Good chicken wings can make or break a good city — well, perhaps not, but delicious chicken wings can be a major point of pride for any town. Detroit may not be the originator of chicken wings, but the many residents and varied cultures throughout the city’s history that have settled here have definitely helped to create an undeniably tasty group of top wing-makers in the Motor City. Whether it’s hot and spicy, sweet and tangy or anything in between, Detroit certainly knows how to produce that all-time top bar favorite food.
City Wings, Inc. in Detroit. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

City Wings, Inc. in Detroit. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro

City Wings, Inc.
2896 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871-2489

No list concerning the best chicken wings in Detroit that didn’t start off with City Wings, Inc. in the New Center area would surely have to be some type of joke. This uber modern chicken wing joint not only dazzles the eye with its unpredictable high-end chic design (for a chicken wing joint), but also stuns patrons with their amazingly delicious wings! City Wings, Inc. has only been around for a short time, but already the Detroit crowd is claiming that the stop-and-go chicken wing eatery is the best the city has ever seen. With their simple menu, casual “come and go” attitude, and, of course, their award-winning chicken wings, City Wings, Inc. looks to be a major player in the chicken wing industry in the city of Detroit for many years to come.

Wings N Things
3220 Broad St.
Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 426-7754

Outside of the city, in the west suburbs, Wings N Things has earned a top reputation not only from their hometown Dexter crowd, but also from the college city of Ann Arbor and Detroiters alike. These affordable wings come in a number of unique and original flavors, including Teriyaki-Garlic Parmesan, Wild (a mixture of BBQ and spices), and even Suicide (not for the faint of heart). You might come for the wings at first, but you’ll certainly stay for the rest of the menu, which Wings N Things has taken great care to assemble.

(Mr. Spots on State St. in Ann Arbor. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

(Mr. Spots on State St. in Ann Arbor. Photo Credit: Michael Ferro)

Mr. Spots
808 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 747-7768

If there is one thing that college students know, it’s great bar food. Ask any University of Michigan student which place has the best chicken wings and you’re likely to get the same response: Mr. Spots. The bar and eatery near downtown Ann Arbor is one of the local favorite places for signature chicken wings. For several years in a row, Mr. Spots has been voted the best wings in Ann Arbor, and many have made the assertion that they are in fact the best within all of Metro Detroit. With both boneless and bone-in wings to choose from, and different levels of hotness to their sauce, you can be the judge!

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Union Street
4145 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 831-3965

This Midtown Detroit bar and grill is to Detroit and Wayne State students what Mr. Spots is to Ann Arbor and University of Michigan students: a great spot for chicken wings! One of the most popular items on their menu is the “Union Wings,” an order of 12 crispy battered wings tossed in your choice of popular sauces. The more refined atmosphere of the Union Street bar might throw you off to the fact that they serve top-notch chicken wings, but don’t be fooled! If it’s good chicken wings in the Midtown area in a clean and comfortable setting, Union Street is one of your best bets.

Your Mother’s Food & Spirits
61 N. Walnut St.
Mt Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 468-4444

With their hilarious tongue-in-cheek name (“Let’s go to Your Mother’s!”) and their quaint Mt. Clemens location, Your Mother’s Food and Spirits has quickly become a popular Metro Detroit location for amazing bar food. But the top draw on their menu is their signature chicken wings, which are delivered fresh, seasoned, hand-battered and fried twice to ensure the perfect flavor and crunch for each wing. Best of all, Your Mother’s offers a total of 17 different sauces, including BBQ sauces, signature sauces to hot sauces, all available in either boneless or classic variety. If you can’t decide which is the best sauce for you, they offer a convenient “sauce sampler” to give you an opportunity to try them all. If it’s chicken wings you seek, come to Your Mother’s to see what all the fuss is about!

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at