Name: Southbound Saloon and Eatery
Milwaukee Wings Status: GOLD
Web: Facebook Page
Where: 9504 S Chicago Rd Oak Creek
Visit Date: June 2, 2018
Wing type: Traditional, bone-in
Wing Special: $0.60 Wings on Wednesday and Saturday (accurate as of 6/2/18)
This is the first review of the new rating system, and what a great way to start it off! If you ask someone where their favorite wings in the greater Milwaukee area are most (including myself) will give some answers you’ve likely heard before: Points East, TomKen’s, Club G’s, etc… I’ve never once heard anyone mention the Southbound Saloon and Eatery in Oak Creek… and that’s a crying shame because these wings were AMAZING.
First, trust the map. I’m pretty sure there was a recent remodel or addition as there was no sign nor did the building look like the one in their Facebook picture. But, with a quick U-turn I had found my way. A small, yet cozy bar area with a more spacious lower level was sparsely filled when I arrived on a late Saturday afternoon. There were 4 of us that day as I was joined by my buddy Ross and our better halves.
Ordering some drinks and perusing the menu, we had the following flavor options: Hot Ass, Mango Habanero, Blazin, Cajun Jerk, Spicy Garlic, Buffalo, Buffalo Ranch, Smokey Chipotle, BBQ, Spicy Sesame, Parm Garlic, Honey BBQ. I went with Buffalo (my go-to measuring stick), Spicy Garlic, and Cajun Jerk.
Feeling hungry after a round of disc golf, all 4 of use ordered 18 wings each… fully expecting to take some home leftovers… yeah, that didn’t happen. The wings took a little bit to make their way out to us, but they were well worth the wait. Fried, sauced, and then grilled these meaty wings came out with deliciously crispy grill marks that showed a seared in flavor. Juicy and flavorful, these wings hit the spot. My 3 flavors were all great, with Cajun jerk being an interesting blend of flavors. Buffalo had great taste, but not much heat behind it. Next time I visit I play to try the Blazin or Hot Ass, just for a bit more heat. All the wings were served with celery and blue cheese or ranch.
So, I said we planned for leftovers… yeah, didn’t really happen. Only 8 of the 72 wings we ordered went home that day… the rest were demolished right then and there, just too good to not eat right there. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a new wing that really took me aback, but Southbound did just that. If I had to sum up this place to someone who knows wings around Milwaukee, “it’s Points East, with flavor options.” Really hope to get back to this one soon, and I can easily award it Milwaukee Wings Gold Status!