothered trying Duff's on Bayview. Although I'm sure I will at some point. Also, St. Louis are excellent no matter what anyone says. Love their fries and onion bits too. And I actually remember Swiss Chalet having surprisingly decent wings, lol. Dead serious.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                          Duffs in toronto is no different. but then again some (not me) like that

                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                            St Louis and Bisto on Avenue are the same. They use the same recipe, they just have a different name. I tried Duff's on Bayview and while they were good and are the closest to buffalo style that Ive had outside of Buffalo, I found them a bit too tangy (i.e. vinegar).

                                                                                                                            When I get a craving for buffalo style and don't want to go to Buffalo I will go to Duff's. For non buffalo style I will always go to St Louis and its various incarnations. I like both for different reasons.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Aardvark

                                                                                                                              Yes I've heard they shared, or once shared, ownership. I know. The wings are similar but not the same, imo...

                                                                                                                            2. re: magic

                                                                                                                              Well, at the very least, St. Louis wings at York Mills/Leslie are NOT excellent. Their ribs, however, were surprisingly good and we even ordered a second rack.

                                                                                                                              Going to try McSorley's half-price grilled wings on Monday and will report back.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                Haha, just tried McSorley's grilled wings last week for the first time! A bit too charred for my liking. I'll try Originals next time I'm in Leaside.

                                                                                                                              2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                Your sister knows her wings. They are truly the best I've had. Way better that St. Louis and Bistro and even Duffs.

                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                  I recently tried the wings at Beaver & Bulldog and yes, their wings are really top notch. For those who like their wings REALLY hot, try them "exorcist" style---killer! I got them "tsunami" style----for a real sweet heat!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                    Finally tried Beaver and Bulldog in Mississauga on a wing night...place was packed and service was quick. These are breaded wings, and nicely juicy, but like any breaded wing, they quickly soak up sauce and can get mushy. The creole dijon is tasty and we also tried the thai curry, hot, buffalo, and suicide sauce. Suicide was way too hot!

                                                                                                                                    I think I would still prefer to find the best non-breaded very juicy wings out there.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                      Went back to Beaver and Bulldog today for wing night (half price) and half price ribs. Wings were crispy breaded but slightly overcooked. Buffalo sauce is "medium" and unexciting, and Baton Rouge was "hot" and tasty. Did not enjoy the blue cheese dip ($1). No takeout allowed - we were forced to throw out the uneaten food (or sneak it home wrapped in a napkin). Arizona is still much better!

                                                                                                                                  2. I always found the wings at St Louis(yonge/eglington) very dry, and not very meaty.....

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Love it Spicy

                                                                                                                                      You're correct that they can sometimes be dry. It seems to be a hit and miss thing. I have had them dry and have also had them nice and saucy from the Yonge and Eg location.

                                                                                                                                      In terms of meaty I don't personally like giant wings and prefer the smaller St Louis wings. I think smaller wings are tastier somehow. Just a personal preference

                                                                                                                                    2. Does anyone remember Rower's on Harbord? When at UofT we went there all the time.

                                                                                                                                      The wings were barbecued and awesome! So were the Nachos....has anyone been there recently?

                                                                                                                                      1. The wings at The Rex on Queen Street West aren't bad. If you love them hot order a side of suicide on the side.....comes with fries or salad with veggie sticks on the side...yum!

                                                                                                                                        1. I've been craving wings the last couple of days, and decided that today I would take my sweetie for a little excursion to find what we hoped would be some of the best wings in the west end, based on positive reviews from Chowhound (as well as one recommendation from a friend).

                                                                                                                                          Sloppy Joe's
                                                                                                                                          3527 Lake Shore Boulevard West
                                                                                                                                          The wings, at about $9 for 10 (wings specials on Tuesday and Thursday), were good value, as they were absolutely massive and meaty wings. The sauce was decent. That was all that was good about the wings. Before being fried and sauced, they had been breaded in something that tasted suspiciously like generic Italian seasoned bread crumbs. With a dominant bitter chemical flavour, these wings were not good.

