Charleston is a city with thousands of food options, and when it comes to choosing a meal, there are endless & unique possibilities. But sometimes, all I crave is some high quality, unassuming bar food. Wild Wing Cafe is a great place for that. It’s a regional chain, so the food is consistent from location to location, and they’re a great spot to catch a sports event, or some live music at night. Lily and I decided to congratulate ourselves on making it through a particularly terrible Monday without killing anyone by loading up on something fried. We started with the Super Snacker Sampler (House chips, buffalo chicken rolls, hot shots, loaded skins, and mozzarella sticks. Served with dipping sauces, $12.99).
My favorites were the buffalo chicken rolls and the hot shots, as they were definitely the most unique things on the plate. The buffalo chicken rolls consisted of “chopped chicken in a creamy and spicy sauce with a hint of bleu cheese, wrapped up into a flour tortilla and lightly fried golden brown,” aka deep fried buffalo chicken dip. The hot shots are sausage and cheese fritters served with honey mustard and were literally bursting with flavor. They were nice and crispy on the outside and soft and oozing with cheese on the inside.
I also couldn’t resist the call of the Steel Town Spuds (Topped with ranch dressing, bacon, scallions & melted cheese. Choose big fat fries, crispy chips OR tater tots, $6.29) with tater tots, obviously. My only complaint is that there was very little ranch dressing on the tots. I asked for a side of ranch, which I dumped over the plate and that improved things immensely.
We debated for a long time over what flavor of wings to get since Wild Wing has so many different flavors to choose from. We tried to pick really unique sounding ones that we couldn’t get anywhere else and ended up with 6 honey lime sriracha wings and 6 ranchilada boneless wings (two flavors. one dip & celery, $10.49). I was surprised by how much I liked the honey lime sriracha sauce because I don’t typically like sriracha, but it was tangy and spicy and sweet all at the same time. The boneless wings were nice and crispy and the ranchilada sauce was yummy even though it didn’t really taste like I expected it to taste. It was a little spicier than I expected, so I ended up downing like a gallon of water, but they were still yummy enough to make it worth it.
One of my coworkers orders the burger from Wild Wing like once a week (that’s not a joke), so I decided to try it to see what all the fuss was about and ordered the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger (Cheddar and pepper jack cheese, 3 strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion & mayo, $10.49). It came out really thick, and cooked to medium well without being overdone, and the cheeses were nice and melty. The bacon was crispy but not hard, which is just how I like it. The fries are cut really uniquely, kind of like a mix between waffle and crinkle cut. They’re delicious.
As a thank you to all of my readers, I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to one of the Wild Wing Cafes in the Charleston area. Simply enter your info below & comment with your favorite Wild Wing wing sauce flavor to be entered to win! I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, 5/20.
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Wild Wing Cafe
36 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401