Today was all about Box Tops. Box Tops for Education to be exact. My boys are both at a Memphis City School that heavily participates in this awesome fundraiser. Box Tops for Education has helped America’s schools earn over $400 million since 1996. At our house, we have a bowl in the kitchen filled with these things that we turn in a couple times throughout the school year. Our friend Kalisa (I’ll be the One in Heels), who we met the other night at Stuffy’s has been holding onto a big $50 Box Top coupon for a couple of months now. She forgot to bring it along when we met at Jerry’s Sno Cones and her husband left it at home the other night when got together for a Stuffy’s burger. It didn’t take much to convince her to meet me at Alex’s today for a burger and the Box Top swap. We were also treated with a Twitter friend, Mark - @3sonsBlessed, joining us for lunch.
Unfortunately, something I ate yesterday didn’t agree with me and I just didn’t have the appetite for a burger today. Luckily for me, Alex’s Tavern isn’t just known for their amazing Greek Burger. Rocky, Alex’s owner, also makes some of the best chicken drummies you could imagine. He does them two ways, Buffalo and Greek flavored, with eight drummies per order. I’ve had them both before ways before at Alex’s, but today I was craving Buffalo. I was pretty set in my choice until Rocky convinced me to go four and four. I’m so glad he did.
Like I mentioned, Rocky split my order of wings into half Greek flavored and half Buffalo. The Greek drummies had a tangy BBQ and Cavendars Greek Seasoning flavor. Thinking about that, it sounds like an odd combination, but the two flavors worked real well together. In one of the plate partitions he served a pool of his own BBQ sauce and suggested that I use it for dipping the drummies. Don’t be fooled by the fact Alex’s is an old Tavern. Rocky knows what he doing in the kitchen, and when he makes a suggestion, he knows what he’s talking about. That extra BBQ sauce took the Greek drummies to an even higher level of deliciousness. They we juicy and so full of flavor. If I ever had to be in wing eating contest, that would be the wing I’d pray I was served. The only thing wrong with them was there were only four. They were the Bomb!
The Buffalo flavored drummies were what I was actually craving. They were served with a side of Bleu Cheese dressing and some celery sticks. Talk about some flavor! Again, four, was just not enough. I could have eaten four dozen they were so good. Rocky took me back to the kitchen and showed me his Buffalo sauce and process. It’s pretty simple, or so it seems. Just fry up the drummies, bath them in buffalo sauce and hit them with a dash of Cavendars. Simple right? This was obviously a perfected recipe and process. I make Buffalo wings and tenders all the time at home and they’re never this good. Dipped in the Bleu Cheese, these were some of the best tasting hot wings (drummies) I’d ever had. So much flavor, some great spice, and pure yumminess!
As always, the food at Alex’s is a homerun. Mark and Kalisa both got the Greek Burgers. They loved them. No complaints on anything. If you haven’t been to Alex’s Tavern for a burger, drummies or his gumbo, you’re missing some great meals in the Memphis scene. Rumor has it his BBQ ribs can give anyone in the city as run for their money too. Check them out!
I give Alex’s Tavern Rock-Mo’s Drummies 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Off the charts!
1445 Jackson Ave
Memphis, TN 38107
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