It's time for the final match up of the first round of the Best Hotwings in Memphis Bracket: Don Don's vs. Crumpy's.
Here's how the first round works: I ate wings at both Crumpy's and Don Don's.
I’ll lay out my thoughts on each offering, and you guys will have 24 hours to vote in the poll at the bottom of the post. I’ll cast my vote, too, and the winner will move on to the next round. You can only vote once in each match up.
Let's meet the contenders:
Order: 5 whole honey hot wings, about $7
I'm not a big fan of whole wings (the kind where the drummie part and the skinny part are connected) – they're so much harder to eat then the cut up kind. The wings at Don Don's come whole and are fried until they're crispy without being dry.
The wings weren't ginormously plump, but there was plenty of meat on the bones. The honey hot sauce has a nice vinegary sting to it that makes it more tangy and spicy than cloyingly sweet.
As a sidenote, though Don Don's was pretty empty when I stopped by, they had "Basketball Wives" on the TV and crushed ice in the cups.
Napkin rating: too many to count, mostly because the things that pass for napkins at Don Don's are closer to Kleenex.
And in the other corner:
220 S Claybrook St.
Memphis, TN 38104
Order: the $5 special: three whole wings, fries and a drink.
Crumpy's was completely packed when I stopped by for lunch, so I had a lot of time to study the menu while I waited in line. They've got the normal varieties of wings – hot, super hot, suicide, seasoned, honey gold, lemon pepper and jerk – but there wasn't an exact honey hot sauce to taste against the wings from Don Don's.
Instead, I went with the lemon pepper wings, thinking that they'd be the right combination of sweet and tangy. It was a good decision – the whole wings were crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and had a serious citrusy bite.
They were definitely worth the long wait, but next time, I'll probably call my order in.
Napkin rating: A lone paper towel
You know what to do now. Cast your vote for which wings will go on to face Alex's Tavern in the second round. You've got 24 hours to get your vote in.
Please vote in the comments – I had to pull the poll because it was causing problems with the site. As of 7:45 a.m. on Friday, March 23, Don Don's had 18 votes and Crumpy's had 19 votes. Comment voting is open until 3 p.m. today.