When you want to devour something right off the bone, nothing satisfies quite like chicken wings.
Fortunately for us, Dayton knows how to make great chicken wings.
While wings may be best associated with football season, it’s chicken wing season year-round. In fact, Dayton’s finest wings will be put to the test at the annual Kickin’ Chicken Wing festival this weekend at Fraze Pavilion.
Here are our top choices as noted by our readers and our staff:
We had to kick off this list with the 2018 Best of Dayton winner in the “Best Wings” category. Wings are the king of the Rooster’s menu. Get them boneless or bone-in. Rooster’s sauces vary a lot in heat. Feeling sweet and mild? Start with a round of Teriyaki with sesame seeds. Feeling fiery like a daredevil? Kick it up to the Donkey sauce or even Nu-Killer.
You can enjoy 20 of either boneless or bone-in wings for $20.99.
Location: Multiple Dayton area locations
Hours: Sun - Thurs 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.
🍗Lock 27 Brewing
These wings have climbed the Dayton ranks the past couple of years. As the runner-up in the 2018 Best of Dayton “Best Wing” category, Lock 27 is famous for more than its beer. Try the dry rubbed, house smoked wings served up right with housemade sriracha blue cheese dip. You won't want to share. Trust us.
Location: 1035 S. Main St., Centerville | 329 E. First St., Dayton
Hours: Mon to Tues 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Wed-Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri- Sat 11 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The third-place finisher in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest is the Dayton-based, but is known throughout the Midwest.
Fricker’s got its start in Dayton and has grown to more than two dozen locations across Ohio, Indiana and Michigan with plenty of TVs, beer and its famous Frickin’ Chicken Wings or bite-sized Frickin’ Chicken Chunks that come coated in one of 15 signature sauces. Only the truly brave go for the Fricken X-Scream.
The first Fricker’s opened in 1985 in West Carrollton. This sports bar chain is family friendly, too, with a kids menu, kids deals and affordable prices and video/arcade games.
Locations: Multiple Dayton-area locations
Hours: Mon- Sun 11 a.m.- 2:30 a.m.
Repeatedly voted by our readers as the ‘Best’ in Dayton, Bunkers’s takes the cake when it comes to chicken wings in the Dayton-area. “We do jumbo wings. You can get them breaded or naked. They are mighty tasty with our homemade sauces,” manager Amy Glavin said.
Location: 893 E. National Road, Vandalia
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sat 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
There’s a reason people will travel to Xenia for these wings. Having won awards at the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest at Fraze Pavilion every year since its inception, it’s clear Nick’s wing game is no fluke. The most popular sauce — another award winner — is the Sweet Hot Damn.
Location: 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia
Hours: Sunday, noon to midnight (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.) Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Wild Wing Wednesday at McIntosh's Pub is the best time to grab 10 wings for $8. If you’re not feeling saucy, their dry rubs are the real deal.
Location: 6 E. Franklin St., Bellbrook
Hours: Mon to Sun 11 a.m. to midnight
Info: Facebook | 937-848-3200
Maybe you've checked out TJ Chumps before, but have never opted for the wings. You should change that immediately and order up a basket of medium-style wings, extra crispy.
TJ Chumps also took home the top prize in all three categories in the 2019 Bloody Mary Showdown at the Mandalay Banquet Center.
Location: Englewood, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Miamisburg
Hours: Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
From the dry Archers to the Wing and a Prayer, each specialty sauce is a treat for your tastebuds whether you go for the “Archer’s Style” or the boneless wings.
Location: 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville | 2030 East Dorothy Lane, Kettering
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
🍗HINDERS SPORTS BAR & GRILL
Hinders is a "no frills" sort of spot up in Tipp City, but we will gladly forego the fine dining to indulge in their wings. Pick between the easy sitters (mild), butt warmers (medium) or our personal fave, the ass kickers (hot). The names don't lie.
Location: 902 W. Main St., Tipp City
Hours: Mon to Thurs, 11-12 a.m., Fri & Sat 11 to 1 a.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.
Info: Facebook | 937-667-4433
For those of us who frequent the Oregon District, it's practically a weekly ritual to stop over at Bob's and order up some bourbon wings. These hand-breaded crispy wings get the sweet treatment in their sauce, and the end product definitely gets all of our taste buds dancing.
Location: 430 E. Fifth St., Dayton
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
🍗ELSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND CANTINA
Yes, Elsa's has the Mexican food and the Bad Juan down. But did you know they also have some tasty wings? Elsa’s features more than 10 house-made sauces. The everyday eater would go gaga over the sweet Thai sauce wings, but if you're a brave soul (and over 21), challenge yourself with Mike's "I'm On Fire Ready To Die" wings.
Location: Multiple Dayton-area locations
Hours: Monday to Sunday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
🍗COMPANY 7 BBQ
Upon asking for wing recommendations, three people immediately shared this option. Rather than deep-frying their wings, Company 7 slow smokes their chicken wings for a tender texture and smoky flavor. Get 5 for $5.99, 10 for $10.99, 15 for $14.99 or 20 for $18.99. Check their Facebook page for weekly specials on wings (and other items). Their award-winning sauces are the perfect topper.
Location: 1001 S. Main St., Englewood
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 8 p.m.
🍗THE WANDERING GRIFFIN
As Dayton's official Buffalo Bills bar, The Wandering Griffin is held to a very high standard in regard to Buffalo Wings. They are crispy and very large. But, to nod to their "upscale pub fare menu" they also offer a seasoned and grilled signature chicken wing that has become very popular. You can get 6 wings for $8.99.
Location: 3725 Presidential Drive, Beavercreek
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Facebook | Website | Call 937-956-5216
🍗HAIRLESS HARE BREWERY
Their menu is small, but mighty. Hairless Hare took the third-place spot for Best Wings in the Dayton.com Best of 2017 competition. Go for the smoked wings!
Location: 738 W. National Road, Vandalia
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 to 10 p.m., Fri 4 to 11 p.m, Sat 12 to 11 p.m., Sun 12 to 10 p.m.
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