                                                                                                                                          RUBICON GRILL
                                                                                                                                          1900 Lakeshore Road West (Clarkson Village)
                                                                                                                                          The wings have been reviewed very positively on the Chowhound boards, and I have to say, I was disappointed. I should clarify something, however - I ordered the wings from all the restaurants to be medium, and straight off of the menu, without asking for them to be prepared in any special way, unless the waitstaff suggested it. This would allow me to be more objective in my criticism. The wings at Rubicon come battered and fried, unless you ask for them to be prepared "original style", or grilled. As the waitress did not suggest either preparation, they came battered. Other people swear by their many other sauces, so, if properly selected, they may be awesome. The wings were large, crispy and meaty. Not bad so far. However, the batter tasted underseasoned, and the sauce was far, far too sweet. Yet again, not a winner.

                                                                                                                                          Clarkson Pump and Patio
                                                                                                                                          1744 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga (just down the road from Rubicon).
                                                                                                                                          Several recommendations for their wings can be found on the Chowhound boards, and we received an additional recommendation for them from a close friend. These wings, while definitely the best of the three we tried today, were far from perfect. First of all, they were tiny. At $8 for 10 wings, we thought they were a bargain, until they arrived at the table. They are very small. However, the sauce was good, and, having them grilled after being fried and sauced (as recommended by our server) made a big difference, giving them a nice smoky charred flavour.

                                                                                                                                          To conclude, I have most certainly not yet found wings in the west end that, by any stretch of the imagination, could be called Toronto's best. While Duff's seems to get most people's votes on these boards, I am not convinced. My search continues....

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                            Try the Belfast pub on east side of Dixie, north of Eg, in Mississauga. Great wings!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the tip! I will definitely give them a try!

                                                                                                                                              In other news, I checked out the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, finally. GREAT wings.... And yet, I had no problem duplicating them at home. Why is it that no one in Toronto seems to be able to come close?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                Good point. There's clearly a demand for Anchor Bar style wings (I can't stand the vinegar stench of Duffs) here...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                  I would say that most don't try. They make wings and call the Buffalo wings because they just think that wings with sauce is Buffalo wings.


                                                                                                                                              2. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                I had been quite anxious to try Rubicon's wings since I live in Scarborough and don't get many chances to get out to Mississauga. That and I read on the boards that they were supposedly good.

                                                                                                                                                To make a long story short, I was not impressed at all. The meat was a little dry and not flavorful, and the sauces were not that great (I tried about 10 different flavors and only one or two were good). I will probably not go back anytime soon, if ever.

                                                                                                                                                I have yet to find any wings in or near the GTA that I like better than those at Wing Shack in Ajax.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwong

                                                                                                                                                  The wings at Winston Shagwells in Pickering at Kingston Rd. and Whites Rd. are great. Large wings in 32 flavours, dry rubs and sauces. Try the roasted red pepper flavour it's a favourite.

                                                                                                                                              3. I've always enjoyed Wings Up! Really big breaded wings (you can order them unbreaded too) and a ton of different sauce combinations. These are definately nothing like traditonal Buffalo wings though. They have fresh cut wedge fries that are really good as well.
                                                                                                                                                For locations check out www.wingsup.com

                                                                                                                                                1. I am vowing to not pick a sauce at all when ordering wings. I am a girl who likes her spices ... and ordering wings "hot" doesnt mean anything but vinegary to me now. Hot sauce is yuck. Medium is better, ... but is still vinegary! I find this happens to everywhere I go! ... So from now on, I'm going to order the wings plain and then a side of gravy. Gravy goes well with ANYTHING. :)

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                    we all have out own opinions, but i just happened upon amazingly cook wings at cantinas at dundas and dovercourt. perfectly cooked and both the hot hot is good without too much acid.. just enough breading to make them delicious

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: porkmaster

                                                                                                                                                      It's so interesting to see peoples tastes. People are really hating on the vinegar in the wing sauce. Hmmm. The Buffalo wing recepie is deep frying a batch of wings and a talented chef squeezing in 2 different bottles- 1 with melted butter and the other with Louisianna Hot sauce. This hot sauce has a high you guessed it Vinegar content. I have a soft spot for this. It's fatty good.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: food face

