Bon Chon: If Bon Chon came away with anything on Saturday, it was the knowledge about how they could improve next year. They weren’t manufacturing their wings on location, which led them to run out and sit idle for 30 minutes as they waited for the reserves. Bon Chon showcased two types of wings: a hot and spicy and a soy ginger. If you’re going to advertise a “hot and spicy” wing, it better be spicy. That unfortunately wasn’t the case. Their soy ginger wing was good, however, and seemed to develop a strong following. The wings had spices baked into the fried batter as opposed to being sauced on the outside. It definitely kept you less messy than other alternatives, but their operational process let them down.
East End Bar & Grill: I was happy to see one of my neighborhood bars in the competition, but their results were disappointing. East End brought both barbecue and Thai Chili wings, but neither were remarkable in taste. Compared to the other barbecue sauces on hand, theirs was somewhat bland. They also seemed to go with a baked style instead of fried, which I prefer, but I’m not sure if the crowd was in the same boat.
East End Bar & Grill
The Windsor: Last, but not least, we have this year’s winner. Windsor surprised all by coming out on top this year. They offered a traditional Buffalo wing and a soy ginger wing. I’m not sure what wing pushed them over the edge, but I’d guess it was the soy ginger one since people seemed to like non-traditional tastes. Their standard Buffalo wing didn’t seem remarkable. I’m not sure if all teams were forced to use the same chicken, but it seemed like theirs was slightly superior. Alas, they get to go home with the trophy and advertise that they were this year’s best. No one else can say that.