100 Favorite Dishes, No. 71: The Chicken Wings at Teppo
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Put down the blue cheese
While there are a few more to come, this is the first reader recommendation that really grabbed me, likely because it was a chicken wing (I ate 435,000 of them in college, and twice that after), and also because it's served at my favorite neighborhood sushi restaurant. There isn't a lot that comes off the charcoal grill at Teppo that isn't delicious.
You'll see a lot of chicken meatballs shuttled around the dinning room, and they're certainly worth eating, but these chicken wings accomplish something I've not often seen from poultry appendages. They're actually kind of amazing.
Before they're threaded on a skewer the cook breaks apart the bones, so they sit more flatly over the searing hot coals. The process gives the wings more surface area, which helps maximize the crispiness of their skin and also allows them to cook more quickly. Which is, good because you'll likely place a second order.
When your wings arrive, the bones easily pull apart, so you can scrape each one clean with your teeth, but not before a dip in your choice of spicy mustard or spice powder, or maybe even both. The meat is plump, and has a snappy and juicy characteristic you won't find in the deep fried wings at the sports bars.
In fact, I'd be inclined to stop in on a Sunday and snag a seat in front of the TV during a football game this fall. I'd place 10 orders and drink cold Sapporo till I popped. I might even bring in a small tub of blue cheese dressing or ranch if I didn't think it was such heresy.
No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake
No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet
No. 91: Canelés at Village Baking Co.
No. 90: Banh Mi from La Me
No. 88: The Burgers at Off-Site Kitchen
No. 87: The White Album at Spoon
No. 86: Ramen at Tei An
No. 85: Tacos at Revolver Taco
No. 84: Stuffed Chicken Wings at Sakhuu
No. 83: Korean Fried Chicken at Bonchon
No. 82: Grilled Branzino at Tei Tei Robata
No. 81: The Toddfather at Cattleack Barbecue
No. 80: The Biryanis at Chennai
No. 79: Shish Tawook at Qariah
No. 78: Arepes at Zaguan
No. 77: Goat Momo at Everest Restaurant
No. 76: Steak Tartar at Gemma
No. 75: Escabeche at Joyce and Gigi's
No. 74: Spicy Fish in Oil at Royal Sichuan
No. 73: Pupusas at La Pasadita
No. 72: The Kathi Roll at Simply Dosa