I have a few comfort dishes I always hunt for the best of...
Hot Wings, French Onion Soup, Corned Beef Hash and Chili.
If I found a restaurant that nailed all four I would be in heaven.
Anyways today I am looking for your input on the Chicken Wings.
As for myself I am always comparing every wing to some that came from a small bar that no longer exists.
I used to live down in central Ohio in a small town called Granville (Home of Denison University). They had this little cozy bar called "Brews" on the strip downtown that was about 3 doors down from my job. I had the perfect bartender named "Sam" who I never had to tell him what I wanted to drink or eat. He just fed me and kept the good beers coming. He was also one of those great bartenders who kept the bill down as long as you kept the tip up. I remember nights where the bill should have been in the range of $50-$75 and walking out paying $25. I should say that this has no bearing on my review of the wings at this establishment.
The wings were not from the Kate Moss of Chickens nor they the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole of Chicken Wings. The meat on the bones were a perfect amount, I would have to say they were the Scarlett Johansson of wings. My wife may say the Russell Crowe.
As for the sauce I could tell it started out with Franks Red Hot and Butter but then there was something on top of that. A good cracked black pepper,some slightly hotter than normal chili flakes and I an guessing Sesame Oil. Pure Nirvana....
Now I have been to my fair share of places in Metro Detroit trying to find that heroin type hit but have yet to find it. I can handle the Buffalo Wild Wings chain and not complain to much but they are only part way to my destination. Most bars I visit do not treat the wings with the respect that they deserve...they over deep fry the chicken (I am NOT saying deep frying is the best way to cook a wing here), that or they only use that horrid sauce that is called Tabasco, they use anemic wings, or they just sink into the large ocean we call mediocrity.
Now...where is your favorite wing joint no matter how Ghetto or Plush. Although I will admit I will be happier if I can get a IPA at the location. :)