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The Panthers start their regular season this weekend, which means it’s time for wings. Here’s a quick guide to 14 must-try wings spots in Charlotte — and what to order from each.
Note: The wings spots below are listed in no specific order (this is not a ranking).
- We repeat: This is not a ranking.
- Also: Please note that some of these restaurants may have limited availability due to food shortages.
(1) d.d. Peckers
Charlotte wing lovers know d.d. Peckers. It’s widely considered the city’s No. 1 wing spot. Inside, you’ll find a dark bar-type vibe — but don’t be mistaken, the employees and the wings are fantastic.
Neighborhood: Pineville (10403 Park Rd.)
Must-try flavors: Hot and honey hot
Flavors: 25+. All sauces are made in-house, and if you’re nosy, you can look into the kitchen and watch the cooks toss the chicken wings in large silver sauce bowls.
Fun fact: d.d. Peckers serves approximately 15,000 wings each Super Bowl Sunday.
Background: Owner Justin Holland bought d.d. Peckers in 2004 and has been running it ever since. He told Axios Charlotte that their secret to success is that they’ve had the same core staff for more than a decade.
Ty Noble owns this no-frills strip mall restaurant in east Charlotte. Known as the “Home of Henny Wings,” Ty’s has been open for almost seven years. In that time, he’s seen high-profile visitors like the former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Fantasia Barrino of American Idol fame.
Location: East Charlotte in the East Town Market shopping center (5708 N. Sharon Amity Rd.)
Must-try flavors: Hennessey BBQ (a.k.a. “Henny Wings”) and lemon pepper.
Flavor options: 7. Hennessey BBQ, teriyaki, Jamaican jerk, mild, fireball hot, lemon pepper, and fried.
(3) Moosehead Grill
Moosehead is the epitome of a neighborhood watering hole — a casual, old Pizza Hut atmosphere with heavy drinks and excellent bar food.
Neighborhood: Montford (1807 Montford Dr.)
Must-try flavors: Uncle Donnie’s Famous Blackened Wings and Bee Stings. Be prepared for some heat from the Bee Stings.
Flavor options: 11. Feeling crazy? Do Moosehead’s PB&J Wings — Thai spices, peanut butter, and apple jelly; or their Hemo-Goblin wings with blood orange and ghost pepper.
With nine locations and more than 35 wing flavors, Chex has become a go-to wing spot for the Charlotte area since 2014.
Locations: Freedom Drive, South Tryon, Pineville, The Plaza, Davis Lake, University, Gastonia, Mount Holly and Sardis Road
Must-try flavors: Strawberry hot and Hawaiian blaze.
This Dilworth hangout may have the closest thing to real Buffalo wings you can find in Charlotte.
Neighborhood: Dilworth (1524 East Blvd.)
Must-try flavors: Gold Rush and blackened tossed in Stinger.
Sauce options: 8. Buffalo-style (medium or hot), Gold Rush (tangy-sweet BBQ), Jerkiyaki (jerk & teriyaki), Stinger (sweet-heat), blackened (cajun rub & charred), garlic-parm (dry rub – mild), Bang Bang (creamy sweet chili), and Willie’s southern fried.
(6) Bobbee O’s BBQ
Neighborhood: Northwest Charlotte (9401 Statesville Rd.)
Must-try flavors: Order sizes are by 10; you can do five of one flavor and five of another. Definitely don’t leave here without trying the house-made barbecue on at least five. The other options are spicy barbecue, hot, or mild. Just choose based on how sweet or hot you wanna go.
- Or order 20, like we did, and get all four flavors.
Fun fact: The owner, Bob Roberts, grew up in rural North Carolina and served in Vietnam. He worked several jobs in the service, then came to Charlotte as a chain restaurant manager in the early 1990s. He retired in 2008 and started his dream of owning a restaurant after that.
What else: The barbecue and ribs, also excellent. The wings take about 10 minutes to come out because they’re cooked upon order. So get there a little early or order ahead.
Founded by two brothers from Buffalo, Bisonte is known for its pizza, wings, and pasta. Their recipes have been passed down in their family.
Neighborhoods: Uptown (710 W. Trade St.) and Matthews (1381 Chestnut Ln.)
Must-try flavors: Buffalo. Heat options include mild, medium, hot, and inferno. If you’re looking for other flavors they’ve got BBQ, sweet BBQ, teriyaki, Cajun, Teriyaki, Carolina gold, bourbon BBQ, lemon pepper and sweet chili.
