Chatterbox serves up some smoked wings and house-made sauce, TCBC investigates – film noir style.
Welcome to the scene of the crime: ChatterboxPub.net on East 35th St. in Corcoran. If you’ve lived in Minneapolis long, you’re sure to know the quiet neighborhood spot, famous for its well-stocked collection of board games and retro video games. What you might not know is that the unassuming little corner operation boasted smoked wings with housemade sauce.
Sure, we typically stick to traditional fried wings (and have a penchant for Franks and butter), but when we find out about an innovative wing, we have to investigate.
Without further ado, I present: “Chatterbox and the Case of the Smokin’ Wings.”
Exhibit A: The Menu
Found near the crime scene, the menu at Chatterbox is full of homemade items that at other venues would be pre-made. Chatterbox boasts its own beer, burgers infused with “house ground bacon,” and even (DESCENDING ORGAN SOUNDS) house buffalo sauce. From the menu:
Smokin’ Wings $10 (GF)
House smoked, deep fried wings, served with your choice of MN Nice BBQ, Hellcat Inferno, Black Cat Diablo or house buffalo.
Exhibit B: The Pub
Dark, cozy, and solid music playing on the jukebox. Almost like they wanted us to stay awhile. A little t00 while.
Exhibit C: The Wings
The wings came out hot and fresh, next to fantastic bleu cheese and cool, crisp celery. Everything looked in place. In the name of a thorough investigation, here’s the breakdown of what occurred that fateful night, to the best of our memory:
The sauce was delicious. It’s tangy aroma hit our noses like a mack truck: heavy and unstoppably. We dug in and found the wings to be softer than expected. Despite a disappointing texture, we gobbled them down thanks to a complex and original take on buffalo sauce and the high quality meat. (Other than one rather oddly shaped tiny wing. See picture.)
We have only one question: if you have fries on the menu, and keep a hot fryer in-house, why on that dark night – nay, any night! – would you not let your wings take a dip and reach maximum crispiness?
Delicious sauce, high-quality wings, but lacking crispiness in the third degree. We rest our case.
|Meat Quality: 8.5/10|
|Total: 35.5/50 possible points|
|Notes: Tasty, delicious chicken and sauce, but oh so soggy. Love the ambition, love the sauce, but wet chicken skin is never a party.|
|Notes: Wow, for soggy wings, these were GD delicious. The flavor was complex and tasty enough to make the overall experience very positive. Two saucy thumbs way up!|
Price: $10 for about 8 wings
Address: 2229 East 35th Street Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407