Ok, wins. Wins are also good. But wings are tastier. (It's all about the immediate gratification.)
Buffalo wings first became popular in the 1980s, although their (disputed) origin came a few decades earlier. The record for most wings eaten is held by a woman named Sonya Thomas, who ate 181 wings (just over five pounds) in 12 minutes. She did this at the 2010 National Buffalo Wing festival in Buffalo, New York - a festival that has been held since 2002. That's right, it happens every year.
238 days and counting.
As you might have guessed, I like wings. They make a cheap, easy dinner when paired with salad. I'm a drummie person, although I still enjoy the wing portion. I'm not a huge fan of sticky, sweet sauce. And there are few things worse than a soggy wing.
For this reason, while buffalo wings are good, Old Bay wings are better.
A couple of Sundays this season I made it out to bars to watch the Ravens play (hocoblogs@@@). And, of course, I ordered wings. Which brings us to our contenders....
|An order of Old Bay wings from |
Second Chance Saloon
Second Chance Saloon is a neighborhood bar in Oakland Mills. It's the first place that comes to mind when someone asks me about a local place to grab a drink. It's kind of dark, definitely no-frills, and overall it's comfortable. They have a large bar and several big flat-screen televisions that make it a great spot for catching the game.
Second Chance is located at
They offer reasonable specials, including $2 drafts and half price wings. That put these babies at $4 for 8 wings.
The wings came out hot and glistening. They were coated with just the right amount of Old Bay - not so much that I needed to chug a gallon of water, but not so little that they lacked punch. They were crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and really didn't need the small container of bleu cheese dressing that came on the side.
The celery, on the other hand, looked as if it had frostbite. They must have realized it, because the next order for our table came sans-vegetation.
Still, the wings were a pretty hefty portion - crisp and tender, just slightly messy, and great for snacking while I watched the game.
|The wings at Twist and Turn. There were more, but |
we dove in before I thought to take a picture.
(we were pretty hungry)
This was my first time at the Twist and Turn, a small bar located in Highland, in Howard County (down 108 past Clarksville). We stumbled upon the place en route to somewhere else and had the opportunity to watch the game. I will say the Tavern was a great place to watch. It's separated into a bar and a small dining area, and even though we sat in the dining room we had great views of several televisions. Game viewing, no problem.
Twist and Turn opened in 2010, at 13380 Clarksville Pike, Highland MD 20777. It's a pretty standard tavern-type place with a lot of horse decor (I think they were going for a Western motif). Their game-day offerings include buckets of beer ($15 for domestic, $20 imported), $5 glasses of wine, $5 sliders, and $6.50 for wings or nachos.
Our Old Bay wings (8 total) came out a warm golden brown, very crunchy which was an extra bonus - they were about as crispy as they could be without being dry and overcooked. It's a happy place. They were rolled in a nice amount of Old Bay, not too much. The wings were a little small, but we were ok with that because we had more food on the way. Our order came with some celery logs and a small ramekin of bleu cheese dressing.
A Disclaimer: In the spirit of fairness, I do want to mention that I've been to Second Chance several times before and ordered wings on many occasions. Twist and Turn didn't have the benefit of multiple visits, so I focused my notes to the plate of wings I received on each day -- not on past visits.
The Decision: I really enjoyed watching the game at both places, and will keep them in mind for remaining games. It was close. Both wings had a good balance of Old Bay and crunch. But in addition to being tasty, the wings at Second Chance were bigger and offered at a better price, so I declare Second Chance Saloon the winner of the Wing Challenge!
Where do you like to go watch the game? More importantly, do you have a go-to wing place? Tell me in the comments below so I can get my next fix!