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Wingmen TV Series

Just caught a preview for a new wing related TV series launching soon called Wingmen. It appears to be about two guys who have a food truck/cart called 2 Fat 2 Fly where they stuff chicken wings with various flavors and are trying to make it big. I'd love for them to drive their food truck out to Portland so that I can try them, because honestly they seem interesting but don't sound very good to me. Maybe I'm too much of a buffalo wing purist.

Regardless, here's the scoop:

Wingmen - premiers on August 16 on OWN

National Chicken Wing Day 2014 Specials

The big day is here - Tuesday, July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day 2014! This is amazing news for wing lovers because (1) we get to eat wings and (2) many wing joints across the US are giving away free wings as a way to entice us to dine at their restaurants. Look no further, we've rounded up the best specials around to help you make the most of your National Chicken Wing Day!

As we hear of more specials, we'll post them here. 

Just added: 

Peace, love, and grease!

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth

WingStreet Wing Review

Pizza Hut is placing some big bets on the wing industry by launching a national television advertising campaign during March Madness to promote it's WingStreet wings. According to Pizza Hut the WingStreet concept has now been rolled out to over 5,000 locations nationwide so chances are good that there is a Pizza Hut/WingStreet location near you. All of this awareness as well as a limited time promotion of 8 wings for $6 prompted me to give WingStreet a try - here's what I found:

The Wings: WingStreet deep fries their wings at each location which gives it a huge advantage over other pizza chains that just warm up their wings in an oven. The wings come with breading or without breading (I highly recommend the ones without breading as the breaded ones have too much breading and taste more like regular fried chicken) and tossed in one of eight sauces - including Buffalo Mild, Buffalo Medium, Buffalo Burnin' Hot, Spicy Asian, Spicy BBQ, Honey BBQ, Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan. 

I had a chance to try the Buffalo Mild, Buffalo Medium, Buffalo Blazin' Hot, and Spicy BBQ - see some pictures below. 

WingStreet box with contents ready to be consumed!

Bone-in, no breading, Buffalo Burnin' Hot Review: 

So, here's the deal, I'm a pretty tough critic when it comes to wings. I've been a lot of places and have eaten a lot of wings and feel like I know a pretty good wing when I come across one. That being said I really didn't have very high expectations for WingStreet given it's a nationwide chain that was birthed from a pizza restaurant - and I'd say that overall my expectations were met and just a little bit exceeded. Are WingStreet wings the best buffalo wings in your town? Likely not. Are they a better than the wings that you'd get delivered alongside a pizza from most places across the country? Heck yes!

WingStreet wings definitely benefit from being deep fried instead of baked which ensures that the meat is moist while the skin is crispy - even when delivered to your door. This fact alone gives them a huge leg up over other chains like Dominos or Papa Johns who haven't invested in deep fryers for their restaurants. When it comes to sauces, I would say that the sauces I had were good but also left a bit to be desired in regards to having the punch and uniqueness of flavor that good wing joints tend to deliver. In regards to presentation, I felt like WingStreet needs to do some work in order to deliver on the true buffalo wing experience - wings, celery, blue cheese. My first order of wings came with none of the above and my second order came with only a mini-tub of ranch dressing which is a major wing faux pas from my perspective. 

The Final Word: If you need your wing fix and want to stay at home and have a solid batch of wings delivered quickly to your door with or without a pizza - you need to give WingStreet a try. If you are going out specifically for wings or looking for a good carryout option - I would probably steer you more toward your local wing joint or one of the more wing-focused chain restaurants like WingStop or Buffalo Wild Wings. Lastly, I really do love what Pizza Hut is doing for the world of the wing by taking WingStreet out to the masses and creating a clear line of separation between their wings and the typically crappy wings that you get from a pizza restaurant. The more options that people have for good wings, the happier we'll all be. 

Southern Hot Wing Festival in Memphis

The momentum from the 50th anniversary of the buffalo wing continues as we start to move into summer season. Wings and BBQ are cousins so it makes logical sense that Memphis would be a great place for the wing. The Southern Hot Wing Festival marks it's 12 anniversary this year and the event keeps getting bigger and better. There's a jam packed line-up of musical entertainment set for April 26th and with local restaurants and individuals competing for the best hot wings in Memphis any wing lover surely can't go wrong here. 

Southern Hot Wing Festival

Buffalo Wings Turn 50!

March 6, 1964 has officially been declared the birth date of the Buffalo Wing and that means that this week our favorite food turned 50! What an amazing ride the wing has been on from discarded scrap, to free happy hour grub, finally to one of the most expensive - but still best tasting parts of the chicken. To help wing lovers around the world celebrate this amazing milestone, we've rounded up some of the top news coverage from around the wing world:

Today in 1964: The Buffalo Chicken Wing was Born: Yahoo

50th Anniversary of the Chicken Wing: Buffalo WIVB Channel 4

Anchor Bar Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Chicken Wing:

At 50, the Buffalo-Style Chicken Wing has Conquered the World:

Buffalo-Style Chicken Wing turns the Big 5-0: The Daily News

Fast food wings? Not so fast...

