My problem with hot wings is that I just can’t get enough of them. My recent trip to Central BBQ has set off a new craving that’s left me screaming for hot and spicy, tender Buffalo Chicken Wings. To top things off, I’ve also been
stalking following Kerry from the CVB’s I Love Memphis Blog’s Hot Wings Bracket. She took local suggestions from Facebook and Twitter followers and is now in the midst of her own version of a “Memphis Hot Wings March Madness Bracket.” Which is what brings us to today’s post about Ching’s Hot Wings, which Kerry happened to visit and write up a while back.
Ching’s is located in a somewhat sketchy little shopping strip on Getwell Rd., approximately half-way between Park Ave. and I-240. I say the shopping center is sketchy because no sooner than I got out of my car, I got hit up for 20 cents by someone who was undoubtedly high on something. When I said I wasn’t carrying any cash, the guy instantly began looking past me yelling about something I couldn’t quite understand. When I peeked over my shoulder there was no one there. I figured I better walk a little quicker into Ching’s before this guy got any more confrontational.
Ching’s windows are all decked out in Memphis Tiger Basketball photos and posters. Inside the walls are the very similar with lots of framed and autographed photos of some of Memphis’ greats. Even John Calipari is in a number of photos at Ching’s. When I visited for lunch, there were no less than six large TVs showing different sports shows and games. For a small wings restaurant, this would be an ideal place to come see a game.
I ordered the 5 Whole Wing Combo, Extra Hot. I was tempted to get the Suicide Wings, but you never know and I had a long ride back to the office. Like I said, you never know. The combo came with Ching’s seasoned fries and a drink.
Ching’s did not disappoint. These wings were as hot as I’d hoped they’d be, but by no means unbearable. They packed enough punch to give me the lip burn, the mouth burn and a little heartburn as I ate. They were a little heavy on the vinegar flavor, but that’s my only complaint.
They were served with carrot and celery sticks and a side of chunky bleu cheese (or ranch) dressing. The chicken was juicy and tender and the Buffalo sauce penetrated the entire wing nicely. The meat didn’t just fall off the bone they way it did at Central, but this was work I didn’t mind doing.
The surprise favorite of my lunch was the french fries. Nothing fancy here, just crinkle-cut fries, but damn, they’re awesome. They were fried nice and crisp and seasoned to perfection. If I had to take a guess what they were seasoned with, I’d say Tony Chachere’s and some dry rub BBQ seasoning. Whatever it was, it worked. Probably the best fries I’ve had throughout the entire burger/wings journey. I even loved the taste of the fries lying in the Buffalo sauce and then dipped in the bleu cheese.
I give the Extra Hot Whole Wings at Ching’s Hot Wings 4 out of 5 Stars. Very good and I can’t wait to go back!
Ching’s Hot Wings
1264 Getwell Road
Memphis, TN 38111
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