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Friday, July 29, 2011

National Wing Day At Hooters

Hooters Celebrates National Chicken Wing Day with a Buy 10 Get 10 Free Wing Offer on July 29th

ATLANTA, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 29th Hooters is offering a buy 10 get 10 free wing offer in celebration of National Chicken Wing Day. This Friday guests who dine in at Hooters will receive 10 Hooters nearly world famous chicken wings for free, with the purchase of 10, tossed in their favorite sauce.
"The chicken wing has become a culinary mainstay for Americans in pursuit of flavor and fun, so it is only fitting that a national day of recognition has been established," stated Mike McNeil, Vice President of Marketing for Hooters of America, LLC. "If you're going to celebrate the chicken wing than Hooters, with our nearly three decades of winning wing ways, is the place to be."
On July 29, 1977 Chicken Wing Day was proclaimed in the City of Buffalo, NY and this offer is one of many deals that Hooters is giving customers during non-traditional holidays throughout the year. The Wing Day free wing offer is good for all customers who dine in at participating Hooters restaurants. The offer is good on dine in orders only and there is a limit of one order for each guest.
Hooters of America, LLC is the franchisor and operator of over 430 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 29 foreign countries. The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly, world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit or follow us at or
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Martin Russo Is Chicken Wing Champ

The South Whitehall resident will compete in Philadelphia’s infamous Wing Bowl next year.
By Ann Wlazelek

Winning his first-ever wing-eating contest at age 50, Martin “Rooster Hogburn” Russo proved he has true grit.

The South Whitehall Township man took his nickname from the crusty, never-give-up U.S. marshal Jeff Bridges plays in the movie (True Grit), to beat 29 challengers at a regional competition outside the Buckeye Tavern in Macungie last month, a contest that puts him in the running for Philadelphia’s infamous Wing Bowl next year.

Russo, now 51, ate 170 wings to take his namesake prize: The Rooster Trophy.

“I didn’t go in with the thought of winning,“ he said of his strategy. “I wanted to make the second round.“

By the second round, he was in third place, having eaten 108 wings. The next closest had consumed less than 90. That‘s when Russo realized he had a chance.

Russo didn‘t train for the event but said he watched a video of some of the world‘s greatest eating contest winners. He also was the only contestant to stand while eating, and said he believes that headphones and yoga helped him concentrate on the task.

“Once the bell rang, I didn’t remember most of what happened,” he said, not even the taste of the high-calorie appetizers.

Afterward, Russo said he didn’t get sick. He also didn’t eat for a day and a half.

“I was full that long,” he said.

One of eight kids, Russo admits to a competitive nature, especially at the dinner table.

However, he said entering a food-eating contest was on his “life list” of goals he thought he could accomplish. Others he’s completed include a polar bear swim and visiting the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington.

Russo’s family and co-workers from the Bethlehem accounting firm Morey, Nee, Buck & Oswald cheered him on at the June 12 wing-eating fete by chanting “Go Rooster!”

“My son thinks it’s the best thing in the world,” he said. “My daughter thinks it’s funny. And my wife was grossed out.”

Russo will urge his wife Mary and daughter to stay home during the raucous Wing Bowl, which on the Friday before the Super Bowl draws 20,000 spectators to the Wells Fargo Center, tailgaters who start drinking at 2 a.m. and a prize last year of $20,000 and a new truck.

Yet winning the first wing-eating contest he ever entered has not made Russo cocky.

To beat the 25 or so contestants in Philadelphia, he said, he’ll probably have to eat more than 250 wings in the same time frame, a half hour broken into two 14-minute rounds and one two-minute finale.

“I don’t have the eating power of a professional,” he said.

Still, Russo is excited about the prospect of being interviewed in January on radio station WIP and riding on a float with other contestants before the contest. He’ll wing it, hoping not to embarrass himself.

In addition to the steps he took to win locally, Russo plans to prepare for Philly by chewing a lot of gum. Thirty minutes of non-stop wing chewing, he said, can be painful.

