Wing Kingz – Monroe Avenue
Wings. I love wings almost as much as I love burgers. While there are no really great wing places in Kalamazoo, there are a number of small counter-service wing joints under a couple of different chains.
Despite the name, they are all pretty much the same and all have big, juicy delicious wings. Which one I stop at is usually based on where I’m at in the city when I get my wing craving.
I was driving from downtown Grand Rapids the other day on Monroe Avenue when the wing craving hit. Lucky for me, there’s a wing joint right there.
Wing Kingz on Monroe Avenue is in a small shopping center right at the corner with Ann Street. At one time, this was a Wing Heaven and soon (after October 26, 2015), will be something entirely different. Not much will change so if you find this review after the 26th (as most people will, the menu will be pretty much same).
I was already driving, so I didn’t have time to call my order in, so I just pulled in to the lot and walked in to place my order. The restaurant has a couple of tables to dine in, but the building has seen better days and it’s not the most inviting area. I’ve eaten there before, but on this trip I decided to just grab my food and head back to work.
I put in the same order I pretty much always do at places like this. Twelve traditional wings covered in Garlic Parmesan, a 1/2 lb. of fries with salt and pepper and a Coke. As I’ve mentioned before, the cool thing about the Grand Rapids wing places is that they all serve Kool-Aid just like they do pop. The really cool thing about this place is they have Boba Kool-Aid. I didn’t try it because it doesn’t sound appetizing to me, but it is an interesting concept.
My meal cost just under $12 and it took a little over ten minutes for it to be boxed up and handed to me. The smell was killing me on the drive back to work. The garlic smelled so good and I couldn’t wait to dig in.
I always have really good luck with Wing Kingz and the like and never have to worry about leaving hungry. The wings are so big and juicy. It’s kind of ridiculous how big they are when you compare them to, oh, say, Buffalo Wild WIngs. It’s so crazy how the more popular place charges more and serves such inferior wings to these small, local places.
In addition to the size, the wings also come heavily covered in the sauce you choose. I was still burping garlic three hours later and it made me hungry for more every time I did it. TMI??
The fries are pretty simple, but they are plentiful and were well seasoned with salt and pepper. They also have other options for sauces, but I like to keep it simple.
I know it seems stupid to write a blog post for a place that is going to change identities in a few days, but it’s not changing people. I didn’t really catch the whole story of why the change, but they did say the menu will stay about the same. If that’s the case, you’ll probably see a third blog from a different business at this same address.