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WINGSTREET LEMON PEPPER RUB

24 Jan

UntitledSooo….. I keep trying the wings at WingStreet.  To be honest, I don’t know exactly when the whole “pizza and wings” thing came about.   It’s great if you are feeding a crowd or having food for a game but….eh….. most of the time you get great pizza and “meh” wings ….or the other way around.

I have said in the past that I love the chicken that WingStreet uses— BIG chunks of white meat chicken.  As far as flavors go…I haven’t found one that I am crazy about.   I DO love Lemon Pepper, so when I heard they have a new rub I was ready.

And you can see…not much in the way of coloring …and not much in added taste as well.  They are salty and a hint…and I mean HINT of lemon or pepper flavor…but it’s only a HINT.

Hint= not much here people.

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WINGSTREET – Garlic Parmesan

13 Jul

UntitledPizza Hut was so smart for starting up WingStreet all those years ago.   They saw a trend coming and they rode the wave all the way to shore.  Bone-in / Bone-out / you name it and they will give it to ya.

In the past I have tried their wings and sauces and never found one that I truly fell in love with.

Today was no exception.   Garlic Parmesan is a favorite flavor at many wing joints so I figured it was a solid choice.    What I got was some pretty decent bone-out pieces of chicken…with some parm cheese shook on them….followed by a heavy dousing in what seemed to be some sort of salad dressing or something.    It’s a light and creamy type sauce that just weighed down and made the crispy crusts on the chicken pieces turn soggy.  Real quick.  I managed to separate the pieces into the other side of the container and salvage half the order.   Again, like the chicken, haven’t found a sauce yet.   The search continues.

MINYARD SUN FRESH MARKET

9 Mar

UntitledThis might be hard to believe, but back in the day, Minyard was a pretty kick-ass grocery store.   It was locally owned, great prices, friendly staff.  I loved going there as a kid.  And seriously – what kid enjoys going to the grocery store?  When I moved back to Texas I discovered Minyard had all but dried-up.   It was sold off and the stores were now old and it had a horrible reputation in the eyes of many in this metroplex.

So when I read about Minyard had recently acquired some new locations that were formerly Tom Thumb or Albertson’s — and were using said locations to launch their rebrand/revamp/new concept MINYARD SUN FRESH — I was excited.Minyard as a whole is now back to being owned by a small company in Texas.   They are committed to rebuilding this brand and I applaud them.  You know I love to fight for and along side the underdog.  And man…let me tell you…. they are the “under-est” of dogs here.

Take this one-time Albertson’s on McKinney for example.   I have been here a few times now and I have chatted-up patrons and employees alike.   According to all – it’s not an easy transition.  People around that neighborhood have probably never even heard of “Minyard” and when they did it was about how “ghetto” those stores are…and now they have one in their own backyard.   So there is a bit of bitterness for some.   A few employees have also shared that they too have heard from customers that they will not shop there anymore and this-or-that.   So it must be rough having to muddle through all that negativity.

I am actually…carefully optimistic.  Which is so unlike me.   I can very easily see how others are already dooming this location to fail when the Whole Foods opens a few blocks away.   No doubt it will bite into their business but Whole Foods isn’t about the basics – so I would welcome that challenge if I were Minyard.    I would have a “take on the whole world” attitude and I would fight for every customer.  It might suck now, but if they can manage to turn around the instantly-negative-impression A LOT of people have of them, that would be an amazing accomplishment and something to be proud of.   I am certainly going to shop there.  And it is inconvenient for me to do so.   But I believe in the bigger picture…a return to greatness.

So how can they do this?   People at the McKinney location are telling me that the prices went up DRASTICALLY on many products.   Well…okay… calm down people.  These guys are just settling into that market.   Give them some time to get things smooth.    I also saw a tweet regarding this issue – and Minyard has already responded saying they are resetting their stores inventory and slashing prices on TEN THOUSAND products.   So keep it cool, kids.   Trust me, if they go off the rails and make it impossible to shop there due to selection, price, or some other customer-type issue – who do you think is gonna complain more than me?

Another step in the right direction is the “FRESH” part of the name.   Making sure they have quality foods….organics even…will go a long way (hint: they already do).  The frozen foods and canned items should have affordable and premium options available.   The deli selection should have nice quality meats and some healthier options too.   I see they already have a fresh sushi station so come on….

