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 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.
Well the wing quest is still on. Number one in Seattle is Coopers Ale House. I am grubbing wings almost once a week and hunting for all the great chicken wing love in this emerald city.
This weeks stop: Cheesecake Factory.
I was just planing on taking some garbs back downtown, but I made sure it was during lunch time. My wingman is a coworker, fellow wing aficionado, and indulgent of anything HOT. Well if you are in any city the week before xmas you know that the downtown shopping district is how do you say, chaotic? The Cheesecake Factory was shoulder to shoulder. 20 to 40 minute wait. That is why I love the bar, most of the time room, fast service, and always chatty staff. BOOM. Two seats at the end. Time for some wings!
Fast service, did i say that. I love the bar. Here are my wings… Nice combo of wings and drums. The are breaded and deep fried. Then tossed in some pure franks red hot. These are damn good. A bit of grease because of the coating, but when did that stop you?
These would be perfect wings to cure a hangover. Massive grease, great flavor, and just the right hotness. There is enough to share as an appetiser or get an order for yourself.
Score 4.5 (damn good). I’ll try them again next time.
Damn good wings at the Gordon Biersch. They are a solid 4 on my scale. A bit tiny and sort of dry but they are sweet, similar to the Thai chili at Wingdome. Nicely glazed and they have a lovely crunch to them. Short and sweet – just like these wings.
Score – 4
I will be back. They do have some great beers, but due to the company I work for. Zero drinking at lunch for me.
Last night I went back to Coopers Ale House on Lake City in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. This place is a smooth joint that I can walk to. They do have one flaw, they are a UW Husky bar, but that does not stop them from having some of the best if not THE best wings in the city.
I’m talking damn good wings. As it stands right now they are the top wings in Seattle. Traditional buffalo style wings, hot and spicy. I would think that the base could be a Franks Red Hot but there is way more to it. Great mix of wings and leg (drumsticks), skin on, and zero breading. I think that might be one of the reasons they are so good. The skin. Then again it really is the sauce. Plus you get like 12-15 each order. That’s a lot of wings. Great for sharing.
Score 5 !
I be back for more, and more, and more, and more – Not to mention that they about 15 beers on tap!
Well I can’t honestly say this is my first stop to the Wingdome, but this story is about my first stop.
The wingdome here in Seattle is now only located in Greenwood(had a second location on Capitol Hill but closed). A fun an funky neighbourhood, which matches the joint. The place feels like a small warehouse. Its up on 80th and Greenwood Ave. I can remember it was spring. Just a bit nippy out but sunny. We left the mutt in the car. I will have to admit I was hung over. I think every-time I go to the wingdome on the weekends I am hung over. Anyways, we pop a squat outside on the deck. Not sure what to think of this place but I’m hungry. The good news, there are plenty of papertowels right on table, a whole roll!
Well here comes our waiter, funny guy. Asks if we have been here before, “Nope not us” I say. “Great, you need a sampler then”, he says. Well what is the sampler? I took a peek at the menu and just asked for a beer. Much needed at this point in the day. Oh, they have Mac &Jac’s Serengeti Wheat. By george what is this. Let me tell you.
Mac and Jac’s Serengeti Wheat, is the sweet nectar of the gods. Honestly if you like unfiltered beers with a hint of honey, you will love this brew.
Getting back to the sampler plate. 20 wings, 4 styles – just pick your poison. Our choice:
Traditional style 3 alarm
Sweet Thai Chili
Well, no kidding, I think it took 7 minuets for the wings to get there. I bairley got my first beer down (side note – the pitchers are huge, thank you Wingdome). Time to dig in. They are good size wings, more actual wing pieces verse chicken legs. I go directly for the 3 alarm. NOT HOT, but tasty. The wife, she hits up the Kamikaze. Nothing special just teriyaki. Next we both dig into the Rasta, yuk! Finally we try the Sweet Thai Chili. HEAVEN.
Let me tell you right now, order no less then a 4 alarm and please try the Sweet Thai Chili. Honestly the best “non-traditional” wing in this city! I have gone back many of times. No mater what style I try, my favorit is always the Thai chili. Hot, well more like spicy, with a sweet almost honey like aftertaste. I think I might need some tomorrow! But I digress, back to the other wings.
Kamakaze time. You can make teriyaki wings at home plus if you want teriyaki chicken, go get some at yummies! They are good, just not great. I dont think I will order them again.
Now the Rastas were subpar. I’m not sure if it was the cumin spice, all spice, or some other funk that put my taste buds in disagreement with my stomach but I will never, I mean never order them again. Sorry Wingdome.
Time to get down to the ratings…
3 Alarm – Good, not spicy. I will have to upgrade for sure. I give them a 3 overall
Sweet Thai Chili – AMAZING. 5 overall with a hell yeah I cant wait to order them again.
Kamikaze – Pass, I like my teriyaki on white meat. 3 overall.
Rasta – NO WAY. I cant rock these ever again. 2 overall. You can eat them, they dont hurt your colon so, try if you like funk in your mouth.
Well that was just the first time I went to the Wingdome. I have been there many more times since, and I will go again. Maybe I will have to set up the post per restaurant?
After a full summer of wings, brews, and bros its time to document my findings. This here blog is going to help us all remember where to go when we need the chicken wing, Buffalo wings, boneless, and all the other variations of wings out there. I hope that you did not think that the title Wing Man was like in your bro that helps hold off the “other” friend? If so we can chat about that also, because I am a very good wing man.
So what is a Wing Quest?
Well that is what I have been on all summer here in the Emerald City of Seattle. I cant quite put my finger on what sparked the quest, but I have been on the hunt for the best wings in Seattle. I have plenty of qualifiers and some great friends to help with ratings and locations. Please feel free to add your fav’s or if you know of some great places in the city to grub up on killer wings.
Where do I start? How about categories:
- The best Traditional Buffalo Wings
- The best Non-Traditional Wing (Thai, Sweet, BBQ, Exotic, Jerk, ect)
- The best Boneless
- Other (still open to other categories)
Ratings are a bit easier.
- 1. Sick – will clean your colon out
- 2. Eatable – you can gag it down
- 3. Parr – not bad, but might not be ordering them again
- 4. Good – I like and would recommend to my friends. Old faithfuls
- 5. Wow – These are bomb, I hope I can eat them all myself
Now you have the background – Lets get to the wings!