Apr 292016
 

For a few months in 2016, every week or two I’m going to have the hottest wings available at a different area restaurant and give you my thoughts.

ez1From the beginning of this #HsvHotWings endeavor, my friend Jason mentioned the Carolina Reaper wings at The End Zone. They are only open Friday during the week for lunch, and we made it down to have those reaper wings today. Be aware that this is a bar, so you must be 21 to enter, and smoking is permitted throughout the facility.

Jason and I sat at the bar with several Friday lunch regulars, two of whom had been coming for eight years. (That tends to be testimony to a good kitchen.) The Friday lunch special, which is seven wings, fries, and a drink, is $9.81 before tip. Or, you can get wings for $.82 each. Celery and dressing accompanies. Our server Lori was prompt and personable.

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Quality: 8/10. My seven flats and three drums were of pleasing size, without excess fat, and generously sauced. They were cooked perfectly, and served hot enough to necessitate separating them to cool a bit.

Flavor: 8/10. These wings are straight down the middle of a classic buffalo vibe, with the Carolina reaper peppers prominent in both the smell and taste. The finish is vinegary, but not unpleasantly so. Well done.

Heat: 7/10. The textbook progression of a Capsicum chinense cultivar is present here—that strong burn that comes on just a little too slowly for a novice to realize s/he’s in trouble until it’s too late. First, I was between a 5 and a 6. Then, I was between a 6 and a 7, and 7 is where I stayed. This is a searing ride with a nice forehead glow, and heat primarily on lips and tongue.

On my tenth #HsvHotWings outing, we have a new leader in The End Zone.

 Posted by at 12:52 pm
Apr 262016
 

For a few months in 2016, every week or two I’m going to have the hottest wings available at a different area restaurant and give you my thoughts.

tbwings0I just did a full-up review of Toy Box Bistro at Rocket City Mom, and enjoyed it very much. I went back for wings yesterday for lunch. This is where Beauregard’s used to be on the southwest corner of Jordan and Holmes.

At Toy Box Bistro, the hottest wings listed on the menu are simply “hot.” When I asked if those were the hottest, I got “nope, we have ghost pepper butter too.” Ah. Yes, please. You can order six, twelve, or twenty wings. I did twelve, which turned out to be eight flats and four drums. They were served with a few carrot sticks, and they were $14.16 before tip. Our server Joseph did a fine job.

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Quality: 9/10. These were lovely wings of considerable quality. They were meaty, uniformly sauced and cooked, and served at ideal temperature.

Flavor: 6/10. These are not buffalo wings, but they don’t really fit into any ready variety. There is a basic flavor profile here of chili peppers and sugar that doesn’t ever really change. They’re fine—I ate them all—but they’re very simple.

Heat: 4/10. Well, shoot. We’re regressing on heat again. There is a small but immediate punch, so I’m thinking something else accompanies the ghost peppers in this sauce. The back side heat comes online quickly, but unfortunately peaks much too soon, never getting above a smolder. The tingle is on the lips and tongue. I didn’t need a drink.

These are the prettiest wings I’ve had so far, but they could use a little passion. Double the heat, or maybe a good shot of garlic? Or both?

 Posted by at 7:07 am
Apr 252016
 

Well, everyone’s favorite lecherous pepaw has hung around long enough to get hisself his very own beer, complete with a delightfully suggestive logo! Salty Nut Brewery will offer Unimpeachable Pale Ale for a limited time, with swag available now. (You’ll perhaps recall dear Dr. Bentley’s fondness for touching soft, round things from his phone sex […]

 Posted by at 6:26 pm

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