As a businessman and a lover of the wing I find it fascinating when the financial analyst community writes about wings and the restaurant industry. Buffalo Wild Wings (B-Dubs) is a bit of a darling stock in addition to being a major catalyst in the popularity growth of the wing. 

To to try and take a bite out of B-Dubs' impressive growth the fast food enterprises namely McDonalds and Popeyes have launched wing offerings and sadly it's not going well. To me the reason why is simple, their wings suck and are too expensive. Making good wings is not that difficult (just fry some chicken and toss them in sauce), if the big boys can figure that out and price aggressively they could finally make a play. 

Read more:




Great Chicken Wing Hunt Movie Premiere

Today is an absolutely huge day for the wing world as a new documentary, The Great Chicken Wing Hunt takes flight! The film, directed by and starring Matt Reynolds - a close friend of the Cluckbucket - follows a crew of wing lovers on an epic journey from Manhattan to Buffalo in a quest to find the best buffalo wing in the world. 

The Cluckbucket brothers were proud to play an exciting role in the film, joining the hunters for their last couple of stops in Buffalo and helping to moderate the pinnacle of the film - a heated debate on which wing was truly the best wing and whether or not it was a true authentic wing. How did things turn out? We'l, you'll just have to watch the movie to see... 

Having won numerous awards in several film festivals around the country the movie is set to hit select theaters and electronic distribution starting today. The best way to stay up-to-date is by checking out the movie's website at Below we highlight the key things for you to be aware of:

Screenings: several screenings have been scheduled at theaters across cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, and many more. We're even working to bring the film to Portland in the coming months! See all the screening times, dates, and locations here:

Trailer and Digital Purchase: You can check out the trailer and purchase a digital copy of the film on iTunes

Social Media: Join the conversation around the film by following @winghunt on Twitter or visiting and liking The Great Chicken Wing Hunt page on Facebook. 

Traditional Media: Read some of the great early coverage of the film at the links below:

We absolutely loved being a part of the film, hopefully you enjoy watching it!

We're back!!!

After way too many months of down time. The Cluckbucket is back! You'll notice that we've cleaned up a lot of content, streamlined the look and feel of the overall site, and made the site mobile friendly! 

Unfortunately, we are still working on repairing the Internet Hot Wing Database so please bear with us while we get that important part of the website back up and running. 

Hot Wing Cookoff at Union Restaurant in Seattle

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth and Mike Suarez - loyal Cluckbucket enthusiast certified wing lover will be attending the following event. Look for our review to be posted shortly after the event...

Everyone loves hot wings. And everybody has an opinion about their favorite – from the traditional Buffalo-style to sweet & sour and extra, extra crispy wings. The options are endless, and the discussions can be heated from the use of breadcrumbs to the ideal spice factor for the sauce. One thing is for sure, people are particular about their hot wings! Now is your chance to let your hot wing preference be heard loud and clear because Ethan Stowell is kicking off his 2009 Cook-Off series with Hot Wing Hoopla. Grab your favorite hot sauce (if you dare) and bring your appetite – there’s some hot wings to be judged! Stowell has rounded up a slew of local chefs and foodie friends to participate with him in the festivities. Chefs include: Mark Fuller (Spring Hill), Justin Solomon (Union), Dan Braun (Oliver’s Twist), Brian McCracken (Spur Gastropub), and Vuong Loc (Portage). The food enthusiasts battling against the chefs include: Rocky Yeh, Darryn O’Shea (O’Shea Scarborough Winery), Keith Waldbauer, and Darren Vengroff.

Each cook will prepare a pile of hot wings from their own secret recipe and bring them to Union to be eaten and judged. Guests will be given a scorecard and then will proceed to enjoy beer as they rate the hot wings. After much bribery and deliberation, a winner will be declared. The winner of the Hot Wing Cook-Off will receive dinner for six at Union, Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, or the soon-to-be opened Anchovies & Olives, and of course, bragging rights!

