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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Brock's Wings and Things- Philadelphia Pa

Brocks Wings and Things
CJ Ricciuti

Being a college student in North Philadelphia at Temple University, it isn’t always Ramen and cereal for meals. Some of the best food I’ve had in my life has come from this area and when there is a wing place merely feet from my apartment; I’m bound to give it a shot. Plus, as a Philadelphia sports fan, I am even more inclined to try it when former Eagle draft pick Raheem Brock owns it.

The outside of the place is honestly nothing to eye catching or extravagant. It’s located at 1600 N. Broad Street right in the middle of a strip mall. If you blink, you’ll miss it, and if you walk by it, you might miss it as well because you’ll be too busy trying to ignore the bums begging for food or a buck. Side note: watch out for the Lt. Dan hobo, he can get pretty feisty when asking for money and yes he has no legs. Like I said, I live merely feet from it and just realized it was there the other day and it’s been open almost a year. The inside is nothing impressive either. There was one TV in the whole place and it was on MTV Jams . Not a bad place to eat in if you are looking for a quick bit, but I would suggest doing take out, just my opinion.

To start off, they have a great selection of flavors for their wings. Of course they have the normal everyday flavors like regular, medium, hot and barbecue, but they also have some different flavors as well. Other flavors include Atomic, sweet barbecue, lemon pepper, garlic parmesan, General Tso’s, Cajun jerk, New Orleans, Chipotle, Asian sweet and spicy and sweet teriyaki. I decided to go with one of their more popular flavors and try the lemon pepper wings with a side of crab fries.

I knew it was going to be a good meal right away when they handed me a brown bag with grease spots all over it. I soon came to realize that it was because they left the fries uncovered in the bag. When I pulled the container out of the bag and saw the wings for the first time, it was almost like a good-looking girl giving you the green light. I threw the top off, stuck my face in, took a whiff and went to work.

The smell of lemon and black pepper hit my nose and I knew right away that I was in for a treat. All the wings were nice and even in size, not too small yet not massive, they looked great and weren’t completely drowned in sauce. I picked up that first drumstick, took and bite and knew I found something special. Super crunchy wing, great flavor and very juicy. I haven’t had a wing with such good flavor like this in a long time. There was just enough citrus to not overwhelm you and the little bite from the black pepper was a perfect endnote. The crab fries were decent, nice and thick cut, but no Chickie’s and Pete’s.

Price wise, the wings were on the average side. 10 wings will run you a little over 8 bucks, and 20 wings will run you about 14 dollars. I think this is a decent price for what you get. My meal, which was 10 wings, a side of crab fries and Gatorade ran a little over 13 bucks. For an average person that’s not bad. For a college kid, that’s like 5 cases of Top Ramen.

All in all, I would recommend this place if you’re in the mood for some good wings. The wings were some of the best I’ve had in a long time. I wouldn’t go out of your way for them, but if you are ever in Philly and feel like trying some place different, Brocks won’t disappoint.

1600 N Broad St, Philadelphia 19121
(Btwn Cecil B Moore Ave & W Oxford St)

Phone: (215) 765-6555

Monday, March 25, 2013

Vegan Wings - Gunner's Run - Philadelphia Pa

By : Peter Cicali

How can I be a vegan and still eat wings? Vegan wings!! I have been vegan for over a year now and sometimes occasionally I miss eating wings. Over time the craving passes and I forget about eating wings until a few weeks ago I went to Gunner’s Run in Philadelphia. It seem like a normal bar where I thought I would have the normal bar food and thought I would be having my dinner as liquid! But no, to my surprise they have vegan wings on the menu! Vegan wings? What are they made of, are they truly vegan, vegan wings? Well they are vegan, made of seitan,made from gluten, the main protein of wheat. I decided to order some and see if they were any good. They had five different flavors to choose from, hot, bbq, spicy bbq, teriyaki, jamacian jerk. I decided to go with bbq and couldn’t wait until they came. After a little wait they came out hot and I started to dig in. The “wings” had a nice crunch to them, I am guessing they were covered with flour and deep fried. Did I mention they came with a vegan sour cream sauce? Well they did and it tasted amazing, just adding to the over all flavor of the wings. Even my brother who was with me and loves chicken wings said the vegan wings were better than the chicken wings. Overall the “wings” were great and I would highly recommend them to vegans or carnivores. It was also nice to be able to share a meal with people who are not vegan and like to eat meat. It is very uncommon that restaurants serve both options. So the next time you are in Philadelphia and looking for some wings check out Gunner’s Run, you won’t regret it and maybe if you are a carnivore you will give the vegan wings a try.

Gunners Run
1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
Mon-Fri 5pm–2am
Sat-Sun 11am–2am

Friday, January 4, 2013

WingBowl Wing-Off

Join us at The Jughandle Inn in Cinnaminson, New Jersey for one of our Wing Bowl 21 Wing Off’s!

Eat as many wings as you can in 10 minutes for your shot to compete in Wing Bowl 21.

Time: 8-10P
Date : 1-7-13

Hosted by Hollis Thomas and Marc Farzetta

1018 South Fork Landing Road
Cinnaminson, New Jersey