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
May 132017
 

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

Mine and Lea’s 20th anniversary was Wednesday night, and we went to West End Grill, just east of Research Park Boulevard on Madison Pike, because our first date was there. When I saw that wings were offered with various flavors, I went back with Saintseester for lunch the next day.

West End Grill is full service, and there are small (6) and large (12) wings on the menu, served with celery and dressing. The hottest listed flavor appeared to be Reentry, but our server Gina shared that a new one called Jamaican Fire was hotter. Yes, please. My 12 wings were $11.98. (The fries in the photo are not included in the price.)

Quality: 8/10. These wings were well within size tolerance, cooked perfectly, and served warm. Value is reasonable right at the $1 threshold.

Flavor: 4/10. These are obviously prepared with care and there is a great deal of promise here, but these wings were spiced much too heavily. It would be a pleasant and authentic Caribbean flavor at about half-strength, or maybe even a little less. I believe it was allspice that was so overwhelming. I smelled/tasted it for hours afterward. I would love to try these wings again with a more judicious application of the seasoning.

Heat: 5/10. I thought there might be some Scotch bonnets lurking given the flavor description, but I don’t think there were any C. chinense cultivars present. I think we have here a good bit of cayenne, with a quick climb followed by a quick retreat.

West End is highly commute-convenient and I expect will make my agenda again soon, perhaps for a validation visit on these or for Solar Flare, another new and unlisted flavor which Gina said was comparable in heat.

 Posted by at 12:29 pm
Apr 292017
 

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 positive opinion of 306’s pulled pork from […]

 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 […]

 Posted by at 9:00 pm
Apr 082017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. In my first unambiguous #hsvhotwings venture outside the Huntsville metropolitan area, Lea, the boys, and I went to Wingzilla tonight. Wingzilla is on the southeastern corner of Browns Ferry Rd. and U.S. 31 in […]

 Posted by at 8:04 pm

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