The wing scene in the Twin Cities has never been stronger. Famous local wing joints like Runyon’s, The Monte Carlo, and Ray J’s are holding their own, while many other wing specialists have emerged from a variety of neighborhoods employing many different styles. Here’s a list of the tasty options all available for takeout.Read More
13 Phenomenal Wings in the Twin Cities
Spicy, saucy, crusty, sweet
1. Eli's Food & Cocktails
Classy yet casual Eli’s offers wings at their downtown and Northeast locations. Get these wings hot with traditional buffalo sauce and Black River blue cheese dressing, or with the spice cooled down a bit on their honey soy wings served with sriracha aioli. There’s also a rolling chicken wing of the week special, so be sure to check their website or Facebook page for the limited-time wonderful wings on the menu.
2. The Monte Carlo
This North Loop landmark was established in 1906 and they boast ownership of some of the most famous wings in town. Ingredients like cinnamon, red pepper flake, cumin, oregano, celery salt, onion powder, and many more make up their signature “Beijing Style” flavor. They are a king among wings.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
An institution of the Twin Cities wing scene since its opening in 1985, Runyon’s is a must for any wings enthusiast. The buffalo sauce is a balance between crunchy and juicy, but wings are available extra crispy in that classic sauce.
4. Ray J's American Grill
Ray J’s whole fresh, jumbo wings have become a staple of the Twin Cities food scene, with locations in Northeast Minneapolis and Woodbury. The buffalo and homestyle wings are both classics, but if you’re in an adventurous mood try the Nutty Rooster made with Sriracha peanut butter sauce.
5. B.A.D Wingz
Newcomer B.A.D Wingz is already garnering attention for their chicken and plant-based wings. There’s a wide range of sauces and rubs, from traditional options like buffalo and lemon pepper to creative concoctions like Cashville hot (a slightly sweeter riff on Nashville hot).
6. Spring Street Tavern
A classic bar of Northeast with fantastic wings that are crispy crusty on the outside, juicy tender on the inside, and properly affordable. Get them “naked,” in the special house-seasoning for classic wing satisfaction.
7. Cedar Inn
Minneapolis, MN 55407
A neighborhood bar that’s been around forever and keeps locals happy with an extensive beer menu and wings that are both delicious and affordable. The Sticky Asian wings are a local favorite and the traditional buffalo also checks out.
8. Tracy's Saloon & Eatery
Southwest of downtown in the Seward neighborhood lies Tracy’s, an essential wing spot for more than 35 years. There’s a great selection of both dry rub and wet sauces to satisfy the palate of any wing enthusiast. The wet lemon pepper mustard sets them apart.
9. Blue Door Pub St. Paul
With locations in St. Paul and Longfellow, there isn’t an excuse not to take advantage of the eleven different flavors of sauces applied to one-pound orders of wings. The traditional buffalo sauce has a “Make it Scary” option for some extra heat.
10. Red Rabbit St. Paul
These smoky, tender wings are charred by Red Rabbit’s wood fire oven and served with an herby, garlicky, spicy sauce over top.
11. Hickory Hut
The original Art Song’s, Hickory Hut has a long history of keeping the Twin Cities full of whole fried wings that are crisped to perfection and coated with a signature salty, spicy, impossible to recreate seasoning blend.
12. Hmongtown Marketplace
Where one wing equals a whole meal. The appendage is stuffed with bean thread noodles, ground meat, expertly put back together and cooked right into a piece poultry heaven.
13. Alary's Bar
Go dry rub on these crispy wings for a zingy spice blend that is just begging for a dunk in tangy ranch sauce.