There is a love/hate relationship with Drkula’s chicken wings. And it all comes down to one simple reason why: The signature wings are served whole, with the drumstick and wing attached, versus the more traditional way of serving the wings as individual drumstick and wing portions. Below we analyze the love/hate relationship with these wings:
What we love: They taste fantastic, are fried to a perfect golden crisp and taste delicious served plain, or with your favorite dipping sauce. Our favorite is the traditional buffalo.
What we hate: They are a mess and hard to eat. Some wings you can eat with one hand, or with one hand and another finger as a guide. Pick up, dip, bite. These wings are a two-handed process and can get messy when doused in your favorite sauce. Have you ever tried to play bingo while eating these wings? It’s a disaster. You pick up the entire wing with both hands, take a bite, then have to wipe your face and hands off, before picking up the dauber. Meanwhile, you’re trying to remember what number was called, and then annoy your bingo-playing friends because you are asking them what number was called while wiping off your hands. It’s a trickle-down-effect that affects your whole group. And if you rush to mark your card and don’t wipe off your hands, you suddenly have wing sauce all over your dauber. Then suddenly you get back to playing bingo, forget about the sauce on the dauber, your eye itches and you suddenly itch your eye with the hand you have wing sauce on and now your eye is burning. This is a challenge of all wing eating challenges!
What we love: These wings are versatile. Have that crave for fried chicken? Order them plain, add a little salt and your fried chicken craving is fixed. After all, KFC and Chester’s Chicken closed long ago, and the fried chicken options in IGH are limited. Note: We guarantee someone will chime in on Facebook with this comment, totally hijacking the thread: “The Coop has the best fried chicken.” Anyway…the teriyaki, Jamaican, General TSO’s, sweet chili and plain version of these wings are all among the best chicken wings in Inver Grove Heights.
What we hate: When you try to rip them apart to eat them the traditional way, as a wing and drumstick, it becomes a heated mess. First of all, you may risk burning your fingers if you do it while they are still steaming hot. Then when you try to tear them apart, the skin comes off, chunks of meat come off and your hands are then doused in sauce as you put the pieces back together. The whole wing eating experience becomes frustrating when it should be enjoyable.
What we love to watch: It’s always interesting to watch the person bowling who orders these wings for the first time. Especially if they try to stand in the lanes and eat the wings over the ledge like so many bowlers do. Not only are they confused on how to attack the wing-eating process between turns bowling, they often look around searching for napkins and wet wipes because their hands are a sticky mess. But it always happens, especially at events like the Fireman’s tournament where hoards of mediocre bowlers are sucking down suds at a rapid pace: The bowler gets the munchies and doesn’t care that their hands are dirty. So they eat the wings and lick off their hands because it’s their turn to bowl and they can’t find the napkins or wet wipes. They then pick up the house ball they are using, take the fingers they just licked off and stick them in the holes and roll the ball. They then come back, take those same hands that touched the dirty, oily ball and were inserted into the ball that numerous others have also used, and continue to eat the chicken wings. They are half in the bag, so who cares, right? The process continues. They eat, lick, bowl until the process is complete and the wings are gone. What then happens is, the person finishes bowling and puts the house ball back – the same one where they inserted their dirty, wing-sauced, saliva-doused fingers into while bowling – and then someone else will bowl later and come along and use that same house ball, not knowing hours ago someone had their dirty, wing-sauced, saliva-doused fingers inserted into their house ball. Appetizing, eh?
What we recommend: Order these wings to go. Get comfortable in your own setting, and devour these without the worry of playing bingo, having to bowl or just being messy in a public place. Eat them whole or cut them in half with a knife/scissors. That’s our favorite way to eat them.
What we love: The fact that Drkula’s created a signature wing, doing it their way. We wrote before how a lack of a signature dish hurts restaurants like Cahill Diner. When asked why the wings come out as whole pieces Manager Chris just said ‘It’s our signature wing and we like it that way.” So be it…it’s their choice.
And that’s why there is a love/hate relationship with Drkula’s chicken wings. You love them or hate them.
What side are you on?