Where to find the best chicken wings in the Champaign-Urbana area
When it comes to chicken wings, our readers had an overwhelming response for their Champaign-Urbana area favorites. We quickly realized that there is no “right answer” when it comes to how wings are prepared or served. As always, we focus on locally owned businesses in and around Champaign-Urbana for this Wing Trail.
Big Grove Tavern, Champaign: Big Grove offers buttermilk-braised wings tossed in buffalo or Korean BBQ sauce served with blue cheese or ranch dressing. “Perfect for an appetizer or my entire dinner!”
Billy Barooz, Champaign: “Billy’s Buffalo Wings are the best, by far! Try the Jerry style wings. They are great!” “Billy Barooz wings – 10000000000% yup!!”
Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, Champaign: Try Black Dog’s Smoked Chicken Wings served with celery and smoked bleu cheese dressing.
Boomerangs Bar and Grill, Urbana: “We love Boomerangs’ wings on Wednesday nights!” Try their breaded stingers or naked wings in 12 different flavors.
Broadway Food Hall La Royale, Urbana: “The wings at Broadway Food Hall are excellent!” “We go there on Thursdays.” They feature jumbo wings with garlic parmesan, honey barbecue, sweet chili, k-town, buffalo sauce, or liquid hot magma.
Buford’s Pub, Sadorus: “We love Buford’s on Wednesday nights.” Try their bone-in, fried wings on Wednesday, tossed in one of their nine sauces or seasonings.
Bunny’s Tavern, Urbana: “Bunny’s has good wings!” We love Tuesday night for smoked wings at Bunny’s Bar and Grill. No one else comes close!”
Burgers & Beer, Gibson City: “Make the little drive to Gibson City for Burgers & Beer. They have great wings.” Choose between boneless or bone-in wings made your way with buffalo, garlic parmesan, barbecue, general tso’s, sweet chili sauce, or plain.
C&C Kitchen, Food truck: “We love C&C Kitchen’s lakeside hot cheddar wings.” “If you like some heat on your wings, try their dragon blast wings!”
Clark Bar, Champaign: “We love the wing specials at Clark Bar! So delicious.”
Crane Alley, Urbana: “Crane Alley’s wings are amazing! They feature a delicious buffalo style chicken wing.”
Esquire Lounge, Champaign: “As an appetizer to share with my husband or a meal for myself, I love the wings at Esquire!”
Farren’s Pub & Eatery, Champaign: “I really like Farren’s wings. I order mine extra crispy with the housemade blue cheese dressing. They are to die for!”
Hickory River Smokehouse, Urbana: “I always add a side of wings to my order at Hickory River! I love the hot dipping sauce and my husband loves the mango habanero. Our kids like the naked wings.”
Jupiter’s at the Crossing, Champaign: “Jupiter’s wings are so good! We love the bourbon sriracha sauce.” Jupiter’s offers both buffalo style wings with your choice of sauce as well as boneless wings.
Last Call, Penfield: “Check out Last Call’s Thursday night wing special with your choice of naked or breaded wings.” They have an assortment of sauces ranging from mild, hot, spicy BBQ, teriyaki, garlic butter, parmesan garlic, mango habanero, bourbon, asian zing, caribbean jerk, and sriracha.
Masjita Grill, Urbana: “Try their extra crispy wings. Mmmm.”
Old Orchard Lanes & Links, Savoy: “When our kids want pizza, my wife and I order their wings … every time. Their boneless wings with Asian chili sauce knock it out of the ballpark.”
Pia’s, Champaign: “When we want wings, we always end up at Pia’s.”
Po’Boys, Urbana: “Po’Boys has some awesome smoked wings.” Their smoked wings come with your choice of buffalo, teriyaki, BBQ, sesame ginger, or plain.
Rumberger’s Wings and More, Champaign: “Their wings never disappoint. We alternate between their dirty rub, the turner, garlic parmesan and ranch. They have the best wings in town!”
San Maru, Champaign: “Their breaded wings are huge and drizzled with honey and toasted almonds. They’re the perfect sweet appetizer for their many delicious entrees.”
Smoky’s House BBQ, Savoy: “Smoky’s House BBQ has some amazing smoked wings!” Their signature wings come with your choice of Memphis Sweet, Mostly Mustard, Little Heat, Root N’ Que, Chipotle Mango, Buffalo, Perfectly Hot, Simply Sweet (Gluten Free) sauce.
Tasty Wings and Sandwiches, Champaign: Featuring bone-in or boneless wings in orders of eight to 100 pieces, their wings come with your choice of mild, hot, extra hot, honey barbecue, garlic parmesan, teriyaki sauce, or lemon pepper.
The Stuft Bird, Champaign: “The Stuft Bird is LEGIT for wings!”
Watson’s Shack & Rail, Champaign: Watson’s Shack & Rail features a half-pound or full pound order of fried wings tossed in Carolina Gold or buffalo sauce.
Windy City Express, Urbana: “Windy City Express is a best kept secret of Champaign-Urbana.” Their fresh whole chicken wings come in orders of 3 to 50 pieces.
Wingstop, Champaign: “Featuring all things wings, this is a stop that makes everyone in our family happy. That doesn’t happen too many places for us.”
Wood N’ Hog, Champaign: “We love their jerk chicken wings. Seriously, the best!” Wood N’ Hog’s wings are hand-breaded and lightly fried. They come with fries and white bread.
Know of someone we missed? Email us and let us know who makes the best wings around Champaign-Urbana and tell us what makes them so delicious.
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