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19 Atlanta Bars and Restaurants Serving First-Rate Wings

From spicy Korean fried to lemon pepper wet, Atlanta has cornered the market on wings

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While there are dozens of great establishments offering flats, drums, and even that tiny extra part that some people eat as if it actually held meat, some restaurants are leading the wing pack. From smoked to fried, sweet and sour to extra-sauced, including the quintessential Atlanta wing flavor, lemon pepper, here’s where to grab wings for takeout and delivery right now.

Disclaimer: A number of Atlanta restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. J.R. Crickets

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4550 Jonesboro Rd
Union City, GA 30291

It’s not the original location (Spring Street,) but neither is the one in the former IHOP that calls itself such. However, the Union City J.R. Crickets is definitely the crunkest, which may explain why the wings seem to be the best in the franchise. Some locations vary on the crispness of these classic fried wings – an unfortunate result due to their popularity after the “lemon-pepper-wet” shout-out on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. But, the Jonesboro Road location offers solid “Fester” wings (the proper name for LPW,) the standard buffalo that made the ATL-based chain a success, and, of course, delicious fries. J.R. Crickets has survived this long for a reason, and they keep spreading throughout Atlanta because those wings are just plain good. Order online for takeout or delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, or DoorDash.

2. LT's Wings

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1160 Fairburn Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 349-0006

Renowed writer and Atlanta native Rembert Browne and mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms agreed onstage in a live conversation held during the recent A3C hip hop festival on one point: LT’s is an Atlanta wing institution. The greatness of the wings here is in their down-home simplicity, which are fried and tossed in a whole lot of sauce, no matter what flavor is ordered. The house special blends sweetness and heat, though it’s the Cajun lemon pepper that regulars to LT’s will likely recommend to newcomers. Customers routinely mix and match wings here.

3. Jamal's Buffalo Wings

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2001 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW suite 106
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 221-0088

Residents who lived in or attended school near the West End over the last two decades are likely familiar with the wing shack that sat in the parking lot across from what used to be the Georgia Dome. Now that Mercedes-Benz Stadium has changed the landscape, Jamal’s has changed locations to the edge of Westview Cemetery. But, their crispy fried, sauce-soaked wings have stayed exactly the same – delicious. Expect the savory flavor to literally shine through, especially on the honey bar-b-que and hot lemon pepper flavors. Call to order takeout.

4. Pit Boss BBQ

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856 Virginia Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 768-0036
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Dry-rubbed overnight before they’re smoked, the wings at Pit Boss in Hapeville are why this popular barbecue spot is always packed with everyone from Delta employees from Hartsfield-Jackson airport to off-duty (hopefully) police. The wings are smoked with pecan, oak, and hickory wood before being flash-fried for a crispy skin. Order online for takeout.

5. Magic City Kitchen at Magic City

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241 Forsyth St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 495-4808
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The wings at this shoe-modeling establishment are as magical as the entertainment, even if people always give pause to eating in order to take in the exotic dancing here. Regardless of the form of entertainment at Magic, the wings are legitimately good. They’re well-fried with a snappy skin and sauced properly —especially the honey garlic or plain battered versions. Sure, $15 is a bit much to pay for some wings, but remember this is Magic City. Call for takeout or order online.

6. Tom, Dick & Hank

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191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-3774
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Not even the Braves leaving Turner Field has stopped the crowds from swinging by for smoked wings by-the-pound at Tom, Dick, & Hank. While they also prepare them fried and tossed in dry barbecue rub, it’s the smoked wings that really took off here. The flavor goes deep to the bone of both the flats and mini drumsticks. The restaurant is one of the best places near downtown Atlanta to watch sports, but it’s the wings that win every time. Call to order takeout.

