Chicken wings are a dish usually reserved for the appetizer section of the menu — a throwaway item to be eaten along with something else. But some people actually care about the flavor and quality of their wings. Some people want to find a restaurant that doesn’t just do wings, but does wings right! If you happen to be one of those people, you are in luck. Baltimore is blessed with a surprising number of chefs who actually care about the flavor and quality of their chicken wings, and we’ve dug up five of the best just for you!

Bruce Lee’s Wings
1065 S. Charles St., Suite 510
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 837-6081

A deli-style food stand in the Cross Street Market, Bruce Lee’s has been around for decades as a humble grab-and-go kind of place happily attended by locals. And for all of that time, the homemade sauce and hand-cooked wings on which it is served has not changed. While Bruce Lee’s faded, hand-painted sign hasn’t been changed for years, and the grill— also several decades old — is still attended by Mr. Lee himself as he busily cooks up a batch at a time and hands them out in simple foam containers. The quality of his craft and flavorful nature of his unique sauces has landed his wings as number 1 on many people’s list of best chicken wings. We can only recommend you give them a try and see if you agree.

Wings Things ‘N’ More
3007 E. Joppa Road
Parkville, MD 21234
(410) 668-6300

Wings Things ‘N’ More has been doing its thing for 20 years now. Your traditional pizza/sub/wing place, WTM put Wings as the primary food in the restaurant title for a reason. Although they are not a large chain, they have hand-crafted wings and now offer almost two-dozen flavors. The wings are enormous and juicy — a meal unto themselves, making this place a “must” for wing fans everywhere. If you want to make a meal out of quality wings, WTM has you covered. Despite being an established restaurant of two decades, WTM is not as well-known as it ought to be for its quality chicken wings. Might as well do your part to change that!

Joe Squared
133 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 545-0444

Joe Squared cultivates a college hangout, pizza joint feel, with a menu to accompany it. However, when one inspects the wings section of the menu, they will be pleasantly surprised at the variety and creativity present. Flavors like “Cajun Tomato and Pikesville Whiskey” evoke a tart and burning sensation, while others like “ginger pine nut” give a mild and cultured spice to the menu, and still others such as “honey sriracha” give those who pine for something sweet and spicy something to satisfy their longings. For fans of the uber-spicy,Joe Squared offers the dangerously hot “18 Pepper” wings; and, for everyone else, it has the old-fashioned Buffalo Wings in mild, medium or hot.

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The Dizz
300 W. 30th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(443) 869-5864

Formerly Dizzy Issie’s, The Dizz re-opened its doors summer of 2015, now bragging that it is “Baltimore in a Bar.” One slice of Baltimore which it certainly has rolled out is its chicken wings, just as big, hot, crispy and meaty as they were back in the Dizzy Issie days. Come in and check out the new and improved look which The Dizz has released upon the Baltimore scene and sample the classic wings, which made it a favorite spot before it ever closed its doors in the first place, including all of the traditional flavors and, of course, that Baltimore favorite: Old Bay.

America’s Best Wings
4428 Edmondson Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 233-9464

So obviously a place with the guts to itself “America’s Best Wings” is trying hard for quality in the chicken wings department. Surprisingly, despite the audacity of the restaurant’s name, it’s actually put out a mouth-wateringly good product which will have you coming back to try out all thirty flavors. While it serves more than just wings, the wings are the pride of the establishment, and you can place orders in increments of five, ten, twenty, fifty, or even one hundred pieces. Try a few of the typical chicken wing flavors, or some of their more experimental flavors such as “Moon Dust” or “Honey Old Bay.”

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.