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Where to Order Wings in Philly

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Philly is a sports-watching and wing-eating kind of town. Chicken wings of all stripes — buffalo, hot, rotisserie, barbecued, fried, Korean, even vegan — are easy to find throughout the city. A local sports radio station even hosted one of the country’s most notorious wing-eating contests for 26 years. Fortunately for Philly’s reputation, the debauchery that is Wing Bowl is no more — but the love of chicken wings will never die. No list of a reasonable length could accommodate every great wing in town, but this one includes a variety of styles and favorites.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Soho

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468 W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126
(215) 224-6800
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People from all over the region head to Cheltenham’s Asian fusion eatery Cafe Soho for crunchy Korean-style fried chicken wings with a sweet and savory soy garlic sauce or an addictive spicy glaze.

2. Byrne's Tavern

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3301 Richmond St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
(215) 423-3444
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Among chicken wing connoisseurs, Byrne’s Tavern is often at the top of the list. The Port Richmond bar has been pressure cooking its famously tender wings since 1978. On Super Bowl Sunday, Byrne’s starts cooking before daylight and sells literally thousands of wings to go.

3. Cheu Fishtown

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1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 758-2269
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Available at the combination Nunu and Cheu Fishtown, the black garlic wings are a must-try. They’re made tangy with a sauce consisting of a fermented bulb of garlic that’s pureed with soy sauce and cooked in brown sugar, and served with sesame, lime, and scallions or cilantro.

4. Love & Honey Fried Chicken

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1100 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 789-7878
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The buttermilk fried wings at chicken specialist Love & Honey in Northern Liberties are served with one house-made sauce, like brown sugar barbecue, with the additional option to make them Nashville style, slathered in Nashville-style hot chili oil.

5. Blackbird Sandwich Shop

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614 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 324-5224
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Not all wings need to have chicken in them to be great, which is why Blackbird Sandwich Shop (previously Blackbird Pizzeria) sells perfectly chewy and crisp seitan wings with cucumber ranch dressing, carrots, and celery that stand up to the rest. Feeling wild? Go for the root beer barbecue variety.

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6. David's Mai Lai Wah

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1001 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-2610
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This open-late Chinatown spot that’s popular with the party crowd and post-shift restaurant industry folks is known for its salt and pepper wings. The sauceless wings are marinated and deep fried before being pan fried in a wok, dusted with salt and white pepper, and topped with jalapeños.

7. Dienner’s Barbecue

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-8755
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The rotisserie wings at Dienner’s inside Reading Terminal Market are some of the best around by far. With parchment-like skin, they’re meaty, tender, and delicious. The Amish stall, open since 1980, also sells its wings smoked and fried.

8. McGillin's Olde Ale House

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1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-5562
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At McGillin’s, Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern, the beer is always flowing and on Tuesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m., 10 wings cost $8, with all the requisite sides. Choose from four wing varieties: crispy with blue cheese dressing, Old Bay, barbecue, or Thai, tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce.

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9. Nick's Bar & Grille

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16 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 928-9411
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In Old City, Nick’s puts its smoker into service to cook its popular salt-and-sugar–rubbed wings before frying them up for crispiness. The bar serves six different kinds of wings, including hot honey, garlic parmesan, and Old Bay.

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10. Moriarty's

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1116 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-7676
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Walnut Street’s Moriarty’s has won awards for its huge wings. The Irish pub still serves its classic hot wings the way it did when it opened in 1974: coated in a tangy sauce and served with blue cheese dip, carrots, and celery.

11. Crunchik’n

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212 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 886-9373
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Washington Square West’s Crunchik’n serves Korean fusion dishes like bulgogi tacos, kimchi cheese fries, and big crunchy wings in a variety of sauces from sweet to spicy. The fast-casual spot run by a father-daughter team is also known for its oven-baked wings, for anyone seeking a healthier option.

12. SouthGate

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1801 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 560-8443
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SouthGate, the Rittenhouse gastropub with a Korean menu, is known for its “KFC,” which stands for Korean fried chicken. These wings are double-fried for crispiness and served with soy garlic or spicy gochujang sauce.

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13. Sophie's Kitchen

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522 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-0888

Sophie’s Kitchen on Washington Avenue serves Cambodian-style wings with a sweet chili sauce, lemongrass, and curry. This BYOB comes from the same family that ran South Philly’s popular but now closed Khmer Kitchen.

14. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

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1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(267) 687-8258
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The fried chicken at Federal Donuts has become a must-try Philadelphia treat and the local chain’s wings don’t disappoint. Each order includes five uncut wings and a choice of dry seasoning (buttermilk ranch, za’atar, and coconut curry) or glaze (chili garlic, honey ginger, or sweet soy garlic). Bonus: The wings are served with a freshly made honey-dipped donut.

