Chick it out! The Best Spots for Chicken in Southeast Michigan

Craving chicken for dinner tonight? Score some crispy and delicious options at these great chicken spots in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

They say food can be the way to one’s heart, and that rings true when it comes to chicken — specifically, the options served up at the wing kingdoms that are located in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. 

These fire-hot spots are the perfect pick-me-up choices for a family dinner, or casual outing with your loved ones. Take a wing at it and visit some of these popular southeast Michigan chicken destinations! 

Chicken Shack

Chicken shack is known for their hand-cut, 24-hour breaded and marinated chicken entrees. They truly live by the process that good things take time. These bite-sized chicken pieces are usually paired with a side of hand-cut fresh potato slides that make the perfect duo.

Aside from chicken, the tender ribs that “fall off the bone” are some of the most popular staples at The Shack. You can find a Chicken Shack on almost every corner, while their 23 locations are spread throughout Michigan. 

Detroit Wing Company

This chicken joint prides itself on creating food that is free from preservatives and full of unique taste. Located in Detroit, you can order wings according to your hunger and tastes, and complete the batch with a variety of homemade sauces. You pick the spice and have it your way. A saucy side note: the Ann Arbor location is coming soon!

Gus World Famous Fried Chicken

Snack on the heart of Tennessee, in a bucket! This Memphis, Tennessee inspired restaurant is known for their “spicy hot chicken,” which brings the heart and soul of Tennessee right to the mouths of its customers. The chicken here is so authentic that even GQ named this hotspot a “place worth flying for.” All signs prove that you should fly in and get your wings fresh!

Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken

Call up your Ma, and tell her it’s going down at Lou’s! Seriously! Ann Arbor is bringing the best cut of chicken right here at Ma Lou’s. Their humble, small-town storefront is one of the best features about this low-key restaurant. They bring the quality right to you without any fluff — just a small business with a big eatery vision.

Dish up wings by the piece or enjoy them on a sandwich, burger or plate. The best things come in small packages, which is why Ma’s is a little gem right in Washtenaw county.

Motor City Soul Food

The Motor City gurus have spoken: They voted this spectacular spot the “Best Fried Chicken in America,” according to Local 4 News. With ratings so high, it’s a given that one must try. The soul food dinners are what brings all the heat to the meat. Order from a variety of chops, wings, and plates of all kinds of meats to experience the wholehome and home-cooked feel that Soul Food brings to the restaurant game. 

Penny Red’s

  • Address: 1445 Farmer St., Detroit 
  • Hours: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday 

From savory sandwiches to a bustlin bucket of chicken, Penny Red’s has you covered with a variety of chicken options. Complete with the honey-butter biscuits and local farm-fresh sides, you won’t go wrong ordering from Penny Red’s.This destination is known for their classic and crunchy sandwiches with special sides that can both be delivered or ordered in store. Live your chicken and biscuit desires here. 

Savannah Blue

Take a mix of Southern and Detroit-style, combine into one tasty experience in Downtown Detroit and you get Savannah Blue. Their crafty Oxtails, light musical ambiance and mouth-watering dishes are just some of the reasons this “fancy southern” restaurant shows its soul — being the whole package.

Expect a white-table-cloth kind of style with savory fried chickens that are paired with unique sides like catfish fritters, okra fries, candied sweet potato and more. 

Sweetwater Tavern

Great bites, beyond the bricks! Sweetwater Tavern is located inside of one of Motor City’s oldest buildings — bringing the taste and culture right to your plate! The chicken strips and Sweetwater wings are some of the most notable and loved items at this oldtown favorite. With one sauce covering all of their chicken, and produce straight from Eastern Market, you can feel good about supporting the community and the heart of your own stomach.

Tomukun Korean Barbeque

The only thing better than homemade chicken is making it yourself, in house! At the Tomukun Korean Barbeque restaurant in Ann Arbor, you can seat yourself and dish up chicken — amongst many other meats — to the style of your liking. While you are there, take time to try out some of the other Korean favorites like the ramen, spring rolls or even crunchy chicken noodles. Whether you order the chicken fried or DIY style, the taste of Tomukon is one you won’t forget. 

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

If you need to add some “Zing” to your chicken game, check out Zingerman’s Roadhouse. In addition to their Ann Arbor-famous sandwiches, they provide high quality chicken that you can’t miss. Snack on fried chicken on a biscuit while absorbing the unique culture and environment that Zingerman’s brings to the Ann Arbor community. 


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