Disclaimer: After we leave a restaurant we do our reviews independent of each other and do not read the others until they are going to be posted. So there may be some repeated themes/ideas in our reviews.
D-spot is a wing lover’s wet dream but could also be considered a night mare. Why? Well there is so damn many to choose from it can be over whelming to some people. It actually would be great if they offered some type of sampler or tasting menus where you could try 5 or 6 different types like when you order chefs choice(omakase) at a sushi restaurant. Personally I loved it, even though I felt like I only tried a fraction of what this place has to offer. I only wish it I lived closer so I could try all of the imaginative creations this place has.
I ordered the Buffalo, the Spicy BBQ and the Black Widow. The Buffalo was great,with more and more restaurants offering buffalo wings now they have gotten people used to tasteless buffalo-like sauce but D-spot is taking it back. This is what all those flavorless wings should taste like, ya its basic but so good when done well.
The Spicy BBQ were good, they are a combination of chilies, honey and bbq sauce. The heat isn’t immediate or overpowering; it’s kind of subtle which I like. The bbq sauce and honey add a nice balance to these wings.
Now the Black Widow (soy glaze, cracked fennel, dry rub) didn’t taste that great when they were hot, but after they cooled a bit the flavors seem to stand out more. Even though I really didnt taste the fennel, the glaze and dry rub combined for a very tasty wing.
We went to D-spot with a couple of friends and we ended up passing around the different flavors we each ordered. Altogether we ordered 10 different types of wings, and I believe I tried all but one(didn’t try the teriyaki). The Huckleberry Finn (blueberry, honey, bbq) and Caramel Delight (caramel, chocolate, sea salt) were both surprisingly good as I have never been a fan of overly sweet wings. The Iron Man wings were a great blend of sweet and spicy, I will definitely get these when I go back.
Now on to the most surprising thing: the seasoned fries. I am normally the person who would make fun of you for ordering fries at a wing place, you’re wasting room for more wings. But I ordered these after reading someone’s comments of Urbanspoon, who just gushed about them and I agree. These were crispy and whatever seasoning they put on them may be crack because I am addicted. These fries are made even more awesome when you drag them through the excess sauce from your wings. So damn good!
Overall I loved this place and I want to go back right now to try more flavors and combinations. I admit I didn’t want to try anything really crazy this first time; I wanted to see if they could do the basics well and they went above and beyond my expectations. My one gripe is the drinks; they only have cans of soda and they charge you $1 each, C’mon Son! Other than that don’t let this small space in a tiny strip mall fool you, it’s doing something great that needs to be applauded and done more often. Now if the owner could just open one in the Prior Lake/Shakopee area and show these people how wings should be done!
D-Spot is a small family owned chicken wing and burger joint in Maplewood that features 60+ different flavors of wings. Before I say anything more, I want to answer two questions that I know most people will have about this place.
“Were their wings better than Hooters?” Yes
“Better than Buffalo Wild Wings? “ Yes
It did seem a bit strange eating wings with absolutely no intention of drinking a beer or watching sports while eating them (the only thing Hooters or B-Dub’s has over this place). Myself, two friends, and fellow FOODBRO Brad ordered a total of 72 wings in 10 different flavors. I’m not going to go into detail about all of the flavors because in those 10 flavors there must have been over 50 different ingredients ranging from spicy buffalo, to sweet chocolate. Ya I said chocolate!
Just about every flavor of wing exceeded my expectations with one exception. This is going to seem strange but I’m going to say it anyways. The ginger wings tasted like a pet store. It’s funny to say out loud and the wings are probably good but somehow I thought “pet store” while I was eating them and couldn’t get it out of my head. I know I’m mental!
My top three flavors were the Iberian, Black Widow, and Ranch. The Iberian was a savory wing made with sliced chorizo and smoked paprika. I don’t even like chorizo and I couldn’t get enough of these. The Black Widow was another savory wing made with a dry rub, cracked fennel, and a soy glaze. And finally my favorite, the ranch, which was a simple grilled wing smothered in creamy ranch. *Honorable mention* The Caramel Delight, which was a sweet wing made with caramel, chocolate, and sea salt. I truly didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious these were.
Overall I was a fan of 9 out of the 10 flavors, which is a pretty damn good average if you ask me. I have heard good things about their burgers but after 72 wings that review will have to come another day. At around $1 per wing with flavors ranging from classic to unique these wings are the best the Twin Cities area has to offer hands down. With new locations coming soon they seem poised to take over the chicken wing championship belt. *Ali Voice* THE CHAMP IS HERE!