My very first blog post on Jinxi Eats was about Carolina Ale House, in Durham NC – the best chicken wings I’ve ever had. In fact, to this day, S and I have judged every wings place against Carolina Ale House, and we have sadly concluded that none could compare.
But I am relentless in my quest to find delicious wings wherever I live. Lately, a friend recommended Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach – loaded tater tots and wings in over 20 different flavors? I’ve got to check it out.
The place was pretty crowded for a Tuesday evening – then again, Tuesday is all-day Happy Hour (1/2-price wings and domestic pitchers).
Since the “domestic pitchers” only referred to Bud light and Coors light, my friends ordered a couple of the microbrewery beers on tap. I’m not a beer connoisseur, but I really liked the Magic Hat #9 :P
The loaded tots were highly recommended, so we had to order some…
Loaded Tots: tater tots topped with melted cheese, pulled pork, and BBQ sauce, $8
For the meat topping, you could choose between diced steak, bacon, or pulled pork. I went for the pulled pork – even though I was a bit scared of what this restaurant would do with “pulled pork” – but it turned out to be delicious!
Three orders of 10-piece wings: Honey Mustard, Roasted Red Pepper (“RPG”), Dirty Ranch, Maple Chipotle BBQ, Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, $6 each (HH price; $12 regular price)
The wings themselves were nice and crispy and tender inside. My favorite sauces were probably the Spicy Garlic and Maple Chipotle BBQ. As for the rest, I guess they were not so special – still tasty, though, and there are still plenty of other flavors that I would love to try.
Side note #1: The heat level of the sauces were ranked from 1 to 5, with 1 being totally not spicy (such as Honey Mustard) and only one flavor ranking a 5, the Habanero. The hottest that we ordered was the Maple Chipotle BBQ, at 3.5… but honestly, it wasn’t that spicy. This isn’t just my opinion, either! My dining companions, who are much less spicy-tolerant than me, were the first to point out the misleading heat labels.
Side note #2: My friend actually said that the Spicy Garlic reminded him of bean paste fish (豆瓣魚), a Taiwanese dish. None of us believed this hilarious comment, but once we bit into the Spicy Garlic… well, let’s just say that you couldn’t untaste the 豆瓣魚 flavor. Haha.
The bottom line? I had a great meal here at Dirty Birds, and at $6 for 10 wings during Happy Hour, it really doesn’t get much better. Next time I have a wing craving, I will be back!
Last side note: All photos courtesy of ekimc’s iPhone :P
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