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 the location in Athens and assumed that would be my play, but then I spied wings on the list.

306 in Greenbrier is full service (and even has beer on the menu!). I had the large plate, with 10 wings and 2 sides for $11.99. The 10 wings without sides are $8.72, and 20 are $16.35. Available flavors are Mild, Hot, BBQ, and Zingy Hot Buffalo (the hottest).

Quality: 9/10. These wings were beautiful. They were perfectly smoked, and cooked perhaps just a moment more after being sauced. They were big and meaty, with very little fat, and at well under $1 each outside a combo, a fine value indeed.

Flavor: 7/10. A pleasant smoked flavor hits first, with a buffalo harmony chiming in after a chew or two. Onion and garlic are prominent without dominating. All of the flavors complement one another well.

Heat: 2/10. It’s hard for me to detect much beyond black pepper generating the meager heat here. There may be just a faint bit of red pepper from a Louisiana sauce in the mix? I doubt I’d even warn someone who didn’t like spicy food about these.

If you’re ambivalent about heat in your wings, or you don’t want them to be hot to start with, 306 is serving some fine ones.

 Posted by at 7:52 pm
Apr 212017
 

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 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
Mar 202017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. Taylor’s Wing Shak, suggested by reader Amanda Conger, is located out Winchester Road a piece, in always-bigger-than-I-remember-it northeastern Huntsville. Rachel and I went out for lunch to check it out. Taylor’s is nearly full […]

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