Fun fact: They’re one of the few spots in our city that offers a chicken finger sub tossed in buffalo sauce with homemade blue cheese. It’s a Buffalo thing.
Background: Jim and Steve DaPolito, owners and brothers, are from Buffalo, New York, so they get Buffalo wings, obviously.
(8) Wing King Cafe
Wing King Cafe is not actually a cafe; it’s a sports bar with an old-school tavern vibe, friendly staff, and excellent wings.
Locations: Steele Creek (13209 Carowinds Blvd.) and Fort Mill (200 Doby’s Bridge Rd. Suite 164)
Flavors: 30+. You can go traditional or try something different, like hot garlic parmesan, Cajun, or Ming’s sweet chili. Wing King Cafe has eight different types of garlic flavors alone.
Favorite order: Their King sampler — 25 wings, five different flavors (your choice).
This trendy South End spot has emerged as one of the hottest hangouts in the city. It’s a Southern barbecue restaurant with a heavy Korean inspiration, in a hip neighborhood. It has an urban vibe, Instagrammable cocktails, and an open-air back patio.
Neighborhood: South End (1400 S. Church St.)
Must-try flavors: Spicy and soy garlic.
Wing style: These are not normal wings; they are Korean style, double-fried. They have a delicate, crackly crust and are smothered with sauce.
Big news: Seoul Food is opening a second location near NoDa in 2021. It’s massive and will be next door to a new food hall called Lintmen’s. [Read more: New food hall to open in Charlotte in 2021, one mile from Optimist Hall]
Neighborhoods: Druid Hills North (3100 Statesville Ave.) and Bradfield Farms (8006 Cambridge Commons Dr.)
Must-try: Just get the four-wing dinner and hot sauce on the side. The wings come out whole, lightly breaded with special seasoning, and crispy.
What else: The wing dinner comes with two sides and a roll. Mr. Charles’ is run by the father and son duo of Mike and Michael Rhynes. They do offer tailgate specials (12 piece mix with three large sides and six rolls for $27.99). The Statesville location is open Monday through Friday and the Cambridge location is open Tuesday through Sunday.
(11) The Crunkleton
Sure, you go to this upscale cocktail bar and restaurant in Elizabeth for the drinks, but their wings are so flippin’ good.
Must-try wings: Order the charred wings with house hot sauce, sorghum, and gates blue.
Cooking style: Wings are cooked on a hearth, which is completely exposed to the rest of the space.
Don’t forget: The Crunkleton Charlotte is a private club, and membership will run you $10 per year.
This locally owned spot, previously named Flip’n Chicken, is focused on wings, strips, and sticks.
Location: Carmel Commons Shopping Center (7629 Pineville Matthews Rd. #A)
Must-try flavors: Buffalo (most popular), Lemon Pepper, and Garlic Parmesan.
Fun fact: Flip-a-Lo’s also offers Buffalo pizza sticks (very tasty).
West Charlotte bar and restaurant started by Jay Davis of the wildly popular Lulu’s Maryland Style Chicken and Seafood.
Location: 2710 Tuckaseegee Rd.
Must-try flavors: Hideaway Special wings (New York-style wings tossed in classic buffalo sauce and garlic parmesan) and the lemon pepper wings.
Trolley Barn is a new brewery and food hall concept from the Legion Brewing team. It houses three food stations Green Works (a salad and grain bowl concept), Brand & Steel (Wood-grilled meats and fish) and Daily Shift Food Co. (handhelds like sandwiches, tacos and wings).
Location: 2104 South Blvd.
Must-try flavors: The duck fat wings.
While working on this update, I sent a call out on Twitter, asking for other folks’ favorite spots. Here’s a sampling of what they sent:
- We got several replies mentioning McKoy’s Smokehouse & Saloon.
- STATS Restaurant & Bar. Can’t go wrong with the honey lemon pepper & Their hot and honey)
- The salt and pepper wings from French Quarter.
- The honey Old Bay wings at LuLu’s Maryland Style Chicken and Seafood in west Charlotte are almost as good and Maryland-y as their crab cakes.
- The one-pound order of smoked wings from Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen would get more attention if this weren’t also one of Charlotte’s best places for a sit-down dinner with, you know, silverware.
- And we’d eat way more wings (smoked or fried) from Lewis Donald at Sweet Lew’s in the Belmont neighborhood if we’d just cut back on the brisket and pork.