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Published January 27, 2013, 11:30 PM

Semifinals pits national chains against local establishments

FARGO – Moving forward in our “Wingin’ It” hot wing taste test, we’re down to a nice mix of local and chain establishments: Quaker Steak & Lube, Hooters, The Old Broadway Sports Zone and Tailgators Sports Café.

FARGO – Moving forward in our “Wingin’ It” hot wing taste test, we’re down to a nice mix of local and chain establishments: Quaker Steak & Lube, Hooters, The Old Broadway Sports Zone and Tailgators Sports Café.

To recap the contest thus far: Forum reporter John Lamb and I came up with a list of eight contestants, regrettably leaving out some wing options to make it feasible. The finalists were put into random matchups by drawing names out of a hat.

We’ll reveal the winner of the taste test Tuesday and name the Best Wings in Fargo-Moorhead.

Semifinal 1: Quaker Steak over Hooters

John and I were both impressed with the wings at Hooters. I enjoyed the flavor of the sauce, and John noted the appropriate crunch of the skin. In fact, for both of us, Hooters received some of the highest all-around scores.

Unfortunately for them, Quaker Steak received slightly higher marks in the categories of meat texture and amount of sauce, pushing it over the top to the finals.

Semifinal 2: The Old Broadway Sports Zone over Tailgators Sports Café

Though Tailgators stood out among all eight contestants for their deep-fried style and size of their wings, John and I were left looking for more. We thought their Chernobyl and Flaming Moe’s flavors – essentially the medium and hot options – didn’t seem all that different from each other.

Additionally, John felt that the unique style actually played to its disadvantage – “You end up tasting too much of the breading and not enough of the meat,” he wrote.

Tailgators was hugely popular with our readers, but according to our tastes, it couldn’t beat The Old Broadway. With a solid overall wing, the OB advances to the finals.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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