Feeling hot, hot, hot? Try Dayton’s tastiest wings

In honor of National Chicken Wing Day (July 29), we salute some of Dayton’s hottest, smokiest, crispiest, sauciest wings in town.

Below, we share our top picks for delicious wings, from the expected to the unexpected.

Before you mask up and head out, it’s best to check with your favorite establishment to determine all of your options for dine-in, curbside pickup or carryout.

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🍗Roosters

We had to kick off this list with the 2019 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 quite a bit in terms of 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: Vary by location

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🍗Lock 27 Brewing

These wings have climbed the Dayton ranks the past couple of years. Lock 27 is famous for more than its beer. Try the dry rubbed, house smoked wings served up right with house-made sriracha blue cheese dip. You won't want to share. Trust us.

Location: 1035 S. Main St., Centerville | 329 E. First St., Dayton

Hours: Centerville location: Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.; Dayton location: Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite | 937-433-2739

🍗Fricker's

Credit: Fricker's Facebook

Credit: Fricker's Facebook

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: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🍗BUNKERS

Repeatedly voted by our readers as the best wings in Dayton, Bunkers 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: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite | 937-890-8899

🍗NICK’S RESTAURANT

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: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🍗MCINTOSH PUB

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: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

More info: Facebook | 937-848-3200

🍗TJ CHUMPS

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.

Locations: Multiple locations across the Miami Valley.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite

🍗ARCHER’S TAVERN

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: 2030 East Dorothy Lane, Kettering (Centerville location is closed until further notice due to a team member testing positive for the coronavirus)

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite | 937-291-1015 (Kettering)

🍗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: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

More info: Website | Facebook | 937-667-4433

🍗BLIND BOB’S

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: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight

More info: FacebookWebsite | (937) 938-6405

🍗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: Hours vary by location.

More info: FacebookWebsite

🍗COMPANY 7 BBQ

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: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite

🍗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.

Location: 3725 Presidential Drive, Beavercreek Hours: Tuesday through Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. More info: FacebookWebsite | Call 937-956-5216

🍗HAIRLESS HARE BREWERY

Their menu is small, but mighty. Go for the smoked wings!

Location: 738 W. National Road, Vandalia

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 2-10 p.m.

More info: FacebookWebsite | Call 937-387-6476

🍗CHAPPY'S SOCIAL HOUSE

Come for the House Smoked wings, stay for the craft beer.

Location: 7880 Washington Village Drive, Centerville

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🍗MR. BORO'S TAVERN

Want the perfect meal to go with your Miami Valley Mule at Mr. Boro’s Tavern? Try their hickory-smoked wings drenched in their famous signature rub.

Location: 495 N Main St., Springboro

Hours: Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. midnight, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🍗ROMER'S BAR & GRILL

Wings fans, meet your new obsession: Romer’s Bar & Grill wings, ready to be slathered in a number of daringly hot sauces. We dare you to try the Aftershock sauce.

Location: 4439 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2:30 a.m.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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