                                                                                                                                                        Love it this way. Actually we love cajun spiced and a medium sauce for a depth of bite. For a low fat (not really) version at home, bbq wings, toss in sauce regrill to crisp again.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Took my Singapore friend to Duff's and they were pronounced "unremarkable"(Same for St.Louis)
                                                                                                                                                    For a change,I like Noodle Delight's deep fried XL wings...Turtle Jack's New York Buttered Regular Wings are good for a feast too!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ultrablue

                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone ever tried Red Rockets outta Hamilton those are amazing...they also make great ribs and sides. When i went to Mohawk it was the hottest place for delivery

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ultrablue

                                                                                                                                                        Are Singaporeans the best judge for chicken wings?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fat Swine

                                                                                                                                                          Heh heh,Singapore traveller simply found Duff's wings(College St.) "dry" and the sauce lacklustre.I went to St.Louis on Yonge St. north of Sheppard and found the taste getting "tired" like no one gives a flyin "F" anymore...the other two joints I recommended (ND on Finch,E of Dufferin and TJ on Hwy 10,N of the 407)at least are tasty and juicy!Everyone on here is their own "best" judge of what agrees/pleases them gastronomically.

                                                                                                                                                      2. My Vote is for Duff's and Wild Wings up by Unionville. Duffs is great for your traditional friend Wings while Wild Wings offers alot of flavours and has amazing Poutine there. Was never a fan of places like All Stars, didn't like the atmosphere and the flavours weren't good.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Farmer759

                                                                                                                                                          when i wamt the best wings i jump in my car and drive 2 hours to The anchor bar in buffalo. I stop by st. lois on the way to pick up a couple of dill sauces (they only do blue cheese dressing in Buffalo).

                                                                                                                                                          I know this sounds a bit extreme, but I assure you it is well worth the drive if you want the best wings.

                                                                                                                                                          I love to go for wings and then hit up fallsview casino on my way back to toronto. Now thats a great night.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: carnivore1964

                                                                                                                                                            I've done the same Ryan's birch Beer and extra crispy with Hotter sauce. I have a 5 gallon jug in my fridge....I know I have problems just a chowhound...

                                                                                                                                                        2. Wings Up! in Milton hands down

                                                                                                                                                          1. Pickering (w/o scarborough) has a really good place called Shagwell's, you can google it (736 Kingston Road, Pickering ON, L1V1A8). They have Monday and Wednesday 2 for 1 wings (about $4/lb) all night and every other night except Sunday (all you can eat) is 4-7pm 2 for 1 wings.

                                                                                                                                                            They have tones of flavours, and the fries are dusted with something delicious (I suspect it's seasoning salt). The Dill dressing is killer too.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jameskennedy

                                                                                                                                                              Does Shagwell's do 1/2 price appys up till 7pm? Like, not just wings that have the 2-for-1 deal?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jameskennedy

                                                                                                                                                                How much does their Sunday AYCE cost?
                                                                                                                                                                Also, is it all evening? Or only during certain hours?

                                                                                                                                                              2. I'd vote for Duff's overall. I like the variety at All-Stars on Woodbine and 16th but they are too cramped. At that point my friends and I goto the sushi buffet next door to get our fill of sesame ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                During dim sum at some chinese restaurants they serve simple deep fried wings with just salt and pepper and they are awesome when they are fresh too!

                                                                                                                                                                I was also surprised that the indian restaurant at the ground level at the atrium on bay is now a St.Louis too.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Duff's seems to be the hands down favourite around here.

                                                                                                                                                                  I have done a few reviews for them on the www.hotsauceblog.com.

