A chicken wings battle is going down Saturday, and the returning champ plans to come out with 10,000 wings flapping and covered in Sweet Hot Damn and other sauces.
Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St. in Xenia, won five out of six categories — the people’s choice Best Damn Wing and the judges panel’s Best Wing and best sauce for Sweet Hot Damn included — at last year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival.
Manager Cathy Spurgeon said her team is gearing up to bring home all the ‘best’ titles from this year’s event, which is scheduled for 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering.
“We take it seriously and I think they (competitors) take it seriously,” Spurgeon said. “It really takes a team effort to pull it off.”
Bottles of Sweet Hot Damn will sell for $6 each. Nick’s staff will wear “Just wing it” T-shirts.
Admission to the Miami Valley Restaurant Association event is free. The nine restaurants listed below will participate, said Amy Zahora, executive director of the MVRA.
Each will sell two to three wings for $2 and sides for $1, $2 or $3 each.
Nicks’ didn’t know there was a contest for hottest sauce - the only category it didn’t win - last year. This year it is bringing along its Fire in the Hole sauce. The sauce will face stiff competition in that category.
Zahora said Archer’s Tavern, the 2012 hottest sauce winner, for instance, is bringing a sauce so hot that it is only being served to judges.
Festival-goers — 20,000 attended last year— will be asked to vote for the Best Damn Wings via text.
“It will only take a vote once per phone number,” Zahora said.
Nick’s has been one of the festival’s big chicken.
In 2011, the first year the contest was held, the restaurant won three out of four catalogues, losing only to Paradise Key Cafe in the Best Wing category.
Last year Nick’s sold out of its 8,000 wings at 7 p.m. This year it plans to bring 10,000 wings as well as its fried mushrooms, last year’s best side dish. Each restaurant will bring at least 4,500 wings.
“Our line was the longest and we were told that it moved the fastest,” Spurgeon said.
The restaurant used expeditor’s to help keep the things moving.
What is the best wing place in town? Let us know below.
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You won’t want to go to Kickin’ Chicken without a plan. Here’s what to expect:
Romer’s Bar and Grill, 4439 W Franklin St., Bellbrook
Wings—$2; boneless wings (chunks) $2; cole slaw $2; celery with bleu cheese or ranch dressing $2. Sauces available:
Dry Rub, Asian Persuasion, Aftershock, Hot, Mild, Spicy Garlic, Spicy BBQ, Carolina Gold.
The Dock, (new this year) 250 W. Main St., Enon
Wings: 3 wings for $2; cole slaw $1.50
McGillicutty’s Pub, 1980 E. Whipp Road, Kettering
Three wings $2; bread chunks with sauce $2
Charleston BBQ, (new this year) 671 Lyons Road, Washington Twp., Montgomery County
Three wings for $2
Nick’s Restaurant, 1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia
Mushrooms $2; three wings for $2
Wing Sauces: Sweet Hot Damn, Fire in the Hole, Spicy Garlic, Sweet Bourbon BBQ, On the Fence, Asian Cajun
Brixx Ice Company, 500 E. First St., Dayton
Dragon Toes (breaded, hand sliced, free-range chicken breast bites) $2, chicken wings $2, Buffalo macaroni and cheese $3, banana salsa $1
Cadillac Jack’s, multiple locations
chicken chunks $2, chicken chunks and fries $3
Archer’s Tavern, 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville
Three wings $2. Sauce options: Citrus Chipotle BBQ, Archer’s Style (spicy garlic), Mild, Wing and a Prayer
Dry Archer (spicy Garlic mixed with dry rub)
Shish Wraps, (new this year)Suite 150 1200 Brown St., Dayton
Chicken chunks $2, chicken in a bowl $5, MMMM Chips and Hummus $3 and Shish Fries $3