It’s not Wing King if there isn’t a few awesome surprises. Yup, Things just got real.
Ladies and gentlemen, Wingmen and Wingwomen, we are honored to announce that none other than the myth… the legend…Cleo Phatra!!! will host tomorrow’s Wing King extravaganza!!!! That’s right, Cleo Phatra, “Queen of denial” the big girl with the big voice, who has appeared at illustrious performance venues, such as Voyeur nightclub, Woodys night club, venture inn, Probar AC, carnegie hall and many more will be in our midst and ready to party! Most recently she appeared in BRAT productions Eternal Glamnation where she combined her love of the world of drag, Rock and roll,
And live theatre!
Known for her fierce lip syncs and even fiercer live vocals… She also designs and constructs her own costumes, as well as Cleo is the co-host of the weekly show “size queen” At voyeur nightclub as well as hosting her own monthly all live singing cabaret “EAT IT!” Please give her a warm BigBite welcome!! #wk5 is gonna be epic ! See you tomorrow!
468 W Cheltenham Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19126
$12/small order, $20/large order
In the middle of the Olney section of Philly, on a quiet, random street, you will stumble upon a very bubbly, bright and extremely odd Korean-Japanese fusion spot called Café Soho.
Upon your entrance, you are greeted by a giant red monk statue (weird) in a room covered in red leather booths and walls (weird). One of the first things you notice as you enter is the giant HDTV – playing Kpop (modern South Korean pop) and Korean Hip Hop videos. When seated, you can summon your waiter via a calling button (weird). After you get over the sensory overload, focus your full attention on why you are even there – the dang Korean Fried Chicken!
Soho has been the leader of the Korean fried chicken movement in Philly, and we totally understand why. These plump, succulent wings are perfectly double-fried to ensure that each wing is crispy and holding all of the moisture inside. Each wing is then hand brush with one of their signature sauces allowing for each wing to have a balanced and evenly distributed amount of sauce.
You can choose from soy-garlic glazed, or spicy sauce. We went simple and went for the spicy wing. Holy crap. Biting into a perfectly cooked, juicy, beautifully crispy wing is amazing, but when it has an equally amazing sauce, it’s a win. Take note though – this sauce is not for wimps. It has a spicy finish and intensifies over time. It’s spicy enough to make you two-step to that Korean pop song playing in the background. Phew!
Keeping wings crispy and juicy all at once is something many places can’t seem to get right. You know it’s hard out here for a wing, but Soho makes it look so easy. For that, we give them 5 BigBite Bites = “Mind BloWing” in the 12th and final day of 12 DAYS OF WING KING!
WHO THE CLUCK WANTS IT??????????
Wing King V winner(s) will be crowned the 2013 and 5th winner of Wing King; will have bragging rights for a year; and of course will be awarded this bad boy – the BigBite traditional wang-tastic trophy!!
A key component to BigBite events is the celebration of Philadelphia’s diversity. People from all cultures and economic backgrounds come together, with their differences, and their similarities, to share something they all love, GREAT FOOD!! That said, it only makes sense to have our events in spaces that have the right, welcoming, inspiring energy.
Fleisher Art Memorial, founded on the belief that all of us should have access to the arts, is just that! A Philadelphia staple for art instruction, Fleisher’s low cost art programs serve 17,000 students annually. Fleisher’s youth program, serving about 3,000 students a year was recipient of the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by Michelle Obama, the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs.
BigBite is honored to have the opportunity to use a portion of the proceeds from this year’s Wing King 5 to create five scholarships for children in need of financial support for Fleisher’s Saturday Program for Children and Youth. When you come to Wing King this Saturday, inquire within and grab a brochure. Fleisher is a magical place whose value to our community only grows as funding for school art programs continue to get slashed in budget lines all over the city.
Learn more here.