                                                                                                                                                                  Other than Duff's, I think Bishop and the Belcher has some of the best wings around. Make sure to check them out!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                                                                                                    I remember when Belcher used to be on Queen West and we always go there for wings and basket of fries. It was either there or at South side Louie's near college and manning. Those pubs must be hurting since I heard that a duff's opened around there as well.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: geekwithspatula

                                                                                                                                                                      Bishop and the Belcher moved to Bloor and Church. They actually tore down some of the old walls and rebuilt them at the new location.
                                                                                                                                                                      Bishop is doing better than ever and still hands down one of the best pubs in the city for food and atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                                                                                                      not by my standard, unless you like vinigar

                                                                                                                                                                      so far take is all star on 16th.... but i have taster better in other cities

                                                                                                                                                                    3. I was introduced to a new place called the Honey Beestro in Streetsville (Mississauga). They have AMAZING wings.... a wonderful range of sauces, and their wings are packed with juicy meat... all good. They're located on Queen Street in Streetsville... and I think Tuesday is their 'wing night'

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cfmcgrath18

                                                                                                                                                                        Would this be an affiliate of Honey's Beestro in Oak Ridges??


                                                                                                                                                                      2. What about Originals just down the street from Duffs....I can't beleive no one mentioned Originals. Solid wings, nice, big and juicy (specials every thursday). Duffs are good...absolute worst were at the Elephant and Castle, they were like cornish hen wings, I was shocked when the waiter brought them over.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: djgotron

                                                                                                                                                                          I concur; everyone I bring to Originals loves the wings there

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Another vote for Duff's. The wings are so big and tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. St. Louis are great with a pitcher of beer, but on their own- has to be Duff's or McSorleys

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Tara Inn on Kingston Rd (Just west of Midland Ave.). Not too saucy, not too dry...just right. Real fries made from fresh potatoes (not frozen) were also a plus. Decor is a bit dated (80's rattan furniture in an Irish pub?). Not a fancy place but a good place to visit if you're in the area and in the mood for a beer and wings

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I recommend the oven roasted chicken wings at Mitzi's Sister at Queen W and Sorauren - just had them the other night - they were substantial and meaty, a welcome change from the typical anemic version drowned in batter and fried (1 pound for $9.95). My mouth was on fire from the hot sauce on the side, but nothing a cold hard cider on tap couldn't cure ($3)! See http://www.mitzissister.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Wayne Greztkys sells a "wingless" chicken wing. these are not chicken wings but leg drumsticks. the market value difference between the 2 cuts is $2.50 for wings and less than $0.80 for legs. i cant believe they are trying to pull this one over.

                                                                                                                                                                                  it like calling a rump roast a "steakless" rib steak. what does that mean? i dont know either.


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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HarryLloyd

                                                                                                                                                                                    Me, I always pick out the legs and eat them first. My favourite!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Has anyone tried the new & licensed Wing Machine on Parliament south of Carlton?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                      Although I don't eat one kind first and then the other. In fact, I probably alternate. I do like the forearm wings the best. Juicier and more meat I think.


                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Don't think these have been mentioned but love the Costco buffalo wings. Large bag of frozen wings with a perfectly spiced buffalo sauce. they are a must have in my house on football sunday with Renee's Blue Cheese dressing to dip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                      Fox and Fiddle John & Adealide, Probably Best Wings in the city nice size over wide range of sauces and Sun. & Mon. 1/2 price wings $4.00 for a pound

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: visualhornet

                                                                                                                                                                                        I also love the wings at this Fox and Fiddle location. I love their nachos too.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. really good, if not the best, wings ive eaten just recently came from pizza nova! specifically, the one at alton towers (steeles and mccowan). wings were avg. sized, very plump and juicy. had it in medium sauce, but wasnt spicy at all like other places. just a bit of tang. :) would definitely just order wings from them again.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I know its probably been said many times but i can vouch for duffs wings.i highly reccomend trying the "Dill sauce" with the celery instead of blue cheese.On tuesdays the wings are half price!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HeavyWeight

                                                                                                                                                                                          I order my Duff's well done, medium hot. Double up on the dill. Need a fix soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: xssnrg

                                                                                                                                                                                            "well done"
                                                                                                                                                                                            is it possible to order slightly undercooked wings at Duff's? I find they are too cooked and therefore borderline dry.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yikes. We are miles apart on this one! I like my wings very crispy and always get them well done... they are quite good with me and I am willing to bet they would pull the wings early if you ask...

                                                                                                                                                                                              When I can't get Duff's I can settle for Jack Astor's at Scarborough Town Centre - I think their sauce is butter based and it hooks me too...

