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.

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Sep 272019

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

Vinny’s Greek and Indian Grill is on the south side of the square in downtown Huntsville, and it’s exactly what it says it is, with numerous selections from each cuisine (as opposed to fusion). It also feels like a trip to a fantasy world, with delightful-yet-bizarre cotton candy lighting, and much froofier fixtures than you might expect to find in a place called Vinny’s. Saintseester and I checked it out for lunch.

Beth amongst the alternate dimension of Vinny’s.

The Indian hot wings are available in a 6-piece order or a 10-piece order. I went with the 6, and also had some delicious spanakopita. (If you’re in a Greek and Indian place, don’t you have to get a bit of each?) Our server Melinda was delightful, and asked me whether I wanted mild or hot. I went with hot, obviously.

Vinny’s Indian hot wings. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 7/10. These wings were on the small side, and $9 is a bit dear for a 6-piece order—but I actually received 8 pieces, so that helps. My four flats and four drums were freshly prepared and served warm, with a number of carrots and celery sticks.

Flavor: 7/10. These are called “tir wings” on the menu. I don’t know what that means, and in hindsight I should have asked because I can’t tease an unambiguous answer from the web. They don’t go in any genuinely strange directions, but at the same time, they’re not like any wings I’ve ever had. I would swear to chile, black pepper, and turmeric, and I think there’s a hint of curry (which would make sense). Not sure what else is happening on spices. The wings were tasty.

Heat: 4/10. What is there hits promisingly within the first wing or two, but alas, the blaze never really gets off the ground. There’s enough burn to bother someone who doesn’t like spicy food, but chileheads will have no issues.

These are unusual wings in an unusual restaurant. I’m looking forward to returning.

 Posted by at 1:27 pm
Jul 232019

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. Champy’s Chicken is a small chain whose newest location is in southern Madison, near Shelton & Madison Boulevard in a location that used to be Bison’s and Buffaloes. It is a full-service restaurant, and […]

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