Russo also wants to help a local charity -- yet to be revealed -- obtain donations based on the number of wings he eats. “That way if I lose, someone else will win.”

Friday, July 15, 2011

Byrne's Tavern - Port Richmond (Philadelphia) PA

Anthony and I just had lunch at Byrne's Tavern in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, PA. First off, I'd like to say how easy this place is to get to. It's just off of I95. You can actually see it from the highway. It has a huge crab on the side of the brick building with a gigantic shamrock behind it. "Welcome to friendly Port Richmond" is a very inviting slogan. This tavern has a great Irish feel to it, when you get to it, there is plenty of parking which is a huge plus for a place in the city. Once you walk in, you're greeted by the friendly staff. I haven't been there in about 10 months, and only 3 times or so before that, and the waitress' Rox both remembered my name, asked me about my son, and even asked me how things were going in the town that i live in. That alone is amazing! But we don't write reviews on customer service haha. Still amazing though. When we sat down, we were given our menus, which is like 3 pages long. Typical bar food with their signature dishes such as crabs, potato logs (which are out of this world), and their famous wings. You can only get your wings one way there, their way. Want them cooked extra crispy? Tough. Their way or no way. When a place does it like that, you know they're confident. So, Anthony and I split 25 wings. They were at our table in about 3 minutes. AMAZING speed, and they were just freshly cooked. If you're the healthy type, and still like wings, this place is for you. Byrne's Tavern doesn't deep fry their food, everything is pressure cooked, yes still with oil, but they're not dripping with grease. They only have one type of sauce, not too spicy, but I wouldn't call it mild. It had a little bite to it but worked very well. They also sell pints of their wing sauce on the side. Most places don't do this.The wings weren't very big but since they are pressure cooked, you get every little bit of meat, and it literally falls right off of the bone. Delicious. I was full after about 11 wings, and I'm not a little fella. 25 wings for less than $15 bucks. Not too bad at all. We got a chance to speak with the owner and he claims they make over 2,500lbs of chicken wings a week! We had to ask him twice to make sure we heard him right. He said he has to get a delivery almost every other day. So you know the wings are fresh!

Overall, the service, taste, and price were great. I definitely suggest to give Byrne's Tavern a try, you wont be disappointed. The tavern itself is kinda small, and has that old, philly bar feel, and they have outside seating if you're the type that likes to be outside. Not too much scenery to look at since it's pretty much right under I95, and faces Richmond Ave, but it's still cool to grub on some food while sitting outside in the city. Give Byrne's Tavern a shot ,or order take-out and make sure you tell them the American Wing Kings sent you!

3301 Richmond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-6005
(215) 423-3444

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Bayou Bar and Grill- Manayunk, PA

by Sarita Cini

Don’t be surprised to find the patrons of Bayou Bar and Grill sectioned off according to team jerseys bearing names like "Saggy TD's" and "Dixie Normous." As a sports bar, the Bayou takes this designation literally, organizing various sports leagues
for Manayunk Sport and Social Club. You'll find many of the players following up competition on the field with a post-game drink here. Welcome the urge to lapse into the nostalgia of your high school athletic career. Everyone else is doing the same. Keep in mind though, you don't need to wear cleats or know Vick's completion percentage to enjoy the wings served at this Main Street Manayunk joint. What you do need is an appreciation for the small-sized wing and a well-flavored sauce. Bring first-timers out on a Monday when wings are 20 cents apiece and watch their reaction turn from ecstatic over the price to completely disillusioned when the little guys arrive. Yes, they serve up a smaller wing, but the Bayou proves smaller wings have
their advantages! At this size, they maintain their tenderness while avoiding the fatty composition that is typical in larger wings. Free from the binds of fat, the meat slides effortlessly from the bone.
When it comes to surface area per pound, smaller wings offer a lot more of it, allowing the skin to absorb even more sauce. With the Bayou’s mouth-watering concoction, that’s a very good thing. Whether you appreciate flavor over spiciness or vice versa, you’ll agree that this sauce has it all. While adding a subtle touch of sweet and a hint of tangy, the Bayou still maintains that well-desired fire that is always associated with a good wing sauce. The brave can forgo the blue cheese in order to truly appreciate the flavor, but the rest of us will opt for a defense against the heat. Although they haven’t won a “Best of Philly” award for their wings since 1998- when some of us were still playing little league- there’s something to be said for nostalgia and players like the Bayou. More than ten years after the awards and accolades, they’re still serving up one of the best chicken wings in Philly, and that says a lot- even if their glory days are beyond the memory of the next generation of wing enthusiasts.