The Wishing Well
767 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
We spent our 11th day of 12 DAYS OF WING KING right around the corner from Wing King 5‘s HQ (Fleisher Art Memorial) at the The Wishing Well. After we sampled a couple new brews, we decided to sample a new chew – Sriracha-lime wings. Anyone that knows BigBite knows we love Sriracha sauce (or “rooster sauce”) more than Miley loves twerking on older men. If Sriracha – a hot sauce, named after the coastal city of Si Racha in Eastern Thailand – was human, we wouldn’t marry it, but we’d definitely have an affair! That “cocky” rooster and lime green cap are kitchen mainstays and we put it on everything from chitterlings to pig’s feet. So when we saw the Sriracha-lime wings on the menu, we were already playing out in our heads the awesomeness that was about to enter our mouths. The wings came fast, they were fried, and that’s all we have to say about that (Gump voice). The rest of this story is a straight up snooze fest. None of the spicy, garlicky, chili – Sriracha – flavors that were expecting, came to play. The lime was present, but the rooster must’ve gone back to the farm because he was nowhere near the chicken we ate. Hungry and not wanting to waste food, we ate them all, but we were wishing we dropped our money on the other sauces offered: buffalo, BBQ, dry rub, or sweet chili.
Other menu items were spot on and highly recommended (like the pulled pork and burger), but because of the lack in the fiery red rooster sauce we had to give these wings 1 BigBite Bite = “Throw some ZZZ’s on it” on the rating system.
Khyber Pass Pub
56 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
When we think of the Khyber, we think of a hot, dirty and dark dive bar in the land of Old City. Once known as a legendary venue for shows hosting local and touring bands, and outrageous dance parties – like Destroy Your Liver – Khyber went down in our books as a staple in the Old City community.
Although rough around the edges, it had charm. It, however, did not have not enough charm to persuade us to consume anything other the beer there, let alone, food. When Khyber closed its doors and reopened as Khyber Pass Pub, we were excited to see this legendary bar live on. Today, Khyber, a place that once reeked of stale beer and cigarettes, is now a family-friendly eatery – one pumping out some of our favorite Southern-style foods in the city.
They offer a trio of grilled wings: buffalo, chipotle-bourbon barbecue, and a honey-habenero, accompanied by a blue cheese ranch dressing. Thumbs up to the Khyber for grilling their wing – which allows the wings to cook at a slower pace and provide juicier flavors. These wings were fresh, meaty and grilled perfectly. We loved the Chipotle-BBQ; it had just enough chipotle smoke and a nice sweetness and was tossed with a generous amount of sauce. The buffalo wing was legit. The tangy sauce had just enough heat, but didn’t scorch. However, that dang honey-habenero took it to a next level. The floral taste of honey was magical, but the habeneo was just too much. At your first bite, you are seduced by the wonderful sweet honey flavor, but a few seconds later you are punched in the face by the extreme heat of the habenero. The heat was too aggressive and killed the delicious honey in the wing.
Overall, this playful trio of wings are a must-try (even if you can’t feel your upper lip after), and for that we give Khyber’s wings 4 BigBites = “Simply Wing-tastic” on the 12 DAYS OF WING KING rating system.
Trio of wings
BigBite The Hunger Mixtape Vol 2 – Songs About Chicken by Crossfadedbacon on Mixcloud
Aaaand we’re back again for Volume 2, this time it’s all songs about CHICKEN!
Our good friend Emynd from one of our favorite sponsors – Crossfaded Bacon was kind enough to put together another amazing hour-long seamless mix of songs all about chicken (or loosely related to chicken). There’s nearly every genre of music you can think of in this mix, from soul/funk to straight up hip-hop to salsa! If you missed Emynd’s first mix for BigBite “Songs About Food” grab it here but otherwise, stream the mix above and download it below. Blast this mix the next time you’re in your kitchen frying up some tasty chicken.
Don’t be afraid to let us know your thoughts, and definitely share it with your friends! Enjoy!!
BigBite The Hunger Mixtape Volume 2
Songs About Chicken (Mixed & Compiled by Emynd) (FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD)
(ALTERNATE DOWNLOAD LINK 1)
