Nov 182019

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

Touchdown Wings is a fast casual eatery down on Redstone Road—more down south than I ever habitually go in Huntsville. I found myself down there today on other business, and decided to give them a go. It’s a pleasant and clean place with a menu that also includes tenders, salads, and a few seafood selections.

My lunch special contained seven drums, three flats, fries, and a drink for $9.80. There are numerous sauces available, with the heat scale apparently confined to the buffalo wings. Crazy Hot is the hottest. The menu said celery would accompany so I got some dressing, but then there was no celery. Presumably I could have asked for it. Service was prompt and friendly.

Touchdown Wings’ Crazy Hot. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 8/10. Reasonably sized with little extraneous fat, and served at dig-in temperature. They were heavily sauced and fried effectively, with one just very slightly undercooked. There is excellent value here, with these sliding under the $1/each threshold even with fries and a drink.

Flavor: 7/10. These are particularly pungent buffalo wings, with a vinegary bite and maybe even a little mustard in the recipe. There’s not a lot of flair or pizzazz here, but I found them plenty tasty enough to make a happy plate. (I ate the fries that were soaked in the sauce too.)

Heat: 6/10. You can smell that you didn’t get mild when you first encounter these. There’s a nice red pepper burn by about halfway through the second wing, eventually building to a decent rush. Not a drenching sweat, but definitely a few drops happening by the end.

This is an eminently defensible stop for wings in most-of-the-way-to-the-river south Huntsville.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Nov 172019

I laid out pretty much what I had to say in a Facebook status last night, and I’m still behind it:

Tua was in the game because he was performing at an extremely high level, and it was only the second quarter. If you’ve paid any attention at all, you know that this is entirely consistent with the way Coach Saban has played starters the entire time he’s been at Alabama. There was no error committed here. It was bad luck that could have happened on the first play of the game. So stop the tongue-clucking. You know what they say about hindsight.

I have been so looking forward to having Tua in the NFL, not only because he’s our best chance since Stabler to have an Alabama quarterback star as a long-term starter, but because we need what he has to offer. He is positive. He leads with a smile. He is a powerful witness for Christ. There is no more obvious hero for young people–indeed, for any of us.

I’m so sad that this future is in such jeopardy for him now. I deeply hope he can recover and fulfill it.

God be with you, bright light. #PrayersforTua

Today we’ve learned that his hip joint was reset at the stadium (very good news) and that after extensive consultation, he’s having surgery in the morning that should put him on the road to a full recovery.

Tua in good spirits, playing the ukulele and singing. (From Facebook.)

Whether that means he declares for the 2020 NFL draft or comes back to Alabama for his senior year, no one knows. But it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m just so delighted to hear that “full recovery” is the reasonable expectation. He is such a special young man, and I hope we all can enjoy and benefit from him being in the spotlight for several years (such as an NFL career would afford him).

Very disappointed in everyone who led with chatter about Nick Saban, the Auburn game, playoffs, or other extraneous nonsense when discussing Tua’s injury. Elevate yourselves.

 Posted by at 11:51 pm
Nov 142019
  • Have any of my readers had a Popeye’s chicken sandwich? If the current situation never abates, then I’ll never have one. I’m not waiting any longer than five minutes or so, and I’m certainly not risking the visitation of violence upon my person.
  • Disney+ launched this week, and it sounds like something we’ll eventually have ourselves. I really need to sort out what we’re paying for vs. what we’re using right now. I think the case for keeping cable television is going to be weak.
  • Having shared my thoughts on Alabama’s scant chances to make the playoff, I’ll adopt whatever SEC team gets in. It’d be fun to pull for Jalen, too, if that happens.
  • Today I learned that highfalutin has no apostrophe. Who says Twitter is an endless wasteland?
  • Dad, the boys, and I are excited about Ford v Ferrari. Doesn’t necessarily hit me as a blockbuster, but we’ll still probably wait a week or so as crowd control.
  • It makes me happy that Joan Jett is actually in the Sunday Night Football intro now.
  • The PBR 99-pack is real, though if it really does sell for $175, it’s a poor deal indeed. That’s up in the price range of just about any premium/craft beer available at a decent grocery store. (Some value for the gimmick of the seven-foot box is acknowledged, but not that much.)
 Posted by at 4:53 pm
Nov 132019

In the wake of the LSU loss I’ve mostly stayed away from Alabama football stories, but have gathered here and there that many think it wasn’t fatal to Alabama’s playoff hopes.

Yeah, it probably was.

There are four slots. The SEC champion is going to get one of them. An undefeated Clemson is going to get another one. Take those two to the bank.

Probably an undefeated Ohio State will get a slot, even still having to play Penn State, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Now there’s one left.

So you’re telling me an 11-1 Alabama with no marquee victory is going in over a one-loss Big 12 or Pac-12 champion?

You want to blame someone for Alabama’s quandary besides Alabama? How about Duke? How about the 2019 SEC West for wallowing in mediocrity?

Alabama will get a fine bowl game. But they’ll miss the playoff.

 Posted by at 8:44 pm
Nov 082019

Guacamole is mostly avocado, and avocado is magical, so it’s tough to stray too far. The worst guacamole you ever had was probably still at least solid.

The best guacamole I’ve ever been served at a restaurant is a Ten-Buck Huntsville Yums entry: the Top Shelf Guacamole at premium Mexican chain Cantina Laredo.

Say the word for it, and your server will prepare this guacamole as you watch.

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It includes impossibly perfect avocados, charred jalapeno peppers, tomato, red onion, cilantro, and lime, with a little bonus of queso fresco.

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It pops. It’s amazing. The flavor explodes out of the just-prepared produce, and you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. Fortunately, the chips at Cantina Laredo are good enough that you’ll probably resist such a classless move. (However, they’re thin and the guac is thick, so you may want to dab with a utensil as opposed to scoop with the chip itself.)

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I’ve almost always got carne asada tacos coming as an entree with this guacamole on the table, and I save some for those too.

This is guacamole nirvana. If you’re a guac fan and you haven’t experienced it, make haste.

Cantina Laredo
300 The Bridge Street NW Suite 110, Huntsville (256-327-8580), open 11-

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