National Chicken Wing Day

Back when I was young(er), I can recall a time that the chicken wing was very much a staple in my regular diet. Living in Buffalo for 6 years exposed me to a thriving culture of culinary geniuses putting their spin on what is clearly one of the greatest achievements of mankind. So you can imagine when I was asked to take on this assignment, I was more than happy to accommodate.

I recently had the pleasure of spending an evening with the folks at The Shepherd & The Knucklehead to go on a journey that I won’t soon forget. When I walked in with my little 2 ½ year old monster in tow, I was greeted at the door and brought to my seat in the back. The boy and I enjoyed some lovely tantrum-ing and reprimanding for a short time while we waited for his milk to arrive. Once we were settled in, they brought me one of the delicious beers they have on tap (60 in total) called Kane Overhead IPA. It was delicious, and ended up being the first of many that fine evening. I immediately ordered their mac & cheese for the boy, as that is one of the few things he will actually eat. We then sat patiently waiting for our spoils to arrive.

First came the mac & cheese. It was a dish of delicious, cheesy wonderfulness that I couldn’t help but take multiple tastes of in between scooping it onto the kiddo’s plate. I watched as he shoveled fork full after fork full into his little mouth, all while giving me a big cheesy grin. Now to the good part…

They brought me 14 wings. BBQ, Asian, Golden, Thai, and Buffalo with Parmesan. Not only that, but they brought out their own housemade blue cheese! To say that it all looked delicious is certainly an understatement, as my mouth began to water in anticipation. Once I was done admiring everything, I dove right in. My first choice was the BBQ. The first bite I took was outstanding. It was large, saucy, and had the perfect crisp on the outside. I quickly made my way through onto the next one with a full sense of satisfaction and a smile. Next came the Asian, then Golden, Thai, and the much anticipated Buffalo with Parm. As I progressed through my plate of meaty deliciousness, I couldn’t have been happier with the flavors, size, sauciness, and crispiness of each and every bite. Very satisfied!

It was a fantastic experience through great service, delicious food and drink, and fantastic company (once the king had his milk). After the little one and I were done making funny faces at each other, we finally packed up and left. I was a little sad that I couldn’t stay there longer, to be honest. I could have easily enjoyed 3-4 times that many, but I needed to put the beast to bed.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on eating wings, and I will absolutely be going back for more. I recommend you do the same!

The Shepherd and The Knucklehead has a Happy Hour (every day, yes, seven days a week) from 3:00-7:00 PM and during that time, wings are 75 cents each! Plus, they are a member of the Little Hoboken Hook-Up card and every time you dine there, you get a FREE appetizer of your choice for the table!

This post is not sponsored, I'm just a wing connoisseur who needed to share a great offering on this joyous occasion!

Tim is the father of HurriKane (Kane for short), and supporter of all things Little Hoboken. He’s been in the area with his wife Melissa (Yes, that Melissa) since 2011. He works and plays in Hoboken, and loves the waterfront and the plethora of food choices here.