7. Clay's Sports Cafe

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5975 Roswell Rd D- 245
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 843-1233
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Clay’s Sports Cafe in Sandy Springs has been doling out some of Atlanta’s best wings since 1991. After temporarily closing in 2016 to relocate, Atlanta’s wing lovers rejoiced when the sports bar finally reopened in its new location a year later. Clay’s is back in the wing business — and some say, better than ever at it. Wings here range in heat from mild to hot, with flavors like lemon pepper, bbq, teriyaki, honey bbq, jerk, garlic parmesan, honey mustard, and ranch. Takeout and limited delivery available with minimum $18 order. Call to order.

8. Minero

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675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #136
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 532-1580
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More than a few Atlantans have become addicted to Minero’s charcoal grilled wings. The dry-rubbed chicken gets a significant char and carries the flavor of cookouts in the backyard. Once done, they’re dropped into a brown paper bag, splashed with Valentina hot sauce, and then tossed and shaken. It softens the crispy texture from fresh-off-the-grill meat, but it’s a novel preparation and delicious enough that folks don’t seem to mind or even notice. Order online for takeout.

9. Jack's Pizza & Wings

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676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-4444
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Do not skip the oven-baked wings at Jack’s Pizza on Highland Avenue. Flavors include a fruity strawberry (better than imagined,) sweet, honey bourbon, and a legit jerk rub. Try the teriyaki or the Sriracha. They’re even better together. Jack’s also offers a pretty fantastic lemon pepper, too. Call to order takeout.

10. Ticonderoga Club

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99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 458-4534
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The New England-style tavern inside Krog Street Market continues to serve a mean cocktail, even if it’s via Ticonderoga Club’s new to-go window on the patio. Dubbed Ticon-To-Go Club, the menu includes many of the Club’s classics, like the Ipswich clam roll, vegan noodle bowl, and Poh’s eggplant with jasmine rice, as well as brunch favorites such as the cheesy hash browns and BEC sandwich. Don’t skip T-Club’s wings, which come in three flavors: Bali-style with soy, coconut, and Thai chiles; sweet and sour made with ginger, lime, and lemongrass; and the chili crush with chiles, garlic, sesame, and scallions. Order online to pick up at the window. Masks are required inside the market. Remember, the Club is always closed on Wednesdays.

11. The Local

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758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

This gritty pub on Ponce is the overwhelming “people’s choice” for smoked wings. Even as smoked wings have become the style of the moment in Atlanta, the wings at The Local are crispy yet still juicy, a difficult combination to master. Order the dry-rubbed jerk or lemon pepper, or try the sauced versions like the tikka masala or spicy Korean BBQ. The price is always $12, whether that’s 10 wings a la carte or five with a side. Open for takeout.

12. Sweet Auburn BBQ

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656 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(678) 515-3550
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Siblings Howard and Anita Hsu started Sweet Auburn BBQ in the historic Sweet Auburn district’s curb market on Edgewood Avenue near downtown Atlanta. Now with a restaurant in Poncey-Highland, the smoked wings at both locations are still a favorite among Sweet Auburn’s customers. Order the coconut lemongrass wings which are reminiscent of a Thai soup or the Thai chili-style “Wu Tang” wings for a little heat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

13. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

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1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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There can’t be a wing map in Atlanta that doesn’t include Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and their hickory-smoked wings. The wings get a spice rub prior to soaking up the wood-burned flavor in the smoker. They’re then flash-fried and tossed in sauce so good, the brothers Fox have bottled it for sale. Fox Bros. may not be the new-new, but just as the wings themselves are cooked, they’ll be low and slow favorites for years to come. Call to order for pick-up. Delivery available via DoorDash.

14. The Wing Bar

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494 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 688-8009
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For those in search of wings featuring 100% local poultry, look no further than this popular East Atlanta Village takeout spot. Order from ten to up to 50 wings tossed in sauces like honey mustard, Sriracha, agave barbecue, Old Bay, and lemon pepper. Wing combo meals come with crinkle fries and a drink. The menu also includes vegan wings called “vings”. Order online for takeout and delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, and Zifty.

