Everyone knows the Vortex for 2 things: it’s insane burgers and it’s comedy club inside the Midtown location. I am a big fan of both of them.
I started doing comedy almost 2 years ago. The first year, I took things slow and only went to open mics once a week or less. This past year, I have taken my comedy to the NEXT LEVEL! I now am on open mics and shows between 3-8 times a week. With my growth as a comic comes new opportunities. Father’s Day weekend I was asked to do my first weekend spots at the Laughing Skull. I was thrilled to be on a show with a ton of great local talent, get some tasty food, and a $10 check ( that my mother would later save and promise to scrapbook for me). I ordered a burger like anyone else and was told about hot wings of epic proportions that I should get if I was lucky enough to be asked back. I vowed to work hard to get back on the Skull stage so I can then try the wings.
Fast forward to October I’m back on, comics order food for the green room and magically in one of the elusive Styrofoam boxes were beautiful deep red-orange wings. I put my dainty hand in to grab a flat, I took a bite, and I fell in love.
The Vortex was able to put heat, smoke, and complex flavors into a simple wing with a crunchy shell. The heat was great with a delicious burn after the wing leaves your mouth.
Us comics had to order another serving because they were going so quickly.
I am still thinking about those wings. I want them like I want my college ex boyfriend back. I will always remember my first time with those wings and how special they made me feel. The Vortex is one of those places you can’t go back to often because it loses it’s magic but damn… those wings… that stage. I need it!
Sometimes your wings are so memorable because they are so bad. Sometimes your wings are so bad that you bond with your date over how bad the wings are.
February 1, 2014 I had some wings that shouldn’t have been called wings at Hudson Grille in Brookhaven.
I had only been on a few dates with Mike and he suggested Hudson. We both hadn’t been there to eat, just to drink, so I was happy to try. He ordered a classic cheese burger that he ate but said wasn’t his jam and I ordered the recommended Sweet & Spicy wings. We had a great time talking and our shared food experience bonded us.
Our experience was so dismal that I would like to share my Yelp! review from that day.
I have been begrudgingly back to Hudson Grille in Brookhaven for various events that I did not organize and have not attempted the lack luster wings since. What I have had at that location is uninspired frozen then fried food.
1 out of 5 clucks for sauce
1 out of 5 clucks for meat
1 out of 5 clucks for overall experience
Mike and I dated about 5 months and we remain friends and have eaten better wings since.
There is something to be said about a well done classic buffalo wing; where the sauce isn’t too orange, isn’t too runny, and a has a crunch that holds in those flavors.
One of my favorites to get a wing like that is the self proclaimed “Cheers of the South” The Rusty Nail. The “Nail” as the locals call it, has two locations. One in Sandy Springs and my personal favorite, on Buford Highway. You can’t miss the giant gun shaped smoker out front.
When you walk in, you will be embraced with a cloud of cigarette smoke and dark wood paneled everything. The Nail has lots of drink specials ($2.50 PBR 16oz is pretty sweet) which can keep you in there for hours.
The wings are well priced at 5 for $6.95, 10 for $10.95, 20 for $21.95 and 30 for $31.95 with classic sauces like Mild, Medium, Hot, House BBQ, Lemon Salt and Pepper, and Naked.
I usually go with the 5 wings with medium sauce. Each time I have ordered them, they have consistently been good. The staff always does a great job bringing them out hot and fresh. The wings are evenly coated in a sauce that is thick enough to stay on the wing but you won’t get a tongue full of dark orange sludge. Their medium sauce is a true medium, you still get a nice kick without the burn. Their mild wings have a great flavor like the medium but doesn’t pack the sinus clearing punches. The wings have a nice crispness that really compliments the juicy and tender meat inside.
If you were too lazy to read my riveting “About” section let me give you the first day of school intro.
Hi, my name is Annie, a comic in Atlanta. I am almost 26, single, and have a day job. I am passionate about comedy, concerts, artsy crap, and chicken wings.
I love trying new food, if that new food is chicken wings. I have had a lot of wings in this city and I am ready to try them all and share with you my findings.
Each wing eating experience, I will review the wings with ratings and commentary of everything from sauces, tenderness of the meat, texture, presentation, and whether or not I can still look cute while eating them.
Who knows, this may lead to me finding a wing loving man.