Photo: Top left – Thai Ghost, Bottom Middle – Ghost Buffalo, Right – Lucky’s Inferno
The Thai Ghost and Ghost Buffalo are too hot for some, but the sticky/sweet of the Thai Ghost makes it bearable and the standard buffalo taste and smell of the Ghost Buffalo make it a good “first step into spicy” for folks.
Now, you may be saying “Ron, the wings on the right look the same as the Ghost Buffalo, how could you tell a difference” and here’s where I have to give props to Lucky’s carryout crew. This seems small, but they wrote the names of the wings on the boxes. We’ve gotten wings before where we just have to guess and the Lady of the Farm generally burns her face off, much to my delight. These were well-marked and if you’ve got a keen eye, you’ll be able to see the Lucky’s Inferno wings are a bit more wet and a little redder than the Ghost Buffalo. On first bite, the taste of the wings take over. Definitely the tastiest of the three for me with a bit of sweetness, a small taste of something hot and some other spices.
The heat on the Lucky’s Inferno has a slow build, hitting all parts of your mouth individually. Starts with a great sting on your tongue, rolls to the roof of your mouth and finishes with heat at the back of the throat. Two wings in had me sniffling and by the time I finished the sixth my nose was in drip mode. Not only does this heat build slowly, it lasts for a couple minutes after as well. Turns out that linger is thanks to a few drops of Mad Dog 357, the infamous original extract sauce that includes habaneros, chile extract and cayenne peppers. Some may say “that’s cheating” but for year-round heat in these sauces, add some drops of a hefty heat hot sauce makes sense. We definitely prefer fresh pepper wing sauces, but I really dig the Lucky’s Inferno wing sauce. As their hottest sauce, I think it stacks up well with other sauces around Columbus when it comes to a combo of heat and flavor.
We’ve had a lot of wings over the last year and still have the Filling Station 9-1-1 Wings at the top of our wing list, but the Lucky’s Inferno wings are definitely in our Top 10 wings for heat, and in our Top 5 of overall wing quality. Would definitely recommend checking out their 70 cent wing nights on Sundays and Mondays after 4pm. It’s dine-in only, but as mentioned they’ve done a nice job of re-opening in a responsible way. Where does this fall in our total list? It was close, but we’re tossing these wings at #18, just above the Quaker Steak and Lube Triple Atomic Wings and below the Winking Lizard Fire in the Hole wings.
Full review (if interested): https://fartleyfarms.com/spiciest-dish-in-columbus-series-luckys-grille-and-sports-pub/
Full spiciest in Columbus List (if interested): https://fartleyfarms.com/spiciest-dish-in-columbus-oh/