While visiting us here in East Tennessee, Laurie’s Cousin Carla and her friend Diane insisted on taking us out for dinner. After some discussion, we agreed on Wild Wings Café in Farragut as our dining destination.
This is an early fall photo of the Farragut branch of the Wild Wings Café chain of restaurants that I borrowed from the Internet. The company operates in several southeastern states. Wild Wings Cafés are not to be confused with the Buffalo Wild Wings chain…which Laurie and I just don’t care for.
When we arrived, it was pretty early in the evening but we could see that something big was going to happen as there were extra tables and chairs filling this restaurant’s huge dining and entertainment area.
We began with drinks and a couple of appetizers… I ordered a few wings to start us out. Wild Wings Café offers 33 different homemade wing sauces or flavors! I toned it down a bit for our visitors, ordering half of the wings with “Red Dragon”, (symbolized by 3 hot peppers), and “The Slayer”, (2 hot peppers). Everyone gave the wings 2 thumbs up!
To check out the variety of wing sauces on the menu, you can go to http://www.wildwingcafe.com/menu/wings-and-saucy-favorites/.
We also ordered some Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips. As advertised, it was creamy and a little spicy with a hint of 'bleu' cheese. When we were done, that bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip was clean as a whistle! It was very good…
Carla and Diane both ordered the Grilled Shrimp Skewers…2 skewers, each containing five marinated shrimp, grilled and then tossed in the sauce of their choice. In this case, the 2 side dishes chosen were the steamed broccoli and the flame roasted corn, black beans and peppers.
The side dishes for these Shrimp Skewers were the fiesta rice and Dave’s Homemade Bacon Potato Salad. Our visitors from the north woods of Wisconsin both enjoyed their entrees… Another cocktail please!
Laurie decided to have the Cool and Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap as her entrée. As you can see, it featured plenty of turkey plus fresh avocado with pico de gallo with Monterrey jack cheese, lettuce and homemade red pepper spread all inside a jalapeno cheddar tortilla. She went with the French fries as her side dish. This was a very filling and satisfying wrap… (Sorry for the red tinted photo!)
Note: French fries are a matter of personal preference. Laurie thought that these thick wedge cut fries were very good, while I thought that they were just ok… I usually prefer thinner French fries.
What can I say! I didn’t stray far from my normal likes and preferences… This was my burger “creation”! In addition to Wild Wing’s specialty burgers, diners can also build their own burger… I ordered a medium rare Angus chuck burger on a toasted pretzel bun with Pepper Jack cheese and sliced Jalapenos. YUM! It was cooked just right and there was a bit of heat too…
So…you might ask, “Where’s the chaos! Not too long after we placed our order, the Wild Wing Café began to fill up fast… The new patrons were kids in their Halloween costumes with their parents. In this photo, tables in the background were covered with pumpkins for the ‘trick or treaters’ to decorate. It was a contest of sorts plus treats for the children.
With all of the kids having a great time, running around in their costumes or energetically decorating their pumpkins, we did reach the level of semi-controlled chaos!
FYI… According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals. The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 it’s of Christian origin. The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day). Over time, the Scot’s “Hallow Even” evolved into Halloween.
The chaos increased as the kids and their parents kept flowing in the door. This was a really big event! We had to push our way through the crowd to the left of this photo to escape this wild scene. This special evening had to be good for Wild Wings Café’s business!
Note: Trick-or-treating does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the 1930s, with the first U.S. appearances of the term in 1934. The first use of the term “Trick-or-Treating” in a national publication occurred in 1939.
To learn more about the history of Halloween, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween.
Wild Wings Café…with its daily specials and regular entertainment…is located at 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive in Farragut Tennessee. It’s adjacent to the Turkey Creek Shopping area. Phone: 865-777-9464. Website: http://www.wildwingcafe.com/locations/knoxville-tn.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave