Get Your Wing on at Ching's

Get Your Wing on at Ching's

Ed. Note: This article originally published in December 2009. 

Ask Memphians where to get the best hot wings in town, and you'll start a debate that's almost, almost as contentious as "who has the best BBQ in Memphis?" One of the contenders, according to chicken wing experts everywhere, is Ching's.

The first thing you notice about Ching's is that they clearly love the University of Memphis Tigers. There are Tiger posters and pictures of present and former Tigers covering every available bit of window space. Inside, the walls are completely covered in photos of students, basketball and football jerseys, and a random violin.

There are also seven flat screen TVs in the restaurant, which is about the size of my living room.

To order, walk up to the counter and tell the nice ladies what you want. The menu is really simple - you can either order party wings (the little drummies and thighs) or whole wings, and there are only a few seasoning choices - regular, hot, honey, and honey hot.

Regular party wings and honey hot whole wings from Chings Regular party wings and honey hot whole wings from Ching's

I ordered ten regular party wings and my lunch buddy had 5 whole honey hot wings.

Everything in my styrofoam box was seasoned with a sweet, spicy, and salty rub. It was really, really good. I ate all ten of my wings and wanted more - needed more, really. I could have kept going all day.

I also tried one of my pal's honey hot wings, which was kind of perfect. It was sweet and spicy, and my fingertips were almost dyed orange from the sauce. Good thing Ching's is prepared for that sort of thing:

Napkins and wipes cure hotwing fingers at Chings Napkins and wipes cure hotwing fingers at Ching's

I could probably go on and on about my lunch all afternoon (I can still smell the seasoning on my fingers - yum!), but you're not going to understand until you go eat at Ching's. Do it. Go. Now. Eat the wings.

Leave me a comment to tell me how much you loved them. Maybe we can go eat them together sometime - I definitely want to go back soon.

Go There:

Ching's Hot Wings

1264 Getwell Road
Memphis, TN 38111

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As a Memphian attending college in Nashville, the thing I miss more than anything else, more than central barbque, more than molly's La Casita, more than Huey's or even Jerry's, is Ching's Wings. That place has basically been part of my life. It is by far my favorite wing place that I have ever attended for many reasons. First, the wings are just incredible- consistently big and juicy with fantastic sauces (my favorites are honey hot or extra hot)- and the fries are some of the best around too. Second, though, is the atmosphere. The walls are covered in pictures of adoring clientele (I am proudly displayed several times), Memphis Tigers apparel, and even some high school paraphernalia. Also, the place is just that much better when the owner, Lafayette, is in. One of the greatest guys in the business, who has been known to give a customer a free lunch, "just cause." If you can't tell, I love this place. I am on of those guys who tells all of his Vandy friends about the awesomeness that is Memphis, and this is the first place I always mention. Props on the shoutout.
December 19, 2009 12:18am
I Love Memphis…
[...] I’m hoping for some wings from Ching’s, a Goner Records gift certificate, and a new home for Memphis Roller [...]
December 24, 2009 11:18am
I second the previous, intelligent commenter (who may or may not be my brother). Chings is so great. My friends and I started going there about six years ago as an alternative to another wing place. The people are great. I love what you are doing with the blog. I love this city too, and I hate haters.
December 29, 2009 10:52pm
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January 26, 2012 10:41pm
OMG. We are from Mississippi...My boyfriend and I ran across this place while driving down the road..purely by accident. Neadless to say, the absolute best wrong turn we ever made. He prides himself as a self proclaimed  hot wing connaisseur. He and I ate that day....had to go back the next day and stopped by the NEXT day on our way back to Mississippi for takeouts!. These are the best wings we have ever eaten. The staff is very friendly and the service was prompt. I had the seasoned wings.
March 1, 2012 1:41pm
LC Brewer
I would love to try your wings, I have heard a lot about them.  Will you have any Special coming out??
April 10, 2013 9:45pm
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[…] Possibly one of the strongest endorsements comes from Michael, on a comment from an I Love Memphis post: […]
May 31, 2014 11:43am
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[...] guys from Backbeat Memphis filmed an episode on Ching’s Wings today, and they were kind enough to let me tag along. That’s Memphis Jones behind the counter [...]
February 16, 2010 2:38pm