As a griller and BBQ fanatic, I decided to visit a BBQ restaurant that has been voted #1 in West Michigan. Located in Holland, Michigan, it is the perfect lunch before heading off for a day at the Holland State Park down the road. Their $6 lunches beat out a lot of competition who charge $6 for the sandwich alone.
As for the décor, I love the two-person seating outside on log style tables. The restaurant is clean and simple. Food is ready in as much time as going through Subway for a sandwich. They also have a deli-style cooler if you want to buy some beef sticks, jerky, or sauce.
In judging the food, Hog Wild is very solid. First, the ribs are some of the meatiest I have had. The sauce is good quality and the meat falls off the bone like any ribs should. In BBQ, I love brisket most. Theirs had a good smokiness, was quite juicy, and had a good flavor. However, I thought it was a little too fatty and lacked the melt-in-your-mouth quality that I look for. The chicken wings are some of the best I have had in a while and also nice size. All the sauces are homemade and that help bring the wings to a high level. I went with the whiskey bourbon and the parmesan garlic. The whiskey bourbon has a mild, subtle flavor that is like a glaze. It was very addictive and a hit with the family. The parmesan garlic was also surprisingly good. It is a creamy sauce that can have a spicy kick at times yet is not detrimental to your breath. The corn break cake is a great way to top things off. It has the perfect amount of dryness and taste.
Pictured: (L) Whiskey Bourbon Wings (T) Pork Rib (R) Brisket Sample