Jul 102017
 

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

Ale’s Kitchen is the restaurant portion of the new Straight to Ale facility at Campus No. 805 on Clinton Ave. Tommy, Trent, and I took in a weekday lunch there.

The restaurant is full service, with one wing size (an advertised one pound of wings plus fresh-cut fries) available for $13.63. This ended up being six drums and three flats, with a goodly portion of fries and a cup of ranch. The hottest of six varieties is xXx-tra hot Diablo, so that’s what I ordered. Our server John did a good job.

Quality: 6/10. The wings were of mostly consistent temperature, with a couple of hot spots. No excessive fattiness, but a rubbery bite here and there. Within tolerance on size, but toward the small end.

Flavor: 5/10. Some people would have salted these. There is a sweetness that hits early, followed by a botanical pepper vibe. Neither sensation is unpleasant, but the two flavors don’t really intermingle or have anything else to do with each other, so the overall taste is more muddled than anything. A little culinary TLC in the interest of a consistent gustatory message would be a good thing.

Heat: 6/10. There are a few fireworks here, hitting pretty much full-strength by the end of the first wing. The heat continues throughout the meal, and then persists for about 10 minutes of afterburn. I would say red pepper is responsible for most of the front, with perhaps a bit of a C. chinense cultivar on the back side, though I never specifically identified it. I was never uncomfortable, but I did apply ice water a time or two. Definitely hot enough to goose the uninitiated.

Straight to Ale at Campus No. 805 is a nifty place to visit, with marvelous ambience, numerous craft beers, and several good things on the menu. I finished these wings, but there is definitely room to up their game.

 Posted by at 1:08 pm
Jun 052017
 

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

BJ’s opened a year or two ago in Bridge Street, right in my work neighborhood. It’s a center-bar place with its own beers, and both the experience and the menu are elevated just a bit from a typical stuff-on-the-wall. I met Melanie for lunch today.

BJ’s is full service, with one size of bone-in and one size of boneless wings on the appetizer menu, each served with celery and Ranch dressing. Each is available with a choice of sauces and rubs. The hottest is EXXXXtra Hot Buffalo, so that’s what I got. My seven drums, three flats, and one ambiguous runt were $12.26. Our server Dwayne did a fine job.

Quality: 7/10. These wings came out ready to go at an ideal temperature, and of a size drawing attention neither way. They were pleasingly juicy, with no excessive fat. The skin could have been a bit crispier.

Flavor: 6/10. I ate them all, and they were good. There is no great gustatory sin here; just no soul. These are very safe buffalo wings, tasting very much like I’d expect the recipe on the side of the wing sauce bottle to taste. There’s a melodic rhythm track here, but no lead.

Heat: 3/10. Again, perhaps wing sauce bottle hot but nothing else. Standard Louisiana hot sauce vibe here, with an immediate but very mild assault and almost no linger. No beverage required for full comfort. It was bit disappointing for a flavor with four Xs in it.

I think this was my third visit to BJ’s, and they’ve all been pleasant. These aren’t bad wings, but they’re about as mainstream as hot wings get.

 Posted by at 12:53 pm
Apr 292017
 

This location of this restaurant is closed. This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. Lea had a work reunion this evening at 306 Barbecue in Greenbrier (where the Greenbrier Bar-B-Q, aka “the new Greenbrier,” was located). I went in with a […]

 Posted by at 7:52 pm
Apr 212017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. (Edited from the original post below to include review of new hot wing lineup. Strikethrough denotes obsolete material.) I just did a full-up review of Toy Box Bistro at Rocket City Mom, and enjoyed […]

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