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.
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.
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?