Friday, April 25, 2014

Winners of Hot Wing Festival Tickets, Hot Wing Tips

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

The winners of super hot wing lightning round of the Guess Where I'm Eating contest are Justin Bailey, Spencer Moore, and John Schratz.

They correctly ID'ed the wings as coming from Alex's Tavern, winning passes to this Saturday's Southern Hot Wing Festival.

Alex's wings are among festival founder John Gagliano's favorite wing offerings in Memphis.

"Regarding the best wing in Memphis is a tough question, but a good one," Gagliano says. "Unlike 'Buffalo Wings' (which must be fried), Memphis offers a different twist with grilled, smoked, fried, and combinations. Then there are the seasonings you see in Memphis, with paprika, lemon, honey, chili, red pepper and on and on. So I will list 3 or 4 places that I prefer:

Double J Smokehouse and Saloon:
Grilled and hit hard with flash fry and a variety of sauces

The Buccaneer:
Fried and seasoned with 'heat'...simple and to the point

Alex's Tavern:
Fried and comes either in 'hot' sauce blend or a Greek sauce variety (marjoram, Greek oregano, thyme, dried parsley, and more) Both sauces are evenly spiced and deliver a punch.

Buffalo Wild Wings:
For national brand BWWs get an 'A' +. The wings are prepared in the 'classic' Buffalo style, fried, and with a vast variety of styles and blends. I prefer a 'hotter' wing like the 'Desert Heat.'

And for 'Asian Wing'...

Wang's Mandarin House:
Served as an appetizer, the grilled/flash combination of authentic 'Chinese tradition' and contemporary blend comes in both a spicy or mild sauce."

The Southern Hot Wing Festival is Saturday, April 26th, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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