I had an appointment in Eagle Rock on Wednesday and decided to try the chili cheese dog at Choo Choo's Burger Stop on Eagle Rock based on a rec I saw here. Alas, they were closed. So in driving back towards Colorado, I turned into the shopping center on the north-west corner of York and Eagle Rock (the one with Little Cesar’s) when I noticed a sign above the hard-to-see corner restaurant. It proclaimed “Buff Wings”. Okay, they were open, had an A, I love me some wings, so what the hay.
I parked and walked in. Now, this place is not anything special to look at, decor is non-existent (there is a huge flat screen on the wall) but please don't let it deter you. Don't.
I noticed two "daily specials" on the wipe board in the window: 5 wings & fries or a Ghetto Dog and fries. $5.
I was greeted by a young man and sat down. He brought me the menu. It is pretty cool. He does french fries and sweet potato fries - either plain, seasoned, or flavored: Cajun, Buffalo or Elote flavors. Also, various appetizers: Onion Rings, Jalapeno Poppers, Zucchini Fries, Fried 'shrooms, Mozz sticks, bacon-wrapped asparagus and rice: $2-7. Wings: many interesting flavors: mild, med, hot, Ridiculous, Ludacris, orange chicken, Spicy Oriental, Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Butter Garlic Parmesan, Lemon Pepper, Nacho Cheese, BBQ, Adobo, Lechon, Jamaican Jerk & Elote. Shrimp: either steamed or fried in various amounts and flavors. Burgers: 1/2 lb Angus burgers for $6 (includes selection of cheeses, toppings, sauces, and extras that cost extra). Waffles: Belgian or Brownie waffles with chocolate chips, almonds or strawberries ($6).
So back to me and my order. After some discussion about the Ridiculous and Ludacris sauces, I opted for the daily special with ‘hot’ on my wings, seasoned fries cooked well done and a side of Ridiculous. The ridiculous is made by him (him being Ian (the 26-year old co-owner (his friend, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu, is the other owner)) with fresh Habaneros. The Ludacris, he makes with Ghost Peppers, but did not currently have any as he said he needs to drive down to San Diego to get them from his supplier.
He got to work in the kitchen and soon brought out my wings and fries. These wings are nice and meaty – nothing like the anemic ones that can be found at some of those other wing places. The sauce was good, the wings not overly sauced. Fries were good, not too thin, not too thick and I really like the seasoning. The Ridiculous had a nice kick to it and that sweet-fruity taste that habaneros impart. Then some other people came in and ordered two Ghetto Dogs and fries each. Man, those were looking GOOD. So, I went ahead and ordered myself a dog and fries. He uses Hebrew National dogs. On the hot dog, which was wrapped in bacon came with grilled bell peppers and onions and a drizzling of ketchup, mayo and mustard. I have to tell you – that was one Fantastic dog!
Later we had a discussion and he is very serious about the integrity of his products. Ian makes all the sauces himself (with the exception of the Orange Chicken and, I believe, the spicy oriental). Makes the waffle batter from scratch as they are ordered. We spoke at length about the ghost peppers and he said he had tried using extract amongst other versions, but he said he really likes the flavor of the sauce from the fresh ones and prefers that. Gotta give him credit. They have been open for 4 months now. He said business has slowed since the college let out but he is looking forward to the next session.
He currently has cans of soda and bottled water as drink choices. This place is really good and the owner really cares about his food and what he serves. Go in, say hi and have some wings (or dogs, burgers, shrimp, waffles…) you will be glad you did. ;-)
4411 Eagle Rock Bl./Corner York
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Open til 9pm. He said he was thinking of changing the hours to 3pm-2am but not sure if/when that will go into effect.
4411 Eagle Rock Blvd N, Los Angeles, CA 90041