Local Overton Square
2126 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Local Gastropub opened downtown on South Main a few years ago. My friends and I have really grown to like the place; some of us may even be considered regulars. I’ve never had a bad meal at Local. I’ve had the hot wings at Local many, many times and they are good. Not my favorite wing option downtown, but good.
Local is pretty proud of their wings; even calling them “award winning.” So when Local announced that they would open a second location in midtown, I knew hot wings would be on the menu, and I made it my mission to see how the wings would compare to the wings I’ve enjoyed at the Local downtown. I had anticipated on opening in late August, as I had been told, but here we are in the first week of November and they are just now up and running.
Last Thursday I got my chance to check out the new Local Overton Square on the corner of Madison and Cooper, which was once home to a dive bar called Yosemite Sam’s. I must say the transformation of the space is impressive, but I’m not here to discuss the decor.
At the downtown location you have a choice between a half or a full order of wings. In midtown there is no choice; it’s 10 wings and dressing for $11. Local wings are served one way: no fries, no celery; just wing sections fried and tossed in a signature sauce. There are no flavor options. That’s okay with me though because the sauce they create is excellent. It’s a very buttery blend of peppers and herbs. Yes, herbs. If that sounds weird, trust me, it works. The herbal flavor is not overwhelming at all, in fact, it mingles with the heat and butter quite nicely. Some people might not even notice it. It’s kinda hard to miss the little green flakes in the sauce, however.
So the question was… Would the midtown Local wings standup to the downtown Local wings? The answer is an enthusiastic YES! Actually, the wings I had were BETTER than the wings I’ve eaten downtown. There are two reasons for this; they were bigger and crispier in midtown. That’s two major judging points right there! I loved these wings and I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to eat them again. I just hope it wasn’t an opening week fluke!