New City, New Blog Intentions, and TIGER WINGS.

I have missed you, my dear food blog.

I am now living and eating in Portland, OR. I can’t wait to bring you good tales and poor pictures of new places.

But first I have to tell you about the TIGER WINGS at the East Village Grille in Asheville, North Carolina.

Age Grille!

Age Grille!

My dear friend Amanda is a vegetarian and has been ever since I’ve known her, for nearly a decade. When she suggested we go for wings I assumed she would eat one or two fried vegetables while I worked through several chickens. Not the case. After a bad break up last winter Amanda started going on solo dates to the East Village Tavern and in a matter of weeks she was chowing down on chicken. It’s important to note that this is the sole exception to her vegetarianism and that, my friends, is saying something because Amanda is a woman of conviction!

The tables are vast and comfy. They even have old gossip magazines on the tables!

We really wanted to find a quiz to take but this REDBOOK didn't have any!

We really wanted to find a quiz to take but this REDBOOK didn't have any!

The menu includes an wide selection of items, but as I understand it, everyone knows that you go to the East Village Grille for one reason. . .TIGER WINGS!

I mentioned ordering a salad and Amanda looked at me like I had taken leave of my good senses.

I mentioned ordering a salad and Amanda looked at me like I had taken leave of my good senses.

We ordered a basket of fried mushrooms and a basket of onion rings. I noticed the garlic Tiger Wings on the menu so we ordered 8 original Tiger Wings and 8 garlic. We each ordered a beer and I rarely drink beer but if Amanda was willing to make a dietary exception so was I!

Highland Oatmeal Stout and a PBR.

Highland Oatmeal Stout and a PBR.

The fried veggies were great, especially the mushrooms. The onion rings were not really rings, they were  basically shredded and very messy to eat – that’s not a complaint, I eat lots of messy things. . .including wings. On a second visit we opted out of the onions and replacd them with potato skins. Go easy on me people, I was moving and clinging to food like a blanket. I promise I’m working it off in Portland!

Eat Your Veggies!

Eat Your Veggies!

Okay, the wings are outstanding. Aaron has dubed them the best in North Carolina, maybe even the world! They have a zesty citrus flavor and a spicy element similar to Mae Ploy sauce, but different. They are tender and saucy, messy and sticky, they are glorious handfuls of everything that is right about bird consumption.

Tiger Wings!

Tiger Wings!

More Tiger Wings!

More Tiger Wings!

Special thanks to Amanda for suggesting this place. I love that she turned meat consumption in to broken heart therapy. . .and dogs, she also turns dogs in to therapy.

 

Amanda and Olive forever. Awwww.

Amanda and Olive forever. Awwww.

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One response to “New City, New Blog Intentions, and TIGER WINGS.

  1. i’m so glad you’re back to the food blog. and please tell amanda that i lover her dogs. one day i would like to have one and name her ruby.

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