Dayton's best chicken wings

Our favorite places to go for chicken wings perfect for game day

Coming off one of the most epic meals of the year that puts the spotlight on poultry, and with Thanksgiving leftovers gone or dwindling, it may be time to start planning your next bird banquet.

There’s no better time than during the Ohio State, Michigan football game, happening Saturday, Nov. 24.

Over the summer I had the opportunity to judge the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest at the Fraze Pavilion, where some of the best wings in the Miami Valley were served up and celebrated.

After sampling more than 55 dishes, winners were awarded in categories including best wing, best boneless wing, best sauce and hottest wing.

Nick’s in Xenia came out on top winning people’s choice, best sauce and hottest wing, while Giovanni’s in Fairborn was crowned best overall wing by the judges.

There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to wings. They are simple and if done right, downright delicious.

Here’s my short list of favorite spots to grab wings in Dayton if you are looking to keep popping poultry after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bunkers

The wings at Bunkers have been recognized over and over by Dayton.com and Dayton Daily News readers as the “Best in Dayton.” STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

893 E. National Road, Vandalia

937-890-8899 | Website

Bunkers has jumbo wings that come breaded or plain. This is a spot that has been recognized over and over by Dayton.com as the “Best of Dayton” for good reason.

Company 7 BBQ

Chicken wings at Company 7 in Englewood. (Source: Facebook)

1001 S. Main St., Englewood

(937) 836-2777 | Website

Smoked. Crisp. Flavorful. These are some of my favorite wings in town.

Giovanni’s

215 W. Main St., Fairborn

937-878-1611 | www.giovannisfairborn.com

An Italian restaurant with some of the best wings in town? Believe it. You can choose from Italian, hot or BBQ, but it’s really the Parmesan wings that you want to order. They are absolutely fantastic and blow the other options out of the water.

Lock 27

Lock 27’s signature dry rubbed, house smoked chicken wings, served with celery and house made Sriracha blue cheese, come two ways — a hot habanero-peach rub or a dry sweet and spicy rub. CONTRIBUTED/ALEXIS LARSEN
Photo: Contributing Writer

Dayton Dragon’s Plaza, 329 E. First St., Dayton

937-433-2739 | https://lock27brewing.com

Lock 27’s signature dry rubbed, house smoked chicken wings, served with celery and house made Sriracha blue cheese come two ways — a hot habanero-peach rub or a dry sweet and spicy rub. Both are delicious.

Nick’s

Nick's hand flours all of its wings and has a line of sauces that pack a punch. JIM INGRAM/STAFF

1443 N. Detroit St, Xenia

937-372-3202 | http://gotonicks.com

The long-time Xenia sports bar continues to sweep the People’s Choice Awards at this event year after year and for good reason — they make really, really, really good wings. Just stay away from their “fire in ya hole” hot sauce unless you can take the heat. My mouth is still burning.

Romer’s

4439 State Route 725, Bellbrook

937-848-7676 | Website

1151 Brown St., Dayton

937-938-5806 |  Website

Romer’s is a former first-place winner of the Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest best wings. These wings are a double dose of flavor and crunch.

Stone House Tavern

258 S. Main St., Waynesville

513-855-4203 | Website

Listed as the “World’s Second Best Wings” the six breaded chicken wings that you are served up are fantastic. Apparently the recipe comes from a restaurant in New York that has the best, therefore these are the second best, at least according to the bartender when I inquired.

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