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Best Chicken Wings St. Louis 2008 - BARcelona Tapas Restaurant

BARcelona Tapas Restaurant

BARcelona Tapas Restaurant

34 N. Central Ave.

Clayton, MO 63105


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Much of the debate about what constitutes great chicken wings is misplaced. Folks like to argue the merits of the classic Buffalo preparation — a mixture of butter and hot sauce with a side of blue cheese — versus newfangled variations like habanero, jerk, Thai, etc. But great wings can be judged on two factors: the size of wing and the heft of the sauce. It's about coating the wing, not dipping. And the wing needs the Goldilocks treatment: not too big, not too small — just right. BARcelona Tapas Restaurant's alas de pollo get it just right indeed. The wings are coated with olive oil, smeared with hot pepper and bathed in toasted slivers of garlic. Every bite, therefore, is imbued with a garlicky, peppery goodness. And the side of sherry mayonnaise adds just enough to push it all over the top.

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Wrong. The wing should be judged by the quality of the wing itself: how is the mean, is it deep-fried and crispy or with a soft, slimy skin (i.e. BWW)? Then we can talk about sauce.


Had 'em. Sure, they're fried. They're chicken wings after all. The glorious gods of grease at BARcelona take it a step further by smothering them in olive oil.

Certainly unique, but hardly the best. Just too greasy.


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