The sauce wasn’t terribly hot, which was also a disappointment because I ordered it hot on their “mild-medium-or-hot” scale – DerryX on his visit to The Flying Chicken in Troy, NY.
This bugs the shit out of me. Why is it that in the Capital District the hot sauce scale is so effing skewed? I had a nice long discussion with the George of the Bier Abbey the other day about this (after telling him his wing sauces needed to be kicked up).
I’m not sure what the problem is or who started this trend, but can we go back to a time when hot sauces were actually “hot”? Frank’s Red Hot + Butter + Vinegar = a mild sauce. I mean, you just diluted Frank’s which isn’t very hot to begin with; this should not be your “hot” sauce. Mild should be mildly spiced with barely any heat for the pansies (let’s face it, this is really just a fake butter sauce colored orange), medium should leave a little tingling on your tongue, hot should definitely have some decent burn. Why is this so hard?
It bugs me even more when restaurants have 6+ different levels of hotness, like “Xtra Hot” and “Mouth Scorcher!” to overcompensate for having weak hot sauces in the first place.
The only place that I can get regularly get hot wings that are actually “hot” is at The Ruck and even that consistency of heat is dependent on the batch and the cook.
Looks folks, you need at most four hot sauces to get the job done: Mild, Medium, Hot, and some sort of Insanity/Suicidal for chili heads like me. And these descriptors should genuinely line up to their names for once. Beyond that, have all of the Oriental Sesame, PB&J, Garlic Parm and what have you wing sauces you want but I’ll never order them.
* I’m not exactly sure how I’ve never taken a picture of wings before. Or maybe I’m just never uploaded them to the web. This is an old crappy unfocused picture of pig wings from the Lovin’ Cup. If you’ve never heard pig wings before, check ‘em out here. In case you’re wondering, no, there is still not a bar or restaurant awesome enough in the Capital District to offer pig wings. And yes, the hot sauce at the Lovin’ Cup was too mild.