Food Critic Lady Says She Hates Chicken Wings: Here Are A Few To Change Her Mind

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Nancy! You can't publish things like this! Your experience with chicken wings sucks because you've been eating shitty wings. If you're going to be a food critic who appeals to the masses you have to enjoy this bar food classic -- it's imperative. And I promise, if you find the right ones, you'll see that they can be quite delicious.

I'll ignore your thought that these chickens are dying for their wings alone. The chicken wing surplus stemmed out of a need for more boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It's only in the last 10 years or so that wings have taken on a demand of their own.

Instead, let's focus on how delicious they can be. Here are a few of my favorites.

Ten Bells Tavern (pictured above)
Chef Carlos Mancera fries them in oil till they're crispy but still tender, and then sauces them in a combination of ketchup and Frank's Red Hot. I know it sounds a little gross, but trust me, with some beer, brown sugar and other seasonings and some time on the stove, the ingredients distill down into what resembles a tangy, sweet barbecue sauce. The blue cheese dressing is stellar too. Mancera spikes his own buttermilk dressing with funky Point Reyes blue cheese, sprinkling a little extra of the crumbled cheese over the top with some celery as a final garnish.

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Malai Thai Vietnamese Kitchen
Or how about some super crispy wings at Malai in Uptown. These sweet and spicy appendages were good enough to make my 100 Favorite Dishes list. The could convert even the most enthusiastic wing detractors. Like you.

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The Owner's Box
These things are massive, and closest to the traditional style of wing you'd get served if you were watching the big game at a sports bar in Upstate New York. Enjoy them with a cold cheap beer. You'll thank me.

Wings at Home
One reason you don't like wings might be because they've sat around too long, or were made with bad ingredients. Cook them at home. Get some really good poultry and make your own blue cheese dipper. Fry them in oil held just below the smoke point until they are super crispy and all the fat has rendered from beneath the skin.

You'll see the light. I'm sure of it.

Location Info

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Malai Thai Vietnamese Kitchen

3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Chicken wings are a waste. Everytime it's like chewing on bones, fat and slimy skin that just so happens to be dipped in great sauce. It's like painting a pile of crap with gold....ugh. MEAT PLEASE.


I fully plan on contributing to the death toll by grilling 3-4 dozen wings for Sunday Evening Mass.  

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

This is some bullshit, how the eff can you not like chicken wings.  There is a wing to fit everyones taste somewhere in dallas.  But I do give Ms. Click, as @runDMC calls, credit for pissing off every dude who reads her food blog


The fried chicken wings at The Chicken House on Gaston aren't the "buffalo-style" wings, but the best fried chicken wings ever.  The wings were my "piece" growing up in a large family and it's still my favorite piece of the chicken.


Of course she isn't going to like something as "common", and as "trite" as a chicken wing!  It's got to be cutting edge, extreme with yupster or hipster a broiled chicken with black lipstick, cooked inside a goose, and presented on a metal plate, with a dead tree, and a price tag of 40 dollars.  Then it''s cool. 



why waste 'the churches" time by eating chicken wings?  you have to eat, like 5000 of them to get full.  for the game, I suggest:

-a whole brisket



ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @todd We are doing a Keg and Fajitas, that way people can graze for hours on cold fajita meat, its like a finger food.  Maybe we should set it next to the cheese tray and see if people try to make a cracker with some pepper jack and sliver of fajita beef


@kergo1spaceship @ScottsMerkin 

Wings? I could take 'em or leave 'em, honestly. A lot of work and mess for not enough reward. That said, the ones at Malai pictured above look damn good.

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