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Duff's are my favorite - with that said, a couple of year's ago I had wings at Colonel Mustard's (#7 & Woodbine) and they were memorable too. Not sure if that is true today though...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. It's gotta be Duff's. Mild medium with extra sauce on the side. Good Stuff. The beer battered onion rings are good also.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mlukan

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry, Anchor Bar still beats Duff's. Unless of course you like to be overwhelmed by nothing but vinegar fumes.... see further up (March 7 posts) for my comments on Duff's.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                hey no fair, i was drooling over anchor bar's menu, then realized ... it's in .... manitoulin island, ontario, canada!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The vinegar quotient depends on the sauce you get. The Armageddon have surprisingly less that the Death.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree, the vinegar quotient is signifcantly reduced at Duff's for the two hottest sauces. This is probably because they use a similar base for everything up to super hot but increase the vinegar to open up the pores making it seem hotter. But with the Death and Armageddon I think they are using almost a pure hot pepper puree. For someone who loves spicy food I think it is the best sauce I have had on a wing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That said, the last time I was there the quality of the meat was subpar. This seems to be the norm for most wing places in Toronto. Only Allens seems to have a good quality wing but their sauce is too mild for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went Anchor Bar in Buffalo for the first time a few months ago and while I thought the sauce could be hotter as well, the wing was awesome. I was almost surprised to see a white bone and meat and didn't feel stomach pains a few hours later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now if someone could make a good quality wing like Allen's or Anchor Bar with the Duff's Death sauce, I would be in heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: badbhoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually there is a sauce like that. It is called Defcon 1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can find it www.defconsauces.com or at www.sweatnspice.com. Read all the reviews on www.hotsauceblog.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last year was the first Canadian Defcon Death match (I won). That stuff is made with extract and Defcon 1 and is only available in a death match. Makes the Armageddon wings seem like popsicles but the sauce is incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Look for the return of the Death Match May long weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MindGrinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am not interested in fat, sweaty guys battling it out for eating hot boring wings. I like meaty wings with flavour. I have had wings all over the GTA. Duff's was one of the worst wing joints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tara Inn Eglinton in Scarborough is the hands down winner. The jerk is to die for. If you haven't been you don't know jack. GO there and report back. The trick is to go on a Wednesday when it's wing night and Kevin is on the grill.


                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bundo

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ya - thats unfortunately the stereotype. It was the fat sweaty guys that couldnt get past two wings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bishop and the Belcher is the winner for me when it comes to wings (and I do like Duffs once in awhile). But the Belcher has got it down to perfection!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree with tex squared Anchor bar I have a five gallon jug of hotter in the fridge for most grilled meats. Awesome sauce. Crispy huge wings worth the drive to Buffalo when shopping in Niagara.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I recently tried the Wings from the Fossil and Haggis at Morningside Ave and Military Trail in Scarborough. I was really impressed. It's the closest thing I've found to a true Buffalo wing since eating at the original Duff's. The wings were large and meaty, done in the classic buffalo style, no breading.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have a Sunday-Monday special, two pounds for $9 (dine in only). They have a five pound order available every day for $23 which you can take out. They have a nice blue cheese dressing as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Dr Butcher

                                                                                                                                                                                                    WINGS IN SCARBOROUGH

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll second the Haggis and Fossil...very good wings not too dry not too saucy and nice thick cut fries (not the frozen that most serve). Nice sports pub atmosphere and friendly service too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    In Scarborough my first choice would be the Tara In (the one on Kingston Rd. not on Eglinton). The wings are true buffalo style, big and meaty and the fries are thicj and fresh (blue cheese sauce is a bit blan...probably dressing out of a bottle). A nice pub for a quiet pint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Finnegan

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I still think Duff's is the best (in Toronto). They can be a bit inconsistent. They always try to get the biggest wings but are at the mercy of supply and an extra minute in the fryer can take a perfect wing to overdone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always order wings plain (because they stay crisp and warm much longer) with sauce on the side and usually take 5-8 sauces of my own.(Nando's Garlic Piri Piri, Tabasco Jalapeno, Loblaws knock off Anchor Bar sauce, Frontera Jalapeno, Frank's Red Hot to name a few) I am that crazy! Duff's Blue Cheese sauce is not very good but they now have a Dill sauce that is as good as St. Louis (the only thing I like about St. Louis)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really don't like The St Louis Bistro chain of franchises, wings are too small and they have the cheapest, roughest sauces - in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: garlicandwingnut

