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Although Milwaukee is known as Brew City and the frozen custard capital of the world, there is another hidden specialty here: wings.
Our city has wings places all over the place. Some have special sauces, come in large quantities and are even award-winning. Where are all these wings you might ask?
We've got you covered.
Here are just some of the many, many places around Milwaukee that are known for wings, including corner taps, restaurants and even a couple chains.
724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
Make a landing at this airplane-themed restaurant – especially their buffalo wings, which come either dry or wet.
Atlas BBQ is known for its made-from-scratch sauces to satisfy anyone's taste buds – ranging from north, south, east, west and "X," combining sweet peach and habanero pepper.
16760 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, (262) 784-4092
You must stop in to try these award-winning wings – complete with a variety of sauces and flavors.
20290 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 782-8670
Bullwinkle's wings are anything but rocky, featuring multiple sauces to try and two types of wings: buffalo and Greek, which come baked with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper, and served with a lemon cream sauce.
Chicken is the specialty, so, of course, the Champ's also got wings, in four different wing boxes, with 12, 24, 36 or 48 wings.
Chicken and Grill House
3526 W. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 527-6700
If you don't feel like making the trek to a restaurant, this place will fly some wings right to your door.
Garibaldi is known for some of the best bar food in Milwaukee as well as for having some of our city's best hot wings, so you must stop in to try some for yourself.
7420 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 257-9150
There are plenty of sauces to put on them, but the smokehouse wings here are best enjoyed naked.
Elsa's have three different types of wings: buffalo, teriyaki (called buck'n wings) and soy and ginger. Not sure which to try? No worries – get a combo platter and try all three.
425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Flannery's chicken wings are sauced with your choice of five different flavors. Wednesdays are wing nights.
8911 W. National Ave., West Allis, (414) 800-6640
Large chicken wings with lots of meat on the bone boast lots of flavor even without sauce.
JD's Pub and Grill
Opened in a renovated and brightened former Jonny Hammers, JD's has not only Hammers' beloved wings recipes, but also the cooks in the kitchen that made them.
JJ Fish and Chicken
1334 N. 35th St., (414) 935-1000
There are multiple locations in Milwaukee, so wherever you go, you can find fresh buffalo and honey barbecue wings.
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011
Try the housemade buffalo sauce, or mix things up and get your wings served stein-style.
Leff's Lucky Town
The finger-lickin' Tuesdays offer discounted wings with a flavor sauce of the week. Plus, the ass-kickin' chicken wings will indeed kick your butt.
This West Allis bar has great burgers and other pub food but its wings have won numerous awards. Order them grilled, naked or crispy in a wide variety of sauces.
The Loaded Slate
1137 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-5700
The Loaded Slate's wings are one-of-a-kind. The place offers half a pound of triple-baked wings that are like no other.
Mainstream Bar and Grill
Mainstream has not only one, but two special wings nights: Tuesday and Thursday.
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
Take a break from eating the classic burgers and check out Goolsby's famous meaty wings.
This Southern cuisine restaurant has hickory smoked wings (when available) with some zesty barbecue sauce and blue cheese sauce for dipping.
Try the sweet maple bourbon, classic buffalo or dry rubbed Jamaican jerk – among many other flavors – on some big and meaty wings at this West Side staple.
MECCA Sports Bar and Grill
The MECCA name is back, bringing a massive sports bar and hangout to Deer District. With the bar's massive TV screens, there's plenty to catch your eye at The MECCA – but don't let the wings escape your attention!
For a different brand of tasty wing, try Merge's "KFC" – or Korean fried chicken, which double-fries your wings, resulting in a delectable, addictively crispy and crunchy outer skin, and coats them in a uniquely flavorful sauce that'll send your taste buds to bliss.
Milwaukee Ale House
Come on by Monday through Friday to get a deal on the chicken wings during happy hour, 3-6 p.m. The Ale House uses MKE Brewing Company's Louise Demise to add some nice flavor to the barbecue sauce.
Milwaukee Brat House
Try some "totally killer" wings that are wet but not drenched with sauces like house buffalo or ginger teriyaki.
After checking out the Harley-Davidson Museum, stop in to try the wings. Be sure to check out the wing of the month. And get a side of the great mac 'n' cheese.
A favorite, Neighborhood Draft features tasty grilled wings with a bevy of sauces – from a hot Jamaican jerk take to a barbecue flavored with grapes and champagne, and another flavored with sriracha and pork lard.
The Neighbors Bar and Grill
S16 W22255 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha, (262) 408-5872
There are six homemade sauces for you to try on your wings, including spicy garlic and barbecue.
231 E. North Ave., (414) 562-4444
No, not the New York Police Department. This pizza delivery place will bring wings to your door until 2 a.m.
On The Clock
4301 S. Howell Ave., (414) 744-2383
Any time is the right time for wings at On the Clock, but especially Sundays when you can get all you can eat for one price.
Jameson and Coke, chipotle mango and some spicy ghost pepper are just a few of the sauces with which you can smother your chicken wings here.
O'Lydia's wings are offered from lunch until late night with a plethora of sauce options.
Paulie's original breaded chicken wings come with unique sauces like drunken cherry and Scary Larry.
1827 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 289-9993
Open late, Pizza Shuttle can get you your wing fix at any time of day and night. There is a variety of sauces and quantities to choose from.
Points East Pub
Points East is typically voted Best Wings by OnMilwaukee readers in the annual dining poll. They are hand-sauced, grilled wings that come in quantities of 6, 12, or 18, with celery and dipping sauce.
2730 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 810-4096
This barbecue spot from the owner of the iconic Ashley's offers fried chicken wings in a variety of styles to go along with the magnificent smoked meats.
Red Rock Saloon
1227 N. Water St., (262) 431-0467
Try the barbecue wings, or the Takin' Care of Business wings that are so spicy you need to sign a waiver. Are you up for the challenge?
76 Steak and Potato
7601 W. Hampton Ave., (414) 536-6757
Don't worry about the name, 76 has wings up the wazoo here. You can get up to 100 wings, which could leave you with leftovers forever.
Skybox Sports Bar
On wing Wednesdays, this is the place to be with meaty wing deals and tasty sauces.
Spitfires on State
Spitfires offers fresh wings with a wide variety of homemade sauces with unique names like Devil's Balls, Peach Heat, Blueberry Barbecue and Hurt So Good.
The TB Original Wings are not something to pass up. There are 14 sauces to choose from and wing quantities up to 48.
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324
Stubby's offers both boneless and bone-in wings with a variety of tasty sauces to go along with all of its tasty beer taps.
These are delicious, award-winning wings that come with a variety sauces that will satisfy anyone's tastebuds. There's even have a sauce of the week.
Who's on Third
1007 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8373
At Wingfest, these wings were judges' choice for first place. Come out and try some to see if you agree.
8408 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 616-8881
These are not your typical wings, they are Chinese chicken-fried. They come in quantities of six and 12.
Wings Over MKE
Have a late night craving for some wings? Well, you're in luck because Wings over Milwaukee can hook you up until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.