MANCHESTER, NH – I was thinking about making some wings for the big game tonight, but hadn’t made it to Hannaford yet.
My husband had a Plan B.
Based on word of mouth, we stopped by Wingstop Saturday night on our way home from a post-holiday party at Madear’s. It’s a new West Side specialty-wings eatery on Second Street. There’s also one in Nashua, which I think has helped up their word-of-mouth game here.
My husband had heard about it from a wing-loving co-worker, so we decided to do some Super Bowl pre-gaming for good eats and scope out the place.
We were met at the register by Martina Milonas who gave us the newbie rundown and offered us a couple of her favorite sauce samples so we could taste before we committed to a flavor. We tested the Spicy Korean and Mango Habañero, and by the sweet burn on our lips we knew Milonas had steered us in the right direction. After not much deliberation we ordered a Group Pack, 40 wings/4 flavors (for two, mind you – because we’re eaters) and split the order between boneless and bone-in, about $40. In addition to the two flavors we sampled, we also got Garlic Parmesan and Louisiana Rub, all to go.
The group pack comes with sides – carrots and celery, and fries – so we got Buffalo fries and ate them while we waited for our wings – which are cooked up while you wait, about 15 minutes.
We’re saving the wings for game time, so I can’t report on how they were, but if the Buffalo fries are any indication, I’d say this Super Bowl will be a big win for the food, no matter who scores the most touchdowns. Wingstop hand-cuts the potatoes in-house resulting in fresh and well-formed fries that stand up to the saucy topping, a mix of house-made ranch dressing and Buffalo sauce. We gave them four sloppy-sauce covered thumbs up.
We asked if they were anticipating a Super Bowl crush, and Milonas said it’s going to be a mandatory all hands on deck kind of day. They normally take orders online, but to make sure they don’t over-promise and under-deliver on wings, they’re only taking phone orders and walk-ins Sunday.
If you are watching the Super Bowl at home and still wondering where to get some good eats, consider giving Wingstop a whirl, and let me know what you think.
Wingstop is located at 581 Second Street. Open 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Call in orders, 603-945-3173 or download the app and order online (but not on Super Bowl Sunday).
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