15. Poor Hendrix

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2371 Hosea L Williams Drive Southeast, Bldg. 2
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 549-8756
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There’s something to be said for spectacularly fried wings — not overcooked to the point of dryness, but not under-fried to where the grease mixes with the sauce. This balance makes the sticky, sesame wings at Poor Hendrix a stand-out on the menu, as does the colorful presentation of sesame seeds and chives against the maroon-colored drums and flats in the basket. Drop in Monday nights for a combo deal of wings and a 16-ounce tallboy for $8. Call for takeout. Follow on Instagram for daily updates.

16. Nam Phuong Restaurant

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4051 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2400
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Don’t think too long about how wings marinated in Vietnamese fish sauce will taste, just order them. There’s a zippy, funky flavor embedded in that meat, which gets crispy without the need for breading, yet still retains a shiny glaze from sweet chili sauce. The interior chew remains wonderfully moist. Wings come with a side of white rice and pickled vegetables. Order online for takeout.

17. Brew and Bird

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1355 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 205-5566
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Wide variety and bold creativity thrive in this new Decatur restaurant on Clairmont for craft beer and Asian-inspired wing flavors. There are several unique styles to try, but it’s the house wings, which come in multiples of eight and are marinated for about 14 hours, that are selling out nearly every night. The 14-hour soaking produces a measured blast of honey, vinegar, and soy sauce. Try the Korean garlic spice for sweet heat and a kick of funk. Call to order takeout.

18. Brockett Pub House & Grill

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4522 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Clarkston, GA 30021
(770) 938-1080
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This low-key Clarkston sports bar obviously includes wings on its menu. Flats and drums here can come dressed in varying heat degrees of buffalo sauce, honey mustard or bourbon barbecue, lemon pepper, or the pub’s popular sweet and spicy sauce. Wings are served with celery and blue cheese dressing or a side of fries. Open for limited dine-in service. Call to order takeout.

19. Thank U Chicken

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3473 Old Norcross Rd
Duluth, GA 30096
(470) 875-9000

This Korean fried chicken setup in Duluth is worth the trip from any part of town to find out how deep the fryer goes. They don’t do sauce mixes, but sauces aren’t needed here. Order the house yang nyum (sweet chili) or soy sauce jumbo wings. The crispness and snappy flavor explain the price — three extra dollars per batch — and the satisfaction after devouring them. Call for takeout.

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1. J.R. Crickets

4550 Jonesboro Rd, Union City, GA 30291

It’s not the original location (Spring Street,) but neither is the one in the former IHOP that calls itself such. However, the Union City J.R. Crickets is definitely the crunkest, which may explain why the wings seem to be the best in the franchise. Some locations vary on the crispness of these classic fried wings – an unfortunate result due to their popularity after the “lemon-pepper-wet” shout-out on Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. But, the Jonesboro Road location offers solid “Fester” wings (the proper name for LPW,) the standard buffalo that made the ATL-based chain a success, and, of course, delicious fries. J.R. Crickets has survived this long for a reason, and they keep spreading throughout Atlanta because those wings are just plain good. Order online for takeout or delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, or DoorDash.

4550 Jonesboro Rd
Union City, GA 30291

2. LT's Wings

1160 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Renowed writer and Atlanta native Rembert Browne and mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms agreed onstage in a live conversation held during the recent A3C hip hop festival on one point: LT’s is an Atlanta wing institution. The greatness of the wings here is in their down-home simplicity, which are fried and tossed in a whole lot of sauce, no matter what flavor is ordered. The house special blends sweetness and heat, though it’s the Cajun lemon pepper that regulars to LT’s will likely recommend to newcomers. Customers routinely mix and match wings here.

1160 Fairburn Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

3. Jamal's Buffalo Wings

2001 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30310

Residents who lived in or attended school near the West End over the last two decades are likely familiar with the wing shack that sat in the parking lot across from what used to be the Georgia Dome. Now that Mercedes-Benz Stadium has changed the landscape, Jamal’s has changed locations to the edge of Westview Cemetery. But, their crispy fried, sauce-soaked wings have stayed exactly the same – delicious. Expect the savory flavor to literally shine through, especially on the honey bar-b-que and hot lemon pepper flavors. Call to order takeout.

