Everything Bagel Spice Meets Jumbo Wings at Charleston’s Swig & Swine
While there might not be much of a “bar” to safely belly up to in your restaurant these days, that doesn’t mean your customers aren't craving cheese-slathered nachos, soft pretzels, spicy wings and other sharable, sports-watching snacks to indulge in in the comfort of their homes. Swig & Swine Pitmaster/Owner Anthony Dibernardo says his customers are craving bar food more than ever, so he’s upping his wing offerings at his Charleston restaurant, with new flavors like hot honey and blue cheese and Thai chile.
“Wings have always been comfort food to me, but I wanted to see if I could take it to the next level with flavors and trends people want right now," he says. "For me, there's something childlike and safe about bagels with cream cheese, so I wanted to give those nostalgic flavor profiles a shot on chicken wings." For his everything bagel chicken wings, Dibernardo coats jumbo wings with a mix of brown sugar, chile powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, and granulated onion and garlic and smokes them over oak chips for two hours. He then fries them until they are crispy and tosses them in a homemade Alabama white BBQ sauce (a mix of mayo, lemon juice, lemon zest, horseradish, white vinegar, salt, celery salt, and black pepper). The final step is a generous sprinkling of everything bagel spice (a mix of sesame seeds, garlic, onion, poppy seeds, and salt). “Who doesn’t love everything bagels? It's my go-to bagel and I eat one every morning,” says Dibernardo. “They're comforting—and I wanted these wings to be, too.”
Liz Grossman is the managing editor of Plate.