A record total of 22 restaurants served up a selection of chicken wing recipes during the 5th Annual Wing Walk Saturday in downtown Schenectady. The event was sold out, with 1,500 tickets sold through the Proctors box office, an increase of 500 tickets over last year.
Guests were encouraged to cast votes for their favorite wing flavor. After all ballots were counted following the event, the 2016 Wing Walk Winner by popular vote was 20 North Broadway Tavern for their Sweet & Spicy “Squatch” Sauce Wing. This marks the 5th straight year that 20 North Broadway Tavern has won or tied for the top spot. Second place went to Pho Queen for their Siamese Wing; Canvas, Corks & Forks placed third for their Smoked Gouda & Honey Pecan BBQ Boneless Wing.
In addition to the popular vote, a panel of special guest judges also rated wings in several categories. Judges were Daniel Berman, food blogger at Fussy Little Blog; Dan Maddalone and Ryan McCalla, DJs at 102.7 WEQX-FM; and Chris Lamberth, comedian and host of the Mundane Festival Podcast. Judges’ picks were:
Judges’ Top Wing: 20 North Broadway Tavern, Sweet & Spicy “Squatch” Sauce Wing
Most Creative Wing: Taj Mahal Restaurant, Taj Mahal Spicy Wing
Best Sauce or Dry Rub: Café NOLA, Cajun Wing
Best Texture: Manhattan Exchange, Mango Habanero Wing
Best Appearance or Presentation: Marotta’s Bar-Risto, Fra Diavolo Wing.