If you search the internet, many Milwaukee publications and reader polls vote the wings at Points East Pub the best in the city… we shall see.
I arrived with a group of my wingmen and wingwomen at Points East on a Thursday evening to take advantage of their $0.50 wing night (4:30p-10p, dine-in only). I was pleasantly surprised to see the place wasn’t too crowded. Points East’s reputation for great wings can cause a packed bar with a long wait for food, especially on wing night, waits of over an hour are not unheard of.
Ordering is simple, you have one choice: Hot Wings. It’s you’re only option, no flavors, no decisions. Also, these are NOT Buffalo wings! Points East is quick to point that fact out, in fact that point is made clear on the menu. Why aren’t they Buffalo wings? They’re grilled. If you take a peek in the prep area, you can see what makes their wings a bit unique. After coming out from a quick trip to the fryer and a saucing, the wings are tossed on the grill and cooked the rest of the way. I ordered 15 wings with bleu cheese dressing for dipping; I was told the wait would be about 45 minutes, which wasn’t too bad. I settled in with a cold beer and enjoyed what I believe to be one of the best jukeboxes in the city.
Almost exactly 45 minutes later, the wings arrived. A basket full of gorgeous wings grilled to perfection greeted us. At first glance, the wings were just a bit larger than an average wing, but not the biggest wings I’ve come across. I concerned that the wings looked a bit dry; grilling the wings cooked away almost all of the sauce. But, it didn’t matter. I dove into the wings and was overwhelmed by the taste and texture of the wings. The grilling gave the wing a nice crispy outside while leaving the chicken very moist and flavorful. And even though the wing wasn’t dripping sauce, the flavor was intense. Deliciously spicy, these wings achieved a perfect harmony of flavor and spiciness, neither overpowered the other. I would actually go as far to say as this was the perfect level of spiciness for me too, it may take a few wings before the heat catches up with you, but it does leave you satisfied. However, I have to warn anyone that does not tolerate spicy foods well and likes a milder wing, these may be a bit too hot for you, I would encourage you to try one before diving in. If you do decide to give them a shot at it does get a bit too hot for you, Points East does make sure you get plenty of dressing and celery on the side to help cool you down.
I would love it if they had some more flavors to choose from, but it’s hard to complain when the one flavor they do have is so darn good. If you want a great wing and you’re not worried about having a large variety of flavors, heat to Points East. Even if you want a large variety of flavors, head to Points East anyway, these wings are not to miss! I really doubt I’m going to find too many wings better than these in Milwaukee, but I will not stop looking!
Chicken Quality: Ample size, great taste, cooked to perfection 10/10
Sauce Quality: Perfect heat and taste 10/10
Sides Quality: Ample amounts of delicious bleu cheese or ranch and served with celery 5/5
Sauce Variety: Well, they only have one flavor, which should really warrant a 1, but when you do you one flavor so perfectly, I just can’t do it! 2/5
Value: Normal menu price is average for wings, but the score is bumped to perfect due to Thursday wing special and truly awesome wings. 3/3
Total: 30/33 = 91