And more innovations like this…..Untitled

I am SO IN LOVE with this idea.   I can’t believe nobody has done it yet.   Minyards Sun Fresh has a CHICKEN WING BAR!!!!!   Are you serious???!?!?!?!   How awesome is that?    Traditional and Boneless in several flavors.   I have seen many people checking that feature out and loading up some wings to go.

WING BAR!?!?!?!   WOOO!!!!

So I know it’s hard letting go of your favorite local store.   I also know the public perception of this companies reputation.

I am just saying give them a break and a chance.  I think they will surprise you.

SONIC – Boneless Wings

29 Sep

Sonic has a way of quietly dropping cool new things on their customers.    That pretzel-dog was genius.

Well, now they are back with “Boneless Wings”.   I got kinda excited because I love hotwings and I am constantly looking for a place that can kick them out at the drop of a dime.

Unfortunately these ain’t them.   I can’t really tell if they are reusing the popcorn chicken pieces or these are some other chicken nugget type pieces.   Whatever it is, they aren’t bad…but they aren’t BAD… ya get me?

I wanted crunch chicken pieces (like the popcorn chicken which I do like) tossed in a sauce that “kicks” but the sauce here is just globbed on everywhere…and it’s not much in the heat department.

I will just stick with the popcorn chicken and dip it in my own sauce because a six -piece for four bucks seems too much for what you get.

TEXAS ROADHOUSE Boneless Wings

13 Dec

 I don’t visit Texas Roadhouse very often, but when I have I am always satisfied with anything I pick.  Everything from Hamburgers to Filet Mignon you get great food for a very reasonable price.

On this last visit I ordered a beer and appetizer the boneless wings.  They seemed like a new menu item and seem like a revamped version of their Chicken Critters.

The original Critters (which they still serve) were covered in a thick and crunchy batter and then fried.

These boneless wings seem to be lightly dusted and have a very thin layer of breadding compared to the Critters.

I liked the Critters in the past – but I LOVE these new boneless wings.   They are tender, juicy, and crispy.  The Critters seem very hearty and a full meal.   These boneless were just perfect with my ice-cold beer.   I ordered the buffalo sauce for dipping and it’s very HOT.   Which I also loved.   So while waiting for that great steak or chicken-fried , why not order some of these for the table?   I think you will find them quite enjoyable.

Tyson WYNGZ Buffalo Style

5 Dec

Tyson is cranking out loads on new snacks.   Their ANY’ TIZERS line is geared towards bite sized finger foods.   What caught my eye was the term WYNGS.  If you remember my Pizza & Wyngz review, you know that I said back then that I wished they just sold the WYNGZ by themselves.   So here we are weeks later and it seems my wishes came true.

Well sort of.

These WYNGZ are obviously different from the ones that came with the DiGorno pizza two-pack.  First off – these are not chicken nugget shape but rather “balls” of chicken.   Looking at them frozen they look more like  huspuppies than chicken “wyngz”.

These also do not come with any sort of sauce.  The originals came with a genius packet you warm and toss the chicken pieces in after cooking.  The extra sauce really made the originals stand out.

IMG_4077I still had hope that these might be even better than the originals.  I cooked up a batch and added my own hot pepper sauce to go with them.    They are pretty good but do NOT compare to the ones in the Digornio combo pack.    That’s a bit of a bummer as I was positive that these (since they are named the same) were the natural progression of a side product that deserved its own push as a stand-alone star.

Don’t get me wrong because I enjoyed these.  I just just don’t know why they call them WYNGZ if they aren’t the same product?

TASTE TEST: Carl’s Jr. Buffalo Strips

22 Mar

LORD knows I loves me some chicken wings. I say LOVES me some chicken wings. The marriage of tender yet crispy chicken mixed with a super spicy sauce makes my mouth water.

So when I passed Carl’s Jr. and saw they offered Buffalo Strips I flipped a “U” all Bo Duke style and cruised right on in.

Now, if you have paid any attention to this blog, you might have read my article about Wendy’s awhile back.

Wendy’s came out with Boneless Buffalo Wings and I was super excited. I liked them. And they didn’t last. That is my luck.

Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of being able to swing into a place like Carl’s Jr. and get restaurant style chicken strips covered in a sauce that has some nice “kick”- just about anytime I want.

Wings, Boneless or otherwise, are really more of a restaurant item. They take awhile to make RIGHT, so fast food places usually steer clear of them.

So I am very impressed with Carl’s Jr. for taking the chance and making something that is readily available, AND tastes like the kind of strips you would find in a great sports bar.

These were so good, I actually had them three days in a row over this last weekend, and that is something I almost NEVER do.

Try’em!!!