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Best Wings in Town?

Hi, I went to Bears and Paws on Dorr street across from UT and they had really good wings. Also, they had the best onion rings that I thought were the best I had had since I was a kid. Now I want to know who has the best wings in town? What do you think? I prefer locally owned places.

created by ilovetoledo on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:46:26 am     Food     Comments: 57

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posted by OhioKimono on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:07:49 am     #   2 people liked this

Fricker's - hands down the best! Big, meaty and great sauce!!!

posted by shamrock44 on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:21:55 am     #   1 person liked this

I'm a Fricker's man too...

posted by SensorG on Oct 28, 2011 at 11:29:01 am     #  

I'm a big fan of Ralphie's wings, especially the hot ones. My family likes the sweeter sauces, but I think they are too heavy.

posted by Anniecski on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:11:53 pm     #  

Frickers is usually pretty good but I have had some so-so dried up ones there in the last few months. Depends on the cook.

posted by bolt98 on Oct 28, 2011 at 01:59:08 pm     #  

Frickers? I would prefer locally owned...but best wings is best wings. Next thing, what beer to go with them? I am thinking Miller Genuine Draft?

posted by ilovetoledo on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:50:36 pm     #  

I usually go with the seasonal Leinenkugel or Shinner Bock, but I miss Trotters carrying the seasonal Bell's beer. I love Bell's Oberon Ale.

I am happy that Yuengling is FINALLY coming to Ohio. Now if we could just get Fat Tire I'd be a very happy man.

posted by SensorG on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:09:05 pm     #  

Swig is the best, followed by Ralphie's.

posted by HickoryG on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:09:28 pm     #  

Another vote for Frickers, btw cute pic OhioKimono makes me miss Holland Huckleberry.

posted by INeedCoffee on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:12:49 pm     #  

Ralphie's wings are too saucy. They (at least used to) server their wings in a bowl and the bottom of the wings are sitting in 1/2in of sauce

posted by SensorG on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:18:12 pm     #  

Swig is good and so is Sidelines, just over the line in Michigan.

posted by Ace_Face on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:34:59 pm     #   1 person liked this

I vote PizzaPapalis- For being a pizza place, their wings are freaking awesome!!!

posted by MrsA on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:46:22 pm     #   2 people liked this

ilovetoledo posted at 03:50:36 PM on Oct 28, 2011:

Frickers? I would prefer locally owned...but best wings is best wings. Next thing, what beer to go with them? I am thinking Miller Genuine Draft?

Weren't the Frick brothers originally from Toledo? I always thought Frickers had some sort of local connection, even though they have operations in other cities as well.

posted by mom2 on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:21:06 pm     #  

mom2 I think you are correct

posted by shamrock44 on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:08:44 pm     #  

im not a fan of the big ones like frickers. there is a place on sterns/lewis that has some great garlic ones. but the name escapes me.

posted by Ryan on Oct 28, 2011 at 07:57:04 pm     #  

wing spot on sterns?

posted by jhop on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:19:05 pm     #  

Fricker's main office in Perrysburg, Ohio. Best wings as of late came from Yeeha's, shockingly enough. I still enjoy the wings at Hooter's and Ralphies. I always take the wings out of the basket and put them in a second basket lined with paper towel because of the excessive sauce mentioned above.

posted by Hoops on Oct 29, 2011 at 07:59:58 am     #  

Love the wings at Wing Station, corner of Secor and Sylvania.

posted by gamegrrl on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:46:44 am     #   1 person liked this

The dad Owns Frickers, and his son Chris Frick was part owner of Jeds. Can't remember the dad's name but he used to come into the P-burg Jeds all the time to hang out with my dad and his friends.

posted by lfrost2125 on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:56:22 am     #  

Another vote for SWIG. Sensor - the Village Idiot in Maumee always has Bell's Oberon, as well as Two Hearted on tap.

posted by Progress22 on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:12:14 am     #  

now i want pizza, thanks.:)p

posted by Ryan on Oct 29, 2011 at 09:26:22 am     #  

Fat Tire... drools

posted by WalleyeWinger on Oct 29, 2011 at 11:34:20 am     #  

I was just about to lurk and see if this topic had been started. With UFC137 tonight, I'm really craving wings right now. I do recall Ralphie's wings were legit. I had been to BW3's twice here and both times had been sick to the stomach. They've changed their wings to the worst since the ones I went to back in Cincy. Fricker's wings are big, true but like someone else mentioned, I'm not a fan of the wings being like that. I've been wondering about other places that might make good wings, such as pizza joints, ethnic restaurants and the like.

posted by djimpelr on Oct 29, 2011 at 05:42:24 pm     #  

Acc'g to Big'z FB page they have UFC tonight and some pretty good wings (I prefer their chunks tho)

posted by MrsA on Oct 29, 2011 at 10:36:12 pm     #  

I read this thread last night and had to fight off a serious craving for good beer and wings. I like Frickers wings, but the beer selection leaves something to be desired.

