If you thought Brisbane would perform a culinary gear shift this year leaving American food in the dust, it's looking less and less likely. The ubiquity of pulled pork sandwiches/rolls/burgers/subs/hoagies may have led you to believe that the American food market was a bubble soon to burst. Not so. Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoky ribs and buffalo wings continue to populate a great number of our city's menus. Rather than being a flash in the pan, the American takeaway restaurant may soon cement its place in the suburban Brisbane food landscape for good.
Already well and truly on the way to local legend status is Clayfield’s wingBlaster. Owners Jeff and Suzie hail from Canada and, upon moving to Brisbane, found our city's wing game a little lacking. Their very proactive effort to raise the bar is wingBlaster. The menu claims that they serve 'the ONLY genuine Buffalo wings in Brisbane!' Sure, it's a lofty claim, but who's to argue?
With a large focus on the local community, they keep their Facebook page stacked full of various midweek specials, they're constantly running fundraising initiatives, they don't charge corkage for BYO, and their service is extra friendly. Aside from the traditional Buffalo wings with blue cheese or ranch dip, they serve honey sriracha, honey garlic, sticky Vietnamese, teriyaki, honey mustard, and lemon pepper, as well as the Mongolian sauce smothered 'Winghis Khan'. In addition to/instead of your wings, you can also try a hot dog, pizza, onion rings, quesadilla, BBQ pork ribs, cheeseburger or a Philly cheesesteak.
There's a lot to choose from and the food definitely satisfies, but what is an American restaurant without a spot of competitive eating? Or a wing joint without a ghost chilli challenge? Once in a while the restaurant hosts a Vlad the Inflamer food trial event. Eat six of their spicy wings (not normally available) and endure a six minute burn without water, milk or any other form of relief. If having your name immortalised on the Wall of Flame is not a priority for you, just give them a visit any time Tuesday - Sunday and get some wings that you'll actually enjoy eating.