Memphis Hot Wing Trail

20 Wing Spots In Memphis You Have To Try

You can smoke them, fry them, bread them, toss them in sauce, season them, eat them down to the bone, lick your fingers, and argue about them passionately. They are Memphis hot wings. Memphis is the hot wing capital of the South – you could make the argument Memphis is the hot wing capital of the world, maybe excluding Buffalo-style.

Locals will fight you over your barbecue preferences, but I'm pretty sure chicken wing restaurant loyalty could cause a generations-long blood feud. Don't take it from me though, you’ll have to try these Memphis wings for yourself.

The list is in alphabetical order. Keep scrolling for a map and a big list so you can plan your own trail!
sauced chicken wings on a red checkered plate
Wings from Riko's
Hot Wings at Central BBQ | Alex Shansky
Designer Carmeon Hamilton at Central BBQ
Again, alphabetical order:

Al’s Wings and Things

1806 Lamar Ave.
Honey gold wings are the Memphis flavor, but Als’s Wings and things on Lamar doesn’t stop there. They have more than 30 different flavors, taking all the elements of hot wing sauces (spicy, honey, super spicy, ranch, bbq, and seasoned) and mixing them in different combinations to make your taste buds dance.

“Classic: Al’s wings and things on Lamar. The honey gold is magical.” - Amber K.

Alex's Tavern 

1445 Jackson Avenue
It’s rare that a dive bar can excel in so many categories, but Memphians love Alex’s burger, barbecue ribs, and their delectable Greek wings. 

Read more about Alex’s.

All Star Wings 

multiple locations
Two decades of Memphis-style wings means 20 years of mouth-watering wings prepared to perfection. All Star wings come whole in your choice of classic sauces including honey gold, honey hot, and "suicide" spicy hot.

Bayou 

2094 Madison Avenue in Overton Square
Step one: fry chicken wings. Step two: toss in Bayou's spicy, tangy Zydeco sauce. Step three: Ascend to hot wing heaven.

“Number 1 No Doubt: Bayou: Zydeco wings. Unique and amazing.” — Drew S.

Best Wings of Memphis 

2390 Summer Ave + 3995 Elvis Presley Blvd
They certainly have the SEO on lock at Best Wings of Memphis, and every level of spice intensity to choose from for their whole wings. Memphians recommend the honey glazed or honey glazed hot!

BJ’s Buffalo Style Hot Wings

3824 Elvis Presley Blvd
Don’t let the long line discourage you: BJ’s is 100 percent worth the wait and the line moves fast. The flames painted on the building are not false advertising: these wings are fire!

“My go-to is the buffalo regular hot party wings with a side of fries and lemonade.That flavor is so good I don’t worry about any of the other flavors—Simply amazing.” - Milton H.

Cozy Corner

735 N. Parkway
Another top barbecue joint that also excels in the chicken wing category, Cozy Corner smokes their wings. You can get a combo plate with ribs and wings, too. 

“Smoked wings at the Cozy Corner are better than any other in that style, as well. They’re the only not-fried smoked wings that have not-rubber skin” —Andrew M.

You have to try the delicious zydeco wings at Bayou Bar & Grill. | Alex Shansky
We swear by the Zydeco wing sauce at the Bayou.
Find unique flavor combinations at Riko's Kickin Chicken. | Alex Shansky
Riko's Kickin Chicken owner Tiffany Wiley

Central BBQ

multiple locations
Good wings and good barbecue often go hand-in-hand, and Central proves it with their smoked wings. Always one of the top picks from locals, many of whom give Central their number one spot on the list of best wings joints in Memphis. 

“Central BBQ wings are <fire emoji>. They’re smoked then fried. I like the jerk, my husband likes the wet.” - Brittany N.

“[Central’s] dry rub wings are truth and define what you can do with a good smoker + chicken.” - Marc K.

Read more about Central BBQ.

Ching’s Hot Wings

1264 Getwell Road
Memphis loves Ching's almost as much as Ching's loves the Memphis Tigers. After being pandemic-closed for most of 2020, Ching’s “Best Damn Hot Wings” has reopened, much to the relief of Memphis wing lovers everywhere

 Read more about Ching’s Hot Wings.

