A rough day of work, combined with only your morning tea as your entire day’s source of nutrition, can have you feeling quite hangry by the time 7:00 p.m. rolls out.
Trisha: Hey, what’s going on? Are we meeting for some food tonight?
Gaby: Yes, still at work, but I am about to eat my screen if I don’t get some food, pronto!
Trisha: I'm just heading out of the office, myself. So, what are you in the mood for?
Dear readers, we know this is a constant struggle week after week. You would think that we would be a little bit more prepared, but during the times that we “should” be preparing, we are probably relaxing at home with a hot cup of tea, or a nice bottle of red, in our comfy PJ pants while watching Netflix. Hmm, wonder if el jefe would let us do a column like that? Food for thought (wink).
Gaby: Hmmm, new hot dog place on Business 83?
Trisha: How about something in North McAllen or Edinburg?
Gaby: Ok, you choose.
Trisha: Maybe the new Wing…
Gaby: Done! See you there in 30 minutes!
Trisha: Ummm... I didn’t even finish.
Gaby: Hunger gives me the gift of telepathy.
Now if you’re thinking, “Gaby and Trisha but Wing Barn is a chain!” Well, you are somewhat correct, but it started here in the Valley and has expanded in our home area. Founded on the belief that Big Texas Taste can always be bigger, Wing Barni opened its doors in May 2010 in Brownsville. Business Partners and Family Relatives Bobby Saenz and Chef Daniel Pompa, teamed up to bring new flavor to the Rio Grande Valley. With the right combination of heat in the sauce and know-how in the kitchen, the Wing Barn owners have literally spread their wings and have opened 5 locations Valley-wide. We spent our time at the their newest eatery in Edinburg just off Expressway 281.
While we know that this food might not be good for our hearts (the majority of everything is fried), this was a meal that was good for the soul. Besides your typical wings, Wing Barn serves up classic appetizers like Homemade Colossal Onion Rings, Fresh Cut Barn Fries, Fresh Cut Sweet Potato Chips, Texas Poppers (Jalapenos wrapped in bacon and stuffed with creme cheese), salads, burgers and sandwiches, hotdogs, and even lettuce wraps and Veggie Burgers! We opted for some Fried Pickles, Mozarella Sticks, a variety of wings and chicken sandwiches. Oh, and also some new tasty menu items called something like Keg Tator Tots!
Gaby: Kegs and Tater Tots, I am sold!
Trisha: Of course. You NOT choosing these would make no sense to me.
Gaby: Shhh! No judging.
Moments tater (lol pun intended), tots the size of what were probably 2 inches by 1 inch came out smothered in cheese and bacon. Make sure to add some ketchup for a little extra tanginess! Oh, and don’t forget about their Texas State Fair inspired desserts like Fried Oreos and Fried Twinkies.
Wing Barn is a family owned and operated business. They provide a rustic, country style dining room with plenty of high definition big screen TV’s, perfect to watch the big game, kick back and take in some “DANG GOOD” food. Enjoy some cold brews as you sit back in the casual atmosphere without feeling the pressure to eat and dash.
You can find Edinburg’s Wing Barn location at 4013 South I-69 C. Contact them at (956) 513-1102 or follow them on their social media platforms. Their hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.