2001 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW suite 106
Atlanta, GA 30310

4. Pit Boss BBQ

856 Virginia Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354

Dry-rubbed overnight before they’re smoked, the wings at Pit Boss in Hapeville are why this popular barbecue spot is always packed with everyone from Delta employees from Hartsfield-Jackson airport to off-duty (hopefully) police. The wings are smoked with pecan, oak, and hickory wood before being flash-fried for a crispy skin. Order online for takeout.

856 Virginia Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354

5. Magic City Kitchen at Magic City

241 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

The wings at this shoe-modeling establishment are as magical as the entertainment, even if people always give pause to eating in order to take in the exotic dancing here. Regardless of the form of entertainment at Magic, the wings are legitimately good. They’re well-fried with a snappy skin and sauced properly —especially the honey garlic or plain battered versions. Sure, $15 is a bit much to pay for some wings, but remember this is Magic City. Call for takeout or order online.

241 Forsyth St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

6. Tom, Dick & Hank

191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30312

Not even the Braves leaving Turner Field has stopped the crowds from swinging by for smoked wings by-the-pound at Tom, Dick, & Hank. While they also prepare them fried and tossed in dry barbecue rub, it’s the smoked wings that really took off here. The flavor goes deep to the bone of both the flats and mini drumsticks. The restaurant is one of the best places near downtown Atlanta to watch sports, but it’s the wings that win every time. Call to order takeout.

191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Clay's Sports Cafe

5975 Roswell Rd D- 245, Atlanta, GA 30328

Clay’s Sports Cafe in Sandy Springs has been doling out some of Atlanta’s best wings since 1991. After temporarily closing in 2016 to relocate, Atlanta’s wing lovers rejoiced when the sports bar finally reopened in its new location a year later. Clay’s is back in the wing business — and some say, better than ever at it. Wings here range in heat from mild to hot, with flavors like lemon pepper, bbq, teriyaki, honey bbq, jerk, garlic parmesan, honey mustard, and ranch. Takeout and limited delivery available with minimum $18 order. Call to order.

5975 Roswell Rd D- 245
Atlanta, GA 30328

8. Minero

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #136, Atlanta, GA 30308

More than a few Atlantans have become addicted to Minero’s charcoal grilled wings. The dry-rubbed chicken gets a significant char and carries the flavor of cookouts in the backyard. Once done, they’re dropped into a brown paper bag, splashed with Valentina hot sauce, and then tossed and shaken. It softens the crispy texture from fresh-off-the-grill meat, but it’s a novel preparation and delicious enough that folks don’t seem to mind or even notice. Order online for takeout.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #136
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Jack's Pizza & Wings

676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Do not skip the oven-baked wings at Jack’s Pizza on Highland Avenue. Flavors include a fruity strawberry (better than imagined,) sweet, honey bourbon, and a legit jerk rub. Try the teriyaki or the Sriracha. They’re even better together. Jack’s also offers a pretty fantastic lemon pepper, too. Call to order takeout.

676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Ticonderoga Club

99 Krog St NE W, Atlanta, GA 30307

The New England-style tavern inside Krog Street Market continues to serve a mean cocktail, even if it’s via Ticonderoga Club’s new to-go window on the patio. Dubbed Ticon-To-Go Club, the menu includes many of the Club’s classics, like the Ipswich clam roll, vegan noodle bowl, and Poh’s eggplant with jasmine rice, as well as brunch favorites such as the cheesy hash browns and BEC sandwich. Don’t skip T-Club’s wings, which come in three flavors: Bali-style with soy, coconut, and Thai chiles; sweet and sour made with ginger, lime, and lemongrass; and the chili crush with chiles, garlic, sesame, and scallions. Order online to pick up at the window. Masks are required inside the market. Remember, the Club is always closed on Wednesdays.

