It seems like it’s a requirement when you’re a restaurant in Atlanta, whether you’re a Thai spot or a sports bar or a tapas place, that you have to have some sort of wings on the menu or you just can’t cut it here. While wings were by no means invented in ATL, Atlanta has absolutely adopted wings as its own cultural cuisine. And while we can by no means list all the amazing wings spot in this town, there are a few spots that locals rave about with wings that are better than the rest!
For wings that are craveworthingly crispy and sauced to perfection, Clay’s Sports Cafe in Sandy Springs is an excellent choice. The prices are affordable, especially for the neighborhood, and we love the local neighborhood bar/restaurant feel of the place. Available for takeout and delivery!
2. The Local
It’s totally not weird if your favorite wing spot is a bar, if that bar is the Local. This lowkey dive is a great spot to grab a drink with friends is prime for wings. If you’re looking for a party, they were the place to go (in pre-pandemic times at least) for karaoke on Mondays. For wing flavors, you can’t go wrong with classic buffalo but their Korean BBQ ones are amazing too!
3. B&L Wings
Once you’ve had the hot honey lemon pepper wings at B&L Wings, there’s no going back. B&L Wings, started by a husband and wife duo, is one of those businesses that really had a come-up through Instagram, building a loyal fan base that keep them sold out week after week. The sweet blue cheese, the ranch fried okra, the crispy breading on the wings–an order from B&L is a gut bomb in the best of ways. Order them for pick-up this weekend and fall into a food coma.
The dry rub unicorn wings at Chef/owner Leslie Cohen’s Firepit Pizza Tavern was Atlanta Eats staff pick for best meal of 2019, with an unusual and unique blend of ranch, lemon pepper, sugar, and salt that makes for the perfect explosion of flavors in your mouth. They’re perfectly crispy and the wings alone are worthy of a trip for any wing connoisseur, but there’s plenty more to love about this women-owned Grant Park restaurant. The neighborhood feel, the tavern style pizzas–and it’s all available for takeout and delivery at this time!
There’s a litany of amazing wing spots and restaurants all over Atlanta, but there’s something about Three Dollar Cafe that keeps us coming back again and again. The wings are consistently excellent, the flavors are on point, and the vibes are always great. Locations all around Atlanta!
6. Pit Boss BBQ
We’re never not thinking about the smoked jumbo wings at hole-in-the-wall spot, Pit Boss BBQ. This dive has some of the best BBQ in town in a no-frills environment where you can comfortable sit and stuff your face with all the ‘cue you could want.
7. Fox Bros BBQ
Fox Brothers BBQ may be the most decorated BBQ spot in Atlanta, and for great reason. They do some mean, Texas style BBQ, with brisket that melts in your mouth and fried ribs that are the perfect cheat meal. But if you’re a wing lover, their tendy, juicy, flavorful smoked wings are right on the money for your visit. Prepare to wait, but it’ll all taste even more worth it! Available for pick-up and patio dining
We have to include this Atlanta institution in our list. J.R. Cricket’s first opened up shop in the ’80s and has been slinging wings ever since, really helping to . They make their blue cheese themselves and the wings are fresh, never frozen. And of course you’ve got to try their lemon pepper wet wings, made with a medium sauce and sprinkled with lemon pepper sprinkles.
9. Taco Mac
If you live in Atlanta, chances are you’ve got some great memories of watching a game at Taco Mac and chowing down on their excellent wings. Choose from boneless, oven roasted, or original, with a whopping 16 flavors to fit every type of mood you’re in. Taco Mac has been serving wings since 1979 and serving as the go-to spot when it’s sports, wings, beer, and a great time with friends you’re looking for.
It can feel like Old Fourth Ward is all $18 cocktails these days, but for an unexpectedly affordable dive spot where the the beer is cold and the wings are great, head to Jack’s Pizza & Wings. With great vibes, pitcher deals, and well drinks, Jack’s Pizza & Wings is always a great time. Try the strawberry lemon pepper wing combo for a fun twist!
11. Nam Phuong
As a city, we’re truly blessed to have a gem like Buford Highway serving up the best international cuisine in all of Georgia, and Vietnamese gem Nam Phuong’s take on the chicken wing is something that’s worth a trip in itself. It’s extra crispy, with the perfect sauce that’ll have you coming back again and again. The secret to Nam Phuong’s addicting wings? A hint of fish sauce, a staple in many Southeast Asian cuisines.
12. Magic City
Whether Lou Williams was looking for just wings at Magic City, we couldn’t tell you, but strip club wings are absolutely a thing here and Magic City has some phenomenal ones, with one Yelp reviewer even writing, “If I could fill a tub with Magic City Kitchen wings and climb in I absolutely would not hesitate to do so.” And yes, they are offering takeout at this time.