Wing Review: The Crooked Crow
Name: The Crooked Crow
MKE Wings Crew Present: Frank, Amber, Jeremy, Ross, Molly, Ryan
Review Date: September 7, 2022
Wing Special (as of review date): $3 off boneless wings on Wednesday
We find ourselves back in West Allis, the epicenter of most of our wing nights lately. Thankfully, there is no shortage of bars or tasty wings in this town. While we've become West Allis regulars, none of us had been to this bar, The Crooked Crow on 60th, just north of National Ave. The Crooked Crow opened their doors in 2020, not a great year to open a bar, but they managed to hang on and their wing offerings looked promising. Can the Crooked Crow because yet another must try location in West Allis? Let's find out!
The Crooked Crow offers both traditional bone-in wings or a boneless option, and like most places nowadays, they're not too cheap. An order of 8 traditional wings will run you $14, but that does some with a side and up to 2 sauces. A 3/4lb order of boneless wings with a side will run you $11, but on Wednesdays they have a special where you save $3 on the boneless wings. *As always, prices/availability of menu items/prices and/or specials are subject to change at the sole discretion of the bar and this review may not be updated to reflect any pricing changes.
While the wings may have been a bit on the pricier side, the wings were huge! Eight wings a person is often not enough for the members of the Milwaukee Wings crew, but the giant wings paired with a side was actually a good amount of food, we were all definitely content. there are nine different sides to choose form, with the more premium sides coming with a small up charge. In addition to being gigantic, the wings were cooked very well, crispy yet juicy, but I do feel that some of them were a bit under-sauced.
The menu offers nine wing flavors, and we got to try about all of them that night. The flavors are: Phoenix, Strawberry Habanero, Chipotle Peach, Buffalo, Sweet Thia Chili, Bourbon BBQ, Parmesan Garlic, Jamaican Jerk (dry), Lemon Pepper (dry). Definitely a few unique options here like Strawberry Habanero, Chipotle Peach, 2 flavors I don't think I have ever seen before, I was very excited to try these! Thought on the sauces below:
Chipotle Peach: Very, very sweet. Very, peach forward. I liked the peach flavor but felt it needed more Chipotle to give this sauce a little more than smokiness and heat. I enjoyed this, but think this one could be amazing if it was just a bit more balanced.
Strawberry Habanero: Very interesting sauce. The strawberry wasn't overly powering but gave a nice fruity sweetness to the sauce. The habanero was actually the more dominant flavor giving a nice level of heat to the sauce, this was actually the second hottest flavor of the night. The heat definitely built but it wasn't anything too crazy.
Bourbon BBQ: Probably the boldest sauce of the night in terms of flavor, this sauce just packed with flavor. Big smoky BBQ sauce with a touch of sweetness from the bourbon. Normally I'm not a huge fan of BBQ sauce on my wings, but this one was really, really good
Phoenix: as a crew, we haven't gotten an order of the hottest flavor for the table in quite a while, but that changed when we ordered the Phoenix. We got these boneless to take advantage of that Wednesday special. At first, this wing didn't really seem all that hot, a nice peppery flavor with a bit of heat, but nothing overpowering. However, man did this one build! Over the next 2-3 minutes it just kept getting hotter and hotter until it was quite the burner! Not the hottest thing I've ever eaten, but definitely worth a look if you're a heat seeker. While I only ate one that night, I polished off the rest at lunch the next day!
Buffalo: this one was my favorite flavor of the night, and the favorite for Jeremy, Amber, and Molly. It was just kind of the perfect buffalo sauce. It had a nice, nice balance of heat, vinegary tang, and buttery flavor. It was everything I'm looking for in a buffalo, I'm a sucker for the classics!
Sweet Thai Chili: this one was a bit too sweet for my taste, I probably should have seen that coming from the name. This one was reminiscent of a sweet and saucer sauce, but just didn't have enough chili spice to balance that sweetness for my taste.
Parmesan Garlic: solid parmesan garlic sauce here, loaded with tangy and creamy parmesan flavor.
Lemon Pepper: a nice lemon pepper packed with a ton of lemon flavor; a tad salty but our resident lemon pepper lover Amber enjoyed this one quite a bit.
The MKE Wings Crew's Favorites:
Ryan: Parmesan Garlic
Always fun to check out a new place and even better when the wings are quite good, I would definitely go back to The Crooked Crow. As I noted, these are probably some of the largest wings we've had and out in quite a while. With current prices out there, the normal menu price isn't too bad considering the wings come with a side, and the $3 off boneless special is nice too. Nice atmosphere, decent beer selection, and one of the fist places in a while we've had a chance to get a really hot wing! They had some fun and unique flavors, though I did feel a few of them could go from good to amazing with just a few tweaks. I can say that the Crooked Crow is a Milwaukee Wings Certified Wing Joint!