Rudolphs happy hour wings

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que – Uptown

Who is Rudolph? We don’t know. But we did pay him for three orders of wings.

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THE STORY

Rudolphs. If you’ve lived in Minneapolis long, you know the place. At the corner of Franklin and Lyndale, with that strange black and white picture of – a pirate? Actually, that strange man is Rudolph Valentino, an actor from the 1920s. We don’t really get the connection either, but you can read about it on the Rudolphs website. Frankly it doesn’t matter because Rudolphs has been doing something right and has been serving grilled and slow-cooked meats on that corner since 1975.

In this spirit, everything about our visit was a pleasure: We showed up during an all-day happy hour (6 wings for $6) thanks to a Vikings game – though surprisingly it wasn’t all that busy inside. Our server was friendly and attentive. The wings came out quickly. Ranch and blue cheese came in giant gravy goblets that made us feel like wing royalty. Then the wings.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Why with the breaded wings? It almost universally makes for soggy wings and sadly, Rudolphs was no exception. While the sauce was a nice vinegary concoction, the wings suffered from a severe case of sog-town, and the quality of the meat was lower than hoped for a barbecue establishment.

Not all tasters agreed: Michael said the texture was just right, though he wasn’t sure about the meat itself, giving a 5/10 on meat quality. Others commented on uneven cooking levels and and size, with Blake playing the “jumbo wing” card (jumbo wings are defined in our group as wings that are cheap, low-quality meat that are sold on their large size alone.)

In all, the experience was fantastic and we would totally eat another order at that sweet happy hour price, though we don’t expect they’ll top our favorite wings list any time soon.

THE VERDICT

71/100

Texture: 6.25/10
Flavor: 7.25/10
Meat Quality: 6.5/10
Value: 7/10
Experience: 8.5/10
Total: 35.5/50 possible points

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Alex

Alex

  • Texture: 5
  • Flavor: 7
  • Meat Quality: 8
  • Value: 9
  • Experience: 9
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes: Perhaps with sauce on the side these would have a better texture and receive a higher rating? Nay! That would not be a buffalo wing, that would be fried chicken with dipping sauce.

Allison

  • Texture: 7
  • Flavor: 6
  • Meat Quality: 7
  • Value: 6
  • Experience: 9
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes: The sauce tasted real vinegary to me. Breading was a little soggy but not too bad.

Andrew

Andrew

  • Texture: 5
  • Flavor: 7
  • Meat Quality: 6
  • Value: 6
  • Experience: 9
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes: The texture of these just made me sad.

Blake

  • Texture: 5
  • Flavor: 6
  • Meat Quality: 6
  • Value: 9
  • Experience: 9
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes: I really enjoyed the sauce, but the jumbo wings and soggy breading left me empty inside…

Esther - TCBC

Esther

  • Texture: 5
  • Flavor: 7
  • Meat Quality: 5
  • Value: 7
  • Experience: 8
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes:The ambiance (fun) and service (great) could not save what was, ultimately, a disappointing wing experience. Would I return to Rudolph’s? Yes, definitely. But instead of one gin martini and one order of wings, I would just go for 2 martinis.

Michael

  • Texture: 9
  • Flavor: 7
  • Meat Quality: 5
  • Value: 6
  • Experience: 7
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes: Some people say that breading on wings can’t be done right–they’d be correct if not for Rudolphs.

Nellie

  • Texture: 8
  • Flavor: 10
  • Meat Quality: 9
  • Value: 6
  • Experience: 8
  • Presentation (Pass/Fail): Pass
Notes:I was very hungry at the time. looking back, I can say that the overall experience was very pleasant and the wings were of high quality, but they were slightly soggy and the cooking level between wings was inconsistent. I would eat them right now if they were in front of me though.

THE DETAILS

Price: $12 for standard order, $6 for happy hour (6 wings)
Website: http://www.rudolphsribs.com
Address: 1933 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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