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.

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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 the tin-walled road house motif from this location’s previous instantiations survives.

The Champy’s wings are available fried or smoked, with sweet heat (medium), sweet heat (hot), and buffalo as the sauce choices. I went with fried wings in sweet heat (hot) sauce, after being told it was hotter than buffalo. My eight-piece order, with ranch and two pieces of celery, was $9.89. Mikayla was an excellent server.

Champy’s sweet heat (hot) fried wings. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 3/10. Upon arriving at the table my four flats and four drums had decent curb appeal, but were quickly torpedoed by excessive fattiness. Also, they were rubbery and difficult to get off the bone, strongly suggesting they were overcooked. (No charring evident, so I think “too long” as opposed to “too hot.” They probably needed to be cooked hotter and shorter.)

Flavor: 3/10. The sauce was sweet, but very thin, and there wasn’t much of it. Sadly, these were some of the blandest hot wings I’ve ever had. I can’t recall ever salting and peppering hot wings in a restaurant before. I did these.

Heat: 2/10. Nearly nothing going on here. A slight whisper of heat persisted for a few minutes, but that was it (and I’m not sure how much of that came from the black pepper I added, actually). Regular Tabasco sauce has hit me harder.

This was one of the more unfortunate #hsvhotwings adventures I’ve had. Based on my experience, you can get better wings just about anywhere. Perhaps I’ll pay Champy’s a validation visit sometime.

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Jun 032019

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. Twin Peaks is a mountain lodge-themed sports bar/”breastaurant.” The Dallas-based chain has several dozen locations around the United States. We just got our first one in Huntsville, on the northeastern corner of the old […]

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