A week or so ago, my buddy Andy who I worked with at Century College, said he had been craving wings and wanted to get together for dinner and eat them. Not knowing any good wings places downtown (no, Hooters is not an option), I did what I do best and consulted the Internet:
1. First I checked this dumb website I heard of called Lazy Lightning:
Back in July there was a post asking where you could find the best hot wings in Minnesota. A bunch of people responded and gave me some great ideas. One respondent offered the suggestion of the “nuclear” wings at Runyon’s downtown.
2. Second I checked The Google and came across various reviews suggesting that Runyon’s had the best wings around. While not every review was glowing, I figured it was good enough.
3. I consulted with a few foodie friends, MSPD in particular, and while there were several options offered, every single one mentioned Ruynon’s.
We arrived on Thursday at around 4:45 and found only a few people in the bar, including my old pal Andy. We sat down in a very roomy booth which could seat about 100 people and looked at the menu on the table. There was only one option for wings, thus no “nuclear”, and they had three size options (not by a number of wings mind you) and we ordered the largest plate (which the waitress said numbered 36) for $25.95. It came with two containers of bleu cheese and celery sticks
We waited quite a while for the wings but our server was quite attentive and, in general, awesome. I don’t think any of us ever had a drink go empty without her being there to refill it. While the place wasn’t busy, it was still nice to have someone take such good care of us.
Eventually our ginormous plate of wings arrived with the huge containers of bleu cheese and the pile of celery. These are not your BW3 shot glass sized containers of watered down dressing. Nope, these are chunky, thick, and fairly sharp bleu cheese high ball glasses filled with gooey goodness. The wings were what I would expect when you’re talking straight up Buffalo wings. Bright orange, soaked in sauce–so much so that it was pooling at the bottom of the pile–and smelling like vinegar, chilies, and salt.
While the wings were normal sized, the drummies were a bit larger than what I’ve come to expect at your typical wing place. They were fried well and had a nice crunch as I bit in. The sauce was your typical Frank’s and butter type and certainly wasn’t overpowering in the least but man did they taste good. A nice chicken flavor as well as a great Buffalo sauce to boot. My sole complaint is the fact that after eating 11 of them, I noticed the heavy overtone of salt. Now, anyone else would have said, “you just ate 11 wings with Buffalo sauce, of course they were salty,” but you have to remember that I drink Frank’s for breakfast as a pick me up. This had to be something in the breading.
Other than that, this was one helluva pile of wings and well worth the price. I can’t remember the last time I sat down to eat 11 wings on an empty stomach and ended up pleasantly full as I got up to leave. This experience was quite reminiscent of my experiences out East with other places serving traditional wings. Very tasty and very memorable. My wife agreed.
We will be back and we both suggest that if you’re looking for some really good, straight up, wings that you head over to Runyon’s and order up a pile. You will not be disappointed.
107 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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