Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4
Jul23

Wing Cup 2014: Cluck or Chuck Final 4

Well wing fans, this is where we separate the Clucks from the Chucks. It’s down to four. Sure, a couple of our quarter-finalists may have snuck in due to some favorable match-ups or poor performances by their opposition. But there’s no more time for excuses. There is no room in the Wing Cup final four for flukes, flakes, or the flavorless. Any of the four winners of these match-ups are worthy champions – they are the best of the best in the Fort. Let’s see who will continue on and who flew the coop.   Wrigley vs. Pint & Slice As told by Wolfgang Cluck I hate the Cubs. It really all stems from an incident that happened when an inebriated Harry Caray stumbled across me (literally) as a young boy after a game in the friendly confines. OK – I had to get that off my chest. This matchup provides an interesting contrast. On the one hand you have 816 Pint & Slice: a downtown eatery that knows exactly what it is – so much so that it tells you right in its name. Its setup is made to appeal to both the hipster and the downtown employee. They also happen to do wings. On the other hand you have Wrigley Field Bar & Grill: a no frills, blue collar sports bar. They also happen to have a daily salad bar and lunch specials that seem to attract contemporaries of Harry Caray – without the stumbling. The Pint has unceremoniously made it through to the Quarterfinals with their workingman approach to wings. Aiming to please their downtown clientele, these piemen and women clearly take advantage of the fiery oven to provide a consistently baked wing – generously breaded and served with barbecue or hot sauce – to their tasty pizza and grinder repertoire. The wings are a decent option to quench the craving; however, proceed with caution if you want these wings to come crispy with your carry out order. If Wrigley is confused as to its clientele, it most certainly isn’t confused on how to prepare its self-proclaimed “World Famous Wings.” While some joints will comply with a request to do so, the grill comes standard here where every wing is fried, grilled and then sauced. We’ve been told that regulars also know to request that the sauced wings be placed on the impinger (conveyor oven) to finish with a hot, sticky coating. We tried the original wing (a medium buffalo) and teriyaki (a more salty/savory than sweet version than many others), which came with positive reviews. VERDICT: While the benefits of Wrigley’s grill were lost on this carry-out order, the effects on...

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