99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. The Local

758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This gritty pub on Ponce is the overwhelming “people’s choice” for smoked wings. Even as smoked wings have become the style of the moment in Atlanta, the wings at The Local are crispy yet still juicy, a difficult combination to master. Order the dry-rubbed jerk or lemon pepper, or try the sauced versions like the tikka masala or spicy Korean BBQ. The price is always $12, whether that’s 10 wings a la carte or five with a side. Open for takeout.

758 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

12. Sweet Auburn BBQ

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Siblings Howard and Anita Hsu started Sweet Auburn BBQ in the historic Sweet Auburn district’s curb market on Edgewood Avenue near downtown Atlanta. Now with a restaurant in Poncey-Highland, the smoked wings at both locations are still a favorite among Sweet Auburn’s customers. Order the coconut lemongrass wings which are reminiscent of a Thai soup or the Thai chili-style “Wu Tang” wings for a little heat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

13. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

There can’t be a wing map in Atlanta that doesn’t include Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and their hickory-smoked wings. The wings get a spice rub prior to soaking up the wood-burned flavor in the smoker. They’re then flash-fried and tossed in sauce so good, the brothers Fox have bottled it for sale. Fox Bros. may not be the new-new, but just as the wings themselves are cooked, they’ll be low and slow favorites for years to come. Call to order for pick-up. Delivery available via DoorDash.

1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. The Wing Bar

494 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

For those in search of wings featuring 100% local poultry, look no further than this popular East Atlanta Village takeout spot. Order from ten to up to 50 wings tossed in sauces like honey mustard, Sriracha, agave barbecue, Old Bay, and lemon pepper. Wing combo meals come with crinkle fries and a drink. The menu also includes vegan wings called “vings”. Order online for takeout and delivery via UberEats, GrubHub, and Zifty.

494 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea L Williams Drive Southeast, Bldg. 2, Atlanta, GA 30317

There’s something to be said for spectacularly fried wings — not overcooked to the point of dryness, but not under-fried to where the grease mixes with the sauce. This balance makes the sticky, sesame wings at Poor Hendrix a stand-out on the menu, as does the colorful presentation of sesame seeds and chives against the maroon-colored drums and flats in the basket. Drop in Monday nights for a combo deal of wings and a 16-ounce tallboy for $8. Call for takeout. Follow on Instagram for daily updates.

2371 Hosea L Williams Drive Southeast, Bldg. 2
Atlanta, GA 30317

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16. Nam Phuong Restaurant

4051 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

Don’t think too long about how wings marinated in Vietnamese fish sauce will taste, just order them. There’s a zippy, funky flavor embedded in that meat, which gets crispy without the need for breading, yet still retains a shiny glaze from sweet chili sauce. The interior chew remains wonderfully moist. Wings come with a side of white rice and pickled vegetables. Order online for takeout.

4051 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

17. Brew and Bird

1355 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Wide variety and bold creativity thrive in this new Decatur restaurant on Clairmont for craft beer and Asian-inspired wing flavors. There are several unique styles to try, but it’s the house wings, which come in multiples of eight and are marinated for about 14 hours, that are selling out nearly every night. The 14-hour soaking produces a measured blast of honey, vinegar, and soy sauce. Try the Korean garlic spice for sweet heat and a kick of funk. Call to order takeout.

1355 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

18. Brockett Pub House & Grill

4522 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021

This low-key Clarkston sports bar obviously includes wings on its menu. Flats and drums here can come dressed in varying heat degrees of buffalo sauce, honey mustard or bourbon barbecue, lemon pepper, or the pub’s popular sweet and spicy sauce. Wings are served with celery and blue cheese dressing or a side of fries. Open for limited dine-in service. Call to order takeout.

4522 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Clarkston, GA 30021

19. Thank U Chicken

3473 Old Norcross Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

This Korean fried chicken setup in Duluth is worth the trip from any part of town to find out how deep the fryer goes. They don’t do sauce mixes, but sauces aren’t needed here. Order the house yang nyum (sweet chili) or soy sauce jumbo wings. The crispness and snappy flavor explain the price — three extra dollars per batch — and the satisfaction after devouring them. Call for takeout.

3473 Old Norcross Rd
Duluth, GA 30096

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