01. Ronnie & Clyde – Chicken Dinner (Emynd Intro Edit)
02. Cee-Lo Green – El Dorado Sunrise (Super Chicken)
03. Gucci Mane – Chicken Talk
04. Joe Tex – Chicken Crazy
05. Nine – 4 Chicken Wings And Rice
06. Stereo MCs – Chicken Shake
07. Action Bronson ft Maffew Ragazino – Jerk Chicken
08. Black Heat – Chicken Heads
09. Sauce Money ft Wais P – Chiken & Watermelon
10. Bobby Allen & the Exceptions – Soul Chicken
11. Bobby Rush – Chicken Heads
12. Louis Jordan – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (DJ Premier Remix)
13. Ice-T – Fried Chicken
14. Maceo Parker – Chicken
15. James Brown – Chicken
16. Goodie Mob – Soul Food
17. Grits – Chickin Pi
18. The Jackson 5 – How Funky Is Your Chicken?
19. People Under The Stairs – Chicken Kebap
20. Fania All Stars – Guajira Para Los Pollos
21. Organized Konfusion – Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?
22. Miami – Chicken Yellow (Let Me Do It To You)
23. Rufus Thomas – Funky Chicken
24. RJD2 – Chicken-Bone Circuit
25. Fabulous Emotions – Funky Chicken
26. The Paxtons ft Sleep – I’m Still Hungry
She does not know winning lotto numbers and she may not be able to tell you exactly how to find that big bag of money that you have been looking for, but Astrologer Lauren McBride CAN tell you important things that that can bring you closer to your goals.
McBride is a friendly local astrologer not a psychic. From 5-7 pm. She will be offering bite-sized astrology readings at Wing King for your chicken-loving pleasure. Readings will cost $1 per minute for an 8 minute minimum, a small price to pay for learning more about yourself and your path to success.
Give Lauren a healthy BigBite Welcome! We are so excited to add her to the mix. It’s gonna be epic.
Learn more about Lauren here www.facebook.com/astrobylauren
Brock’s Wings & Things
1600 N. Broad St., #5
$5.49/ 5 piece
$8.49/ 10 piece
Our next wing maker, Raheem Brock is a homegrown champion. Owner of Brock’s Wings & Things, Brock is a Central High and Temple U. alum who was first drafted by our very own Eagles! Since draft day, the defensive end has helped the Indianapolis Colts win a Super Bowl, played on a few other squads, and then after nine years in the NFL, Brock returned to Broad Street with just a bag of wings – to remind Philly what a championship tastes like.
Boasting over 10 different flavors, including Jamaican jerk and garlic-Parmesan, we could have spent all 12 days of Wing King at Brock’s! A guaranteed hit amongst college students, Brock’s offers delivery and accept Diamond Dollars (Temple’s campus currency.) This place also wins because their juicy wings come in quantities of five, so that you can sample, and not commit to one flavor. Plus, if you don’t like wings, Brock’s has “Things”, like pizza, sliders, and salads.
BigBite had the opportunity to sample two flavors; a simple hot wing and a lemon pepper wing. Brock’s jumbo hot wings were fried to perfection, smothered with a hot sauce mixture reminiscent of Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce. While the corners of our mouths were left feeling the hot sauce afterburn, the lemon pepper wings left a little more to be desired. We were expecting a tangy, citrusy, and spicy sauce, but instead they were fried and lightly sprinkled with lemon pepper seasoning. Overall, one cannot go wrong with a place that has so many options, but because the lemon pepper fumbled on the one yard line, BigBite must give Brock’s Wings & Things a solid 3 BigBites = “It just needs a little more something, something” on the 12 DAYS OF WING KING rating system.
941 Spruce St.
BigBite has been a fan of duck confit since our resident judge Drew Lazor brought his fancy-pants cassoulet to our potluck bean swap a couple years ago. So when we heard of Varga Bar’s Duck Confit Wings, we were there immediately!
The texture of these wings was soft and tender – like the looks of those pinup girls on their walls – with that FOB (falling off the bone) factor that we like. Not much tearing of the meat was necessary as soon as you put a wing in your mouth. The meat removes itself and all that is left is a clean chicken bone. With its juicy, FOB succulence, you could tell that Varga slow cooks these bad
boys girls for hours –unless they simply use magic.
The pomegranate molasses-bourbon-chili sauce had a sweet yet subtle vinegary taste, and complemented well with the house-made bleu cheese dip. We, however, wish that the sauce was a tad thicker – like the pinup girls on their walls – to adhere itself to the super tender meat.
We gave these wings 4 BigBite Bites = “Simply Wing-tastic” on the 12 DAYS OF WING KING rating system.
after all the meat fell off the bone