First bites at Jazzy Hot Wings at 1850 Redmond Road, West Rome: Wings are huge in Northwest Georgia with dozens of options, including Jefferson’s, Moe’s Original Barbecue (smoked!) and many more. We still mourn the passing of WOW Cafe and Wingery two years ago. That said, we recommend you add Jazzy Hot Wings to that list — and stick around to sample some of the Cajun food as well.
We never had the chance to try some of the other restaurants in this particular venue for whatever reason; we finally crossed the door way Thursday and we’ll do again soon. What we liked (see menu below):
- A manly portion of wings for $11.25. That’s a dozen wings, not eight or 10 or six or whatever. There’s not a lot of meat on those flats and legs so the more, the better. Need more? Options build from 20 to 50 ($43.99). A kid’s order of six also is available and there was a daily special for six as well.
- Sauces include mild, medium, hot, lemon pepper, barbecue, Cajun, teriyaki, Buffalo garlic and cheese parmesan and Buffalo ranch.
- Surprising entrees: Yes, Cajun is on the door and also in the kitchen. What’s cooking? Chicken and sausage Jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish and shrimp etouffee, shrimp and grits, po’ boys and “swamp pasta.” We didn’t have room to try even a side of the above but will next time.
- Surprising appetizers: Six Boudin balls for $6.99 (a must if you go), fried mac-n-cheese, fried pickles and fried green tomatoes.
- Beverages: Iced tea ($2.25), soft drinks, beer and even locally brewed Short Hot Blonde ($4.99) from Rome City Brewing Co. (pairs well with the wings, we’re told; we were on the clock so no samples there this trip).
- The damage: Just under $40 before a tip but this wasn’t your typical lunch order; regardless, it was worth every dime.
History: The business has ties to the Hot Wings shop on Maple Avenue and to the Jazzy Southern Cajun restaurant that went all too soon. It was to relocate to the former Deano’s on Dean Avenue in 2014 but that deal fell apart — but we like how it has been mixed into Jazzy Hot Wings these days).
Hours: They’re changing a bit but mostly 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sundays.
Latest on ‘East Bend’ center and its planned restaurants and retail: OK, maybe this is a stretch for ‘dining’ but here’s the update. The city’s Redevelopment Agency meets at 10 this morning in the Sam King Room at City Hall to discuss the tax allocation district for East Bend, the retail center proposed by Ledbetter Properties to replace the former Kmart. The meeting is open to all.
- The latest official word on East Bend. Ledbetters
- Our ‘guestimate’ on which stores might open there. Guestimate