Today’s guest blog is brought to you by our friend Maria who isn’t new to blogging on EPLDSM. She’s brought you other fun posts like our Summer Camp lists! We were chatting about our experiences at the new Hurricane Grill & Wings location and she was nice enough to share her experience with us! Thanks Maria!
If you are looking to hold onto summer just a little longer, Hurricane Grill and Wings may fit the bill. The national franchise chain started in Florida in 1995 and this year moved into the former TGI Friday’s location at 3340 Westown Pkwy near Valley West Mall.
I visited the restaurant on Sunday to join the after church crowd, which at 11:30 was pretty thin. My guess would be that it fills up later in the afternoon as football fans come to enjoy the numerous and easily visible TVs placed around the bar and at strategic locations throughout the dining room. The large patio looked inviting as well. The basic form of the space’s previous occupant is still obvious, but the decor is now fresh and bright. The walls are filled with the type of beachy tchotchkes you might expect from a Caribbean themed chain and surfboard tables round out the look. In my opinion the biggest change is that the dining room now feels very “sunny” aided by a color scheme of cheery yellow and weathered wood tones. Tropical covers of popular music complete the ambience.
Being our first visit there, my party and I decided to make trying the wings a priority. We sampled both bone-in and boneless varieties along with 3 of the sauces (they have quite a large selections of sauces) – ancho chili lime, cyclone, and the medium version of the classic buffalo. The bone-in wings have no apparent breading and are tossed in sauce while the “boneless wing dippers” (actually chicken breast strips) are heavily breaded and come with the sauce on the side. All of the sauces were true to their respective menu descriptions and quite good. I was happy to find that the classic buffalo sauce was indeed my idea of classic, with enough vinegar to evoke the Frank’s Red Hot based sauce that I consider the quintessential buffalo wing flavor. We also sampled a Shrimp and Mahi Rice Bowl and the Crispy Grouper Sliders. The seafood in the bowl was tasty and appropriately cooked. The dish was well seasoned and had plenty of island/asian fusion flavor without being overly spicy (the waitress apparently recently fielded a complaint that the item was too hot, but that wasn’t my take on it at all). The sliders were fine but as they veered a little toward fast food-y tasting, I would skip them next time in favor of trying some of the more unique items. There were enough interesting menu items and a copious but as-yet-untried cocktail menu that will bring me in again, probably in midwinter when an hour in the Caribbean can help me make it through another winter here in the frozen north.
Take special note of the daily specials. Monday’s offer $6.99 burgers, Tuesday is kids-eat-free night, $.75 wing Wednesdays, and every day includes a happy hour(s) from 3pm-6pm and after 8pm (and all day Thursdays) where they offer $5 appetizers, $3 beers and $4 specialty cocktails like the ones pictured here!
Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/hgwWestDesMoines