**Update: Harlem Wing tweeted that they were closing their doors. It really is sad to see. Perhaps I wasn’t the only one to have a few bad experiences there. Hopefully the restaurant owner got out without being in too bad of shape financially.**
Back when Harlem Wing opened in the later part of 2010, I was hoping it would fill the void for a decent wing place in Fresno. Most of the local spots in town put little thought into their wings and typically serve commercially made sauce. Don’t get me wrong, most of them are fine when chased with an ice cold beer… if I’m sitting on my couch. I expect more when purchasing them by the dozen at a restaurant with the name “wing” in the title.
My first visit to Harlem Wing, which was actually the same month I started the blog, wasn’t a pleasant experience. I had planned on starting out with a review of Harlem Wing but when I bit into my first wing and was greeted by a soggy, slimy, mouthful of skin, I decided to wait and give them another shot. A few months have past and there I found myself staring down at jerk and bbq wings. Surely they had improved? I wish.
The jerk chicken wings were once again undercooked. Not only is the seasoning just weirdly off, the skin wasn’t cooked even remotely close to edible. The BBQ wings were strangely overcooked. I guess that’s why I decided to write this post after all. I think the owners need feedback because apparently they aren’t tasting what’s coming out of the kitchen and it’s frustrating to have below average wings at a wing shop. **Note to the restaurant owner: you specialize in wings. They should be perfect every time and an exact science by now. Please correct this stat so I can eat here instead of the chains.**
Unfortunately my frustration didn’t end there. The two ladies running the shop at the time, even though very pleasant and accommodating, were over matched by even the small crowd that was there. To complicate matters further they ran out of the rib tips but only informed me when they delivered our wings. She said they were making a fresh batch for me. I’m sure my readers are educated enough to understand that freshly prepared pork rib tips take pretty much a few hours to prepare correctly.
When they arrived about twenty minutes after our wings were served I just knew I wasn’t going to be happy. The ribs were boiled, sauced, and had no texture. That was it. Fatty ribs that weren’t seasoned. What a sad and inedible affair. I took two bites and left. Maybe one day a good wing shop will open in Fresno. Or better yet maybe third time is a charm and Harlem will make some desperately needed adjustments.