THE WING HOUSE




BEFORE I KNEW  A LITTLE ABOUT CHICKEN

DATE 2015   FIRST IMPRESSION  UPDATES IN RED

LOC: ONE   Sports bar known for chicken wings, games on TV & scantily clad servers, plus event nights.
ADDRESS: 7369 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33771
HoursOpen ⋅ Closes 12AM
Phone(727) 530-9799

2015 BR…  stands for before research, I admit I was in love with the most expensive part of the chicken. The wings sell for more money than any other parts per weight or wastage. 

With that said, these are some of the best wings in 2015 I have had in the Tampa Bay area, the home turf of Hooters.   

Larger, Fresh, Hot, Juicy, and the house medium sauce was easy on the tongue and, gentle on the tummy.  As one who cooks and writes about food, my palate might be a hair above most. I started working on an article about Wings and it has been more of a treat than real work at times and very disappointing at other times.

Actually hitting a new place every two to three days, making comparisons, and I have to be honest. So far no one touches this place vs HOOTERS. There were also…  Lots of disappointments, and I have noticed some folks praised places , some with big names that frankly really don't stand up. They must be from another universe if they thought those wings were good. 

Frankly we found lots of the following, undersized wings, overcooked, burnt and drowned, over breaded, small portions, dried up, chiller burn...and some sauces that smothered most of the imperfections and infuriated the Maalox Gods.  

Some are mentioned in my other reviews and not just a one time test, I go back three times.


BUT NEW OWNERS

THE COMPETITION - WHERE?
Since this is my website, I can say what I wish.  Some, like TRIPADVISOR prohibit mentioning other competitors.  I write for them too and observe good taste and policy so I go by the rules, most respect that.

So far to be honest, I will tell you, two things effect how wings turn out.  How fresh and kept under temp and how the help is trained.   When my article the Best wings in Tampa Bay comes out, I will explain further. 

•   So far the wings at Golden Corral, en masse, all you could eat were undercooked. And laid out in the hot trays too long.



PRO FOOTBALL - IT WAS PRO FOOD
This place Wing House and subsequent other locations was started by Crawford Ker, a former college and professional football player for the Cowboys and Broncos. Those guys can eat, and it's reflected in the menu and preparation. That explains the fifty wing size plater, two of us tried to nail it one night and I was stuffed. The remnants were great the next day.

They are known for their chicken wings and award winning hot sauce, but the WingHouse is more than that. New TV’s all over the place with the latest sports and major event packages.  Almost every week is a specialty night with various events, like custom cars and cycles, a sports special on PPV or salute to the troops.

They serve roadhouse American entrees. The burgers are huge, the sandwiches plump and more ways to serve chicken in salads both for the volume eater and the diet inclined lo-cal aficionado. Veggies, pasta and Their "boneless wings" are available grilled for the healthy folks. 

They have a full, really full, full-service bar, a nice selection of liquor cocktails and major domestic, imported and specialty beers.  We went there three times, different folks twice and the last trip was a solo, excellent, excellent, consistently good. I had the wings, in medium sauce, the boneless,  I won’t tell you how many, and a cold Corona served with the lime.


HOUSE OF CARDS
Since then a corporation bought out the Winghouse, basically everything has stayed the same as far as this location and the food is what is in question at their second location.  A one store operation became a massive chain and Ker obviously walked away smiling.  But I had noticed changes...

THE WORLD FAMOUS WINGHOUSE GIRLS

Just as with their main competition, which is Hooter's there are the girls. Part of the food industry is presentation. How the food looks when it comes out of the kitchen. I can safely say having it delivered by a nice looking server is better than having it served by Morticia.

Their uniforms, are not as scanty as you might think but are form fitting. There were nice forms fitting those costumes. It might not make everybody happy BUT, they are beautiful, they smile, they have great personalities, my server was very intelligent and worldly. Her name was MAYA. I don't believe the church group eats in and may go the takeout route.

On their menus and webpage, Ker writes: Our version of "The Girl Next Door", The World Famous WingHouse Girls specialize in being "brilliant on the basics." Their great service, positive attitudes, and pretty smiles make WingHouse the ideal place to be a sports fan…  No argument from me, pass the Ranch dressing please.


FOR GUYS TRYING TO SCORE
I like these places when I go mainly with the guys, because it
s like most sports bars noisy and the gals see the servers as competition or are just overwhelmed.  

