Jul 092016

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list.

grylls1The wings reviewed here are no longer available. Watch for a revised post, reviewing the new hottest variety at Johnny Gryll’s, soon.

Johnny Gryll’s came enthusiastically recommended to me by a colleague. It is a fast-casual American eatery—wings, burgers, onion rings, and so forth—in a shopping center just north of Sparkman High School on Jeff Rd. in Harvest.

Wings are listed in quantities of 3 to 100 on the menu, with lower per-piece prices at higher quantities. Several flavors and heat levels are available, including a few dry rubs. The hottest on the menu are called Creapin’ Reaper. My five drums and five flats were $9.16, and arrived with two pieces of celery and a cup of bleu cheese. (The celery appears to be free on request, but you do need to ask for it.)


Quality: 8/10. These wings were fried when I ordered them, and well. They arrived warm enough that I needed to separate them a bit to cool. They were sized on the large side of general expectations—eminently reasonably for the price—and they were devoid of excessive fat.

Flavor: 10/10. Wow! These things are delectable. They smelled really good when they arrived, building pleasant anticipation, and then they delivered. The primary scaffolding is a mustard-based barbecue sauce—rather South Carolina—with a little sweet-smoky harmony. There is a whisper of garlic in the finish. It’s a fabulous cocktail of flavors. I was sad when I finished them.

Heat: 8/10. There is a slight Louisiana/vinegar hot note on the front end, but the significant heat here comes from habaneros and reapers. This sauce is a textbook example of the slow, relentless heat of Capsicum chinense cultivars. You go up slowly, and you come down slowly. At the top I had a good sweat, a few tears, and an endorphin dump. It was an entertaining ride, and I’ll definitely go again—particularly when the heat is part of such a delicious sauce.

There are some excellent wings lurking at Johnny Gryll’s, just up Jeff Rd. a piece. I will be back for these. And the quantity pricing is driving entertaining visions of football parties this fall.

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  2 Responses to “BoWilliams.com On Huntsville Hot Wings: Johnny Gryll’s”

  1. These folks are also opening place off of University Drive, in the Burlington Coat Factory/Phil Sandoval plaza. Last I heard, a fall “soft opening” was the goal.

    Their burgers and fries are also good – appeared to be a fresh made meat patty and shoestring fries.

    • That new location will put them about six minutes from my office. This is a good thing. WOW, those wings were awesome.

      The Facebook page says their meat is never frozen. Aaron polished off a Monster Burger–two quarter-pound patties, another quarter-pound of Philly cheesesteak beef, three strips of bacon, two slices of cheese, and all of the regular burger stuff. I remember thinking at the time all it needed was an egg, and it turns out he could have added that for $1.25. 🙂

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