A new wing joint in downtown Peoria is causing a commotion with the lunch crowd.
They offer the taste of the south.
News 25's Eric Shangraw tries out the menu at A-T-L Wings Your Way in this week's You Gotta Eat.
ATL Wings Your Way is on the first floor of the Twin Towers. It is Anthony Yates' second Peoria location. He's expanded his franchise from its home base in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Peoria locations will eventually be run by his son. Yates invented his sauces two decades ago in Atlanta, Georgia.
"We created them from scratch. It is like a grandmother recipe. And it has been very lucrative for us in the business over the last twenty years," said Yates.
"The lemon pepper is my favorite. And I've had lemon pepper at some of the other wing places. But you can actually taste the lemon in the pepper. And I'm all spice," said customer Cassandra Duckworth.
ATL has eight sauces to choose from. Each wing is deep fried then shaken in a sauce container.
Photographer Warren Brinegar and I ordered a 15 piece assortment.
The Lemon Pepper is a top seller and lived up to its billing. It was Warren's top choice.
I favored the "Sweet 'N Tangy." A sugary base makes you want to siphon every ounce of flavor from the bone. The "seasoned" or signature wing is more neutral. It is something anyone with a wing craving would love.
"If chicken wings were a TV set, most places, to increase the taste, they just turn up the volume. But it seems like this place they adjust the fine-tuning, the contrast is perfect. As well as the volume. That's what makes these real good," said the photographer.
We also had fries and drinks. Our bill $15.91 plus tip. Anthony tossed some honey biscuits at us for dessert. Tantamount to a freshly-fried donut dripping in cinnamon sugar and honey. Anthony said if you're looking to gain weight, eat honey biscuits.
ATL Wings Your Way, Inc. #2 is at 456 Fulton in downtown Peoria. They're open Monday through Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm. Their second location is on MacArthur Highway.
ATL Wings Your Way, Inc. #2
456 Fulton (Twin Towers)
ATL Wings Your Way, Inc. #1
123 S. MacArthur Highway