September 16, 2021

Barrel Back’s Chicken Wings

By Anna Faller | Aug. 21, 2021

Named for the signature “barrel back” boats that once dotted the coasts of Charlevoix County, Barrel Back Restaurant in Walloon Lake tops any proper “Up North” to-do list. Since this hidden gem of an upscale eatery first opened its doors in June 2013, its scratch-made menu and impeccable service have made it a fast-growing local favorite. Featuring the area’s only “open air” dining experience (complete with sliding glass garage-style doors), Barrel Back diners can enjoy a meal inside, or simply tie their boat to the dock!

And what better end to a bayside cruise than a little finger food from the grill? You guessed it: chicken wings. Featuring 12, locally sourced wings per order, these sassy little starters are smoked in the kitchen’s own wood-fired rotisserie before being drizzled with one of three homemade sauces; traditional Buffalo, tangy Chipotle Barbeque, or Korean Chili Glaze. Finished with a few stalks of celery and classic Bleu Cheese dressing, we dare you not to lick the plate.  $32 for 12 wings,or $18 for 6.

Find Barrel Back restaurant at 4069 M-75 in Walloon Lake (231) 535-6000,


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