Review: Ale EmporiumAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Recommended: Independent
8617 Allisonville Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250
What I Got: Large Order of Herman Wings and Large Order of Hermanaki Wings ($18.25 each)
Some friends and I were watching some basketball and were craving some wings, so we decided to get some carry-out from the Ale Emporium in order to tide us over.
Ale Emporium has their standard buffalo wings for $17.50 for a large order, but if you are feeling adventurous you can get them in either Herman style or Hermanaki style for an extra 75 cents. Herman style (on the right) is a spicy wing and Hermanaki style (on the left) is a sweet and spicy combination of a wing that has a twinge of teriyaki flavor (thus the Hermanaki name).
The Herman wings are somewhat similar to what you might find in a traditional chicken wing. They are hot, but they get their heat from traditional spices like pepper (you can see the pepper on the wings in the picture) and seemingly not from anything out of the ordinary.
The Hermanaki wings also have large flakes of crushed red pepper on them, so not only are you getting the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce but you are also getting a nice spicy blast from the red pepper flakes.
What makes these wings so special and interesting is that they are LARGE (some of the meatiest wings that you can get), and they are not really all that messy because they seem like they are more of a grilled wing than a fried wing. I don’t know the exact process of how they do it, but I suspect it is not only the traditional way of only frying the wings. Speculation online is that they fry them first and then finish them on the grill, but no one knows as it is a restaurant secret.
While eating them, you’ll get a little grease on your fingers, but it is nothing like Hooters wings where you are covered in grease from head to toe when you finish eating them. They are also extremely tender as well.
The wings also get served with the usual garnishments of carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing as well. And if you’ve never had Ale Emporium’s blue cheese dressing, you are missing out. It has huge chunks of blue cheese in it and is about as creamy of a blue cheese dressing as you can find. I honestly could sit around and eat just this dressing as my meal as if it were a bowl of soup because it is that good. I believe it to be homemade, but I cannot speak definitively that it is, so I’ll just leave it with my speculation. I just wish I had been smart enough to snap a picture of the dressing as well.
Would I Buy It Again? Undoubtedly yes. I would argue that these wings are the best wings in the city of Indianapolis and would recommend that everyone cruise down to the Ale Emporium to try them out. They can get kind of pricey for a large order (a large order is three pounds of wings), but in this case, the price is really worth it as you are getting a unique and really excellent tasting chicken wing.
Also, Ale Emporium has outstanding pizzas, so if you and a group of friends are ever in the mood for pizza and wings, you can’t really do much better than this place. The pizzas are also huge, so no one is going to leave hungry. They’ve also got a great beer selection and a large party room in the back as well. This is a really good place to hang out.