Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CJ’s House of Wings N’ Things earns notoriety with variety

It didn’t take long for C.J.’s House of Wings N’ Things to garner the attention of the community, as The Mercury’s Readers’ Choice winner for best wings has quickly made a name for itself with a stacked menu that includes 69 flavors of wings — and counting.

Open since May of 2010 at their Pottstown location, the family business is owned and operated by local firefighters including chef C.J., who has concocted wing sauces ranging from the sweet to the ghastly — literally. The “Fiery Ghost” flavor is an inferno sauce mixed with Ghost Pepper, and C.J. explained “if you like it hot, it’s good.” A creative flavor called the “Twisted Mexican” features a southern-style sauce of herbs, spices and cayenne pepper mixed with blue cheese and ranch.

And while in spicy heat measurement C.J.’s offers an extreme sauce that reaches 5 million Scoville units, the variety of fresh, never frozen wings offers something for everyone.

Though wings are C.J.’s specialty, smoked pork and ribs, hoagie and steak sandwiches and much more fill out a diverse menu. The Muncher tried the “Beech Street Melt,” a hearty portion of turkey, cheese wiz, onion rings and hot ranch sauce packed in a fresh Amoroso deli roll. The cool cheese was the first taste felt, but a zing of the hot ranch sauce on the backend made this dish a welcome distraction from the typical turkey sandwich. Offering a variety of specials, C.J.’s delivers a delicious and economical meal that doesn’t compromise quality.

Located at 203 N. York St. in Pottstown, C.J.’s House of Wings N’ Things is open Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free delivery available by calling 610-970-8646.

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Fresh not frozen is the key at Kickin’ Chicken

POTTSTOWN – As Kickin’ Chicken & More gears for their first anniversary at their new location, one thing that hasn’t changed is the emphasis they put on making high quality, delicious cuisine.

Now at 808 N. Charlotte St. in Pottstown after two years at High and Washington streets, Kickin’ Chicken now offers limited seating, though most orders are for takeout.

All menu items have been served at seven locations that the co-owner and chef Norm Taylor has managed in a long career in the restaurant business. Taylor features special recipes for homemade soups, hand-cut potato skins, sautéed corn, broccoli with onions and much more.

Large, juicy chicken strips and wings are what Kickin’ Chicken is famous for, as the portion size is significantly larger than the competition. Cooked from scratch and never frozen, it may take a few extra minutes to prepare some food items, but the wait is well worth the quality.

Special promotions for weekend football games and holiday parties are now being offered, and the staff will cater for large orders.

The goal of the restaurant is to provide quality home-cooked meals at affordable prices.

Kickin’ Chicken is open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 3 to 8:30 p.m.

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Get food that really delivers at Ice House Steaks & Pizza

POTTSTOWN — When Craig Bolinger bought the historic corner building at King and Manatawny streets, he envisioned a restaurant that served the freshest food possible, delivered right to the customers’ doorstep. With the help of manager Lynn Mazza and his excellent team of employees, the dream was realized and continues today, as prompt service is complimented by a smile and friendly greeting.

One of the first independent pizza restaurants locally to use a computer ordering system, Ice House has evolved with the times to provide online ordering through their updated website, www.icehousedelivers.com.

Customers crave their cheesesteaks, wings and hoagies, and the Mercury Muncher was quick to hop on the specialty cheesesteak, which was served with Farmland sliced steak and served on a fresh-baked Conshohocken roll. Provolone cheese, sauce and fried onions made this mouthwatering dish a Muncher favorite.

For Ice House, the staff is not happy unless the customer is happy, stressing a commitment to their 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. As they develop their expanded catering menu, quality and convenience are paramount as the restaurant has expanded to meet the catering needs of the community.

Delivering everything on the menu, Ice House Steaks & Pizza offers delivery, pickup, dine-in, catering and take out beer. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For orders call 610-326-9999.

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