I know that if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire, I’ll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn’t there, I never really lost it. -Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Ok, so what does this quote from The Wizard of Oz have to do with chicken wings? Well, a lot. As I have been tasting wings all over Tampa Bay in search of the place that serves the best, I forgot all about a place that is like home to me……EATS! American Grill. As you may or may not know, I bartend at EATS! a few nights a week and have been there almost two years. Since I am usually working during most of the big games, I serve tons of wings but never really order any for myself. A few weeks ago as I was working my shift, one of my co-workers was raving about a flavor that one of our star employees created with one of the cooks. Intrigued, I ordered some to taste and was blown away. The sauce is called EATS! ‘Twangy 2.0 and was created by the well-known South Tampa bartender, George Marino and the creative culinary superstar of EATS! kitchen, the one and only Lee. Let me tell you….this sauce rocks! A “twangy” blend of Thai Chili and Garlic Parmesan mixed with a dabble of our famous “Heat” sauce, which was featured on The Food Network, this sauce is an explosion of flavor that will delight all of the senses. As the wings are brought out, the scent of the sauce will intoxicate you while your eyes will glow at the sight of these juicy and tender wings of glory. Your ears will be filled with the inquisitive sounds of everyone saying….”Dang! Those look and smell amazing!” As you pick up one of these plump pieces of perfection, the warmth of the tender chicken on your fingers will send a feel-good-feeling all over your body and prepare you for a delicious experience. When you take that first bite, your tongue will want to dance in your mouth as your taste buds soak up the exotic blend of flavors. Yes, my friends……I urge you to try the ‘Twangy 2.0 wings. They are clucking DELICIOUS!
**sample portion of 'Twangy 2.0, photo by Tracy Guida
I have to admit, when I first tried these wings, another Florida favorite came to mind, Burt Reynolds. All I could hear was the voice of Jim Neighbors with his Southern ‘twang saying, ‘Fastest Chicken in the South’. If you have not seen the 80’s classic Stroker Ace, grab some of these wings to-go and watch it. (Check out the original movie trailer at the end of this post).
Another favorite are the Garlic Parmesan Wings. Freshly tossed in a a savory garlic butter sauce and then dredged in fresh Parmesan, these wings are scrumptious. I mean, what could be better than garlic butter and Parmesan?
**sample portion of Garlic Parm Wings, photo by Tracy Guida
In addition, EATS! also offers the following flavors:
- Mild, Medium and Hot Buffalo
- Sweet Chili
- Cajun BBQ
- Honey BBQ
** EATS! Hot Buffalo Wings, photo by Robert Azmitia Photography
All wings are served with celery and your choice of ranch or blue cheese. Boneless wings are available with your choice of sauce. During football season, EATS! features weekend wing specials, so be sure to stop by and catch your favorite team while enjoying delicious wings! Here are some other cool facts about EATS!
- Happy Hour alll day featuring two for one drafts, house wines and wells
- Foursquare check-in specials include free cheese fries on your first check-in and free draft on your thrid check-in
- Full bar with daily drink specials and custom cocktails
- Flat-screen tvs throughout with personal sound boxes available on request
- Daily lunch specials on featured sandwiches
- Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays (one free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree)
- EATS! famous Mid-Western BLT was featured on The Food Network’s ‘Heat Seekers’
Ok folks, time for a giveaway! I am giving away three orders of wings to a few lucky readers! To enter, simply do any of the following and you will get ONE entry per item you complete. You MUST comment on this post for each item completed. I will announce the winners on Wednesday, September 5th at the start of the Giants/Cowboys game to kick of the 2012 NFL season.
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All right y’all! Have a fantastic week and go try some clucking delicious ‘Twangy 2.0 wings!
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