Where to Get the Best Wings in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is brimming with wing deals, but which spots are worthy of your sticky fingers? Here are our top eight picks.

Club Garibaldi

The wait can be extreme. Get a glimpse of the cooking space, and it will make sense. Grilled to perfection, each batch to order, the wings arrive at your table with a bit of char and a nice kick. So grab a brew, wait it out, and thank us later.
(2501 S. Superior St., 414-483-6335)
50 cents each on Wednesdays.

J&B’s Blue Ribbon Bar

For those with a fondness for chicken wings–and hmm, I believe I work with several wing connoisseurs–J&B’s serves them with one of several sauces. (We wonder what “Asinine” tastes like.…)
(5230 W. Bluemound Rd., 414-443-1844)
60 cents each on Wednesdays

Leff’s Lucky Town

Naked, BBQ, Cajun BBQ, mild, medium, hot and ass-kickin’–a nice but not over-the-top sauce selection. Also not over the top? The sauce application, but that’s because something else sets these fellas apart–a sprinkling of seasoning on top.
(7208 W. State St., Wauwatosa, 414-258-9886)
50 cents each or seven for $3.25 on Tuesdays


They’re not Southern per se, but wings could surely be inducted into the comfort food Hall of Fame. As such, Maxie’s whips up a hearty plate of battered wings served in a “zesty” barbecue sauce. 
(6732 W. Fairview Ave., 414-292-3969)
On Tuesdays, they’re half off the regular $11.50 price

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris


They’re seasoned, grilled and finished off in the fryer, before resting in a pool of Buffalo sauce (or whatever you choose–sauces change). The sauciest of the bunch perhaps, but the char on these jumbo numbers offsets it nicely.
(338 S. First St., 414-271-7546)
50 cents each on Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.


Paulie’s is about choices: plain, Paulie’s “original” breaded or lightly tossed in sauce. And about those sauces? Eight are Legend Larry’s, which is based in Sheboygan and a consistent National Buffalo Wing Festival award-winner. The other three are house selections. Like we said, choices.
(8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, 414-257-2854)
45-cent (boneless) and 75-cent (bone-in) each on Mondays, 10-wing minimum


Thirteen sauce options coat the baked beauts at this Walker’s Point standby. And no need to shy away from “hot” on the flame scale. They’re for the spice lover, but they won’t result in pain. Just a wet brow.
(800 S. Second St., 414-672-7139)
60 cents each on Tuesdays, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.


Every week, the sauces change–Bomb Bayou, Buffalo Sings the Bleus, Rum Rainier, Jerk. And those are just a sampling. For the adventurous wing-seeker indeed, but an award-winner nonetheless. First place in people’s choice and the most unique award at 2013’s WingFest Milwaukee.
(8001 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, 414-258-9110)
50 cents each on Mondays and Thursdays



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.