On Saturday, August 20th, Steve and I embarked on a trek around Lakewood in search of the best wings. We were not alone as more than 800 fellow Clevelanders joined in the fun at the 6th annual Lakewood Wing Crawl.
Organized by the Pillars of Lakewood young professionals club, participants walked or were shuttled around the city to enjoy four wings (2 buffalo and 2 specialty) at each of the 11 locations that spanned 1.5 miles along Detroit Road. Participating bars were Around the Corner, Harry Buffalo, Riverwood Café, Avenue Tap House/Guy's Pizza, Eddy and Iggy's, Pug Mahone's, Geppetto's, Midtown Booths Tavern, Plank Road Tavern, Merry Arts and Deagan's Kitchen & Bar.
We taste-testing wings at each eatery, voted on our favorite, while enjoying drink specials too. The cost was only $15 for all 44 wings! We’re smart enough to know we can’t each eat 44 wings, while also drinking at each establishment…so as suggested by the Wing Crawl organizers, we split and had 22 wings apiece!
Buffalo: Plank Road (Hot)
Specialty: Around the Corner (Black Pepper)
After all votes were cast, the official winners are listed below. Based on these results, I think Steve and I could be judges in the future!!
Best Overall Wings: Deagan's
People's Choice Buffalo: Riverwood Cafe
People's Choice Specialty: Deagan's,
Judge's Choice Buffalo: Plank Road Tavern
Judge's Choice Specialty: Around the Corner
Six hours, 44 wings, 11 bars…that sums up our 2011 Wing Crawl experience. We love Lakewood and this was just another awesome adventure around the city we call home.