100 Favorite Dishes: No. 37, Chef Shack Ranch's chicken wings
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.
Savory-sweet meats at Chef Shack's latest brick-and-mortar outpost
E. Katie Holm
When we spoke to Chef Shack Ranch's co-owner Lisa Carlson, she would only tell us that what goes on their super crispy whole-joint Kadejan Farms chicken wings is a magical mix they call "secret wing dust."
On the surface of the wonderfully-textured skin, we detected notes of warm cinnamon-like spice, some sugar, definitely some salt, and maybe a little smoked paprika, all offset by thinly sliced jalapeños that decorate the plate, and the festive cranberry dipping sauce that comes on the side. As good as all the slow-smoked, sauce-slathered meats are from Chef Shack's new barbecue-focused concept, the wings are all anyone could talk about once we got away from the Ranch.
No. 43: Grand Café's fondue
No. 42: Saffron's Heart Beets
No. 41: Chatterbox's pork and waffles
No. 39: Broders' quadrucci con pollo
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