The 10 Best Spots for Wings in Iowa!

Whether you are a boneless or classic type of person, nothing quite adds to a night out like a piping-hot order of chicken wings. With plenty of wing spots to choose from in the state of Iowa, not to mention all the different flavors, the options are endless! To give your taste buds a good signal as to where to go for chicken wings that will leaving you wanting more, be sure to check out these 10 best wing spots in the state of Iowa! 

1. Vine Tavern & Eatery, Iowa City, IA

Whether you dine at the Vine in Coralville, or you hit up the Iowa City location, you can’t leave without trying one of their award-winning wings. Featuring a full menu of all your bar favorites, including a full bar, the wings at the Vine make this a Corridor classic. With so many flavors of wings to choose from at the Vine, the hardest part is deciding which ones to go for, and the best part? Licking any flavor off your fingers after you’re done eating. 

2. Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill, West Des Moines, IA

There’s something about sports bars that brings out the best wings, and if you need proof, look no further than the Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill in West Des Moines. This establishment not only supplies all the sports to watch to accompany a good meal, but their selection of both wingless and traditional wing flavors will have you feel like you’re winning no matter how your team is doing. Order up a dozen, or get enough to feed a crowd, and whatever you do, be sure not to leave any meat behind on the bone. 

3. Jethro’s BBQ, Des Moines, IA

With six spots spread throughout the Des Moines Metro, including Altoona, Ankeny, the Drake neighborhood, Johnston, Waukee and a new location in West Des Moines, the options are nearly endless for quality barbeque in the state’s capital. Jethro’s expansion has a lot to do with every single item on their stacked menu, but the wings at this locally-owned barbeque joint has brought them to the forefront of wing spots in Iowa. Try their house-made chicken wings for yourself, or any of their classic and contemporary barbeque treats, and see why Jethro’s is a staple of the Des Moines community. 

4. The Iowa Taproom, Des Moines, IA

The combination of a quality craft beer and a serving (or two) of chicken wings can’t be beat, and at The Iowa Taproom on East Third Street in downtown Des Moines, there’s more wing and beer combinations that you can count. Featuring over 120 beers on tap, all originating from local Iowa breweries, The Iowa Taproom also has some of the best wings in the state including flavors ranging from Porter BBQ to honey sriracha, making for The Iowa Taproom to be a must-visit wing spot in Des Moines. 

5. 1908 Draft House, Johnston, IA

With locations in Johnston, Waukee and now downtown Des Moines, you can enjoy the authentic atmosphere and made-from-scratch menu selections of the 1908 Draft House all over the metro. Not only a great place to hang out, the 1908 Draft House features amazing menu items including award-winning wings that will have you coming back for more. Whether you opt for the jalapeno garlic or you keep it easy with the three-bag mild, you’ll be sure to order some more after you take your first bite of the wings offered by the 1908 Draft House. 

6. Sneaky’s Chicken, Sioux City, IA

Sneaky’s Chicken in Sioux City is a family-friendly restaurant that offers quality food at an affordable price. While it should seem obvious to give Sneaky’s fried chicken a try, don’t forget to gorge out on some wings while you are there. Featuring only one house-recipe flavor on all of their wings, you won’t be disappointed in this hot sauce that stands on its own, and by the time you realize you are out of wings at Sneaky’s Chicken, you’ll be ready to order some more. 

7. Hall of Fame Pizza & Wings, Bettendorf, IA

Even with two locations for Hall of Fame Pizza & Wings, one in Dewitt and one in Bettendorf, it will still take a long time to try all the flavors offered at this locally favorite establishment. Featuring over 25 flavors including the likes of spicy ranch & bacon and raspberry chipotle, the only thing that rivals the excellent selection of flavorful wings at Hall of Fame Pizza & Wings is the pizza, which if you are the rare human being that grows tired of chicken wings, you can enjoy on any occasion. 

8. The Filling Station, Davenport, IA

Occupying a retired gas station back from the dawn of the petroleum industry, what the Filling Station in Davenport provides now is hot, delicious food including some of the best wings you’ll find in the entire state. With a nostalgic decor to match the decade it was first established, the Filling Station has full menu that includes their signature wings and 12 “lube” sauces to spice things up. Whether you go for the classic Buffalo sauce with a bite or spice it up with the Asian zing, you’ll be sure to be filled up and ready to go after visiting the Filling Station. 

9. Hurricane Grill & Wings, Waterloo, IA

Featuring a long list of starters, burgers and entrees from both the sea and land, what really brings in the rave reviews for the Hurricane Grill & Wings is their wings. Every wing at Hurricane’s is jumbo sized, and it’s still not enough surface space to try all the unique and tantalizing flavors they come in. Featuring a rotating menu of wing flavors including the classics and house-made inspirations, one visit and a good number of jumbo wings isn’t enough for Hurricane Grill & Wings, and you’ll be compelled to come back for more. 

10. Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack, Iowa City, IA

Because everything on the menu is a reason to visit either of the two Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack locations in Iowa City, don’t hold yourself back with just an order of smoked wings at this up-and-coming and already well-established eatery. With two sauces to choose from, medium or hot, with the quality time the chicken wings spend in the smoker before they are served fresh, you could very well eat these wings naked and be asking for more. While you are there, be sure to check out the full menu and see for yourself why Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack will be in Iowa City for years to come.  

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