Friday update

Got a couple of big events happening Downtown tonight. Legendary comedian and TV star Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up routine to the Orpheum at 7 PM.

Over at the Mud Island Amphitheater, Widespread Panic has 7:30 shows tonight and tomorrow. Due to the extreme heat, the promoters are allowing concert attendees to bring in up to 2 water bottles, as long as they are clear, sealed and not more than 20 ounces each.

The Flyer has an article about Anime Blues Con that happens at the Cook Convention Center this weekend. Over 4000 visitors and cosplayers are expected to show up.

Red, White and YOU! is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. Come buy fresh meats and veggies for your holiday celebrations next week. There will be Star-Spangled crafts kids can make in the Craft Corral. Live music all day long. The Market runs every Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Bardog Tavern is doing the Summer of Brunch. From Monday, July 2 through Monday, September 3, Monday-Friday from 8 to 11 AM they will have brunch-priced drinks. That means Bloody Marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers will be only $4 each. It’s been my experience that Bardog opens at its usual 8 AM time on all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. So you know where I’ll be on the Fourth! Let’s see… the Fourth is on a Wednesday this year, so Bloom should be behind the bar.

Speaking of the Fourth, the Peabody rooftop will be open the night of July 4 for fireworks watching, and sips and snacks will be available. There is no cover, but donations will be accepted for St. Jude.

The Redbirds have announced that former WWE wrestler Kevin Thorn will be at Wrestling Night at AutoZone Park next Friday, July 6. Thorn competed as Mordecai in the early ’00s. Wow, Redbirds, way to tap that D-list talent for an appearance. Geez, even Virgil would be a bigger name.

I like my wings like I like my women… super hot (and not with a side of super crazy)

My quest for extra hot wings has finally led to success. Last Friday when I tried Portales Mexican Restaurant at 420 S. Germantown Parkway, next door to Lowe’s, I noticed there was a wing place called Wing King in the same strip mall. When I got back to the office I looked them up. They have whatever kind of wings you want – whole wings, party wings (flats & drummies), or boneless wings. In addition to their Regular Hot sauce, they have a Super Hot sauce. Yesterday at lunch I decided to go give that a try. Normally I prefer party wings, but not being familiar with the exact heat level of the Super Hot sauce, I decided to get boneless wings so I could eat them with a fork and handle them as little as possible. There’s nothing quite like inadvertently getting extra-hot sauce in your eye.

The restaurant was clean, the people who worked there were friendly, and my order came out pretty fast.

All Wing King wing orders come with a generous portion of celery and carrots, and you can make it a combo with fries (regular or seasoned) and a drink for $2.50 more. The heat level was exactly what I wanted from an extra-hot style wing. By the second wing my nose was running, and I had to make three trips to the drink machine for refills. I like how they put the celery and carrots in with the wings so the wing sauce gets on them. They have a napkin dispenser on each table, which is a good thing because you will need them. Even eating boneless wings with a fork I managed to go through seven napkins.

Well done, Wing King. I will be back. I think next time I may get the party wings combo but step it down to regular hot. Or, I may go for the garlic parmesan sauce to be different. If you live out in that part of town keep them in mind for your next party. The whole wings and party wings can be ordered in sizes up to 100 pieces. If you’re not into wings they have fried catfish, hamburgers, and a variety of “Wing King Things” including fried green tomatoes, mozzarella sticks, and fried chicken livers.

That’ll do it for this post! Heading to Max’s Sports Bar after work this afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.