Category Archives: Chicken wings

Football star opening wings restaurant in Wichita

Kamerion Wimbley

Football star Kamerion Wimbley — a Wichita native and a defensive end for the Tennessee Titans — is opening a wings restaurant in Wichita this weekend.

Wimbley, a graduate of Northwest High, is the owner of Wings & Things at 2800 E. Central. He’s teaming with his aunt, Valerie Mitchell, to open the restaurant, which will serve wings, fish sandwiches and more.

The grand opening is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and Wimbley will be there, talking with the media and community members, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wimbley also owns the Twice As Nice barbershop at 2804 E. Central.

Mitchell has operated several other restaurants called Wings & Things in Wichita over the years. Her last incarnation was open six or seven years ago, a manager said.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Wimbley was a quarterback, punter and linebacker at Northwest High. He went on to play as a defensive end at Florida State and was a first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played four seasons for the Cleveland Browns, then spent two seasons in Oakland before playing for Tennessee.

Midwest Beerfest: The most fun I’ve had before 4 p.m.

Beerfest was absolutely packed. This photo is courtesy of my co-judge, Sierra Scott.

Saturday’s Midwest Beerfest was… well, it was kind of amazing.

It was packed — so packed with loopy beer lovers that at points, it was sort of hard to move around.The afternoon had a crazy party vibe. Any time someone would drop and shatter a tasting mug (which was more frequently as the afternoon progressed), the whole crowd would stop, raise their mugs and cheer. At one point, Ronnie “The Danceman” Choy played Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and at the appropriate moment, all the attendees stopped and sang along: “SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!”

Our array of wings. Bubba's was No. 3 -- the one with the lime.

I was there in an official capacity — as one of four official judges for the chicken wing contest that organizers added last year. This year, they had us judge blind so we couldn’t be swayed by which restaurant cooked which wing. But apparently we like what we like. My co-judges (Sierra Scott, her main man Harrison Schenk, and Good Life Guy Bower, chose the same winners this year that we chose last year.)

Our overall favorite was again the cinnamon-infused, meaty wing cooked by Bubba of Bubba’s Nekked BBQ. The most creative award went to chef Ben George of Tallgrass Country Club, who cooked a nice Thai wing coated with sesame seeds and cilantro. (He also submitted a wing so horrifically spicy that several judges and crowd members were seen writhing in pain. When I gave him a good talking to later, George laughed and said, “They weren’t that hot last night.”

Sierra and I, moments before Ben George's spicy wing set our mouths on fire.

The judges: Sierra, Guy Bower and me.

Two-time defending chicken champ Bubba Leffew, owner of Bubba's Nekked BBQ. Look behind Bubba and you can see his grandson, Bubba's little sleepy sous chef.

Second annual Midwest Chickenfest

There was all sorts of wing wildness at last year’s Midwest Chickenfest, a new addition to the Midwest Beerfest that offered samples of chicken wings from several local restaurants.

I was a judge, along with local television personality Sierra Scott and “The Good Life Guy” (and Beerfest founder) Guy Bower. Though there were several worthy, spicy competitors, we awarded the “Best of Show” prize to Bubba’s Nekked BBQ, which presented a wing with layers of flavor, including a hint of cinnamon and a nice kick of spice. The Anchor’s kicked up Thai wing, created by then-chef Ben George, earned the people’s choice award.

The event was such a success that they’re doing it all again at this year’s festival, which is Saturday at Century II. I’ll once again be judging, and this year, even more competitors are joining in. Eight different restaurants, including new competitors Larry Bud’s and Tallgrass Country Club (where defending people’s choice champ George now works), will create 11 different wings. Bubba will be back, too. Beer fest attendees can pay $5 to sample the wings and vote for a favorite.

I found this little video gem from last year, which should help us all get in a chicken wing state of mind. I’ll be writing more about Saturday’s Beerfest in Friday’s Go! section.

Great news — unless you’re a chicken

I think it was right around the time that my colleague Suzanne Tobias introduced me to the terribly addictive Buffalo Ranch dip recipe that it hit me.

I. Love. Buffalo. Sauce.

Now, I can’t get enough of it. Every day, I crave things coated in that spicy red goodness. So even though I’m not into football, I’m thinking Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect day to feed my addiction.

The National Chicken Council sent me an e-mail this week saying that 1.25 billion chicken wing portions – more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings — will be eaten this weekend, making it the chicken-wing-iest time of the year.

Several places in town serve unexpectedly fabulous chicken wings, in my opinion, including Pacific Coast Pizza and Wichita Pizza Co.

Who serves your favorite wings?