Classic Columbus Haunts: Wing's

G.A. Benton, Columbus Alive

First meal served: 1920

Down Memory Lane: Before it was named Wing's,it wasthe Far East Restaurant. The Far East wasundoubtedly a far-out concept to most Ohioans in the ethnic-eatery-challenged 1920s. But the place became popular,moving up the street to its present location in the 1940s.

In the '70s, it took the name it keeps today, when a Far East Restaurant employee, Wing Yee, bought the joint. The same family still owns and operates this Bexleylandmark(for time-tripping photographs of the Far East and its famous cocktail menus from the '40s and '50s, check out

Between the aisles: Past a curvy glass-block entryway is the kind of classic Chinese American restaurant you sometimes see in old movies. The best place to hang out in Wing's is a black paddedbooth between the imperial gold and red of the rockin' bar area. A major perk of such a perch isproximity to Wing's deep reservoir of hooch- which includes 160Scotches!

On the plate: Vestigial dishes from a time when even pseudo-Chinese food seemed exotic to most Americans are still proudly served here. Thus, it'sa great place to get Wor Su Gai (super crackly boneless fried chicken breast with gravy, scallions, crushed nuts and the all-important lettuce) or fried-omelet-like Cantonese Egg Foo Young.


2801 E. Main St., Bexley