stopper40 wrote:The wings at Hooters and Quaker steak have always been a huge disappointment to me.
IMO, the wings at QS&L used to be much better before they expanded into a chain restaurant. Back when I was in high school, we often drove up to Sharon (I'm from Slippery Rock) after high school on Fridays in order to get some wings. I also have family over in Youngstown, and on the way back from visiting them we would often detour to Sharon to get some buckets of wings. That was before QS&L expanded to any other towns and they were still making all of their sauces right there in the restaurant. I can remember seeing the industrial-size tubs of Tabasco and other ingredients they were bringing in to make the wing sauces. Today, I'm pretty sure that the sauces for all of the restaurants are made and bottled in some central factory. They just aren't the same.
There's no doubt that QS&L bottles off-site now, especially with the sauce now showing up at places like Giant Eagle. I do remember their sauce being different, like it was less salty and maybe even more spicy. Even for them bottling the sauces off-site, it's still better than most of the sauces sitting on the shelf of your local store.
I can't think of the last time I had a good batch of Hooters' wings. Now that I think of it, I don't think I've been there in at least a year and it wasn't even the one in Monroeville. Had it not been an out-of-town trip with other co-workers, I probably wouldn't have went. The sauce is ok (much better than the shelved version you find at giant eagle or wallyworld), but it seems like the last few times I've been there the food has been undercooked and the wings themselves were like biting into a big pile of breading. Besides, doesn't anybody listen to Chris Rock?
Chris Rock wrote:Nobody goes to Hooters for wings.