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Ballard’s Bad Albert’s Chipotle Hot Wings

Well this little joint in the heart of old Ballard has some radical wings.  The joint called Bad Albert is right on the corner with a blue door.  One could call it a dive bar, but its Ballard, and old Ballard only loves the dives.

After a couple of barley pops with a bro, I get a hunger.  Time for some wings.  Only two choices, Chipotle hot or BBQ.  Come on, gotta go with the hot!  It took a little bit longer than I thought it should but well worth the wait.  Nice presentation.  The first smell – vinegar.  Made me a bit nervous but I was pleasantly surprised.

First taste:  Wow, there is zero, zero chipotle, but that is ok.  They are breaded and deep fried, a bit over cooked, but I’ll let that pass because the sauce.  Oh the sauce… Like I said not a bit of that Smokey classic chipotle flavor.  The were spicy, sweet, and there was that little taste of vingar.  Quite honestly these wings are really good!  Just dont think that you are getting chipotle hot wings.

Wing score: 4.5 – damn fine.

If you are in Ballard you have choices… Make sure you hit up WingMasters on the north side & now don’t miss out at Bad Alberts!

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Looking for local wings – Atlantic Crossing Pub

I thought I had burnt out on hot wings, but nope.  It was time to get back on wagon and check out the hotness of the Atlantic Crossing Pub in the Roosevelt hood.  I got myself a nice pint of Boddingtons and order up some of their medium wings. The wings come out with a side of ranch.  They are large, not huge but bigger then the Wing Dome‘s.  The spice is nice.  Its not quite Franks Red Hot, but no taste of Tabasco either…

The first bite:

Wait, these must be over cooked… Still the flavor is nice, well the sauce was.  It has taken me a couple of days to figure out what I disliked these wings.  Am I over wings?  Were they over cooked? Maybe on the over cooked, but its because they were frozen wings.  You know like the ones you can get at the store.  They just never taste right.

Well sorry to say I will not be ordering the wings but I will go back.  The place is a cool joint with a good selection of brews, full cocktail bar, pool, darts, and they are Sounders FC friends.  Futbal.

Wing Score: 3

Good sauce, but bad cooking or freezer burnt.

GO SOUNDERS

Sounders Match & Goal

Sounders Match & Goal


Fremont’s Red Door, a little wing action

Hot wings and I have been on the outs.  Some times too much of a good thing is just that, too much.  Its time to get back on or fall off the wagon.  What ever the saying is.  If you must go out and drink, like I must, then I should make sure my belly has some grub in it.  Off to Fremont we go…

The Red Door.  This place is cool.  Nice little bar with the huge R outside (rainier beer R).  What do you know, a solid selection of brews and there they are some wings on the menu.  The service at the bar was quick and fast.  Much faster then the gal working the tables.  You came here to read about the wings not the bar!

The wings:  Small and deep fried, syscoor some other food service wings.  Good, because they are deep fried, but no sauce, dry! The menu said touched.  What the…   Oh the sauce is on the side.  Not just hot but some BBQ and the Blue to the cheese.  Well I just mixed them all, spicy hot bbg with chunch of chee… the only way to go.  The suaces are nothing special, just like these wings.

Score: 3– you can eat them but dont waste your money, buy drinks.


Polynesian love? Chicken wings!

Well after a hard game of Kickball near Greenlake we needed to get some libations and grub.  Oh yeah WINGS baby.  Headed over to the Luau Polynesian lounge in tangle town.  I hit up the Shaggy’s Spicy Wings.  You might want to check them out if you like dry rubbed wings with killer sides.  These bad boys come with a house made rub, crunchy veggies and a pineapple spiked Roquefort dressing.  If you have been reading my blog you know I like wet over dry, but something about this place and these wings makes me want to hula!

Score 4

damn fine but could use some more spice!

I’ll be back.


Jillians Billards – Boneless and bone in…

 

Its not everyday one of your bros moves down-under.  So when he does you have to have a party.  Jillianswas the chosen joint for the occasion.  What a great excuses to dig into some wings.  Oh yeah, happy hour prices might as well get the boneless and bone in wings!

First the boneless.  Pass.  Nothing special really just deep fried chicken tenders that are dredged in a weak wing sauce.  You best like the tenders and like them soggy.

Wing Score: 2 – not gross but not good.

Second, bone in.  Honestly nothing I would waste my time writing about.  They are just ok.  I would say an average style of sauce but not hot what so ever.  The base is vinegar with a slight pepper ting.

Score: 2 – once again I would pass on these.

I guess the moral of the story, go to Jillian’s to play pool, games, and drink with friends.  Just skip the wings.


With Wings, Bowl games go good!

Well I was in Nashville this last weekend so I ate some hot ones, but this week I wanted to showcase my favorite recipe for my wings.  You know there is a little football game this weekend, the Superbowl.  So here is The Seattle Wingmans hook up for hot wing love.

Seattle Wingmans Hot wings of Love: 

  • Minimum of 2 lbs of organic or free range chicken wings*Skin-on* (cant find the little ones, get some big drumsticks)
  • McCormick’s Garlic & Herb Buffalo Wings Seasoning Mix (kinda cheating)
  • One bottle of Fanks Wing Hot Sauce
  • One cube of real unsalted butter
  • Pure Honey

Pre heat your oven to 475.

Take the wings or drum sticks drop them in a big-o-ziplock style back.

Dump that whole packet of McCormiks spice mix in there.

Shake that up and coat it all.

Drop the coated raw wings into a baking dish.

Drizzel the wings with a bit of franks and a bit of that honey.

Close up that oven for 30 mins.  Check them out.  Oh yeah they are looking bomb now…  If they look good to you, yank them out, if not give them 15 more.  They should be looking a bit crisp but not burnt.

Now get yourself a safe bowl to toss them and make them saucy!  Tong the wings into the bowl, dice up the butter.  Now the wings are hot enough to melt the butter so no worries there.  Now tose them with the Franks.  Oh love.

There you have it. 

Way too easy.

Cheers!


St Andrews pub – Pass up the wings but drink the scotch!

Celtic playerIf you like soccer and you like scotch then you best be stopping by St. Andrews pub on aurora.  I do have to mention that you should pass on the wings.  I hate giving bad reviews so I will be frank.  The wings are small, very small.  Dry and over cooked, they might be freezer burned or the cook just leaves them in the fryer too long.  The sauce is ok, but nothing to write home about.  My copilot on this day had a burger, he said that was bomb and the fries were very good, but who does fries bad?

St. Andrews is a sweet little joint on the northwest side of Green Lake.  It is a soccer fans mecca in the phinny greenlake hoods.  The owner always has some sh*t to talk and has a classic ascent.  The guy knows his sports and his scotch.  What ever scotch you want he has!  Great pub, I will be back.  I just will not order the wings.

 Score : 2 (not ordering again)

Cheers!