First things first: drove to In-N-Out Burger in the new shopping/fast food development on Edgewater Drive in Oakland, along w/ a half dozen other motorists circling the place like sharks. I hopped out and asked the workers when the In-N-Out Burger would open. I was told Wednesday @ 10:00 AM or 10:30 AM.
We therefore tried the Wing Stop. We ordered a 10 piece order of wings, choice of 1 or 2 flavors for $5.49. We, as well as every other customer, were told that it would be "16 minutes." No, I didn't time it--I know, I know. We chose 5 in the "Original Hot" and the remainder in the "Hickory Smoked BBQ" flavors. The price seemed reasonable until we picked up the order. The wings were well separated by nested paper to keep the sauces separate. The wings were a mix of the two sections (I hate just those flat sections in an order), separated by nested paper to keep the sauces separate. The price seemed reasonable until we looked at the wings. You know those tiny Dum-Dum suckers you got stuck with as a kid on Halloween? Yep, the wings came in small, smaller and teeny-tiny sizes. It was hard just by looking at the sauces which was which. The Original Hot was just okay--more of a tease than really hot. I didn't try the BBQ flavor because I didn't want to deprive hubby of his share of wings (he cannot tolerate anything remotely hot). Actually, I guess I wasn't enthralled with the wings, otherwise I would have just snatched one of his. I won't be returning.
I am enjoying my copy of the Chowhound book; it's because of the book that we tried Popeye's fried chicken again. You folks are correct: our error was in ordering the spicy; the regular is much, much better.
Also because of this message board, we tried the fried chicken at the Merritt Bakery. Yes, the chicken was twice as expensive as the fast food chains--but it was twice as good, even when eaten cold the next day.
Thank you Chowhounds!