They’re eaten at bars and Super Bowl parties by the dozen. They’re often paired with beer and blue cheese sauce. And their finger-licking goodness usually comes courtesy of the deep-fryer. Yes, we’re talking about chicken wings—the quintessential “bro” food. But thanks to recent Melrose arrival Love Baked Wings, this bar snack is getting a healthy lift.
Chef Michael Shand (who’s cooked for the likes of Adele and Beyoncé) knows his way around a bird: He grew up on a poultry farm in New Zealand. At Love Baked Wings, he’s sourcing hormone- and antibiotic-free Mary’s chicken wings and baking them in special ovens with a high fan speed that render the wings crisp and juicy with absolutely no cooking oil ($11 per pound).
Boost the wings’ flavor with your choice of made-in-house seasoning, ranging from garlic, parmesan and rosemary (mild) to sesame ginger (medium) and burning jerk (hot). Not a meat eater? Try the novel and tasty chickpea “wings” ($9 per pound), which are vegan wing-shaped bites made from chickpea paste.
Pair your wings with another healthy take on bar food: carrot “fries” ($5). Shand rolls carrot wedges in gluten-free flour and bakes them until soft on the inside and crisp on the outside—just like their potato-based counterparts but with a whole lot more vitamin A and no frying.
Organic, locally sourced salads ($8) put some green in this bar-snack scene. If you can’t resist a soda, try a fountain drink sweetened with organic agave. But sorry, bros…no beer.
Love Baked Wings
7350 Melrose Ave. #A