This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.
On to Drake’s, on the northwest corner of Airport and Whitesburg. Drake’s is a chain, but a small one. It aims for family-friendly during the day and more of a bar atmosphere in the evening.
Drake’s sriracha wings were recommended to me. (There is no hotter or milder, though our personable server Karyn told me I could get them tossed in buffalo sauce if I wanted.) I went with the standard sriracha dry rub. I received four drums and eight flats. Served with celery and dressing, they were $14.17 before tip.
Quality: 7/10. Aesthetics, cooking, and temperature were all fine. The meat was of reasonable quality, without excessive fattiness. They were just a bit small.
Flavor: 6/10. These wings are sweet and peppery, but surprisingly, don’t taste much like sriracha. There are whispers of garlic and onion. The flavor is well within tolerance for good bar munchies, and I ate them all, but excessive saltiness is costing them a full point here.
Heat: 3/10. These depart from the #HsvHotWings framework, as they’re not the hottest of an advertised continuum, but the only wings on the menu. I had them because they were recommended to me. I might not have otherwise. That said, there’s a bit of a bite here, and it does accumulate a bit. They are absolutely no problem for a chilehead, but someone who “doesn’t like spicy food” might find them over the line.
With the front garage doors raised, a spring shower, and excellent service, Drake’s was a pleasant lunch stop indeed.