Wings are the thing at Socastee’s Chillin’ Chicken Cafe

For Weekly SurgeDecember 10, 2013 

Chillin’ Chicken Café serves wings, sandwiches and more. Photo by Becky Billingsley for Weekly Surge.

Chillin’ Chicken Café is at 4989 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 293-9464. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Setting the Table

Why did the chicken go across town? To open a new wing restaurant.

Several employees from the recently closed Planet Wings that was located near Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach were hired at the new Chillin’ Chicken Café that’s across from Socastee High School. The tiny site has housed several restaurants in recent years, and most recently it was Bingy’s, which served Jamaican food.

Chillin’ Chicken has a handful of tables for dining in. Customers order and pay at the counter, and food is brought to their table. There’s also delivery.

Down the Hatch

Prices start at $4.49 for five wings (bone-in or boneless) and go up to $63 for 100 wings.

More than two dozen wing flavors are offered. We tried Oriental Sesame, Rockin’ Sweet & Spicy, Ragin’ Cajun, Sweet & Sour, Sweet & Tangy, Chillin’ Chipotle Barbecue and Hot Garlic. Most of them were gloriously saucy and messy. My husband thought the Ragin’ Cajun wasn’t spicy enough, but it was perfect for me, since I don’t care to be painfully reminded the next day of the previous night’s meal.

The first time I tried Chillin’ Chicken’s wings I ordered at the restaurant and carried them home (I live just a few blocks away), and they were steaming hot, plump and tasty. The box contained blue cheese sauce I requested and, tucked under a paper liner, were six small and warm celery sticks.

The second time I called in for delivery, and the food arrived within 15 minutes. The box contained the blue cheese I requested and a few warm celery sticks. However, the chicken skin was rather flabby, as if they rushed cooking them. The third time we also had delivery, which arrived in about 20 minutes, and the wings were cooked more thoroughly. However, there was no dipping sauce or celery; I wasn’t asked if I wanted dipping sauce and forgot to mention it.

We also sampled a few of the other dishes. The Chillin’ Chicken Gyro ($7.49) was in a deliciously fresh pita, and the lettuce/tomato/onion/tzatziki sauce toppings were great. However, the gyro’s chicken breast strips were so tough and dry they were inedible; I removed them and ate the rest of the sandwich. There’s also a beef gyro for $7.

My husband had a Chillin’ Cheesesteak for $7.25, and the fresh sub roll was filled with an adequate amount of meat and cheese. His green peppers cost an extra quarter. He liked the sandwich.

Onion rings ($3.49) were nice and crispy, almost to the point of being burnt, but they were cold when they arrived. Other finger foods include curly fries, “natural cut” fries, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, fried mushrooms, chili cheese fries and loaded potato skins.

Chillin’ Chicken serves burgers ($5-$6.75) like the “O” burger topped with lettuce, tomato, American cheese and two onion rings; and hot dogs for $2 each, or there are one- and two-dog combos for $4 and $6. For an extra quarter apiece, the dogs can be topped with chili, cheese, grilled onions or sauerkraut.

Chicken tenders are $4 for three, $6 for five or $9 for eight; nachos with cheese or salsa are $3.49; and cheese or chicken quesadillas are $5-$7. There are also a few sandwiches and salads, including a BLT for $4.75, a Buffalo chicken wrap for $7, and a chicken Caesar salad for $8.

Check, please

Sweet treats include ice cream bars and cookies, which are $1.79 each.

After checking out Chillin’ Chicken’s food three times, my opinion is the wings are the best menu item. I just wish they’d cook them a little crispier before saucing them.

Becky Billingsley serves up fresh news daily at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.

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