BW3 wings are good.

posted by madjack on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:16:13 am     #  

I want all you posters excluding OKimono to drop and give it 25 push-ups and 25 sit-ups before proceeding any further.

posted by Mariner on Oct 30, 2011 at 10:44:35 am     #   2 people liked this

Almost forgot about Mulvaney's Bunker for some good wings and decent beer selections. I'm going to say 1. Swig (best beer selection outside of Slow's in Detroit) 2. Bunker 3. Ralphie's (crap beer selection though).

posted by HickoryG on Oct 30, 2011 at 01:37:23 pm     #  

I did my pushups too, Mariner. No situps for me.....

posted by HickoryG on Oct 30, 2011 at 01:38:10 pm     #  

Resurrection time.

Had some insane wings this weekend at Reverend's in BG. Their Hot, is seriously, the best/ crazy hot, wing sauce, I've ever had. So... there's that.

What's good and new out there?

Also-for Hot Wings fans-Have you guys caught "Hot Ones". Super entertaining.

http://firstwefeast.com/tag/hot-ones

posted by ahmahler on Feb 20, 2017 at 05:45:24 pm     #  

Durty Bird has great wings. They fall off the bone.

The duck wings at Mutz's are good for something different

posted by jamesteroh on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:54:47 pm     #  

I need to try those duck wings. Tell me more!

posted by upso on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:12:29 am     #  

Agree with all the above. The wings at Bar 145 are up there too.

posted by westsidebob on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:49:01 am     #  

By all the above I meant Reverend's and Durty Bird.

posted by westsidebob on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:50:05 am     #  

Ha, it's funny what five years and the explosion of the craft beer industry will do for tastes. I got quite the chuckle at reading that Swig had the best beer selection this side of Slow's in Detroit. Everyone has caught up and then some. Slow's is still phenomenal, but Toledo's is still mostly distributor driven, even for craft selections. The best beer selection in the Toledo area may be at Forest View Lanes in Temperance. Haven't had their wings yet, but the beer is worth the five-mile trip.

posted by westsidebob on Feb 21, 2017 at 10:59:40 am     #  

Durty Bird DOES have great wings-good call-forgot about those. I believe they're confit.

I would still argue that Swig has one of the great craft beer selections. There are many places that have given them a run for their money though.It's nice to see actual craft beer available at so many places these days. Still a lot of "fake" craft beer too, though. Heidelberg and Treu Haus sure like to sell those non craft, craft beers.

posted by ahmahler on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:07:12 am     #  

The wings are Durty Bird are confit and you have a choice of three sauces (I prefer the durty sauce). They are so tender they fall off the bone.

The duck wings at Mutz's are unique but really good for something different. Never had chicken wings at any of the oliver house restaurants but their chicken sandwich at the pub is the best I've had in Toledo

posted by jamesteroh on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:00:20 pm     #  

Best craft beer selection in NW Ohio? Small City Taphouse, hands down. The sushi there is pretty tasty as well.

http://smallcitytaphouse.com/#taplist

posted by SensorG on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:02:03 pm     #  

SensorG, you just made me cry. Why can't we have nice things like that in Toledo?

posted by westsidebob on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:04:23 pm     #  

westsidebob posted at 11:04:23 AM on Feb 21, 2017:

SensorG, you just made me cry. Why can't we have nice things like that in Toledo?

