Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Championship Results
Jul31

Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Championship Results

In the end, it had to be like this. After five rounds of competition amongst 32 proud purveyors of poultry, the Wing Cup 2014 came down to a glorious showdown between two very different culinary preparations. On one hand we had Buffalo Wings & Ribs (BWR) – a classic wing joint established by transplants from Buffalo, New York. On the other hand we had Checkerz – blue-collar sports bar with a small, but passionate cult-like following. On July 29, 2014, this fine country’s National Wing Day, the esteemed panel of judges embarked on a legendary face-off in search of our Wing Cup 2014 Cluck or Chuck Champion. Special thanks once again to the team at Living Fort Wayne, and especially to graphic design extraordinaire Chicken Little who provided the logo and bracket updates for the competition. She’s a great sidekick and wing aficionado. Just don’t rely on this one to be your ride home. Let’s start with the consolation match. True to FIFA World Cup form, the consolation match took place between two proud franchises doing their best to pick up the remnants of their failed hopes and dreams of glory to put together a respectable offering in search of a position on the tournament podium. Although our judges crown but one champion, it seemed only fair to award this consolation prize. Therefore, without further ado, and with zero fanfare, the judges proclaim Wrigley Field Bar & Grill as our consolation (3rd place) victor over Acme. After a fine showing against Buffalo Wings & Ribs in the Semifinals, Acme had little left for its consolation match. Though Acme produces a finely smoked wing (which is an acquired taste itself), the judges agree that their sauces leave much to be desired. Wrigley’s “World Famous” wings come well prepared from the fryer into the sauce and onto the grill. And thus, Wrigley won’t be wearing the Cluck or Chuck crown, it will have to settle with a victory in the undercard: the State Street brawl. Now for the main event: the Finals of the Wing Cup 2014. From the outset we knew that Checkerz was in it to win when our waitress, April, declared the $2 longneck special. Judge daddy swooned – the man loves his domestic water-beer. Our first wing order came by April’s recommendation without hesitation. Checkerz was going into this battle with their big dog – the much ballyhooed Sweet Heat. A flavorful combination of buffalo and teriyaki that results in little heat and little sweet, but a heck of a lot of awesome. True to form, these came grilled. After much deliberation we also ordered their Chipotle BBQ...

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Wing Cup 2014: Chuck or Cluck 2nd Round Results (Part 1)
Jul09

Wing Cup 2014: Chuck or Cluck 2nd Round Results (Part 1)

A competition like the Wing Cup is bound to create legendary battles from which stories will be told for many generations. Such is the case with our second round matchups. Our reviews for the top half of the bracket are told by judges below. On a procedural note, the Host Committee made the executive decision to allow tastings to be done through carry-out orders. With 32 restaurants and 5 rounds of competition these this was bound to happen. Every attempt was made to not provide any advantage to one establishment in any one particular matchup. But let’s face it, the Cluck or Chuck Champion will emerge whether served on fine china or Styrofoam box. Mad Anthony vs. Wrigley As told by Cluck Norris A solid review for Mad Anthony and a tepid review for Wrigley in Round One could have pre-swayed the men tasked with assessing this matchup, but the judges that I took on as my sidekicks for this round, Fowl Tip, The Cluckback Kid, Clucker, Patrick eWing, and John Choosack put on their Cluck Norris Action Jeans and gave a forceful roundhouse to expectations. Mad Anthony may have been willing to split sauces on carryout, but the judge tasked with the pick-up opted for a side of Scooby Snacks (seasoned potato wedges) instead, per the House’s recommendation – a decision appreciated by our wing jury, but perhaps damning to Mad Anthony’s fate. As for the seasoning, the House also recommended their Flaming sauce, which caused a few of the usual stalwart judges to pen letters back home until they received a healthy Cluck Norris pep talk. Ultimately, the flavoring was deemed “tastily complex” by one of the assessors and “flaming” by none.  Overall, this was a solid wing that was meaty and well cooked. Wrigley was also willing to split our order, which the judge tasked with the pick-up opted for a house recommended Hot Buffalo and self-selected Very Hot Buffalo. Undoubtedly empowered by their Action Jeans, the judges did not find these wings to be hot nor very hot. The sapidity was not deemed to be standout, but they were found to be favorable none-the-less. The wings were grilled with a good crisp, so in this case, the secret was not found to be within. VERDICT: Not a flashy performer, but the workingman’s approach earned Wrigley the thumbs up in this head to head by a three-to-two vote.   816 Pint & Slice vs. Calhoun Street Soup Salad and Sprits (CS3) As told by Clucker My wingmen and I took our orders to go in this war of the wings, asking the servers to provide us with their most popular sauce. CS3 delivered a spicy...

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