Our journey for good chicken wings starts with a bit of background.
I've done a great deal of traveling over the years from the east coast to the west coast to down South, to the mid-west, and trips overseas.
In all that traveling, I have made it a point to try chicken wings where I go and haven't found a chicken wing recipe I haven't liked. Although there are some ways the wings are prepared (like cooking styles) that I don't care for.
Moving to California for good had me trying, tasting, and tasting again many cooking styles and flavor options that are presented here in California. Honestly, I can't say I don't like any of them. Still, I prefer some over others, and that's what we're looking at in this journey.
Chicken wings are a personal preference. Each person has their favorite style and place to enjoy their wings. We want to hear about everyone's favorite spot since we haven't checked every site out in Fresno.
What follows are the places we have been to and what we think about their version of wings. Some spots were great, some middle of the road, and some we didn't like. It had nothing to do with some pots being part of a chain restaurant.
So follow along on our journey as we search for great, good, and not-so-good-tasting wings.
We're kicking this off with the one place that makes what I consider GOOD chicken wings that Patti and I both like. They also give her her preferred order of just the drumettes, no flats.
While they aren't the best chicken wings we've had, as I said above, Fridays is the only spot that has fulfilled Patti's request for drumettes only. So far, no other places will do that. They always say they can't do that for some stupid reason.
The wings at Fridays aren't the biggest we've had, but they are good tasting and usually juicy. I will admit a few times, they were dry, but what do you expect late at night, just before closing?
We go to Fridays for that reason most of the time. We're out doing something, and Fridays is always open late, and wings seem to taste good late at night.
We don't go as often as we used to, but lately, when we have gone, the wings have been better than usual, so it is definitely a place to check out.
Straw Hat Pizza
I've written about their wings in the past, just like Fridays, and so far, nothing has changed. These are the best, freshest, and juiciest wings I've had since our journey began.
The wings are never frozen. Each day they start with fresh wings marinated in a secret sauce before they fry them and coat them with the most fantastic flavor you could think of.
Each time I've had their wings, which has been over half a dozen times, they have never disappointed me.
I don't know what the secret marinade is; I've asked a few times, but at this point, I don't want to know. I just want to enjoy these wings.
It's a post I highly recommend.
These guys are a close second to Straw Hat regarding size and juiciness. They only have Buffalo wings, so you need to know that, but they are large, I believe frozen, but they're juicy, which helps them not being fresh.
The difference between frozen to fresh is something to enjoy. Not enough places serve fresh wings since it's a great deal of work. Frozen is the way they go, and Tahoe Joe’s proves you can make a great-tasting and juicy frozen wing.
That's it for now; stay tuned for more on our search for wings in Fresno.
Mark & Patti