February 03, 2018

Where to Find Legit Chicken Wings in Cleveland

Buffalo may have invented the chicken wing, but Cleveland knows a things or two about the classic appetizer. Whether you're more of a traditionalist, and prefer simple flavors like barbecue and hot, or get more adventurous with newer creations like pineapple habañero and honey bacon, these 20 places have some of the best wings around. So grab a beer, turn on the football game, and pick up some wings this Super Bowl Sunday.

Buffalo may have invented the chicken wing, but Cleveland knows a things or two about the classic appetizer. Whether you're more of a traditionalist, and prefer simple flavors like barbecue and hot, or get more adventurous with newer creations like pineapple habañero and honey bacon, these 20 places have some of the best wings around.

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 Academy Tavern
12800 Larchmere Ave., Cleveland
This old-timey bar has been serving up residents in the Larchmere district, where Shaker Heights turns into Cleveland, since 1939. This is a place where tradition rules, so go for the ‘Hot Buffalo’ wings because that’ll make you seem like a regular and they’ll really hit the spot.
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Academy Tavern

12800 Larchmere Ave., Cleveland

This old-timey bar has been serving up residents in the Larchmere district, where Shaker Heights turns into Cleveland, since 1939. This is a place where tradition rules, so go for the ‘Hot Buffalo’ wings because that’ll make you seem like a regular and they’ll really hit the spot.

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 Pounders
6370 York Rd., Suite 4, Parma
With over 60 different sauces and rubs, there might be a restaurant with more types of wings, but we've certainly have never found it. Where else can you get flavors of wings like ‘Warm Bacon’, ‘Raspberry Chipotle’ and ‘Pineapple Habañero’?
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Pounders

6370 York Rd., Suite 4, Parma

With over 60 different sauces and rubs, there might be a restaurant with more types of wings, but we've certainly have never found it. Where else can you get flavors of wings like ‘Warm Bacon’, ‘Raspberry Chipotle’ and ‘Pineapple Habañero’?

Photo via Pounders Bar & Grill/Facebook
 City Tap
748 Prospect Ave., Cleveland
Located in the heart of Downtown, City Tap is the perfect spot for wings right before heading over to take in a Tribe or Cavaliers’ game. The ‘Honey Sriracha’ are a standout here.
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City Tap

748 Prospect Ave., Cleveland

Located in the heart of Downtown, City Tap is the perfect spot for wings right before heading over to take in a Tribe or Cavaliers’ game. The ‘Honey Sriracha’ are a standout here.

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 The South Side
2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland
The ‘Carolina BBQ’ and ‘Chipotle Lime’ flavors of wings here are some of the most original and mouthwatering in town at Tremont's South Side. Come hungry here, and with a big group, so you can get wings and all of their other shareable items at one of Scene’s favorite spots. 
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The South Side

2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland

The ‘Carolina BBQ’ and ‘Chipotle Lime’ flavors of wings here are some of the most original and mouthwatering in town at Tremont's South Side. Come hungry here, and with a big group, so you can get wings and all of their other shareable items at one of Scene’s favorite spots.

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 Quaker Steak & Lube
Multiple Locations
While Quaker Steak started in Pennsylvania, the chain has made Ohio it’s second home with 16 locations around the state, including locations at the airport and the Q. The ‘Smoked Jalapeño Honey’ is a favorite sauce of ours and the ‘Triple Atomic’ is a challenge for those daring few who can handle the spice.
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Quaker Steak & Lube

Multiple Locations

While Quaker Steak started in Pennsylvania, the chain has made Ohio it’s second home with 16 locations around the state, including locations at the airport and the Q. The ‘Smoked Jalapeño Honey’ is a favorite sauce of ours and the ‘Triple Atomic’ is a challenge for those daring few who can handle the spice.

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 Skinny’s Bar and Grille
780 E. 222nd St., Euclid
Although Skinny’s in Euclid only serves wings on Mondays and Wednesdays, many consider their wings the best in town so we had to include them here. Also, the juicy burgers are as big as your head.
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Skinny’s Bar and Grille

780 E. 222nd St., Euclid

Although Skinny’s in Euclid only serves wings on Mondays and Wednesdays, many consider their wings the best in town so we had to include them here. Also, the juicy burgers are as big as your head.

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 The Rush Inn
Multiple Locations
The Rush Inn, with locations in Lakewood and Avon, is as no-frills as they come. While we usually prefer wings drenched in sauce, dry rub is the way to go here, with the ‘Lemon Pepper Dry Rub’ being our favorite. 
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The Rush Inn

Multiple Locations

The Rush Inn, with locations in Lakewood and Avon, is as no-frills as they come. While we usually prefer wings drenched in sauce, dry rub is the way to go here, with the ‘Lemon Pepper Dry Rub’ being our favorite.

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 American Tavern
28020 Miles Rd., Solon
This local solon neighborhood tavern went from the American Tavern to the Blue Star Tavern, back to the American Tavern, but no matter what the name is, the chicken wings have stayed deliciously consistent. We prefer standard hot wings here with a side of Cajun fries.
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American Tavern

28020 Miles Rd., Solon

This local solon neighborhood tavern went from the American Tavern to the Blue Star Tavern, back to the American Tavern, but no matter what the name is, the chicken wings have stayed deliciously consistent. We prefer standard hot wings here with a side of Cajun fries.

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 Around the Corner
18616 Detroit Rd., Lakewood
The popularity of the Lakewood dining scene and the newest bistro or gastropub can often cause visitors to overlook neighborhood spots like Around the Corner. That would be a mistake, as they have one of the better bar menus in town, including award-winning wings. Try the ‘Lake Erie Smoke’.
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Around the Corner

18616 Detroit Rd., Lakewood

The popularity of the Lakewood dining scene and the newest bistro or gastropub can often cause visitors to overlook neighborhood spots like Around the Corner. That would be a mistake, as they have one of the better bar menus in town, including award-winning wings. Try the ‘Lake Erie Smoke’.

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 The Rib Cage
2214 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
This Cleveland Heights barbecue joint serves some of the meatiest wings around. Go for the ‘Carolina Mustard Vinegar’ for one of the most unique and delicious flavors in town. 
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The Rib Cage

2214 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

This Cleveland Heights barbecue joint serves some of the meatiest wings around. Go for the ‘Carolina Mustard Vinegar’ for one of the most unique and delicious flavors in town.

Photo via The Rib Cage Smokehouse/Facebook