Wings of Fire at Irish 31
Happy Wingsday! After taking a week off from my weekly wing eating adventures, I picked up right where I left off and just enjoyed a plate of wings with avariety of sauce samples at Irish 31. I literally did just have them, as I am sitting at their bar typing this post and enjoying an iced tea. This is my first visit and already I adore this place. Located at 1611 W. Swan Ave. in the heart of Hyde Park, Irish 31 is a pub house and eatery with a chef inspired menu and a fantastic bar.
When I popped in for lunch today, I must admit, I was not planning on ordering wings. Their menu is filled with so many signature dishes such as Legendary Boxty, Pie of the Shepherd, Irish 31 Fish & Chips, Size of Ireland Pot Pie and more, that I was torn as to what to order. When I saw that they had wings, I was drawn to their selection of sauces which include Mild, Medium, Hot, Car Bomb, Suicide, Roasted Garlic, BBQ, Wasabi, and Ginger Teriyaki. After 7 months of eating wings all over Tampa Bay, I am always excited to see something different, which in this case was both the Wasabi and Ginger Teriyaki sauces. As the bartender could see that I was having trouble deciding as to what sauce to order, she recommended I get the wings naked with each sauce on the side so I could try them all. See why I adore this place!
The first plate they brought out contained (from middle left to right) Suicide, Car Bomb, Hot, Medium and Mild (bottom middle). Chef Michael came out and warned me about the Suicide since they have patrons sign a waiver before ordering. Containing a pepper extract that is the hottest they are able to purchase, along with roasted tomatoes, carrots, onions and herb, it is dangerously hot, yet flavorful. I, of course, had to try it and let’s just say I am on my 5th iced tea. A step above their traditional hot is their Car Bomb which has incredible flavor that is just enough for me to handle and enjoy the flavor of the wings.
The second plate of sauces consisted of Roasted Garlic, Teriyaki Ginger, Wasabi and BBQ. My two favorite were the Roasted Garlic and Wasabi. I have always been a garlic girl, especially since I grew up just 20 miles from Gilroy, CA which is the garlic capital of the world. Thick and filled with chunks of fresh garlic, this sauce is phenomenal. The sauce that really rocked my world was their Wasabi. A flavorful mixture of fresh wasbai and their teriyaki sauce, it is a must try for wing lovers. I will be ordering a full order of Wasabi Wings on my next visit.
Irish 31 truly serves an incredible plate of wings. Since I had them naked, I could really taste the flavor of the chicken, which was fried to perfection and was both juicy and tender. Wings come in quantities of 10, 17 and 31 and are available in both bone-in and boneless. You can create your own flavor by mixing any of their sauces. The possibilities are truly endless.
I am anxious to return to Irish 31 and take a flavor tour of their menu. Be on the lookout for another feature soon. Cheers and Happy Wingsday!