There comes a time in the life of any man when no meal can suffice him other than wings and ribs. Those meals are of a primal nature: You grab the meat at one end, and rip apart the flesh from the bone with your teeth. Your mouth is smeared with the juice and your fingers are slathered in grease. It's a rare moment when it's virtually impossible to tell us apart from our cave-dwelling ancestors.
Fortunately, there is little need for men today to bring out the clubs and go on an actual hunt for meat. One only needs to take a trip to a place that serves both wings and ribs, such as the combo-joint Chubby's Rib Shack and Buffalo's Wings N' Things—fastfood-style restaurants with food that rivals classy sit-down diners. The two restaurants exist individually in several branches, such as the Chubby's at Solenad 2 in Laguna and Megamall and the Wings N' Things at SM North, Megamall, Banawe, Glorietta 5, and Nuvali.
In some cases, the two offer a package experience with joint branches in Ayala Fairview Terraces, Solaris One in Makati, and of course, Commercenter in Alabang, the branch we visited for this edition of The FHM Guide To Man Food.
Here's a sampling of what you should order...especially if you're looking to stuff yourself silly with wings and ribs!
1) CHAMPION BUFFALO WINGS
The name alone should clue you in about Wings N' Things version of the man food favorite. There are many wing diners nowadays, but Buffalo's seem to be the one that's worth coming home to every now and then. Their chicken's exterior is crispy but not brittle. The skin doesn't fall off when you bite in but gives way properly when you sink your teeth into the meat. The strongest flavors are found on the outside but the flavors remain even deep into the meat—which simply can't be said for many other places specializing on wings.
Making things more fun are the 12 levels of hot-ness for every order. Pictured above is the middle-of-the-pack "New York's Finest," which has a zing but not enough that you'll need to drink water with every bite. Below is the "Garlic Parmesan" variety which is the mildest among all, but remains memorable with its almost-sweet buttery taste.
If you're out to challenge your taste buds, the aptly-named "Nuclear," "Armageddon," "K-Bomb," and the hottest of them all, the "Ultimate Wingsanity," should do the trick. You're even required to sign a waiver to consume the latter two.
Get it for:
- One-half pound - P149
- One pound - P284
- Triple Sampler (three flavors in one serving) - P409
2) BABY BACK RIBS
This half-pound smoked rack hits the wonderful balance between charred and juicy. Ribs are no good if they don't taste smoky, but cook them too much, and you lose all the juice and the meat's natural tenderness. The restaurant's slogan, "If it ain't burned, momma didn't cook it," is the rib-wisdom we didn't know we needed in our lives—and this slab of meat proved it. The sauce is sweet and tangy, and complements the fall-off-the-bones tenderness of the meat with the sides—the toast, the coleslaw, and the Mexican-flavored rice—providing a satisfying reprieve from the strong flavors.
Get it for: P389
3) PULLED PORK NACHOS
This hot mess features freshly cooked nachos that are slathered with cheese and showered with a generous amount of BBQ pulled pork. No manlier side dish than this one!
Get it for: P159
HOW TO GET THERE:
Chubby's Rib Shack and Buffalo's Wings N' Things are on the ground floor of Commercenter Alabang. It is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.