Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BonChon Chicken: Crispy and Juicy!

As my soul reader, you know that I do like wings and have been searching for a permanent place to get my wing fix.  In order to find this magical place, I intrepidly trailblazed down a path The Washingtonian cleared before me long ago.  BonChon, coming in second in the Wing Wars, was next on my list of places to try.  Unfortunately, their locations are a bit of an inconvenience for me, and the round trip commute clocks in at an hour and twenty minutes with favorable traffic (anyone who knows NoVa traffic just gave a big snort).  But I was undaunted by threats of traffic backups and an unreasonable commute for a plate-o-wings, I was determined to have them.

I ordered 20 spicy wings for $20.00 and arrived a bit before they were ready.  Their cooking process takes a good half hour, so keep that in mind when timing your pick up, or bring along the most interesting man in the world for pre-dinner conversation if you’re dining in.  I tell you, the combination of my hunger, the irresistible aroma emanating from the bag, and the long commute nearly induced madness.  I finally reached the ‘cartoon hunger’ level where other drivers on the Beltway actually looked like gigantic, crispy wings.

Once home, I was quite impressed how crispy and warm they managed to stay during the drive home.  I’ve had breaded foods that lost quality during delivery, but these held up.  Also, they are the plumpest wings I’ve ever eaten.  For those of you that like crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, these wings will not disappoint.  However, if you are a ‘spicy connoisseur,’ these wings rate a good, but not great.  There isn’t a huge difference between their two flavors of soy garlic and spicy.

Will I go back again?  Maybe, if I’m nearby one of their locations and craving wings.  However, I don’t think I will go so far away from home for the single purpose of BonChon wings.  Don’t get me wrong, they are good, but are too far away to consider when the ‘what would you like for dinner?’ conversation starts.

-Mr. Cheap Eats

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