After a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to try some wings from Doc Holliday’s Country Bar and Grill. I drove up to 7425 Schultz Road , just north of Presque Isle Downs & Casino, around 8 o’clock last night. I know that I typically dine in restaurants, but for someone who doesn’t smoke, the smoke inside was pretty thick, so I ordered my wings to go. Between recommendation from Mark Mazzocco on Facebook and some suggestions from the bartender, I narrowed my selection to four flavors: Sheboygan, Hubba Bubba, Smokey Jacks, and Wyatt’s Wild Sauce.
I was told that the Sheboygan was a great flavored dry wing. That description let me down a little. The wing was a very well cooked dry wing, but did not have a lot of flavor at all. I could taste hints of garlic and some salt, but over all, it tasted like fried chicken. The homemade ranch dressing added flavor, but then again, all I could taste was the dressing.
The Hubba Bubba is one of the most popular wing flavors and for good reason. By blending hot sauce with garlic, Parmesan cheese, and dry ranch, this wing was loaded with layers of flavor. The spices in the house hot sauce had some added dimension when compared to a normal store-bought sauce. The parm wasn’t over powering and gave it just a little texture. The ranch seasoning probably could have been toned down a little, but the contrasting tang of the spice was delicious. This is a wing that would draw someone in for sure.
My overall favorite was the Wyatt’s Wild Sauce. This is the wing that keeps you coming back for more. The thick BBQ sauce has a good hearty flavor. Although it finished with a spicy kick, it had some sweetness to it, which really balanced it out. I usually enjoy a good amount of heat in my wings, but the slight burn of this medium-heat BBQ was enough to satisfy me. This was the only flavor that I finished, and I would have gladly finished another order.
Finally came the Smokey Jacks. Right off the bat, you get that strong smoke flavor. It tasted a little like it was out of a bottle, but it wasn’t off-putting. The Jack Daniel’s flavor was not as strong as say, TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Glaze, but to me, that was a good thing. It held its Jack flavor without getting too sugary sweet. The BBQ-style sauce was a little thinner than the Wild Sauce, but it was still great. This wing is very mild with a good amount of flavor, which makes it a safe choice for someone who doesn’t want the heat of the previous two.
Though I did enjoy the wings, I like to be able to go eat without being engulfed in cigarette smoke. I would get takeout wings again, but I probably won’t be dining in any time soon. Thanks to the kitchen for some delicious wings and to Mark and the bartender for the suggestions.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food