Jul 012019
 

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

Shababy’s Rib Shack has come up a few times in conversation with friends lately, so I put them on the shortlist for a wings review. They’re in a shopping center just west of Jeff Rd. on 53 in Harvest, right where the road goes back to two lanes.

The Shababy’s wings are available fried or smoked, with a few different sauce choices. I was told there is no sauce that is intended to be particularly hot, so that the buffalo was probably the way to go for spiciest. I checked that box, and also went with fried. Ten wings with fries and a slice of Texas toast is $10.50 plus tax. With my tea my total bill was $12.97.

Fried buffalo wings at Shababy’s. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 6/10. My seven flats and three drums were freshly and skillfully prepared, and served at ideal temperature. Alas, they were unquestionably on the small side. This is mitigated somewhat by agreeable pricing.

Flavor: 7/10. Right down the middle of your reference taste for “buffalo wing,” with butter and vinegary heat prominent. No issues with munchability.

Heat: 3/10. With no particular effort to be hot, a modest heat rating is expected. All of the heat present is from Louisiana hot sauce, best I can tell. If Crystal or Texas Pete torches you then these will too, but chileheads probably won’t even need a drink.

My experience with Shababy’s wings was not bad, but frankly, them’s mean streets out there. There are several folks running a stronger wing game than this one. Still, if the crowd is headed here and you want wings, they’re a reasonable play.

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