Wings Over Ann Arbor, on the Plymouth Rd. side of North Campus, mostly flies at night. It’s part of a chain of takeouts around the country that specializes in delivering late-night feasts to students. Patrick Daly and Harold Tramazzo opened the first Wings Over store in Massachusetts (the store name changes with each new city). The company’s slogan is the slightly confusing: “You order it. We cook it. Not the other way around.” (What? As opposed to all those other chicken-wing joints where the customers do the cooking? Daly explains patiently that he means “Nothing is premade or cooked in advance. The food is cooked from scratch when the order is placed.”)
Though it serves a few other things besides chicken wings–ribs, sandwiches–the wing is the thing, and after deciding on boneless or bone-in, you choose from about twenty flavors–some are sauces, some rubs–like hot garlic, spicy teriyaki, Jamaican jerk. Daly clarifies: “The flavors are added after the wings are cooked. Dry rubs are sprinkled on, and sauces are tossed on in bowls.”
He also explains that the delivery radius is “fifteen minutes from the store, which I believe takes you just south of downtown and the stadium. Anything more than fifteen minutes, and our food quality degrades.” Wings Over staff can further clarify who’s in and who’s out.
Wings Over Ann Arbor, 1758 Plymouth Ave., 585-0352. Mon.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m., Sun. noon-1 a.m.