Chicken wings! It’s another Monday and another two dozen chicken wings. Spending lunch at Arena’s Sports Grill in north Scottsdale. Matt is really digging the OTB and I’m catching up on Sunday Football game results. Matt has already won two races and we might end up even on the food bill with the horse race winnings. Anyhow, back to business. The bar has this old neighborhood charm. No funny modern business with women dressed in scandily clad uniforms. It is part bar and restaurant and the bar area has one long bar and a ton of tv’s. Did I mention free wifi?
Onto the chicken wings. Nice helping of wings – pretty much your standard chicken wing sauce. Crispy exterior and a nice juicy finish. Price was about $14.99 for 2 dozen. Mind you, we’ve been here a few times and I laud Arenas for their consistency. I downed the wings with some Bud, and Matt ordered a special dark draft – Red Rover. We also ordered their chicken and steak phillies – which were awesome! Great fries too. Overall, a pleasant chicken wing experience!
Hot Chicken wings: 8.5/10 (his and hers)
Celia and Matt
Having lunch with my husband and we decided to venture out to a neighborhood bar BT’s. We decided to order the “Daytona” style chicken wings in Buffalo Hot sauce and a new Boulder Gold. Asia our bartender recommended Boulder Gold- which is a combination of barbeque sauce and spicy jalapenos. One note on their menu you order a pound you get 8 chicken wings. “Daytona” style wings are grilled as opposed to fried. What I also like i that you can mix and match wing amounts and sauces. So we’re going to get 1 lb of 1/2 of one sauce an 1/2 lb of a different sauce.
What’s awesome too is that they have free wifi which is clutch.
As we typically roll – we ordered some beer. In later blog we’re going to be discussing beer pairings with chicken wings. Matt ordered a normal domestic beer – and I got a Blue Moon.
As we wait for our wings, BT’s has very creative menu and have great specials.
So we tried both and here’s our opinion: the “Daytona” style was a good call. The wings were juicy and the grilling only enhanced the flavor. The owner told us they coat the wings with sauce before they grill and then sauce them again after the grilling. The Boulder Gold really surprised us. We typically go the traditional hot wing sauce and this is our first fore into a different sauce. The Gold stood out and I feel it’s because of the grilling. It was tangy, sweet followed by spicy.
1. Boulder Gold – 8.5 out of 10 (His); 9.0 (Hers)
2. Hot Sauce – 8.0 out of 10 (His); 8 (Hers)
We decided that we need to come back since there were so many unknowns – what does the extreme hot taste like and normal frying version? “We just more questions than answers” as Matt said.