It has been about a year since Dan Starcher told my husband, Bobby, that the best place in Wooster, Ohio to get wings, is C.W. Burgerstein’s. We have been frequent flyers for wing night ever since. Wednesday, April 13, 2016, was no exception. On Wednesday, they run a special on their chicken wings. Ten wings are $5.99 and 25 wings are $11.99. We always order the larger size, because they’re that good and they reheat great.
I ordered 25 traditional wings, half with Tribe Honey BBQ and half with Totally Teriyaki. O.K. it isn’t exactly half, because how do you split a bone-in chicken wing in half. But you get the point. I didn’t actually count to see which sauce the 13th wing got, but it doesn’t matter. The wings were tremendous! You know that sensation you get when you first bite into a food you really enjoy? It’s like all the juices start flowing. I felt a little like Pavlov’s dogs–although the only bell that was ringing was in my head. I savored the first bite and every bite after until I was full–maybe even a little beyond full.
Bobby opted for the boneless wings. I am not a boneless wings kind of girl. They tend to have too much breading and are usually small. Well, Bobby likes the boneless wings because of the breading and they are easier to eat. But, C.W.’s boneless wings are bigger than most. They are real chicken breast meat, not pieces and parts. He ordered the medium Buffalo sauce and the sauce of the month, honey Sriracha. He said that the medium had nice heat and nice flavor. The honey Sriracha did not have the heat Bobby was expecting, however, it was a nice flavor. Bobby said the honey at C.W.’s is a nice, memorable honey. It doesn’t seem like your run-of-the-mill clover honey. It has a distinct flavor. I tried one of his Sriracha wings. (I have never and doubt I ever will, like the taste of traditional Buffalo wings). However, the Sriracha was alright. I don’t think I would like an entire order (or half order) but it was good to get a chance to sample it.
We had a chance to talk to the manager, Rodney a little bit about C.W.’s history. Apparently before it was a restaurant, the space was actually a storage area. They converted it to a restaurant in the ’80s. I remember going there once or twice when I was much younger. He confirmed my suspicions that it used to look different. They remodeled it in the 90’s. I am always intrigued by the longevity of employees in restaurants. Rodney said he had been there since 2000. Our waiter, Brock, was one of the newer employees and Brock has been there two years!
Speaking of Brock, we have had excellent service with him. Of the times we have gone, I think the majority of the time Brock has served us. He has been tremendously helpful each time and patient, too. Who knows how many times we have asked him the same questions! Bobby specifically asked him if the fries were different. He said that they were, because recently C.W.’s has been using their house seasoning on fries. Bobby really enjoys the fries. I like them alright, but as you might be aware, I’m more of a fresh cut fry kind of girl.
If you are ever in Wooster on a Wednesday night without dinner plans, you should stop by C.W.’s. It is worth the visit. The wings are crisp and juicy. The atmosphere is fun. And the staff are the best.