                                                                                                                                                                                                        When it was just the Bistro and St. Louis on Yonge south of St. Clair they were excellent. The franchising out has really hurt them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had Duff's again this summer and found them just as good as always.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hi All,

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I 3rd Sneeky Dees . . . The wings are well sauced and perfectly cooked (I hate soggy wings) And they are very large wings!!!. . . they also have IMHO the best nachos in the city which is a bonus....


                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Arizona next to Pearson Airport has surprisingly good wings - juicy and crispy even when sauced. Hot sauce is decent, not spectacular. Mondays are half-price, which translates to $5 for 9 pieces. Better than my recent venture over the border to Honey's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rubicon was the best wings, large, meaty and flavorful.. sometimes the ribs were a bit overdone but the wings had it hands down. But as of last night it is gone, they burnt to the ground. Not sure if they will re-open but hopefully they do, as they are my go to for wings. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have had wings from Duff's, St. Louis, Taras, Chick N Deli (there should be a law against selling sparrow wings) and a few other more popular rec's from this board in the Toronto area, but if you are a wing lover, and are ever in the Cobourg area, treat yourself and try a place called Bubs. It's certainly not fancy, just a place with a bit of character, but IMO none come even close to their wings. There is no debate by locals of who has the best wings in the area. Tuesday and Thursday's are the only very busy nights as those are wingnights.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Lefty

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is it called Bub's or Happy Gilmore's Bar & Grill, Lefty? I'm coming up with both. Not sure if you're from that area so I hope this next question makes sense. How do Bub's wings compare with Rhino's Roadhouse in Bewdley?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I stand corrected .... it use to be called Bubs, it's now called Happy Gilmore's but of course everybody still refers to it as Bub's. Rhinos use to be the best in the area until this place came along.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Lefty

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well if that's the case, I'll definitely be hitting Bubs, bub. Thanks a bunch Lefty. You just made visiting my father even more enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hello CH's,

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A great tip on excellent wings is the Thirty Loon in Lakefield (in the Kawarthas north of Peterborough). About a year ago they switched to fresh wings delivered daily and they are one of the best in Ontario. Large, meaty, non-battered, with a tangy hot red sauce (VERY Toronto Duff's like, but I still think the Anchor Bar is transcendental).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday's are wing day with 45 cent wings. We order hot, well done and have always been delighted. Get there before 5pm and enjoy beer specials too...Mmmmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just had some wings with hubby at Wild Wings. We bothhad different sauces, although didn't make a difference. Wings were breaded and no option for non-breaded so assuming frozen wings. Both of us found the wings to be horrible. The wings were saugy, oversauced and a bit too big for our liking. We prefer the option to have non breaded wings. Service was also lacking as we were not told of an extra charge for tasting a sauce on the side and when asking the server about the charge, her response was quite rude. We personally found the wings to be disgusting and each only ate four wings and will never go back. If you perfer smaller wings and unbreaded like us, try Clarkson Pump or Pump House Grill........great wings there and will not stray again....lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clarkson Pump
                                                                                                                                                                                                            1744 Lakeshore W, Mississauga, ON L5J4N8, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second that!! Wild WIngs is frickin' horrific!!! We went twice, and here's why: the first time, we discovered that the wings were breaded, and we couldn't have them any other way, but we thought that perhaps it was the sauce (which was not bad, btw) that made them as soggy as they were. So, we returned, albeit to a different location, to try the wings "naked", with the sauce on the side, thinking that they would come out crispy, and much improved. Not so much. They were grossly over-seasoned, and hideously soggy with fryer grease. Add to that the very limited selection of brews on tap, as well as the frozen Simplot fries, and I can promise you that I will never return to Wild Wings. I finally understand why Buffalonians detest this franchise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think you're confusing two different chains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                BUFFALO WILD WINGS serves unbreaded wings, which is the correct way to do it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                WILD WING uses breaded wings, the incorrect way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buffalo Wild Wings hasn't expanded into Canada yet, they're supposed to open their first locations here early next year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unbreaded is the "Correct" way to do it?? Did I miss something??


