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The Best Wings in Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin started out as an outpost for fur traders in the Midwest. A wave of German immigrants in the mid-1800s brought expert industrial skills and European elegance. Today, the city celebrates its German culture with its German Fest in July and an Oktoberfest in October, and of course, beers all year long. With beer comes bar food, and what better way to snack while drinking than with a plate of wings? So where do in-the-know diners go when it comes to the best wings in Milwaukee? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from local foodies to put together this list of the best wings in Milwaukee. Grab a table (and a few napkins) and enjoy!

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11 Restaurants
Updated 04 February 2020
Restaurants:The Knick, Harry's Bar and Grill, Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Barbecue
Neighborhoods:Milwaukee
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The Knick

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
4.6
1810 reviews

Right in the heart of Yankee Hill, The Knick features some of the best wings in Milwaukee. Head into this sleek, modern restaurant to enjoy some of the best appetizers and entrees in the city. Start with house-made buffalo wings with gorgonzola dipping sauce, carrots, and celery. For the main course, try the braised short rib with roasted cauliflower-fennel puree and asparagus or the herb-marinated chicken with fingerling potatoes. The Friday fish fry features steak fries, tartar sauce, and a choice of cod or perch.


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Harry's Bar and Grill

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.6
450 reviews

A short stroll away from Lake Michigan, Harry's Bar and Grill is a classic Midwestern hot spot. Take a stroll down to Harry's to enjoy some of the best wings in Milwaukee. Chicken wings come in buffalo, barbecue, or chili lime with celery, carrots, and bleu cheese dressing. Other appetizer favorites include Thai chicken tacos, hummus, and crab and cream cheese wontons. Grab one of Harry's sandwiches, like a grilled salmon BLT with ciabatta, arugula, and oven-roasted tomatoes. The shrimp po'boy features buttermilk-fried shrimp with a chopped pickle on a crusty French roll.


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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Milwaukee

$$$$
Barbecue
Milwaukee
4.5
1253 reviews

This traditional steakhouse features some of the best wings in Milwaukee. Take a stroll down to Carson's after a Bucks game or Fiserv Forum event and enjoy some of the Mediterranean wings for an appetizer. Other starters include jumbo lump crab cake, french onion soup, and shrimp cocktail with home-made sauce. Prime steaks and chops include center-cut Black Angus strip, barrel-cut filet mignon, and Mediterranean char-crusted pork chops.


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East Town Kitchen & Bar

$$$$
Pub
Milwaukee
4.5
461 reviews

For excellent whiskey and some of the best wings in Milwaukee, East Town Kitchen & Bar is the place to be. This fun location includes one of the better happy hours in Milwaukee. Stop in for specials on craft draft beers, Miller Lite, or snacks like "bacon lollipops." At dinner, start with char-grilled chicken wings, lump crab hushpuppies, or a warm jumbo pretzel with queso. Stop in on the weekend for a Friday fish fry or Saturday prime rib with mashed potatoes and green beans. For an entree, try the Jackson Street burger with white cheddar, crispy onions, and white barbecue sauce.


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Motor at the Harley-Davidson Museum

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.5
341 reviews

Get the motor runnin' at this local-favorite restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum. After a day spent admiring the memorabilia at one of Milwaukee's coolest destinations, stop in to enjoy the great food at Motor. Wings come in a one-pound size in dry-rub Caribbean jerk, Cajun dry, or sweet BBQ versions. Try them with the signature fiery garlic, house buffalo, or house barbecue. For a Milwaukee favorite, try the fresh cheddar cheese curds from Clock Shadow Creamery. Don't miss the mother-load burger, a patty topped with brisket, pulled pork, and hotlink.


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Oak Barrel Public House

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
4.3
424 reviews

This friendly spot in the heart of Milwaukee features a menu full of hearty comfort foods. Start with the dry rub wings with Cajun "boom sauce" and chives with ranch, blue cheese, or "dynamite" sauce. Kentucky-fried bacon features panko-breaded bourbon cider thick-cut bacon with Nashville hot seasoning. Try a Nashville hot chicken bowl with cilantro crema and house slaw. For a hand-held treat, try the Italian beef sandwich with fresh mozzarella, pickled red onion, and a side of au jus.


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Mason Street Grill

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.7
3063 reviews

Right on Mason Street in Milwaukee, the Mason Street Grill is an excellent place for live jazz and excellent wings. Stop in to nod along to the live music and munch on the smoked chicken wings with Ancho chile rub and spicy honey. For a house specialty, try the oysters Rockefeller with spinach and blue crabmeat. An original 1950s recipe Maryland crab cake features sweet corn succotash and smoked heirloom tomato sauce. Don't miss some of the house-specialty flatbreads, like smoked bacon and apple with maple-glazed onion and gruyere cheese.


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Char'd

$$$$
Contemporary Korean
Milwaukee
4.7
488 reviews

For a taste of Korea in the heart of Milwaukee, Char'd is the place to go. This colorful, lively spot presents a menu of Korean favorites for locals and visitors to enjoy. Go for the house-favorite Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) wings tossed in sweet and spicy garlic sauce with pickled daikon relish. Garlic chili shrimp comes tossed in chili-bean sauce with scallions, garlic flakes, and fried farro. For a traditional Korean entree, try the braised belly with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, garlic flakes, and daikon relish. The spicy chicken dish features boneless chicken thighs seasoned with spicy cumin-curry.


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Milwaukee Ale House

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.3
49 reviews

Milwaukee is a city built on beer and brewing, and the Milwaukee Ale House takes full advantage of that "hoppy" history. It also features some of the best wings in Milwaukee. Grab a pour of some of the best beer in the city to go along with the wings. Try the "Louie's Demise" from the Milwaukee Brewing Company, a medium-bodied amber ale. The "Hi Honey, I'm Clove" IPA features Wisconsin honey, clove, and fruity and spicy hops. On the main menu, try the ale house wings. These include wings and drumsticks with sauces like barbecue, garlic Parmesan, and sweet chili sauce.


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Merriment Social

$$$$
Contemporary American
Milwaukee
4.7
726 reviews

Only a few steps away from Walker's Point, this comfortable restaurant is an excellent option for anyone strolling by the water. Stop into this "industrial-chic" restaurant to try the house-favorite "Chinese takeout" chicken wings with spicy sesame, scallion, and pickled garlic. The merriment burger features American cheese, dry-aged bacon, and house pickles. Don't miss the "Hot n' Sloppy" 2.0. This messy-but-delicious dish features a Belgian waffle with beef patties, American cheese, fried egg, and seared foie gras. Pair dinner or lunch with a local beer like the Great Dane "Crop Circle" wheat ale from Madison.


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Smoke Shack

$$$$
American
Milwaukee
4.7
254 reviews

A restaurant "obsessed with the craft of smoked meat" is home to some of the best wings in Milwaukee. Right on North Milwaukee Street, the Smoke Shack is home to some of the best barbecue in the state. Try the rosemary wet-rubbed Amish chicken wings, slow-smoked and crispy-fried with celery and home-made blue cheese dressing. Try their house-favorite rib tips with house-made kettle chips or chicken-fried spare ribs with Alabama white barbecue sauce. Straight from the smoker, try some of the restaurant's meat dishes. Highlights include pulled Amish chicken, Andouille sausage, and pulled premium Iowa pork.


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