Did you know that Buffalo Wings were born in 1964 when a bar owner in Buffalo cooked leftover chicken drumsticks in Frank’s RedHot® Sauce as a late-night snack? Or that Canadians consumed an estimated 75 million chicken wings during Super Bowl 2020?
With there being such a variety of ways to cook and flavour chicken wings, everyone knows that the popular dish is always customizable to one’s individual tastes and occasions. From spicy to tangy, mild to flaming hot, and even plain, chicken wings have become an in-demand food that Canadians can’t get enough of.
Plus, with shows like Hot Ones enticing consumers to push their spice threshold, it’s clear to see that the wing is here to stay.
Always there to enhance the wings experience on this long-time flavour journey is the OG of hot sauce, Frank’s RedHot®. Blending cayenne peppers with 4 other simple ingredients for unapologetically tasty food since 1918, Frank’s has not only been integrated into wing history, they practically invented buffalo wings.
And because every wing needs a beverage to complement it on the way down, Pepsi is the perfect bold and refreshing pairing, no matter your wing flavour.
So, this #WingDay, put the cutlery down and get your fingers messy by choosing to order in delicious chicken wings prepared to perfection by a local restaurant or bar.
Here are 10 restaurants across the country offering wet-nap-necessary wings for takeout.
Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smokehouse (Vancouver, BC)
The mission of this West Coast spot is to feed both your body and your soul. Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smokehouse is known for the smoky, savoury and juicy flavours of its dishes.
The company will be offering ½ Priced Wings, which are smoked before being dropped into the fryer, ensuring that the restaurant lives up to its name.
562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2L3. @devils.elbow
I Heart BBQ (Winnipeg, MB)
I Heart BBQ is a combination of unique southern barbecue and homemade cuisine. While the Winnipeg restaurant has several popular menu items, the chicken wings are what keep customers coming back for more.
For $10/lb you can indulge in Wicked Wings, which are smoked for 2 hours in a special spice and served naked with dipping sauce.
513 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 2A9. @iheartbbqsmoked
Buffalo Wild Wings (Multiple Locations)
After establishing its first Canadian location in Oshawa, Ontario in 2011, Buffalo Wild Wings has become a fan favourite across the country.
Offering the highest-quality Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings, available in 19 Buffalo Wild Wings™ signature sauces, the sauces themselves range from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®, including a variety of exotic sauces like Caribbean Jerk and Mango Habanero™. Plus, there is also a variety of dry wing seasoning, truly making something available for every taste bud.
This Wing Day, try one of their popular lunch combos, including 6 wings, fries and a PepsiCo beverage.
Bolet’s Burrito (Toronto, ON)
Bolet’s Burrito was established over a decade ago by husband and wife, Prescilla and Bolet. While it is the only burrito place in Toronto that combines Filipino and Mexican food, it is no stranger to drums and flats.
The Ontario company is offering its Beer Chipotle or Chipotle Lime wings, topped with sour cream for $10/lb ($9/lb if you pay with cash).
134 Lower Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1W7. @boletsburrito.ca
St. Louis Bar & Grill (Multiple Locations)
The 100% Canadian establishment has made a name for itself by offering “Devilishly Good” signature wings at affordable prices.
St. Louis Bar & Grill offers 30 different wings flavours that range from a dry Lemon Pepper to a hot and saucy Hotter Than Hell. As an added bonus, all wings are served with the restaurant’s famous Garlic Dill Sauce.
The Beer Hunter Bar & Grill (Spruce Grove, AB)
Locally owned and operated, The Beer Hunter Bar & Grill is where Spruce Grove residents go when their wing cravings strike.
With over 20 flavours to choose from, the Alberta restaurant will be offering their famously large wings for only $7/lb.
140, 700 McLeod Ave, Spruce Grove, Alberta, T7X 0C8. @beerhunter_sg
Joybird Chicken & Things (Toronto, ON)
Joybird Fried Chicken & Things is the latest concept launched by Trevor Lui under the Pop Kitchen banner residing within Stackt Market in downtown Toronto.
The Ontario company offers an array of southern style fried chicken dishes with a uniquely Asian spin. Try their Taiwanese, Southern-style chicken wings which are coated with their signature savoury gluten-free batter.
28 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 0C6. @joybirdfriedchicken
Salt Sushi (Windsor, ON)
If you are looking for a unique spin on the classic wing, this Windsor hotspot infuses the chicken with the same flavours as its sushi.
If you prefer to stick to what you know, Salt Sushi also offers staples such as Frank’s RedHot®, BBQ and honey garlic. The restaurant is also promoting a 2 for 1 deal on the dish, so why not try both?
25 Amy Croft Drive Unit 31, Windsor, Ontario, N9K 1C7. @saltsushiwindsor
Wild Wing (Multiple Locations)
What began as a single restaurant in small-town Ontario has since expanded into a staple franchise across the country. Wild Wing is not only known for its Canadian-raised chicken wings and 101 flavour options, but also for its economical prices.
This Wednesday, try a traditional, classic or boneless wing tossed in your favourite sauce with a side of blue cheese, ranch or dill for a memorable #TakeoutDay.
Ivy Arms (Milton, ON)
Customers of this Milton establishment have crowned its wings the best in the city. Not only is the dish of the jumbo variety, but it’s also fresh, locally sourced and can be smothered in a selection of over 15 sauces.
If you are vegan or vegetarian, the restaurant offers Veggie Wings, which are battered cauliflower bites.
201 Main Street East, Milton, Ontario, L9T 1N7. @ivyarmsmilton