A couple of months ago, a guy I work with told me that he was about to start doing a "juice cleanse."
"I'm just letting you know, because I might be unusually crabby for the first few days," he said.
"Oh, I get it." I replied. "I did a juice cleanse once. Except it wasn't juice. It was buffalo wings."
I'm kind of obsessed with hot wings. So, one of my list items is to eat buffalo wings at no fewer than thirty different places. I don't think that'll be difficult, actually. It winds up being fewer than one new wing restaurant per month of the project.
And, before you leave a comment about it, I want you all to know that the irony is not lost on me that another of my list items is to lose weight.
For the first restaurant on my buffalo wing challenge, I went to Pork Slope, here in Brooklyn, New York. Pork Slope is the second restaurant opened by Dale Talde (of Top Chef fame) in the neighborhood, and I have to tell you--I love, love, love Pork Slope. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the borough, and we eat there constantly.
Unfortunately, I think the wings there are kind of uneven. A couple of times when I've ordered their wings, they've been overcooked, to the point where the bones are brittle and splintering. It makes it difficult to eat them. Also, I find their wings to be a bit milder than I'd prefer. I like a nice warm tingle.
I also like bleu cheese dressing with my wings, and the wings at Pork Slope only come with ranch. It's a good ranch dressing--don't get me wrong. But it's still not bleu cheese.
There are good things about these wings. They portion size is generous, for one thing. The wings were all pretty meaty, and they're well-sauced--not too wet, and not too dry.
Still, with so many great things on the menu at Pork Slope, I just don't feel like the wings there are the best option. Get a porky melt instead.