When it comes to chicken wings, without a doubt the go-to wing sauce is Buffalo style. Heck, half of the time chicken wings are simply referred to as Buffalo wings. They’ve been around since 1964 when Teressa Bellissimo, co-owener of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo New York, needed a late night snack for her son and his college buddies. Since then however, not a lot has changed to the sauce. The most common recipe involves primarily a cayenne hot sauce like Franks Red Hot, butter, and garlic powder. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? Don’t tell that to Smoke and Barrel!
It’s safe to say that Smoke and Barrel in Adams Morgan has tempted fate by altering the tried and true Buffalo wing recipe, but in a way that is simple and pure genius. They put blue cheese directly in the sauce, and the results wonderful! The sauce is a thicker, creamier version of the beloved classic.
How they rate: Smoke and Barrel Buffalo Blue Wings Review
There aren’t a lot of downsides to these wings, but this might be the one area I could nitpick. The wings are smoked, and were cooked well, but I would have loved a little more crunch on them. Still, I was happy with the texture. Smoked wings are hard to compare directly to fried wings. The crunch will never be the same, although there are other ways to achieve a good crunch without the fryer.
The wings were coated well. The thickness of the sauce aided in clinging to the wings. There wasn’t a big overflow of sauce on the plate, but there was plenty on the wings, and they certainly were finger licking good.
Oooooh that sauce! The small chunks of blue cheese, the creaminess of the sauce, it’s really was delicious. It carries the typical Buffalo flavor you’d expect, but with delightful blue cheese bites that just hit the right combination in your mouth. It’s as if you’d dipped your wings into chunky blue cheese. As a result, these just might be some of the best tasting Buffalo wings I’ve ever had. Well done Smoke and Barrel!
Start to Finish:
These wings tasted just as good on the last bit as they did on the first bite. I’ll tribute this to the blue cheese.
This is where I struggle. Normally I expect blue cheese with my wings. Smoke and Barrel didn’t offer any extra, but they put it IN the wing sauce. So I find it hard to deduct a lot of points. No I didn’t get a side of blue cheese, but it was in sauce, so it’s not like it wasn’t there. I did ask for and was granted a side of blue cheese, which they didn’t charge me for, so points for that. And to be honest, I didn’t really use it on these wings. What was in the sauce was enough. The thing that pulls down the score here is a lack of celery. It would have completed the dish nicely.
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S$10 for 7 Wings | $1.43 per wing