Friday Throwdown Results – Winner Winner Chicken Lunch

 Our first Friday Throwdown was a success in that everyone ate lots of delicious chicken and we conducted our first survey using Survey Monkey. Admittedly, there were some problems with the Throwdown. We got wings from KTown and the gas station but a mix of wings and other pieces from Federal Donuts, which made comparison difficult. For example, my favorite piece overall was the Za’atar thigh from Fed Nuts but I liked the wings from KTown the best. Also, Fed Nuts gives you the whole wing, while the other places breaks them down. And the Gas Station Chicken (GSC) was breaded and fried but not glazed like the others which really made it a completely different animal…well, you know what I mean. Anyway, here are some of my observations, along with some comments from the survey, Zagat-style:

Federal Donuts: We got 12 wings (6 Chile Garlic and 6 Honey Ginger) and 2 halves (Za’atar and Harissa). Opinions ranged from  “great flavor” and “encompasses what great fried chicken is” to “thoroughly unimpressed.” In my opinion, the larger pieces were better than the wings, and the Za’atar was my favorite. Also, the Japanese style pickles that come with each order are fantastic.


GSC: We got 9 regular and 9 spicy wings — believe it or not, they were made to order in a pressure cooker. Everyone loves an underdog, so perhaps GSC benefited from lower expectations. Testers felt this was a “classic wing” that was “impressive for where it came from” but one person commented that “the flavor was a little off.” I personally enjoyed the GSC and felt like it was above average fast food fried chicken — a different kind of crispiness and flavor, but very good.

K-Town: So it would appear that K-Town was the winner, with the highest overall score among the three offerings. We got 10 each of the Soy-Garlic, Honey-Sesame and Spicy wings.  Most raved about the unique crispiness of Korean fried chicken, saying “the texture it produces is without comparison” although one  person felt that they were “drenched in way too much sauce.” I personally enjoyed the batter of the K-Town wings the best although I would have liked the spicy wings to be a bit more spicy.

So there you have it. If you want to look at a summary of the survey data, click here. Obviously this was a very small sample size (9 taste testers) so I am opening up this survey to the vast audience — 6 absolute unique visitors yesterday according to Google Analytics, including one from Iran (fried chicken diplomacy!)  I had to alter it slightly so that a response isn’t required for all of the questions, since I’m fairly certain not many people have been to Federal Donuts, K-Town AND the BP on Essington Ave across from Pacifico. The free version of Survey Monkey handles up to 100 respondents. I’m pretty sure my head would explode if 100 people visited this site and filled out the survey. Actually, I’m pretty sure my head would explode if anyone outside my office actually visited this site.

Most of the visitors I’ve had to this site post weird long spam comments about Ugg boots. It kinda freaks me out. So please, if you are a real person and not an Ugg-obsessed spam robot, post a comment or tweet at me. Even if it’s just to say that this site sucks and I should shut it down.


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  1. Kate
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Sorry but I can’t even imagine why you’d test KTown wings against DONUT WINGS or GAS STATION WINGS!! LOL They would still win against real wings from other places so that would be a real test!

  2. Deb
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Love how super crispy the KTown BBQ wings are.