The Bayou Bar and Grill
4245 Main Street
Manayunk, PA 19127


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Russell's Pic II - Hammonton, NJ

I have driven past this place many times on Rt. 30 but never have had time to stop by for some food. Today, I made it my mission to eat lunch at Russell's. Every "Pic " that I have ever eaten at has always had amazing wings, so I was hoping this place did not let me down. I would consider this bar, a "locals" kinda establishment. A few regulars were here and everyone knew each other , besides me , so I stood out like a sore thumb. The bar had a musty smell to it, reminded me of my fraternity house after a night of partying. There was no music playing and the TV was playing reruns of Dennis the Menace. The atmosphere was kinda off, but I wasn't there to meet my future wife and get crazy , I was there for the wings! I placed my order of food and grabbed a drink. I was pleased because they had sugar free Red Bulls, always a plus in my book. Just like I had hoped, the Pic wings did not let me down. The flavors that Russell's offer is Mild, Spicy, Hot , Extra Hot and INFERNO. Now just like other Pic wings, you get the leg and the wing attached. So one order of 6 , is basically 12. ( They call it a Super Wing) Price was $6 dollars ( or 50 cents a wing). Great price for great tasting wings! On Monday and Thursday nights they offer "double wings for the price of 1". Sounds like a steal to me. Another cool feature is that they serve their wings in a frying pan, which was very unique. (see picture) I met the bartender and introduced myself. We talked about wings and a little history of the bar. She told me this Pic was separate from the other "Pic-A-Lilli's" but from the same family. At Russell's, they took pride in developing a slightly sweeter wing sauce then the other places. Another cool fact, she claims on Super Bowl XXXIX (the last time the Eagles went to the big game on Feb 6 2005) that the Pic sold about 13,000 wings on that day. Now when you consider both the leg and wing are attached, thats really 26,000 wings!!!! Holy Hot Sauce Batman! Overall the place got the job done. I wouldn't recommend it for a first date to impress a lady, but I would recommend it if your trying to find some good wings.

Russell's Pic 2
386 White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037-9611
(609) 567-9886

Monday, July 4, 2011

Preview to the first episode

Buffalo's Chicken Shack- Spicy Wing Challenge

We Challenged anyone and everyone to come out and enter our spicy wing challenge. Prior to issuing an open challenge to the public, many folks would come in and ask about how spicy can we make the wings. We would hear stories about sauces at several wing places, some good, some not so. Many would ask how we made our sauce citing its flavor and mildness. As time went on, the demands to make the buffalo sauce hotter and hotter grew. Until we finally came up with a sauce that would satisfy most any need for heat.

The "Numb Ya Face" sauce was created. This sauce has met every boastful challenger's desire for heat and flavor. It is made based from the mother mild buffalo sauce, it offers the same delicious flavor and usually takes a while for the heat to settle in, in the meantime, diners are enjoying the flavor and then the heat starts to turn on and on and on, (you get the picture). The pace at which the heat increases in exponential, (has anyone ever used the word "exponential" in reference to heat?) and you still manage to taste the sauce. We knew we had a winner.

Going forward we offer up the "Numb Ya Face" sauce as a special order item. And the everyday challenge of eating 20 "Numb Ya Face" wings in 10 minutes. Meet the challenge and they're FREE, plus you get inducted into the Royal Chamber as Buffalo Royalty. Miss by one wing, and it’ll be $18.99 until next time. Good Luck!

Buffalo's Chicken Shack

261 Hackensack St.
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075
ph: 201-728-4477