The Hot Wing Cook-Off is Sunday, January 18 at Union. The finger-lickin’ fun begins at 6pm. The cost to attend is $50/person and includes all the hot wings you can eat, fries, celery with blue cheese dressing, and tap beer. All proceeds from the evening go to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations are highly recommended, as past cook-offs have sold out. For reservations, call Union at (206) 838-8000. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Save the Date:Sunday, April 19 – Lasagna Cook-OffSunday, September 13 – Rib Cook-OffSunday, November 15 – Chowder Cook-Off

Union Restaurant, located at 1400 First Avenue (at the corner of First and Union) in downtown Seattle, was opened in October 2003 by chef/owner Ethan Stowell. Union’s creative, elegant menu changes daily to reflect the freshest and most unique offerings available. Union maintains an award-winning wine list, which includes a cellar with over 200 premium wine selections to choose from. Union serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm – 10pm. A bar menu is offered between 5pm – 7pm and 10pm –12am every evening. For more information, call (206) 838-8000 or visit

Union Restaurant is located at:
1400 First AvenueSeattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.838.8000Fax: 206.838.8001

Cluckbucket quoted in Fort Wayne Paper

Funny quote here from the Fort Wayne, IN newspaper. Seems I've added competitive eating to my resume... :-)

“Seems like most people these days are following Kobyashi with the ‘dunk and drive’ – basically dipping the hot dog and bun together in water and then slamming them into the mouth as fast as possible,” competitive eater Scott “The Cluckbucket” Roth says. “The other one that I’ve seen is a ‘grip it and rip it’ approach, essentially taking the hot dog and bun together, snapping it in half, and then chowing on a half at a time. Lastly, some people try to separate hot dog from bun but I’ve never found that to be very successful.”

See the full article here:

3RF contest could be a wiener The Journal Gazette

Fire On The Mountain 2 now open in Portland - East Burnside

After a short delay, Fire On the Mountain 2 has officially opened it's doors for business on the ever renewing strip of East Burnside in Portland. The silent opening (the place was completely packed even though they didn't do any promotion, just opened up the doors) makes FOTM the first locally owned and operated wing joint in Portland to have mulitlpe locations - and marks another monumental step forward for the wing industry in the city.

Often times you will see the large chain wing joints (such as Buffalo Wild Wings and the Wingstop) open up multiple locations as a part of their market entry strategy, but once a local place is able to open up multiple locations, you know that they've found a winning recipe and a market that is truly ready and open to the wing. The Wingdome in Seattle has witnessed a similar level of success with their multiple locations in the Emerald City.

Fire On the Mountain has recieved much publicity lately for their success, the Oregonian wrote an article about them "Winging it" back on December 21st and BusinessWeek inked their small business success story "Restauranteurs Don't Just Wing It" on January 14th.

Much more will be written by us and others about about this wing joint gem over the coming months and years, but for now, enjoy our review on the Oregon page of the Internet Hot Wing Database and check out the camera-phone pics below...

Peace, love, and grease!

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth

Fire On the Mountain 2 at 17th and East Burnside

The front half of the restaurant with the expanded bar area

Friends of Cluck (Aaaron and Robbie) getting ready to hurt some FOTM chicken!

A quick stop at University Chicken - Santa Clara, CA

Was on a work trip in the Bay Area last week and was able to sneak away for an hour to check out University Chicken right off of Santa Clara's campus. All-in-all it was a pretty solid visit. The wings were very large and fresh, but slightly breaded and I think I'm done with breading. Pictures below and you can read the full review at the bottom of the California page in the Internet Hot Wing Database:

Peace, love, and grease!

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth

Friends of Cluck (Noe, Bill, and Kristen) outside of University Chicken

Batch of wings from University Chicken

Cluckbucket Featured in BusinessWeek

Fire on the Mountain and were recently featured in a BusinessWeek article about local restaurant success tactics and the burgeoning wing scene in Portland. It was reported in the article that in just it's third year of business, FOTM has topped $1M in revenues. I guess Portland is a sustainable wing town afterall...

Check out the article at the link below:

Restaurateurs Don't Just Wing It

Peace, love, and grease!

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth

PS: Check out The Smash wing eating technique at

Wing Bowl 16 - Right Around the Corner

Christmas and New Years have come and gone, that can only mean one thing - the annual Wing Bowl in Phillidelphia is right around the corner. This year's event, Wing Bowl 16 will be held bright and early (as usual) from 6:00-10:00 am on Friday, February 1st.

The key match-up to watch this year is 5-time champion El Wingador (Bill Simmons) and the reigning champion and world record holder Joey Chestnut. Last year Chestnut beat his own record by devouring 182 wings in 30 minutes. The local favorite, El Wingador hopes to bring the Wing Bowl crown back to Philly by employing unique form and technique during the battle. Speaking of wing eating techniques, check out the Cluckbucket wing eating techniques on uCluck2.

Think you'd like to attend the event? Well, think again, the 15,000 tickets for Wing Bowl 16 sold out in roughly 45 minutes. The best you can do at this point is stay tuned on our blog and at the website below for complete coverage: Wing Bowl

Peace, love, and grease!

Scott "The Cluckbucket" Roth