Restaurant: Wild Wing Cafe
Location: 1331 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington NC 28405
Style: Sit down/ Bar
50 for $46.99 and 25 for $24.59
*Prices vary for Tuesday night*
Sauce/Flavor: 5 Separate Sauces were reviewed: Hot, Ranchilada, Jalapeno Cheddar, Slayer, and Braveheart.
Hot: This ‘hot’ tasted like a classic buffalo sauce. The cooks did not jam-pack the wings with too much flavor, but they were still able to coat the wings entirely with a tasty zest. On the menu, the ‘hot’ symbolizes 2 pepper icons as an indication of spiciness, but I would suggest the restaurant to change it to three (as it is much hotter than other “2 pepper icon” sauces). (9.5/10)
Ranchilada: Attention ranch lovers, this sauce is perfect for you. It appears as though the cooks combined the ‘hot’ with a little bit of ranch. This results in a much more potent flavor, but it does lose some heat (relative to the ‘hot’). (9/10)
Jalapeno Cheddar: The Jalapeno Cheddar tasted sweet, while also combining cheddar and jalapeno bits. While one would think that Jalapenos would make this sauce very spicy, it did not come off of the tongue in that manner. If anything, the sweetness in the cheddar overpowered. I would recommend this in a sampler, but not in a large order. (8/10)
Slayer: WARNING! STAY AWAY WHILE ON DATES! The Slayer combines a buffalo sauce with a large amount of Garlic. The sauce is extremely potent and messy in the hands. Due to this ‘drippiness’, you will find yourself licking your fingers throughout the meal. This could be good or bad depending on your own preference. Concerning the taste, I found the garlic overpowering, and I do not think there was enough hot/buffalo sauce. (6/10)
Braveheart: Braveheart is considered to be the hottest wing sauce on the menu. 6 pepper icons show its maximum hotness. If you observe closely, pepper bits are visible in the sauce, and just smelling the wings can water your eyes. After eating just one, I asked the waitress for a glass of milk, and following this refreshment, my mouth still felt like it was on fire. The actual taste of the sauce was not very desirable for a meal– the heat definitely overpowered everything. However, this wing sauce is not something you eat for a meal, but a must try for the experience/challenge. (7/10)
Texture: The texture of the wings were on point. The cooks finished the wings quite nicely– not too crispy and not too soft. Additionally, once bitting into the wing, it had a perfect temperature and juiciness. My only complaint: every once in a while, I would stumble upon a wing (on the chicken legs) that would have an entirely fried/breaded extension that didn’t have any actual meat on it. However, this seemed to be rare. (9.5/10)
Proportion + Price: Both the wings and the legs showed a significant amount of meat on them. Particularly on the legs, meat fell off the bone. For the price of $47 for 50 wings and $25 for 25, it was a bit pricy, but definitely worth it. If you are on a budget, you can stop by on Tuesday nights when they have a “buy an order get an order free”. (9.5/10 on Tuesdays and 7/10 on other days)
Jalapeno Cheddar: 24.5/30
*Add 2.5 to accommodate for price on Tuesday nights*
Bottom Line: One of the best places to get wings in the Wilmington area.