Wings are usually small enough that I can eat 10 on my own. But when I ordered that many at Dream Wings, half bone-in and half boneless, it was too much.
This is because Dream Wings doesn’t deliver small flats and drums in a basket. Both the bone-in and boneless varieties were thick, tender pieces of chicken.
While the menu caters to more than just wing lovers, with seafood, pasta and wrap options, I stuck with ordering wings. I chose buffalo for the flavor of the bone-in wings and lemon pepper garlic parmesan for the boneless.
I got a side of Cajun fries and for a drink ordered the Dream Wing specialty — Dream Juice. I tasted hints of lemon and mango in the red-colored juice, but the flavor that came through the most was candy. My brain thought I was drinking juice mixed with Airheads and Jolly Ranchers. I like a sweet drink, but I couldn’t drink a lot of it.
But I could have mixed it with lemonade, tea or Sprite. I tasted it mixed with Sprite and thought it was a good combo that tasted like cherry limeade.
The booths inside the restaurant were big and took up a lot of the space, but the friendly and ever-helpful staff made up for any inconvenient seating. The staff is also what made waiting for the food, which took a little long to come out, seem like no big deal.
The basket that held buffalo wings wasn’t drenched in sauce. I liked that it wasn’t drenched, but I know people who like that extra sauce at the bottom of the basket. The chicken came off the bone easily and the buffalo sauce was tangy. It wasn’t overly spicy, but you can choose to increase the heat level with “Big Buffalo” or “Nightmare” sauce.
With the boneless wings, the lemon pepper gave a zest to the chicken. When pulling apart a piece, the chicken looked fresh and tender. I didn’t notice the garlic flavor as much, but there was definitely plenty of parmesan.
I love fries with a good seasoning, and the Cajun seasoning on top of the fries made them a quick favorite. There were hints of garlic, paprika and maybe cayenne pepper. It boosted the spiciness but not to the point that I would say the fries were spicy.
Aside from the seasoning, I enjoyed the way the fries were cut. They reminded me of wedge fries, but slightly curled.
The laidback atmosphere and helpful staff make Dream Wings a great choice to grab wings in the neighborhood.
Address: 3425 Ella Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday–Thursday, 11–3 a.m. Friday–Saturday
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Lemon pepper garlic parmesan boneless wings