Jun 172019

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

Clyde’s BBQ is the latest effort from local star restaurateurs Stan Stinson and Tina Ford. It is a couple of blocks north of Browns Ferry on County Line Rd. in Madison, and there will be also be a location at Stovehouse later this year.

Stan and Tina are my friends. I’m a big fan of Earth and Stone, and my family and I were all enamored of our initial visit to Clyde’s, though they told us then that hotter wings were still on deck. These are the first truly hot ones they’ve offered.

Clyde’s offers wings regularly on Friday and Saturday, with occasional availability on other days. They are smoked wings, which you can then have fried if you choose. Sauce is available on the side or tossed. I went with fried and tossed, with the hottest “No Tina! No Tina!” habanero sauce. Eight wings and a side are $9.80.

Clyde’s “No Tina! No Tina!” wings. (Click for a closer look.)

Quality: 10/10. If you know anything about Stan and Tina, this is no surprise. I had an even split between drums and flats, and they were all robustly sized, with minimal extraneous fat. They were cooked perfectly, with no rubbery or dry spots, and served hot.

Flavor: 8/10. With an up-front peppery vibe that moves through a bit of tartness on the way to a sweet and hot finish, I’d almost call these sweet-and-sour. The wings are tasty.

Heat: 8/10. There is a bit of punch from the first bite that told me there was something other than habanero at work here, and indeed, there is some chipotle as well. Nice. Let’s dance. (Of course, the classic habanero accumulation takes over in short order.) The climb is steady and relentless, and I got a good sweat and a couple of tears. Chileheads can fit these into a normal day, but those with more tender palates should choose a different sauce.

Clyde’s wings are excellent, and furthermore, I have solid intel indicating that this may not be the hottest sauce for long. Stay tuned!

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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 Madison Square Mall property (where Macaroni Grill was).

I’m not a big fan of this sort of establishment. To Twin Peaks’ credit, the experience was suitably reserved, as these things go. Jason and I had lunch there recently.

Twin Peaks has both traditional fried and smoked wings available, in numerous flavors. I went old school, selecting 12 traditional bone-in wings in Blazing, the hottest flavor. These were $15.25, with a slight additional charge for the fries. Celery accompanies, so I also got some bleu cheese. Our server Amanda was personable and prompt.

Twin Peaks’ Blazing traditional bone-in wings. (Click for larger.)

Quality: 6/10. My wings were evenly split between flats and drums, cooked properly, and served at an appealing temperature, with little excessive fat. But gee whiz, they’re high. Being north of $1.25 apiece tanks the score here. There’s a slight per-wing break if you go up to an 18-piece order.

Flavor: 6/10. This is a pretty safe scaffolding of traditional buffalo wing, with a bit of butter on the fade and no excessive saltiness. Nothing transcendent going on here, but eminently scarfable.

Heat: 5/10. There isn’t much through about the third wing, and then a build begins, culminating in a little sweat by the bottom of the order. There may be a little habanero or other Capsicum chinense cultivar present here, but nothing super-hazardous. Probably a bit much for true lightweights, but the acclimated will have no issues.

The wings at Twin Peaks are a reasonable play, but they’re a mediocre value unless the intangibles of a place like this are important to you. I will put down the smoked wings for a return visit sometime later in the year.

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Mar 292019

This is part of an ongoing series reviewing hot wings in the Huntsville area. Visit #HsvHotWings for a comprehensive linked list. The Casual Pint is one of the latest additions to prominent Huntsville-area Peoplequarium The Village of Providence. It’s an airy, sports-barry place with, as you might suppose from the name, numerous beers on tap. […]

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