Chicken wings – Frida’s Mexican Grill

Chicken wings - Frida's Mexican Grill
With chipotle chile and ranch dressing dip. Happy hour $5
Frida’s Mexican Grill, Napa CA

I was a little disappointed with these wings, partly because they looked so sad and lonely arranged on the plate. I guess 5 tiny wings look weird when they’re placed singly on a plate. And these wings were definitely frozen and of poor quality.

House margarita - Frida's Mexican Grill
House margarita. Happy hour $3
Not the best tasting, but I really can’t complain for three bucks.

Cool ranch locos taco – Taco Bell

Cool ranch locos taco - Taco Bell
A crunchy taco made with seasoned beef, lettuce, and cheddar cheese in a shell made from Cool Ranch Doritos with more chips on top. 170 calories, 9g fat
Taco Bell, Palm Springs CA

Cool ranch locos taco - Taco Bell
OK, since I already tried the nacho cheese version a while back, I had to try cool ranch! I mean, cool ranch is the superior Doritos flavor anyway, right? And again, I was disappointed. Even when I’m slightly buzzed I can’t get into these silly taco shells.

Awesome crispy chicken strips – Bongo Johnny’s

Awesome crispy chicken strips - Bongo Johnny's
“Some say the best in town.” With ranch and buffalo sauces. $7
Bongo Johnny’s, Palm Springs CA

I really didn’t think these chicken strips were “awesome” or “the best in town”. Actually, they were pretty pedestrian and not much better than those you can get from the freezer aisle at the grocery store. They were even on the small side. 😦

Mt. San Jacinto peak
Mt. San Jacinto peak, elevation 10,834 feet.

Blackened grouper fish taco – The Taco Spot

Grouper fish taco - The Taco Spot
Six inch soft corn tortillas with cayenne ranch sauce, shredded lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, and tomato-cucumber pico salsa. $2.95
The Taco Spot, Charleston SC

This was my favorite taco because it was jam packed with flavor! The blackened grouper was delicious and the cayenne ranch put it over the top. Noms!

View of Charleston Harbor from the Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn. This bar is pretty cool! It’s relaxing early on, then it becomes an upbeat hangout as it fills up with bar goers. They also have live music!

Fried chicken on a stick – Mission Bowling Club

Fried chicken on a stick - Mission Bowling Club
Battered and fried chicken pieces with ranch dipping sauce. $8
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

This was a disappointment. The chicken was SO greasy it was dripping onto the board. I had wiped off the pool of grease when I took the pic, but in hindsight, perhaps I should have let it collect so that it would’ve been more representative of the dish. I was there shortly after opening so maybe their deep fryer hadn’t reached temperature yet at the time they cooked the chicken. I will say that the batter was really delicious and the ranch had a great dill flavor, noms!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

Cool wooden blocks sculpture and planters

Cool wooden blocks sculpture and planters. On one end of the patio stands this wooden installation on which they’ve placed candles. It’s an interesting piece and I’m sure it looks great at night!

Chicken wings – Hog & Rocks

Chicken wings Hog & Rocks

Chile and agave nectar sauce, sprinkled with chives and served with carrots, celery, and ranch.  $5 happy hour
Hog & Rocks, San Francisco

Yet another amazing happy hour value at Hog & Rocks.!  I’m not suer that the chile and agave nectar sauce really stood out though.  It didn’t have a very defined flavor.  In fact, it tasted pretty light and mellow – if that’s possible with chicken wings.  You certainly get a lot of wings for five bucks, but in terms of flavor I don’t think I’ll be ordering these again (and they were cold!).