03.08.2014 - by Steve
I recommend eating the D-Spot's chicken wings. This recommendation, however, comes with a number of caveats (6, actually).
1.) You have to go to Maplewood. Odds are low that you will ever just happen to be nearby. This could very well be a dealbreaker. (Have you ever been
to Maplewood? Yikes.)
2.) You have to get over the fact that their logo and interior were seemingly designed by a mentally unstable high school freshman who really likes black trench coats and Donnie Darko
3.) It will probably be packed full of eastern suburban types. You know
4.) You will be overwhelmed with their wing flavor selection (I didn't count, but I wouldn't be surprised it they had 100 different flavors. No joke). There is a lot to choose from. You are almost guaranteed a good hour of cognitive dissonance after you finish paying.
5.) You must go there with at least one other person. This isn't a rule or anything, but considering you can only order wing flavors in batches of 6 or 12, you'll barely even be able to manage two flavors of 6 on your own. With two people, you can order 3 flavors and split them, getting a little more of a sampler.
6.) You'll end up paying more money than you expected you would at such a shitty (I said it) strip mall location in the middle of Maplewood.
With those out of the way, I can, with about 80% confidence, vouch for all the incredible praise this place has been getting. These are good wings. No doubt about it. I had the Black Widow wings, which seem to be the #1 most popular choice there (Heavy Table recommended them, and I noticed almost every other table while I was there ordered a batch of them). It's a honey-based sauce with fennel and jerk. Rich, sweet, flavorful, great. I also got their "Iron Man" flavor, which was a little more of a generic chili-sauce thing. I'm pissed I didn't choose a more interesting one than that, but the guy recommended it. In comes the regret. But like I said, there are so many
flavor choices, it's incredible. All of them seem to have a little sense of "stoned teenager fucking around with ingredients in the kitchen" (caramel and chocolate! Sriracha cinnamon!), but they also have some fancy things like marsala, et cetera. They also have delicious fries with tomato aoli, and burgers. I didn't see anyone order a burger, but the descriptions sounded like they'd be good. All in all, the food here is absolutely legit, and the staff seems to have an outsider Travail-like camaraderie (you get the feeling all the teenagers working there will end up either running their own restaurants, or developing a serious drug habit. Or both?) But what on earth are they doing in Maplewood??? It's a mess! They would kill if they opened up shop in the city. I'm thinking, like, on Lyndale. Or maybe in Northeast by Anchor. I mean, they're doing a killing as is, based on the heavy traffic at 2pm on a Saturday, but it just feels like they're wasting their prime.