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The 8 most finger-lickin' chicken wings in the Twin Cities

Published On 08/23/2013 Published On 08/23/2013
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1. :D-Spot St. Paul 705 Century Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55119 (Battle Creek)

The :D-Spot has more than 70 flavors of wings on the menu, ranging from your traditional BBQ to some far-out options like PB & J (peanut butter and grape reduction), Muay Thai (coconut milk, peanut butter and chili) and Italiano (mint, basil, garlic, capers, anchovy and crushed red pepper).

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2. Meritage 410 Saint Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (Downtown St Paul)

With tiled floors, warm wooden accents, and high ceilings that capture tons of natural light, Meritage has all the trimmings of a classic Parisian brasserie, including the exceptional fare and expert wine list. Situated in Downtown St Paul, it's a prime spot for date night or dinner before a show, though stopping in for weekend brunch is highly encouraged too, when dishes like an omelet du jour, eggs Benedict, and eggs en cocotte are prepared. At lunch and dinner, you'll find traditional plates like steak frites, roasted duck breast, and swordfish au vin, plus plenty of fresh selections from the oyster bar.

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3. Ginger Hop 201 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

An Asian fusion spot that dishes out great seafood, noodles, and the like, plus craft beer and 'tails.

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4. Hickory Hut 647 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104 (Downtown St Paul)

A BBQ, um, hut, with simple and delicious dinners (like their Famous Chicken Wing Dinner) served alongside classic fixins like mac 'n cheese and cole slaw.

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5. The Blue Door Longfellow 3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Longfellow)

The Blue Door is home of the Blucy, a legendary St. Paul burger that combines a pair of patties with a cornucopia of other ingredients, which depend on what style Blucy you order, and upon completion, will prompt you to light up a cigarette in satisfaction.

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6. Mayslack's 1428 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (Northeast)

A bar/resto/live music lounge with cheap drink specials, smooth tunes, and some of the best wings in the Twin Cities.

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7. Jasmine 26 8 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (Whittier)

A Vietnamese spot that makes a killer spring roll and a mean chicken wing, plus has lunch AND dinner happy hours (!) that feature their delicious and exotic cocktails.

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8. Monte Carlo Restaurant 219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Central)

Established in 1906, this endearingly vintage steakhouse has tin ceilings, vinyl booths, and walls clad in sheets of floral wallpaper. And while the menu offers an impressive variety of steak options (filet mignon, NY strip, whiskey peppercorn filet...), the stand out dish at this age-old eatery is not one of the steak entrées, but rather, the famed chicken wings. The popular signature chicken is served in a china bowl layered with sizable flanks of tender white meat, each of which is marinated in honey, peppercorn and peanut-soy-ginger sauce, deep fried, and then coated with the chef's secret 18-spice mix (he admits to a bit of cinnamon, cumin and oregano, but the remainder of the blend is a mystery).

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