No joke, I've lived literally around the corner from Wing's in Bexley for four years, and never once stopped in there to eat -- or drink (this decades-old Chinese restaurant is well-known for having one of the best Scotch lists in the city). Every time I drove past, I'd make a mental note to plan a trip soon. But in my gig, most of my free dining time goes to new and notable restaurants, leaving little behind for classic haunts like Wing's.
I'm gearing up to move out of Bexley, though, and so I finally, fiinally made the time to visit. And I'm glad I did -- this is one of those places you've gotta visit at least once. Bexley is full of them, actually, with The Top, Rubino's and Grill and Skillet all situated nearby.
Wing's has technically been around since the 1920s(!), although back then it was known as Far East Restaurant. It's been operating out of its current location since the '40s, and known as Wing's since the '70s. As such, it's filled with all sorts of vintage relics, like a lacquered art-deco front door, neat lightbox signs for restrooms and a telephone booth, and these lidded metal serving platters.
Meals must start, of course, with Scotch. They should probably end with Scotch, too. And honestly, even if you're there to eat, I highly recommend sitting on the bar side, which is always warm and cozy from being bathed in the glowing red light of the bar. The main dining room, as you can see above, is a little drab in comparison.
As for the food, it's fine. Perfectly decent Americanized Chinese food. I tried the Shrimp Lo Mein, and while the noodles were a little overcooked for my taste, there was plenty of shrimp, the veggies were fresh and the sauce was flavorful and not too salty.
And I loved this Crab Rangoon appetizer a lot more than I should have. So if you've never been, what are you waiting for?
2801 E. Main St., Bexley