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15. Mike's BBQ

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1703 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 831-2040
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Like all the tasty meats at Mike’s BBQ in South Philly, the wings here are smoked. The full story: These juicy whole wings are marinated for 24 hours, dry rubbed and smoked for two hours, and then fried to order for crispness.

1. Cafe Soho

468 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19126

People from all over the region head to Cheltenham’s Asian fusion eatery Cafe Soho for crunchy Korean-style fried chicken wings with a sweet and savory soy garlic sauce or an addictive spicy glaze.

468 W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126

2. Byrne's Tavern

3301 Richmond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Among chicken wing connoisseurs, Byrne’s Tavern is often at the top of the list. The Port Richmond bar has been pressure cooking its famously tender wings since 1978. On Super Bowl Sunday, Byrne’s starts cooking before daylight and sells literally thousands of wings to go.

3301 Richmond St
Philadelphia, PA 19134

3. Cheu Fishtown

1416 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Available at the combination Nunu and Cheu Fishtown, the black garlic wings are a must-try. They’re made tangy with a sauce consisting of a fermented bulb of garlic that’s pureed with soy sauce and cooked in brown sugar, and served with sesame, lime, and scallions or cilantro.

1416 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. Love & Honey Fried Chicken

1100 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The buttermilk fried wings at chicken specialist Love & Honey in Northern Liberties are served with one house-made sauce, like brown sugar barbecue, with the additional option to make them Nashville style, slathered in Nashville-style hot chili oil.

1100 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

5. Blackbird Sandwich Shop

614 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
an illustration of chicken wings with carrots, celery, and ranch on the side Fabiola Lara

Not all wings need to have chicken in them to be great, which is why Blackbird Sandwich Shop (previously Blackbird Pizzeria) sells perfectly chewy and crisp seitan wings with cucumber ranch dressing, carrots, and celery that stand up to the rest. Feeling wild? Go for the root beer barbecue variety.

614 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

6. David's Mai Lai Wah

1001 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This open-late Chinatown spot that’s popular with the party crowd and post-shift restaurant industry folks is known for its salt and pepper wings. The sauceless wings are marinated and deep fried before being pan fried in a wok, dusted with salt and white pepper, and topped with jalapeños.

1001 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Dienner’s Barbecue

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The rotisserie wings at Dienner’s inside Reading Terminal Market are some of the best around by far. With parchment-like skin, they’re meaty, tender, and delicious. The Amish stall, open since 1980, also sells its wings smoked and fried.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. McGillin's Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
McGillin’s [official]

At McGillin’s, Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern, the beer is always flowing and on Tuesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m., 10 wings cost $8, with all the requisite sides. Choose from four wing varieties: crispy with blue cheese dressing, Old Bay, barbecue, or Thai, tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce.

1310 Drury St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. Nick's Bar & Grille

16 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
chicken wings Nicks [official]

In Old City, Nick’s puts its smoker into service to cook its popular salt-and-sugar–rubbed wings before frying them up for crispiness. The bar serves six different kinds of wings, including hot honey, garlic parmesan, and Old Bay.

16 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Moriarty's

1116 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Walnut Street’s Moriarty’s has won awards for its huge wings. The Irish pub still serves its classic hot wings the way it did when it opened in 1974: coated in a tangy sauce and served with blue cheese dip, carrots, and celery.

1116 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Crunchik’n

212 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Washington Square West’s Crunchik’n serves Korean fusion dishes like bulgogi tacos, kimchi cheese fries, and big crunchy wings in a variety of sauces from sweet to spicy. The fast-casual spot run by a father-daughter team is also known for its oven-baked wings, for anyone seeking a healthier option.

212 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. SouthGate

1801 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
SouthGate [official]

SouthGate, the Rittenhouse gastropub with a Korean menu, is known for its “KFC,” which stands for Korean fried chicken. These wings are double-fried for crispiness and served with soy garlic or spicy gochujang sauce.

1801 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

13. Sophie's Kitchen

522 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sophie’s Kitchen on Washington Avenue serves Cambodian-style wings with a sweet chili sauce, lemongrass, and curry. This BYOB comes from the same family that ran South Philly’s popular but now closed Khmer Kitchen.

522 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Federal Donuts (multiple locations)

1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Michael Persico

The fried chicken at Federal Donuts has become a must-try Philadelphia treat and the local chain’s wings don’t disappoint. Each order includes five uncut wings and a choice of dry seasoning (buttermilk ranch, za’atar, and coconut curry) or glaze (chili garlic, honey ginger, or sweet soy garlic). Bonus: The wings are served with a freshly made honey-dipped donut.

1219 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

15. Mike's BBQ

1703 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Like all the tasty meats at Mike’s BBQ in South Philly, the wings here are smoked. The full story: These juicy whole wings are marinated for 24 hours, dry rubbed and smoked for two hours, and then fried to order for crispness.

1703 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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