A few years ago, I did some crowdsourcing to identify the best wings in Fort Wayne and wrote a review for our local NPR affiliate, WBOI. Based on hundreds of responses on Twitter and Facebook, I set about to try more wings than I care to admit. Based on that experience and other wing-eating excursions since, I have compiled this list of Fort Wayne's Best Wings.

Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, you need to make time to try some.

Tower BasketTower Bar and Grill

2403 W. State Blvd.

Since my initial wing review, Tower’s wings have been my answer to the often-asked question: who has the best wings? They are meaty, juicy, and flavorful, and the option to have them grilled propels them to the top. They also have a variety of special rubs available.

  • Extra Hot- Prepared in house with ten peppers, it packs a big punch, but it is flavorful as well.
  • Tower Grill- This one is a rub, and it’s amazing; tangy with just the right amount of heat.
  • Fajita Grill- Also a rub, and it tastes just like a fajita; spicy, salty, and tangy.
  • Chipotle Citrus BBQ- very sweet with a smoky chipotle flavor.
  • Mild- Despite its name, it actually carries some heat, with a well-balanced vinegar flavor
  • Hot teriyaki- Not too sweet or salty, simply a well balance Asian flavor
  • Teriyaki- solid teriyaki flavor with a bit too much fish sauce

Specials: 55 cent wings every Wednesday and Saturday

Buffalo Wings & RibsBuffalo Wings & Ribs

4636 Coldwater Rd.
6439 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Buffalo Wings & Ribs is often lauded as one of the best on social media, and I agree. It offers an interesting selection of sauces and big, meaty, crispy, and juicy wings, with a nice mix of drums and flats. There’s nothing worse than ordering wings and getting a basket of all flats. If you really dislike them, you can request all drums here.

  • Hot garlic- Super hot and vinegary
  • Teriyaki- Way too salty with not enough teriyaki flavor
  • Honey BBQ- Overly sweet with not enough BBQ flavor
  • Cajun Inferno- Unbearably hot with little flavor to redeem it
  • Shanghai Red- Sweet and spicy with hints of ginger

Specials: All you can eat wings for $15.99 every Wednesday.

Acme Bar and Grill

1105 East State Blvd.

ACME’s wings are unique because they are smoked for several hours, giving them a deep, smoky flavor that locks in the moisture. The sauces complement the smokiness too. The wings themselves are fall-off-the-bone tender. I recommend ordering them naked to avoid all of the excess breading, with extra sauce on the side.

  • Orange Ginger- A sweet and spicy citrus-infused sauce
  • Medium Buffalo- The perfect hot sauce; not too hot and full of flavor
  • Hot BBQ- a little hotter than medium buffalo with a mesquite BBQ flavor

Specials: 50 cent wings every Monday

Tables at The Golden - Fort Wayne, IN

The Golden

898 Harrison St.

You might be surprised to find The Golden’s wings on this list. The swanky downtown restaurant is certainly not known as a wing place, but the wing appetizer that often graces its menu is worth mentioning. They are prepared naked in Asian inspired spices and served with fresh jalapenos and sprinkled with peanuts. The flavor combination is delightful, but the quality of wing is what sets it apart—the perfect blending of juicy and crispy.