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 service, with the only you-tote-it part being the check at the end. Of the numerous combos available, the eight wings and fries for $9.25 seemed the best option for lunch, so I went with that. You’re allowed to get two flavors with the eight-wing combo, so in a bit of a departure for the post series, I got four supernova wings (“with heat like the sun”) and four lemon pepper wings. Celery is an extra buck, but you get a lot of it (interesting detail). Our service was friendly, prompt, and unobtrusive.

Quality: 5/10. My wings were appealingly basketed, with clear delineation between fries, supernova wings, and lemon pepper wings. They were fried effectively, with crispy skin yet juicy meat, and served at a good temperature. Unfortunately, size was rather lacking. I had a couple that approached reasonable, but most were small, and one was a two-bite runt.

Flavor: 7/10. All of my wings tasted good. The supernova wings have an immediate chili pepper kick, and then smooth out on a sweet barbecue note. The lemon pepper wings had an appealing salty tartness, with a good bit of black pepper background. Yummy.

Heat: 5/10. The supernova wings come out of the gate warm, and then climb a bit. I got a little sheen on my forehead, and a little tearing followed. I had a mild afterburn of about five minutes. (Heat commentary is for the supernova wings only.)

Taylor’s Wing Shak seems a promising joint that wants to be taken seriously, with numerous flavor and combo possibilities. Indeed, they’ve got a lot of the melody down. A bump on wing size could make this a great stop.

 Posted by at 9:24 pm
Mar 072017
 

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

Wings To Go is a small national chain, with a few locations in the Huntsville area. I ate at the one at the southeast end of the shopping center where Wal-Mart is on Madison Boulevard in Madison.

The restaurant name notwithstanding, there is also ample dine-in space, with a fast casual model. My $8.71 lunch special included 10 wings, fries, celery, choice of dressing, and a fountain drink. It was ready as soon as I got my drink. Of the numerous available sauces, the hottest is Homicide, so I went with that.

Quality: 4/10. My six drums and four flats were served at an appealing temperature, and were fried properly, with a bit of crisp to the skin. Alas, they were also very small; easily in the bottom quartile of all of the wings I’ve reviewed to date. They pick up a full point here because they were inexpensive.

Flavor: 2/10. These begin rather firmly in buffalo wing territory, but then dive straight into the abyss. This sauce uses a great deal of pepper extract, and the entire experience quickly becomes overwhelmingly acrid and chemical. These wings did not taste good.

Heat: 8/10. Pepper extract is reliably hot, and the hiccups and neck sweating were definitely here to experience. It’s just so disappointing when it doesn’t taste any better than this. Total afterburn was about 15 minutes.

If your idea of “super hot” is defined mostly or solely by Homicide sauce at Wings To Go, please know that there are very hot wings out there that are also delicious! Don’t form an opinion based only on these.

 Posted by at 3:38 pm
Feb 222017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. New Orleans Lunchbox is a well-regarded Cajun restaurant inside the gas station on the northwest corner of Jordan and Holmes. The menu is extensive; the model, fast casual (and quick). I’ve had a few […]

 Posted by at 12:44 pm
Feb 032017
 

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. My friend Rachel and I visited Tim’s Cajun Kitchen recently for lunch. I’ve had a lot of great meals at Tim’s—they have delectable crawfish étouffée—but I’d never tried Tim’s Famous Hot Wings, which was […]

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