Ad: [ ? ]

Friday, October 9

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Sharing a Meal with Strangers Friday Foodpic: Mushrooms »

Dish Wed May 28 2014

Five Wings You're not Eating

This city is sad over hot dogs, so I thought it would be a good time to distract that sadness with wings.

I know, I know, so four months ago. But when you sit down, close your eyes and imagine that juicy, buffalo sauce-smeared chicken goodness, your teeth biting into all that is good and right in the land of food you can eat with your hands, you stand up and say, "Yes, wings do still matter and I'd like mine teriyaki-ed and lollipop-ed!"

I love me a good, solid wing. I never used to be this way -- I was a hummus girl, I drank pinot grigio, I ate burgers once a month. And then the polar vortex happened along with craft beer, and I've never been the same.

Luckily, I was able to go beyond the normal spots at this year's Wingfest, which is wing love at its finest, to find a few notable wings that are not getting their due.

photo 2.JPG

Barn & Co.
There's a traditional sloppy wing and then there's a wing you can take home to mama, and Barn & Co. (950 W. Wrightwood Ave.) does a good job with the latter as well as the heat, bringing sophistication to fire with their "Get Rubbed Fire" wing. It's more jerk than classic wing if you're one of those "buffalo sauce is from Buffalo" purists, but if you like a solid miniature drumstick with kick, give these a try.

photo 1.JPG

Cobra Lounge
The sign at this place (235 N. Ashland Ave.) is a picture of a big cobra, so I've stayed away, afraid of what lurked behind the dark exterior. But you have to get behind the door to appreciate the food, particularly the wings, that is happening at this joint. Cobra's wings are smoked over a mixture of apple and cherry wood for three and a half hours, fried to a crisp, and then tossed in one of their housemade BBQ sauces or their uniquely sweet Buffalo sauce. The smoke comes through nicely, and like most of the crowd walking through the door, they are also very meaty, too.

photo 1(2).JPG

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
I've never had the fried chicken at HBFC (3361 N. Elston Ave.), but their sweet chili wing makes me think I should finally recreate the post-church Sunday lunches of my youth and give them a visit. These subtle yet delicious wings are first oven roasted, then fried to a crisp and tossed in a sauce of red onion, pickle juice, rice vinegar, honey, chili flake, and butter, and topped with fresh mint and scallion. These wings venture from the traditional approach, so you won't find any raging heat here, but they take wing appreciation to a whole new level.

photo 3.JPG

Timothy O'Toole's
And for when you just want it hot and nasty, go to Timothy O'Toole's (622 N. Fairbanks Ct.). This wing won't let you down.

great seas wings

Great Sea Chinese Restaurant
I don't have personal experience, but according to a non-scientific panel and word on the street, these are some pretty good wings. And you can also get your daily dose of green tea with them.


Add a Comment

Please enter the letter v in the field below:

Live Comment Preview

Notes & Tags

Items marked with a * are required fields. Please respect each other. We reserve the right to delete any comments borne out of douchebaggery or that deal in asshattery.

Permitted tags and how to use them:

To link: <a href="">Link text</a>
To italicize: <em>Your text</em>
To bold: <strong>Your text</strong>

Feature Wed Aug 26 2015

A Historical Glimpse into the Italian Beef Sandwich

By Jeanne Newman

Philly has its Cheesesteak, Miami has the Cubano, and even Iowa has the Loose Meat Sandwich. Just about every American city boasts its own iconic sandwich, but there may not be one shrouded in such historical mystery and worthy of...
Read this feature »



Fri Oct 9 2015
Fall Fest: Harvest Hopdown @ The Plaza

Sat Oct 10 2015
Bank of America Marathon Pasta Dinner @ The Plaza

Sat Oct 10 2015
Bacon & Beer Classic

Sun Oct 11 2015
Taste of the Nation @ Navy Pier Grand Ballroom

Wed Oct 14 2015
WBEZ Chef Battle @ Kendall College

Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15