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Buffalo wings are not supposed to be breaded. I thought you'd know that already from your experiences at Anchor Bar, Duff's, etc.... (or were you joking with that comment?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wasn't sure if you were talking about BW or wings in general.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for Buffalo wings, the most you do is dust with flour for added crunch.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah, you are correct - the chain Buffalonians seem to detest is indeed Buffalo Wild Wings. Still, I'm sure that as much as their product doesn't compare to Buffalo's best, it's got to be better than the crap I had at Wild Wing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NIMHO. I've had BWW and thought it was terrible. I actually like WW. Not love, but since I found a flavour I like, I LIKE it. It's also convenient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I should point out that I like breaded wings and lots of sauce.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whats your flavor?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favorite is "Some Beach" which is Hot Sauce, Buttermilk Dill and Gar Par, its such a tasty flavor!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My second favorite is Spagetti Western, which is Medium, Italian Seasoning and Parmasen Cheese, they are soo good too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jmarcroyal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Honey Garlic and Franks Extra Hot.


                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have tried Honey's near the outlet mall in Orchard Park? in New York (awful). Anchor Bar in Buffalo (huge! crispy! best sauce!) Wild Wing in Barrie (frozen, breaded, very red on the bone) is barely edible and just not right, although Pale Rider (creole mustard with jerk) is a great sauce. Note all sides at Wild Wing are really horrible. St Louis god awful tiny wings, and crappy sides. (Note the dill dip is Renee's dill salad dressing) Duff's good wings but very vinegary I had hot. Here is my new plan I'm going to Harlem in TO for fried chicken with a bottle of Anchor Bar Hotter sauce and my home made Blue cheese dip which has 300g of roaring forties blue cheese in it! Should be fun people say they make the best fried chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                St Louis
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. St. Louis food in general bites the big one. Here I go again w/ the endorsement of my fave local hang out. Cranberries on Parliament just a smidge S of Wellesley on the E side has large, meaty, beautifully prepared wings. Husband and I split a large order and they will do 1/2 hot to accommodate me and 1/2 honey garlic for him. Have them with the sweet potato fries that are TDF, served w/ a cajun dip. Monday is wing night. Cheap and cheerful and delicious. Worth the trip, really!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mitzimouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Splitting is the only wy to go at Cranberries. Their portions are huge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I recently tried a double order of hot, breaded, "slightly well done" wings from Wild Wings on Hwy 12 south of Brechin (20km south of Orilla) for the third time and I have to say they were very good. The lightest breading (maybe just a dust of seasoned flour and baking soda) resulted in a crispy exterior with a nice crunch. The hot sauce was zazzy tasty without that extreme vinegar choke. The wings were a reasonable size too, although on the expensive side.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am generally not a fan of breaded (the Anchor Bar simply RULES), and I have tried Wild Wings in other places without any luck, but these are a very good wing in their own style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. All star wings, 16th & woodbine!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Just want to second the disapproval for Wild WIng

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I *hate* this place. We placed a $50 take-out order on a UFC night and were blown away both by the ridiculously small amount of wings we received, and the quality. There is seriously nothing special about these wings at all except their gigantic list of pre-fabricated, commercial sauces. I'll never return.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AGREE totally. What a rip. While waitresses in cowboy hats are entertaining to view, it didn't make up for the pre-breaded pre-frozen wings. About 9 or 10 wings, 2 beers and onion rings and small tip was over 26 dollars. That was at lunch time. NEVER again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Since the topic is "WINGS!", and not "best wings", I feel I have to mention Wing Machine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They are the polar opposite of my favourite (Sneaky Dee's), but they are damn good. Scrawny? Sure. Dry? Sort of. Cheap? Not particularly. Tasty? You bet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Even the plain baked wings are delicious, and the Cajun Hot sauce is amazing.