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The Bayou Bar and Grill- Manayunk, PA

by Sarita Cini

Don’t be surprised to find the patrons of Bayou Bar and Grill sectioned off according to team jerseys bearing names like "Saggy TD's" and "Dixie Normous." As a sports bar, the Bayou takes this designation literally, organizing various sports leagues
for Manayunk Sport and Social Club. You'll find many of the players following up competition on the field with a post-game drink here. Welcome the urge to lapse into the nostalgia of your high school athletic career. Everyone else is doing the same. Keep in mind though, you don't need to wear cleats or know Vick's completion percentage to enjoy the wings served at this Main Street Manayunk joint. What you do need is an appreciation for the small-sized wing and a well-flavored sauce. Bring first-timers out on a Monday when wings are 20 cents apiece and watch their reaction turn from ecstatic over the price to completely disillusioned when the little guys arrive. Yes, they serve up a smaller wing, but the Bayou proves smaller wings have
their advantages! At this size, they maintain their tenderness while avoiding the fatty composition that is typical in larger wings. Free from the binds of fat, the meat slides effortlessly from the bone.
When it comes to surface area per pound, smaller wings offer a lot more of it, allowing the skin to absorb even more sauce. With the Bayou’s mouth-watering concoction, that’s a very good thing. Whether you appreciate flavor over spiciness or vice versa, you’ll agree that this sauce has it all. While adding a subtle touch of sweet and a hint of tangy, the Bayou still maintains that well-desired fire that is always associated with a good wing sauce. The brave can forgo the blue cheese in order to truly appreciate the flavor, but the rest of us will opt for a defense against the heat. Although they haven’t won a “Best of Philly” award for their wings since 1998- when some of us were still playing little league- there’s something to be said for nostalgia and players like the Bayou. More than ten years after the awards and accolades, they’re still serving up one of the best chicken wings in Philly, and that says a lot- even if their glory days are beyond the memory of the next generation of wing enthusiasts.

The Bayou Bar and Grill
4245 Main Street
Manayunk, PA 19127



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