Chicken Wing Challenge, Week 3: St. Louis Wing Co.

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It’s official: Wednesday is quickly becoming my new favorite day of the week. What can I say? I just love chicken wings. Smile

Let’s jump right in.

For Week 3 of the challenge, I headed to St. Louis Wing Co. This spot has received quite a few good reviews and recommendations, so I was excited to check it out. It was in a pretty unassuming strip mall, which made me giddy. Does anyone else love hole in the wall spots?

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The interior was neat and clean, with lots of tables if you opted to eat in.

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Oh, and just in case you slipped into a food coma and forgot where you were (hey, it happens!), one of the walls had a huge reminder:

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Thanks, guys. I appreciate it. Smile

I grabbed a menu, and I was quickly overwhelmed. So. Many. Choices.

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Let’s take a closer look.

 

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Wowza.

As I stated when I first introduced the challenge, when it came to picking flavors, I planned on going with the most popular flavor(s).

St. Louis Wing Co. offered the best deal I’ve encountered yet: 20 wings for $10.99. I was able to choose 4 flavors, so I went with the most popular (according to the cashier):

 

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Clockwise, starting from the top left: Honey BBQ, Traditional Hot, Thai Sweet Chili, and Sesame Ginger Teriyaki. Are you drooling yet?

First up? Honey BBQ.

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These were tasty! The Honey BBQ sauce was super sweet, which could be an issue for others, but I liked it.

Next? Traditional Hot.

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Hmm. These were the most “normal”, flavor-wise, out of the bunch, so I was expecting to be wowed by these. Unfortunately that was not the case. The hot sauce had a very strange, almost bitter/metallic taste to it. It was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before, and I wasn’t a fan.

Third on the list? Thai Sweet Chili.

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Yum! These were my favorite out of the bunch, hands down. They tasted just like sweet and sour chicken that I would order at a Chinese takeout restaurant. The sauce was a little sweet, but not sickeningly so.

Finally, I tried the Sesame Ginger Teriyaki wings.

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I thought the sesame seeds were a cute touch. And while these were certainly tasty, I didn’t detect a single hint of ginger in these. What a shame! I really love ginger, and was hoping to get a hint of that. No dice.

So you know how I feel about the flavors of the wings, but what about the chicken itself? To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the chicken! It wasn’t very juicy (it was quite dry, actually), and the sauces were slathered on so thick that the strong flavors overwhelmed any hint of chicken flavor that might have tried to come through.

So that’s that. St. Louis Wing Co. certainly wasn’t terrible, and I did appreciate the wide selection of flavors that were offered, but I’m not sure I would rush back here. Poor Richard’s and Trainwreck set the bar pretty high, and St. Louis Wing Co. just couldn’t measure up.

See you next week with even more chicken! Get excited. Smile

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