Votes are in: The Groggy Frogg serves the best wings in town

Employees and volunteers from The Groggy Frogg dole out helpings of their award-winning chicken wings on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the 10th annual Wing Fest at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The Groggy Frogg, winners from 2010 to 2013, regained its crown in 2015 with the title of Best Overall Wings. The restaurant also claimed Hottest Wings at the annual contest. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

Employees and volunteers from The Groggy Frogg dole out helpings of their award-winning chicken wings on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the 10th annual Wing Fest at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. The Groggy Frogg, winners from 2010 to 2013, regained its crown in 2015 with the title of Best Overall Wings. The restaurant also claimed Hottest Wings at the annual contest. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

The Groggy Frogg can now proudly display their hard-earned “Best Wings” banner.

After sampling a variety of new flavors created especially for the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual Wing Fest, the Center Street restaurant took home the titles of “Best Overall” and “Hottest.”

The charity contest, held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, was a hit amongst locals again this year.

As hundreds gathered in the Aqua Turf, the Chamber collected toy donations and sold tickets to benefit their Adopt-A-Family program.

Michael Hamin of Wood-n-Tap tosses a batch of wings. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

Michael Hamin of Wood-n-Tap tosses a batch of wings. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

This year, the Groggy Frogg regained their long-held number one title after a by edging Giovanni’s for the prized spot.

“I think we tried our very best,” said manager Mark Montana after finishing a group hug with his staff, “We brought the winning trophy back home again.”

The restaurant had held four previous “Best Overall” titles—winning in 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010—before coming in second to Giovanni’s in 2014.

Crystal Chamberlain, an employee at the Groggy Frogg for nearly a year, said the team had a great time developing and testing new flavors for the contest..

The winners offered flavors including “Asian Fusion”, “Roasted Red Pepper Gorgonzola”, and a spicy mixture of ghost peppers and Carolina Reaper peppers.

“We had a few people getting sick,” said Chamberlain of the hottest wings in town, “so take them at your own risk.”

Dave Getchell makes his selection from Katie Kennedy from Blackstone Irish Pub. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

Dave Getchell makes his selection from Katie Kennedy from Blackstone Irish Pub.
(Photo by Tammi Naudus)

With the longest line winding through the festival all night, many seemed to take the risk.

Nearly a dozen other restaurants joined in the festivities, including Wood-n-Tap, Back Nine, the new Plantsville Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Crystal Bees, Blackstone Irish Pub, Hop Haus, Chili’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and TD Homer’s.

Competitors offered flavors ranging from Jack Daniels, to classic buffalo, to the chocolate covered strawberry creation that won The Tipping Chair title of “Most Original.”

Sponsors for Wing Fest included Mount Southington ski area, Webster Bank, Calcagni Associates Real Estate, and IMS InterMerchant Services.

The participants gather after a tough day of doling out wings.

The participants gather after a tough day of doling out wings.

To comment on this story or to contact staff writer Taylor Hartz, email her at THartz@SouthingtonObserver.com.

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