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.
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.
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!
damn fine but could use some more spice!
I’ll be back.
Well I have been totally slacking on my blog for you and them tasty wings, but I have massive updates and reviews for you. You ready… can you take the heat? HOT HOT HOT HOT WINGS (sing it out, it sounds better).
Boom. Wing time…
Lets talk about Wingmasters:
This little joint is in beautiful Ballard right off 24th. Looks like a dive and is, but as we have found out some dives have great grub. Plus cold brews. So into the bar…
Its noon, lunch for me and my copilot. Only one old and crusty belled up to the bar. News on most of the tubes, but a couple have ESPN with subtitles. No worries, we are here for the wings. Good thing, because the bar back tells us that is all they serve for lunch. Then she shows us the wall. This thing has options, I’m not talking about nice menu, lots of stuff. I’m talking about the McDonald’s of Wings. There must have been 7 to 10 options of sauces and combo and the strangest thing I have seen on this wingquest. Pork.
Well the copiolt and I are different people but we both love wings, looks like we got to make some hard choices and play some rochambo. 6 Origionals, 6 Classic Buffalo, & 3 Pork wings with the sweet & spicy.
Now to play a little pinball while we wait. $0.50 and we are still playing when the wings come. Nothing special for display, just the wing-loveness.
I have to try the pork wings first. They look like ribs with a little bit of meat taken off so you can hold them like a drumstick. Damn, these things are good – real good. I do like pork. The sauce, is more like a hawaain BBQ then the traditional wing sauce. Both the copiolit and I agree that next time we need hot and not so sweet. They are PORK… Please try them with any sauce, worth the drive and the experence.
Down to why you read this site. Chicken wings, well these are. I cant say they are great, but they are good. They have issues but who doesn’t. Too small is my first impression. Just low on the meat and tiny. I guess that could be good being that they might not have as many hormones in them but, come on I had 3 freeks out of my 6. When I say freaks I mean the little half wings that are broken and kinda gross. The sauces… GREAT. Yeah I said it. They are really good. A bit homemade and a bit of store bought. We only tried two types… there are like 7. I say go hot and work your way down. Ok wings, great sauce, not to bad for a lunch date.
Score: Solid 4
I’ll be back I need to try some more sauces plus the little porkers are bomb.
Get it done. Pork wings @ Wingmasters.
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.
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
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.
If 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)