Oh was it? Was it your "jam? Back on the east coast, yea? That was your jam, huh? Good for you. You and your "jam" that is. Lets find those sauce-covered wings because we definitely want you to have your "jam". We want em to slap em back on the grill so you get your precious caramelized sauce because that's how the east coast does it.
I'm still looking for a place that slaps the sauce-covered wings back on the grill to caramelize the sauce. That was my jam back on the East Coast!
The Alibi has surprisingly good wings, and they're cheap during happy hour.
Label this crazy talk but I think the wings at Paadee are BETTER than Pok Poks (and less expensive).
Uchu Sushi and Fried Chicken has some pretty incredible wings during happy hour—for 4 bucks. I think there are 3 full wings. Always hot. Nicely seasoned, with no need for sauces.
FOTM and BWW are pretty equal - it depends on the atmosphere you want or the number of people in your party. (Agree with Gza1340 on FOTM's sauces being awesome.)
FOTM is good for if you have a small party, but gets REALLY crowded (especially at N. Interstate). BWW is better for a larger party, or if you want to watch a number of games or a special game (I like the Winterhawks viewing parties, but the best Winterhawks deal is Kenton Station on Tuesday nights - $2 microbrews!) BWW is cavernous, and kind of weird if few people are there.
Darby's on Gilmore- the "special" wings. Not sure they are chicken exactly but man they taste spicy and earthy at the same time. House sauce is a little pot of Carlssen's 90 proof fondue. Two or three wings dipped in here and you will be dipped. I'm serious.
Hard to dispute Ike's wings at the top although those are in a class all their own. I've been telling people about Nepo for years. I'll take those meaty flavorful wings over FOTM's scrawny wings anyday. Gotta love the way the meat falls off the bone. Def best standard style wing in town.
FOTM and BW3 are about the same wing wise in my opinion. FOTM does have a better sauce selection and better overall menu though and I'll definitely take their atmosphere over BW3's corporate feel. FOTM's vegan Portland Wings are actually pretty awesome too. I might put those above their regular one's.
Ate Oh Ate on E. Burnside has some phenomenal Korean Chicken Wings. Great size, breading, spice, and flavor. Not the traditional Buffalo, but if Pok Pok's take number #1 with a Vietnamese Chicken Wing, these deserve some love.
Alberta Market. 6 Double-jointed wings and jojos for $5. It's fried chicken, not buffalo, but if Ike's made it then it seems fair game. And they're solid.
Wingstop on 82nd is the fucking worst. Maybe I'm the only one who doesn't like dry wings. They also charge extra for blue cheese and celery.
Bollywood Theatre is a disgrace and having lived at 27th and Clinton, since before the "awakening" in the last few years, this place can go fuck itself. I think the review is well written, but the last thing the neighborhood needs is more kitschy bullshit. Props to the place having good servers, Bollywood Theatre doesn't even have good cashiers, let alone someone who can make a curry.
I've actually disagreed with Andrea Damewood's reviews quite a bit. For example, I love Life of Pie and I was underwhelmed by The American Local (although I agree that the service there was great). However, Damewood's review structure is smart and her asides are witty so I enjoy reading her reviews.
^^^agree, the self image of Portland is distorted and naive, but this sounds like quite a nice place with great service (I know, I know we are not supposed to have that here anymore but heres to hoping it starts a new trend)
I'm interested in reading food reviews about places that aren't totally boring and that I would never go to like this and the Portuguese place. The first few places Andrea reviewed were a lot more interesting.
This town is getting too fancy for it's own good.
You sound like the type of person who would be much happier reading a certain type of food review. Here, let me Google that for you... http://bit.ly/1tnfTiN
My point is that "fancy" and "Mexican food" are two things that should not come together. I can hit up any number of Mexican places around town and get better food for less than places such as this or any other that tries to present upscale Mexican food. I've never been here, so maybe this is not one of those places, but in general with Mexican food you kind of know what you're gonna get. I don't need anyone to review it for me. There are places in town doing far more interesting things that deserve Andrea's attention more than places like this.
P.S. I don't need to be hired. I'm living the dream, so go fuck yourself.
Well I'm glad Andrea is the food critic and you're not, Gza, because that's a dumbass opinion. Hey, why get the Le Pigeon burger when you can get a burger at Wendy's for $1.29? BECAUSE IT'S BETTER. Better quality of ingredients and a unique flavor combination is what you pay for in "fancy Mexican" just like fancy any other type of food. Shit, what are you doing at Nostrana or Genoa? Don't you know Pastini's just down the street and half the price? Andrea, can you please just stick to reviewed rice-and-beans burritos from now on? Thanks.
You are correct, Andrea IS a heckuva writer, and a heckuva reporter—which makes her the perfect choice to be our primary food critic. She did choose to write about food for us because that is where her passions lie... and it shows. But lucky for all of us, she has razor-sharp, no-bullshit reporting skills to back it up—which makes her a double threat on the ever expanding Portland food scene. We take food reporting very seriously here at the Mercury, and we hope hiring Andrea (who has been doing a fantastic job) proves it.
p.s. Gza1340's opinion is stupid and worthless, which is why he should never be hired anywhere.
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