Dew Drop Inn
25 North Ave., Derby, (203) 735-7757, facebook.com/dewdropinnct.
The chicken wing is a staple of having-a-good-time occasions, firmly cemented onto the menus of nearly every bar on the planet, and accompanying beer and football on the regular. Buffalo wings come in a handful of varieties, and the sauce differs from establishment to establishment. Aside from the classic buffalo, chicken wings are typically slathered in adult dinner flavors, like teriyaki, barbecue, Cajun, garlic or honey mustard, to name a few.
At the Dew Drop Inn, you can get the wing flavors you've tried and loved. You can even get wings so hot they might kill you (I have lived to tell the tale of the Suicide Wings). You can get twists on the classics, like honey hot barbecue or sweet chili asian glaze. And then there are the specialty wing flavors: a decadance you have to taste to believe.
On a recent visit, I decided to experience both the normal (teriyaki) and extravagant (peanut butter and jelly) incarnations of Dew Drop Inn wings. The teriyaki wings were hot and juicy on the inside, with a crispy skin. The teriyaki flavoring tasted more like it was soaked into the wings rather than slathered on the outside. An order of 10 wings off the classic flavors menu will run you $9.50.
The peanut butter and jelly wings, off the specialty flavors menu ($10.50 for 10 wings), was like nothing I've ever eaten, and I can't even wait to go back and order them again. On my plate was a glob of peanut butter and jelly, with wings inside, essentially. The heat of the chicken kept the peanut butter and jelly warm and loose, making it easy to add more to any particular wing or just pick up a glob with my fingers and go to town. I'm not sure I would ever put chicken on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I will most definitely support the notion that the innards of the most popular children's lunch item belong heaped on top of a pile of chicken. I think my favorite thing about these peanut butter and jelly wings is that they're just as good, if not better, out of the fridge.
Some of the other speciality flavors are gussied up versions of mainstream flavors (parmesan butter, bacon, and garlic), or twists on normal flavors (ranch BLT). I'm anxious to get back to not only eat more peanut butter and jelly with chicken in it, but to also try the jalapeno cream cheese, spicy peanut butter, and peanut butter and curry. I'm sensing a lot of peanut butter in my future.