It’s the first match up in the first round of the I Love Memphis Hot Wings Bracket, and Central Barbecue is going toe to toe with Bosses.
Here’s how the first round is going to work: In the first round, I’m going to try half orders of medium-hot wet wings (meaning, with sauce) from each restaurant. I’ll lay out my thoughts on each offering, and you guys will have 24 hours to vote in the poll at the bottom of the post. I’ll cast my vote, too, and the winner will move on to the next round. You can only vote once in each match up.
So, without further ado, let’s meet the contenders:
Half order of wings: $5.99, comes with celery, carrots and bleu cheese or ranch.
A half order of Central’s wings doesn’t look like a lot of food, mostly because the wings are served whole (break them in half, and you’ve got two little wings). When the server set them down in front of me, I could smell the spicy from about nine inches above the plate.
The wings were perfectly crispy, which is the way I prefer them – they had the texture of crisp fried chicken consistently. They had plenty of sauce without being soggy. As for the spiciness, it was just right – hot enough to make my lips tingle and my nose run a little, but not enough to make my throat burn. Basically, all of their ratios were perfect.
Napkin rating (aka, number of napkins used in the eating of the wings): 2, but they were paper towels.
1lb of wings (8 -10 wings), medium sauce with fries, celery and bleu cheese or ranch: $7
One pound of wings is a surprisingly manageable quantity. The wings from bosses come piled up next to a bunch of fries (that taste like they’re seasoned with something like Lowery’s seasoning salt and a teensy bit of sugar).
There are a ton of seasoning options at Bosses, but started with the medium. The wings come doused in the sauce, which has a little bit of a nose-tingling effect. The sauce has a hint of sweetness to it and the spiciness is more of a slow burn than punch in the tongue.
The wings aren’t as crispy as Central’s (this is more so the case with the drummies), but the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.
(Also, can I note that I love the fact that Bosses isn’t Boss’s possessive, but Bosses plural?)
Napkin Rating: 5 sections of those half-sized paper towels.
The winner will go on to face the winner of the Chings / All-Star match up in the second round. You have until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 6th to cast your vote.
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