Feb 172018
 

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

The boys and I took in the Madison location of Ted’s Bar-B-Q, in the former Golden Rule location on Madison Boulevard, for a rainy Saturday lunch.

The restaurant is fast casual. Ted’s Signature Wings come one way, with no heat levels or flavors from which to choose. They got the nod for a #hsvhotwings stop after the person with whom I conversed on the Ted’s Facebook page convinced me to try them.

Ted’s Signature Wings. (Click for larger.)

Quality: 6/10. While not especially large, my three drums and three flats were lean, tender, and served at an ideal jump-right-in temperature. Unfortunately, the price costs them points on the quality score. Six wings, a side, and a drink are $11.76 (and I will say the slaw was fresh, obviously made in-house, and delicious). Or you can get just the wings for $8.71. Ordering 50 wings, the largest quantity listed on the menu, still only gets them down to $1.09 each.

Flavor: 8/10. Ted’s Signature Wings are tasty indeed. These wings are smoked, then fried, and consequently they have a marvelous woody flavor while still remaining quite juicy. The barbecue glaze is sweet and tangy, complementing the smokiness perfectly.

Heat: 1/10. There is no heat at all here, but then there is no heat advertised. I did try some of the Ted’s spicy barbecue sauce that was on the table, but there isn’t much kick there either.

Ted’s Signature Wings are delicious, and if you’re not a chilehead and find yourself here for lunch, they’re a good play. However, they’re a bit high. If you’re taking the whole office out for wings or buying them for a party, there are more economical choices.

 Posted by at 4:22 pm
Oct 232017
 

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

The third location of Big Shake’s Hot Chicken & Fish, and the first outside the Nashville area, opened not long ago on Martin Rd. The boys and I did a full review for Rocket City Mom.

The restaurant is fast casual, with one wing size (three whole wings, so three drums and three flats, plus a side) available for $8.71. (White bread and dill pickle chips accompany also, as is customary for Nashville hot chicken.) The hottest of five heat levels on the menu is Executioner, and that’s what I got.

Quality: 8/10. Of respectable size, these wings were uniformly breaded and retained minimal oil from frying. Serving temperature was ideal. There were no rubbery bits, and no excessive fat was in evidence.

Flavor: 6/10. There is a straightforward fried chicken vibe here, without the common foul of excessive saltiness. Most of the flavor is that of chile pepper, with perhaps a slight garlic undercurrent.

Heat: 8/10. I expected little from a restaurant that is clearly cultivating mass appeal as part of its business model. That was a miscalculation. These wings start with their foot on the floor and don’t let up. Call it top of the middle or bottom of the top, but there was enough heat here to have my full attention. Yet, clearly the heat is all peppers. There is no significant extract in these, because there is no bitterness. Good work, Big Shake’s.

I’ll be back to try some other Big Shake’s offerings soon. Pro tip: if you’re going for lunch during the week, be there by 11, or your wait may be lengthy.

 Posted by at 12:57 pm
Oct 182017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. (Original review material below that has been updated is shown in strikethrough. New material is noted as such.) My friend Rachel and I visited Tim’s Cajun Kitchen recently for lunch. I’ve had a lot […]

 Posted by at 1:25 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 […]

 Posted by at 12:53 pm