DINING IN, DINING OUT: Windsor’s Wing Shack is here to stay
September 8, 2012
I think it's finally happened. The small restaurant space on Windsor's Main Street that has gone through so many owners has finally hit the right note. Wing Shack is here to stay.
Of course, that is my personal opinion based on only one visit to the small eatery. But I can vouch for numerous friends of mine, whom I haven't seen so gleeful about the opening of a new Windsor business since King Soopers and Safeway came to town.
Wing Shack obviously has a fan following from its other locations in Greeley and Loveland. Now in Windsor, next to Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, it seems to have found the perfect space to serve its growing fan base.
There are a few booths for eating in at Wing Shack, but the drive-thru is a great option for those on the go. This is the category I fell into the other night after running around all day and realizing I needed dinner for the family at 6 p.m.
Given the name, it's not difficult to know what to order at Wing Shack. The hard part is deciding on the sauces. More than a dozen are offered and all are made in house with only the finest ingredients possible.
I decided on the 24-wing package ($16.69), split into six-wing servings with four sauces (50 cents extra per sauce). I chose Barely Hot, Barbecue, Thai and the monthly special – Jamaican Jerk Rub. All were delicious.
The Barely Hot is just that, with minimal heat and a pretty benign, buttery flavor. Barbecue is sweet and spicy with a medium kick to it. Thai is much hotter, but has a wonderful complexity of Asian flavors going on. And the Jamaican Jerk dry rub might have been my favorite. It was medium spicy, full of exciting flavors, and I liked the dry coating for a change of pace.
The wings here are fresh, all natural, never frozen varieties. I found each one perfectly cooked to juicy tenderness.
We also tried the sampler pack from the finger foods section of the menu ($5.99) which included a variety of breaded and fried treats. Heart healthy? Perhaps not. But it's a worthwhile splurge in my book.
Fried cheese balls, fried mac n cheese (our favorite), onion rings and breaded mushrooms all come in bite-sized portions to start your meal. They are worth every greasy, fried calorie.
For a place that specializes in wings, I was very impressed with their Shack Burger. ($7.99). It was cooked medium rare, served on a soft, warm bun and topped with melted blue cheese, white American cheese and a garlic mayonnaise.
Whatever you do, don't forget an order of seasoned potato chips here. Our ranch-flavored variety was as perfect a mound of potato chips as I've ever tried. Fried of course, they had just the right thickness, crunch and flavoring to complement our wing, burger and fried finger food meal.
Having consumed so many fried items in one meal, we certainly did not want to end the streak at dessert. Lucky for us, Wing Shack did not disappoint. Fried Snickers bars, with oozing caramel and chocolate, and cheesecake balls bursting with tangy, sweet goodness, were the perfect and appropriate ending to our delightful meal.
I think I saw that salads are served here, too, but my desserts dripping on the menu made it hard to read.
Shannon Teslow has lived in Windsor since 1995. If you have comments you'd like to share, email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.