Crumpy’s 

multiple locations
By all accounts, Crumpy’s is responsible for the thriving chicken wing scene in Memphis. Think of them as the grandaddy of Memphis hot wings—Edible Memphis has a fantastic story on their founder Donald Crump, his family, and the mark he’s made on our hot wing culture in Memphis.

“A Memphis classic. They have been doing it right for years, and they do whole wings.” —Caleb S.

“There is 100% no one beating Crumpy’s Wings, in my opinion best in the USA that I've had!!! Yea I said it BOOM!!” —Larry T.

Read more about Crumpy’s. 

D'Bo's 

7050 Malco Crossing Ste. 106 + 4407 Elvis Presley Blvd
Open since 1990 and with multiple locations, D'Bo's is a Memphis hot wing and buffalo wing must-try. They’ve won some awards—including the National Buffalo Wings Fest in 2011— and they also have frozen daiquiri machines at some locations. Win-win-win.

Read more about D’bo’s on Edible Memphis’ IG.

Dixie Queen

multiple locations
A Memphis institution known for legendary late-night drive thru lines, Dixie Queen’s wings can be polarizing: are they amazing or are they overrated? Are they good because you can get them at 2 a.m. or are they elite any time of day? Their popularity and controversy means that this stop on the Memphis Wing Trail is one you’ll have to judge for yourself. 

Don Don’s

Multiple locations
A spinoff of the elite Crumpy’s hot wing dynasty, Don Don’s comes up frequently in “best wings in Memphis” conversations among locals. Add it to your Memphis Wing Trail list and try all the sauce flavors. 

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Ching's Wings says they are the "best damn hot wings" in town. Only you can decide if they're right.

Mr. P's Buffalo Wings 

multiple locations
Though the name says "buffalo", Mr. P's has a variety of spicy, sweet, and seasoned options for flavors and 25 years of experience feeding hungry Memphians some of their favorite hot wings. 

New Wing Order Food Truck

This food truck will make all your best Memphis hot wing dreams come true—we aren’t officially ranking this list but let me whisper this: NWO food truck was in the top 3 most mentioned in all our polls about wings.

The owners worked tirelessly to absolutely perfect their recipes (they’re four-time WCHWCF champs) before opening the truck in 2018. They move this food truck around all over town slinging immaculate Memphis chicken wings with a big variety of sauces. 

“Simply put you just don’t mess with perfection. End of Story!” - Rick K. 

“Ring of fire with reaper powder for more spice. Spicy Garlic and always try the flavor of the month. No need to look any further.”- Dianna W. 

Read more about New Wing Order.

Riko's Kickin Chicken 

1329 Madison Avenue
Riko's started out as food truck in 2014, but their juicy wings and decadent sauces demanded a brick-and-mortar location within three years. They’re known for big, bold sauces, a creative menu, and weekly deals and specials. Locals appreciate that everything is made super fresh and the wings are cooked impeccably.

Riko's Kickin Chicken is great, people are nice, and wings are always cooked to perfection” - Jason R. 

Read more about Riko’s from Edible Memphis. 

Supreme Hot Wings

1674 Whitten Rd. + 8936 Airways Blvd (Southaven)
We love a good lunch specials, and Supreme Hot Wings provides. That and their consistently tasty chicken wings probably why their name keeps coming up when we talk about the best Memphis wing spots. 

Uncle Lou’s

3633 Millbranch Rd.+ Uncle Lou’s Express truck
Uncle Lou’s made a name for itself with sweet ’n’ spicy Southern fried chicken and honey biscuits—and the whole wings and party wings on the menu are along the same lines, aka delicious and popular.

“Uncle Lou’s wings are one of my favorites that I couldn’t live without.Delightfully yummy mix of crunchy, sweet, and spicy.” —Tanda G.W.

