Wing Snob – Spiciest Dish in Columbus Series
Another day, another wing place, but this one’s new!
That’s right, more wings! Can you ever have enough options in a city? This spicy food lover says you cannot. Recently opened, Wing Snob is playing a cocky (pun intended) game by lining up so closely to Roosters for their Sawmill location. To give it a fair shake, we went twice this week, once with another Columbus spicy food rater (video at the bottom) and once for the full experience.
The menu at Wing Snob is pretty straightforward. With 6 primary meal deals, you can get boneless, traditional, or a combo of both along with fries and a drink. They also have bulk order options to help assist if you’ve got a large group. One unique thing to Wing Snob is their Cauli Wings. No specific number of “wings”, but the Cauli Wings are big ol’ chunks of cauliflower, breaded and fried, then smothered in whatever sauce you selected.
We opted to get these with the Mango Habanero sauce, the second hottest sauce on the menu. It’s a slightly sweet sauce that has a bit of a kick. The more sauce the better for this one. The cauliflower itself is cooked fine, but the breading was a little soggy. We’ll blame that on the car ride home though. It was nice to see some of the habanero seeds in there and overall we would probably get the Mango Habanero again, but on actual wings. Nothing against the Cauli Wings, but if the option is cauliflower or chicken, we’re going to go chicken in most cases.
When you get one of the meal deals you also get a side of fries. Potatoes? We love potatoes, in all forms. There are five total fry flavor options, with Seasoned, Lemon Pepper, Chili Cheese, Cajun, or Garlic Parmesan. We went with the Cajun fries and have to say that we enjoyed them quite a bit. We also got the Spicy Ranch to dunk the fries in. The seasoning tastes like a nice mix of cayenne, paprika, garlic and onion powder, all staples of Cajun seasoning in general. The fries are well coated in the seasoning and we probably could have gone through a large box pretty easily.
Now, onto the main event and the contender for Spiciest Dish in Columbus. We went with the 10 piece 50/50 with boneless and bone-in with their hottest sauce, the Hot AF.
A nice red sauce where the vinegar hits you right away. Wing Snob cuts holes in two corners in order to let some of the moisture escape and the chicken to stay less soggy as they are transported. The heat definitely wafts out of the box and the habanero smell wanders out as well. We ate these wings twice in the past week and it’s interesting the differences between the two. In the video below, the wings were incredibly wet (very saucy for those unsure of what wetness I mean). In the box of 10 that we got later in the week, they are less wet.
Digging into the wings, both the boneless and the traditional are well cooked. Very easy to get the chicken off of the bone and the flappers come apart nicely. The sauce is definitely vinegary, almost like a spicy buffalo sauce. The habanero starts to kick in around half way through the second wing and when it’s a wet wing, your lips get a tiny tingle. Fully through a box, some sniffles started to kick in and and the lip tingle was sticking around. With the wet version, the linger was for a good five minutes or so, but the less wet wings dissipated pretty quickly.
It’s a tasty sauce regardless, but unless you ask for them to be extra wet, this is a mid-tier heat in Columbus. Thinking about our list and where we have other wing locations ranked, it’s definitely spicier than Roosters Nu-Killer wings, but doesn’t hold much of a light to the Diablo-Q at Woody’s or the 9-1-1 wings at The Filling Station. We’re basing our placement on the list off of the hotter version we tried, which is at a solid #18, just above the Noodle Topia Szechuan Noodles and below Quaker Steak and Lube’s Triple Atomic. Solid sauce and a solid wing location. There are 11 total sauce choices to choose from, so something for everyone.
Wing Snob is now open on Sawmill road and will be opening in Clintonville at the end of the month.
Look below for more in our spiciest dish in Columbus series and hit us up if you have any suggestions that are not already on our list!
For those of you that would like to watch the full review video from @tastebuds614, here you go. We’re still not sure how to feel about being dubbed “The Chili Klaus of Columbus,” but a good time regardless.
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