The Mystery Diner enjoys going out for a good meal to watch the big game, and what food goes best with football and other sports?
Why, wings, of course!
Wings joints seem to have become a trendy staple of the restaurant industry, but Yorkville has a good one in Wings Etc. Located on the west side of town, just off of Route 34, Wings Etc. lives up to its name with tasty wings – and plenty of etc. to go around.
We stopped in on the perfect night for food and fun – Super Bowl Sunday.
We entered a welcoming establishment with wood-paneled walls decorated with a hometown feel, jerseys of local teams from Yorkville and Plano, filled with rows of high-top tables ringed on the outside by booths. TVs lined the walls at every turn, and every angle, so at Wings Etc. you'll never miss any of the action. There's even a row of slot machines on one wall, and Wings Etc. is quite kid-friendly, too, with toy machines and such. Several families were out on this Sunday evening, which made for a lively atmosphere.
Of course, we came to eat and drink.
Wings Etc. has some 80 different beers available by draft, bottle or can, with drafts coming in pints, "schooners" (34 ounces) or a 100-ounce "tanker." I ordered an ice-cold pint of my favorite domestic, and perused the menu.
While noting appetizers such as mini corn dawgs, green bean fries and Bavarian pretzel bites, our eyes quickly gravitated toward the original ultimate nachos – the menu insisted "don't do anything until you order ours."
The nachos are nice and crunchy and smothered with lettuce, tomatoes, chili, onions, olives and Queso Sauce. For those with larger appetites, the "revenge of ultimate nachos" comes with buffalo chicken, grilled chicken or pulled pork. Our party quickly devoured the plate of messy, crunchy goodness, served with sides of salsa for each of us.
On to the entrees, and Wings Etc. has something to satisfy any sports fan's taste buds. There's a create-your-own burger, or for those who prefer it, a "Holy (No) Cow" char-grilled meatless burger. Made-to-order sandwiches include a Philly cheese steak or French Dip, and there's a range of seafood options, rolled-to-order wraps or a lengthy selection of salads.
The Mystery Diner, though, came for the wings.
Both traditional and boneless wings are available in four different serving sizes, or a bulk order for bigger parties, with 22 sauces listed helpfully on the menu from hot to mild.
Wings Etc. has its "Wall of Flame Challenge," for those adventuresome souls willing to try it. If you can eat 16 wings with the restaurant's hottest sauce, or "Wall Sauce," without a break for drinks or other food, you get your name and picture on the Wall of Flame. Nine diners and their numbed taste buds have been duly immortalized on the wall, but I opted for the Mild sauce with a hint of buffalo.
Wings Etc.'s wings come out hot and crispy, and thankfully not overly breaded like other wing establishments I've tried – and with plenty of chicken meat. They are definitely nice-sized, as I struggled to finish 10 wings and my basket of curly fries on the side.
Meanwhile, my dining companion opted for the hardwood-smoked rib tips. She was truly delighted by the succulent morsels of pork smothered in a tangy BBQ sauce, with the ideal side of coleslaw.
While enjoying our meal, we noticed Wings Etc.'s specialty nights, which include Trivia Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kids Eat Free Wednesdays, and also its offering of fundraising opportunities.
But really, if you're in the mood for some tasty wings and much more "etc." for the whole family, Wings Etc. comes highly recommended.
It's the perfect place for the "big game," or any other night.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a restaurant and then reports on the experience. The Mystery Diner is not intended to be a restaurant critic but does highlight the parts of a dining experience that he/she can recommend.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Wings Etc.
WHERE: 1447 Cannonball Trail, Yorkville
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.