Wing Factory

2280 Park Avenue + 7395 Hwy 64 Ste. 103
There are hot wing spots called “Wing Factory” all over the place, but we are talking here about the Memphis original in Orange Mound since 2005 and its sister location out east. Amazing honey gold sauce? Check. Lemon pepper seasoned wings? Check. A really hot sauce with a reference to danger in the name? Check (Their version of a “suicide” sauce is called the 911.) This is a quintessential Memphis wing spot. 

“It was delicious. It’s the thing you dream of when you get off work on a Friday. The best.” — Matt H. 

Wing Guru 

multiple locations
Unique flavors and high quality ingredients make this local chain a top winner for best Memphis hot wings. Again, no official rank to this list but I’d be wrong to not admit that Wing Guru is consistently the most common answer to "where are the best wings in Memphis?” across multiple polls. I’d also be wrong not to share a common comment even their biggest fans will make—Wing Guru can be on the pricey side. But really, who can put a price on perfection?

“Lemon pepper best anywhere, and I don’t even like lemon pepper—but I’ll eat theirs.” Tanya F. 

“Wing Guru…really cook[s] the flavors into the whole wing, somehow keep that skin nice and crispy and nearly all the flavors are solid. I really appreciate that on most flavors they don’t just dunk them in sauce or just do a sauce pour, it’s usually really integrating into the whole wing.” - W. Taylor M.

“Wing Guru is hands down number one; their wings are the perfect size and honey 'suicide' is life-changing. Bonus points for their new namesake ranch that just hit the menu.” - Sarah B.

“The guru. Honey 'suicide' for life.” - Jonathan C.

Read more about Wing Guru

Wing Guru | Alex Shansky
Wing Guru: definitely a top contender for best wings in Memphis, according to locals.
two men sitting at a table in a hot wing restaurant with a yellow wall background
Wing lover Milton Howery (left) and Wing Guru founder Billy Richmond Jr.
big platters of chicken wings on a blue checkered tablecloth
Central BBQ wings

Memphis Hot Wing Trail Map!

This Google map will guide you on your quest for delicious Memphis hot wings. When a restaurant had multiple locations, we included just the original or "main" location on the map. 

Additional thoughts on the map? Let us know.

How The Memphis Hot Wing Trail Was Created

This list was created by polling blog readers and followers on social media, talking to experts and opinionated wing lovers, and research aka eating and interviews. The wing spots that were mentioned most consistently across multiple polls make up the top spots. Comments included are real comments from real people and their real names from the I Love Memphis Food Facebook Group's many discussions about wings. 

And because we know there are probably more Memphis wing spots than BBQ restaurants—literally hundreds of places—we've also included a big ol' list of everyone else so you can try alllll the wings and make your own list of the best wings in Memphis and the Mid-South. If you have one you want added to the big list or want to make an argument for why a restaurant should be a top pick, let us know as nicely as you can! If you hate this list and want to set me on fire, feel free to make your own list!

A final note, let's pour one out for a few popular wing spots that are no longer with us: R.I.P. to Bosses, Midtown Crossing Grill, and Dirty Crow.

Even More Places To Eat Hot Wings In Memphis and the Mid-South

  • 2 Star Jr.
  • 18 Wayz Wingz & Thingz
  • 901 Wings
  • Adline’s Hot Wings and Things
  • American Deli
  • Beauty Shop (wings + watermelon dish)
  • Bay’s Wings Food Truck
  • C Fu Chinese Restaurant
  • Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe
  • Chicken Coop 
  • Crutchfield’s BBQ
  • East Coast Wings
  • Elwood’s Shack
  • Emerald Thai
  • Flying Saucer
  • Habee’s 
  • Huey’s
  • JJ’s Fish & Chicken
  • JD’s Wings 2 Go
  • Kelvin’s Hot Wings
  • The Kitchen Restaurant
  • Jack Pirtle’s
  • JusWings & More
  • Let It Fly
  • Local on the Square
  • Loflin Yard
  • Mike’s Hot Wings & Such
  • Molly’s La Casita (availability may vary)
  • Ms. D’s Wings
  • Newby’s
  • Oceans Seafood & Wings
  • Pho Binh
  • Rayford’s
  • Slice of Soul
  • Wings World
  • Wolf River Brisket
  • Young Avenue Deli