The Winner of The Best Wings Cook-Off at Wingtoberfest 2013 Is ...
Uchi had a complete assembly line going on for their wings, which were crunchy and topped with crispy garlic and a bit of sliced cucumber and cilantro. The most refreshing wing of the evening was paired with crisp, slightly malty Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower.
Uchi's wings were just like all Uchi food -- unique, refreshing and carefully executed.
Finally, Underbelly chefs prepared chips and queso wings, which involved making their own tortillas, frying them, crumbling them, breading the wings in the crumbled chips, frying that, and then dousing the whole thing in creamy queso. That wing was paired with the light-bodied, malty Santo.
Why wings aren't always served with queso is now a mystery to me.
And the winner was...
Underbelly, with nearly twice as many votes as the runner-up! It was a clear win for the guys who turned Tex-Mex food into chicken wings.
Chef Lyle Bento said he got the idea when he saw "queso and tortilla wings" on a menu about three years ago and became really excited at the idea of chicken wings with queso. When the dish arrived at his table, though, he discovered that not only was there no chicken, but the "wings" referred to tortillas cut in half and arranged around the cup of queso to look like wings. Ever since then, Bento has been determined to create the dish that he originally thought he was ordering. Though you probably won't be able to find the wings on Underbelly's menu any time soon, we imagine they might be popping up somewhere around town in the future.
The masterminds behind the Underbelly wings celebrating their win.
Little Bitty Burger Barn has said their bacon-wrapped jerk wings will be added to the menu, though, so if you missed Wingtoberfest, you can always stop by the Barn for a little taste of it.
Thanks to Saint Arnold for all the beer, the chefs for all the wings, and everyone who came out and made the celebration so exciting.