March 4, 2010

Wing Stop

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

The chicken wing is hot in the restaurant industry. In fact, Tobin's Pizza, last week's You Gotta Eat feature, is developing a new wing recipe for the menu.

This week, Eric Shangraw is trying the different flavors at Peoria's "Wing Stop."

The Wing Stop is definitely a place to hit the brakes, if you are a chicken wing connoisseur.

Compared to Buffalo Wild Wings, there's no atmosphere.

Seventy-six percent of the business here is carry out. Each order is cooked fresh. It's a fourteen minute wait if you order bone-in. Nine minutes for boneless. They follow a simple recipe for maximum flavor.

"Always fresh chicken. Never frozen. And truthfully, we consider our self a sauce company not a chicken company. Because the sauces make the chicken," said co-owner Brian Davis.

"I really like the wings. I like the fries. Everything is hot. Tastes great," said customer Ralph Ochs.

"As you must have heard, Indian guys like hot spicy food. So I got one (that's hot) this time. Very nice," said Karey Raman.

Out of the nine advertised sauces, I went with the third ranked spiciest one of the list: Original Hot. I did five wings with Original Hot and another five with Hickory Smoked Barbecue.

My photographer Larry Faulk, went with Smoked Barbecue and Garlic Parmesan. The Garlic Parmesan is not on the menu. He also ordered boneless, so his order took five less minutes to cook.

The seasoning they use on the fries is unique. It's salt, pepper, sugar, maybe some cinnamon. They smother the fries in it. Addictive to some, the seasoning can be over powering to others. Don't hesitate to have them back-off on the seasoning pour if your put out by to much salt on those fresh cut fries.

I added a side order of baked beans. Larry had a creamy potato salad. Each reminded us of a Sunday smorgasbord side dish as opposed to institutionalized side dishes from your junior high cafeteria.

Our bill with drinks, $22.67. If you are on the chicken wing bandwagon, make a pit stop at Wing Stop.

Wing Stop is on West Glen in Peoria. They are looking to open another Peoria area location in the next few months. They are open seven days a week from 11am until midnight. Call ahead for carry out.

Wing Stop
1212 W. Glen Ave.
11am-Midnight Daily

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