Take your honey to a nice quiet romantic place with good wine, atmosphere, light music and choice words.  This is not that place.  Wear your best camos, scrape the mud off your hunting boots, shower, mind your manners and use the knife and fork, and a spoon for the soup, take off your ball cap and show off that grease parted hair, offer her a glass of wine to go with your Budweiser’s and try using a glass.  She’ll be impressed.



GOTTA BE HONEST, BONELESS WINGS

THAT SUCKED, SO DID THE BOLTS

LOC: TWO  Sports bar known for chicken wings, games on TV & scantily clad servers, plus event nights.
Address: 2640 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33759
Hours: 
Open ⋅ Closes 12AM
Phone: (727) 724-9464

SHELLACKING
I'll tell it what it was... it wasn't what it was years ago... this place has changed, maybe when the ownership changed.  It was a slow night. Disappointing on all counts. And it’s really the managements fault, the help has to follow the rules  but when the emphasis is on costumes and boobs and butts  (OK for Cro-Magnon’s tits and asses) on young girls I lost interest in the food as the food was worse.  

FOODIE MISTAKE
I had nice clothes on and didn’t want hand food, I should have ordered the regular wings as the boneless wings were chicken chunks hard as a rock and overcooked bad.  I did not order any more.  It was my first time back to Clearwater after eating at the Origional KERS Pinellas Park store more often, which was better for years. I expected better, I was hungry, me bad.   It was like 11.00 dollars for KFC rejects.  
They were on a lower level than the Colonels worst, the Louisiana Box Nerd, and the Popeye freak show.  OK, I'm a critical person who just happens to write and photograph about food and they were horrid.  Zantac horrid.  Shortest review on food I ever did...

THEY WILL GET ONE LAST CHANCE
One more shot with real wings and we’ll see.

STAFF - I’M PUZZLED
The Clearwater store appeared to have much younger girls working there, Legal yes, a good thing no.  I looked it up.

Legal Age for Drinking/Serving Alcohol In Florida
The legal drinking age in Florida was raised from the age of 18 to 21 in 1987, when all states adopted the age of 21. However, Restaurant servers can be 18 and can also Bartend. 

Places change with ownership, the younger, now very young girls in fake costumes are still present and greeter standing in the doorway.  Some even younger, some about the age of my grand child, whom I would disown if I saw her running around dressed like that.  Nice kids, obviously need the job and money but this will not get them to Hollywood, even Hollywood Florida... but distressing.

Before any of you comment about my disdain for the costuming I’m looking at it from a business standpoint and as a matter of fact,  I am an Ex-Playboy club photographer having worked with the immortal David Chan, the first Dean of Photography at Playboy.  They were a class act,  not an ass act,  way before the exploitation of today.

SUGGESTIONS  -  Some themes grow old with age, and this place was like junior varsity compared to the competition of the other bigger name wing joint.  HOOTERS

Time for a change, frankly I don’t care to be looking at anatomy prancing by as a methodology to improve poor food.  May I suggest a few things to management who obviously don’t get it, times change, they need to be in something just as cute. 

  • Number one - there was not one woman in the place. The only one left after I sat down, that left the score at twenty men to none.
  • Number two - has it occurred to management that women customers like wings too. 
  • Number three - and 90% of the ladies I interviewed at other places did not feel comfortable in a “place like that” feeling that the mini girls were more important than the food.   Yes,  sometimes a little jealousy usually enters the picture.
  • You are talking about a Me-To period of time when you treat women with respect, The Me Too movement, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault.  This was blatant stupidity and backward, who knows maybe thats you clientele.
  • Answer: Change image and ego for more couples dinners and baskets to double your audience. 
  • Oh-oh... Here it comes, the amazing part was Hooters who dressed up their act a little more and was swamped, tough parking or I never would have stopped in Winghouse and Wings was sitting in a partially empty lot.  
  • After starring at a few other plates, the plate of thorns was enough and I left.  It’s a boiling oil theme Wing paradise.
  • Get the ladies back. If you think a women is comfortable looking at kids arses and thinking of her own children working there...The last two comments I constantly interview people I heard were something about wringing her neck, this is not a future.  One woman said what if these kids go a second step...its trouble, they are halfway there.