The Winner of Wingtoberfest 2012 Was...

Photos by Jay Francis
The dark horse of last night's Wingtoberfest 2012 competition was certainly Taps House of Beer. Up against three of the best wing spots in the city -- The Breakfast Klub, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Soma Sushi -- Taps brought its A game with dry-rubbed chicken wings grilled until just perfectly done. Still juicy and well-spiced, the wings were the overall winner of the evening after more than 100 guests came out, chowed down and voted on their favorite wings.

Soma Sushi's spicy Korean-style wings with a topping of crushed peanuts came in second place by a hair: Taps beat Soma by only three votes.

The briny, crispy chicken wings from The Breakfast Klub seemed to be a love-it-or-hate-it entry for many people. Some folks thought the wings were too salty, while others (myself included) thought the seasoning was just right -- although I could have used a side of maple syrup-drenched waffles with mine.

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Little Bitty Burger Barn once again brought its regular wings and its infamous Nitro sauce to the competition. This is the same sauce that tops its Charlie's 5 Alarm Fire Burger. The burger, which was recently featured on the Food Network, features an estimated 10,000,000 units on the Scoville heat scale and is so fearsome that less than 1 percent of the people who buy the burger finish it.

I watched a few people try the Nitro sauce and even sent a few daring fellows over there myself. No one returned unscathed. This is the same sauce that had me crying for a good 15 minutes last year, and I admit feeling a little schadenfreude seeing that most other people had the same reaction as I did.

If the rain kept you away last night, you missed a great party with plenty of free Saint Arnold beer. But don't fret; you can head to Taps and try its winning wings any time -- you'll just have to pay for your own beer.

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Location Info


Taps House Of Beer

5120 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

the breakfast klub

3711 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Little Bitty Burger Barn

5503 Pinemont Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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My crew had a different experience, entirely.  Taps' wings came in dead last on our ballot.  My drumstick was oversalted and had that chewiness that typically comes with undercooking the meat.  It wasn't raw, it just didn't taste right.  It was the only one I didn't finish.  My friends agreed that theirs were no better, so I didn't bother to ask for another one.

In 3rd was LB3.  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.  It was what you'd expect from any average place.  The ghost pepper chili isn't nearly the hottest sauce I've had, but it creeps up on you.  After the first try, I decided to go back a few times.  That turned out to be a mistake 10 minutes later, when it almost gave me hiccups.  Still had a good flavor, though.

In 2nd was Soma.  Theirs had a very rich flavor, as well as a uniqueness to them.  They were covered in pulverized peanuts and that gave them a nice crunch.  Unfortunately I'm not a huge peanut fan.

Our winner by far was Breakfast Klub.  It was the only one that was not only devoured, but also the only one where we asked for seconds.  I will say that this one surprised me, as it was just a fried chicken wing, and not a buffalo-style one, which I assumed was mainly what this contest was about.

The beer was a thimbleful of St. Arnolds.  While good, it's barely worth mentioning.  I had a beer or 5 from the bar, instead.

Overall, it was still a fun time, and I encourage any to try these contests out.  They're a nice way to sample foods that you may not try otherwise.



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