A good rule of thumb for dining out: If a restaurant has a particular kind of food in its name, that’s probably what you should order.
That was our experience with Halftime Wingery. The Prairieville eatery has salads, burgers, sandwiches and other items, but wings are its clear priority. It offers them boneless, breaded and “naked” with 17 varieties of seasoning from mild to extra hot.
And, for those who consider eating to be a competitive enterprise, Halftime offers a challenge to patrons to eat its hottest wings without drinking anything. Those who do so have their photo put on the “Wall of Fame,” and those who try but fail get their likeness attached to the “Wall of Shame.” On our recent visit, several young men finished the challenge, though one made a quick dash for the front door and appeared to empty his stomach. Not sure if there are photos on the “Sidewalk of Watch Where You Step.”
Our party was more interested in food than glory, so we avoided the pepper-centric part of the wing menu. The 10-piece boneless “sweet heat” ribs ($6.99) were quite pleasing - meaty, and with a flavor that was both tangy and slightly sweet, with neither overpowering the other. The teriyaki flavoring also was pleasant and, as expected, mild.
The rest of the items we tried ranged from slightly above average to disappointing.
We liked both the cheeseburger ($6.99) and grilled chicken sandwich ($7.99), which both came on large, soft Kaiser rolls and dressed with lettuce and tomato (and, on the chicken sandwich, mayonnaise). Both were properly cooked and filling. We would have preferred having mustard on the table to add to our sandwiches, but it wasn’t a big enough deal for us to ask for it.
The chicken quesadilla ($8.99) was fine, but we were shocked at the tiny portion of guacamole that was provided. Unless there’s an avocado shortage we’re not aware of, there is no need to be stingy with the guacamole.
From the appetizer menu, we sampled the steak ultimate nachos, which included bite-sized cubes of tender beef with an abundance of jalapeno pepper slices and cheese sauce poured over the chips. The cheese sauce seemed extraordinarily salty - much more apparent than the natural sharpness one wants from cheese. That wasn’t the only item we thought over-salted, but it’s the one that stands out.
Halftime Wingery, as the other half of the name implies, has a sports-bar atmosphere, with televisions in each corner of the dining area. The wait staff was friendly and attentive.
If you go, get the wings.