Sandusky, but worth the drive.

posted by SensorG on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:13:16 pm     #  

SensorG posted at 11:02:03 AM on Feb 21, 2017:

Best craft beer selection in NW Ohio? Small City Taphouse, hands down. The sushi there is pretty tasty as well.

http://smallcitytaphouse.com/#taplist

I've heard about this place, but have not been. Need to find a designated driver, if I'm going to hit a bar in Sandusky.

posted by ahmahler on Feb 21, 2017 at 01:49:19 pm     #  

I always get Ralphie's wings! They're the best.

posted by bikerdude on Feb 22, 2017 at 01:00:38 pm     #  

Fricker's

posted by 6th_Floor on Feb 22, 2017 at 01:24:10 pm     #   2 people liked this

Wild Wings an' Things, corner of Secor and Alexis. They have great wings and the proprietor is on site.

posted by madjack on Feb 22, 2017 at 01:47:38 pm     #  

Definitely Fricker's

posted by Toledostrong on Feb 22, 2017 at 05:41:18 pm     #  

Frickers with their hot tangy sauce.

posted by renegade on Feb 22, 2017 at 11:04:39 pm     #  

Okay, so here's the thing about frickers-

When they're GOOD, they're amazing. I love their breading, and I love the killer sauce - BUT!

Easily half the times I've gone, the wings have come out not quite crispy, or with too little sauce, or with too much.... they seem to always have some issues with consistency.

Swig's wings, on the other hand? EVERY time, they're awesome. If you like heat - get hot, but get a side of their nuclear sauce to dip into. It's really, really good. I also love their hot BBQ mixed with nuclear.

posted by endcycle on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:11:02 am     #  

ok-So the Frickers thing...

I have a love/hate with those wings. a) Their sauces seem to be hit or miss b) their wings seem to be hit or miss. I would say, by extension, they are really good about 25% of the time. The rest varies from disappointing to maddening. That, plus the typical sports bar (guys wearing Cowboys and Steelers jerseys) and shitty beer selection.

Am I missing something? What are the preferred locations? I typically hit Maumee and sometimes Downtown.

posted by ahmahler on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:13:18 am     #  

The key to Frickers wings is to request them well done, to ensure they are crispy and the sauces are excellent in my opinion. I have had to send some back because they were not "crispy" enough

posted by Hoops on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:26:55 am     #  

I do like Frickers wings and don't go for the beer. That said, they usually have 2-3 IPAs on tap so it's not all bad.

posted by SensorG on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:57:05 am     #  

Realizing that it is nearly sacrilegious to mention in this town, we're just not Fricker's fans. Never have been. Just nothing about the place to make us want to make it a destination stop.
While I'm at it, I may as well be pilloried for saying we're also not fans of Monette's or House of Meats. Just never found the quality of either to even meet the "average" threshold.

posted by Foodie on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:03:13 pm     #  

Foodie posted at 11:03:13 AM on Feb 23, 2017:

Realizing that it is nearly sacrilegious to mention in this town, we're just not Fricker's fans. Never have been. Just nothing about the place to make us want to make it a destination stop.
While I'm at it, I may as well be pilloried for saying we're also not fans of Monette's or House of Meats. Just never found the quality of either to even meet the "average" threshold.

AMEN on House of Meats and Monnette's (THEIR beer selection, however, is really good)

posted by ahmahler on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:14:48 pm     #  

Hoops posted at 10:26:55 AM on Feb 23, 2017:

The key to Frickers wings is to request them well done, to ensure they are crispy and the sauces are excellent in my opinion. I have had to send some back because they were not "crispy" enough

Yeah-That's how we order them as well. The problem is, sometimes, they leave them in so long, that they start absorbing grease, and those are just inedible.

posted by ahmahler on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:15:59 pm     #  

Fricker's is hit/miss for me. Sometimes the wings are great and othertime thye leavy them in the fryer so long they are too greasy and other times they aren't left in and aren't crispy enough. The only locations I go to are Maumee and Downtown.

Sidelines is my favorite place for wings.

posted by classylady on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:41:40 pm     #  

Burgers has some good wings (their chicken chunks are my daughter's favorite) Bozo's has good wings as well. Both are better than Fricker's IMO.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:52:54 pm     #  

Try the sweet chili sauce at Frickers.

Excellent for taste buds and relieving sinus congestion.

posted by 6th_Floor on Feb 23, 2017 at 01:03:47 pm     #  

I honestly don't know how Fricker's stays in business. Their wings aren't very good and they're boneless wings are cooked to a crisp. The rest of the menu is blah as well. Used to go to the downtown location because it used to be the only thing downtown, but haven't been there in ages because there are better choices. And they're jingle? Yikes.

posted by westsidebob on Feb 23, 2017 at 02:33:14 pm     #  

I like Jed's better than Fricker's I wish they still had their downtown and Dorr street locations

posted by classylady on Feb 23, 2017 at 03:45:50 pm     #