It turns out, Miss Crumpy's is actually a spinoff of a small group of hot wing places in Memphis called Crumpy's Hot Wings (no "Mr." there, just plain "Crumpy's"). After a few conversations, I still haven't gotten a great explanation on the origins of the name, but I'm betting it involves intrigue, line dancing and intoxication.
The brilliant logo for Miss Crumpy's Hot Wings prominently features the Memphis bridge and skyline, including the world famous Memphis Pyramid (which is now a giant Bass Pro Shop, seriously, but that's another story). In front of the skyline stands an oddly seductive chicken woman holding a plate of hot wings. She actually looks a bit like an extra from the long forgotten TV show Duckman. You know you can't resist her charms.
Miss Crumpy's opened a bit over a month ago on a cute little stretch of Ralph David Abernathy Road (yes, there is such a thing), and they do hot wings quite well. Their technique for the upper end of the heat register involves coating the fried wings in a layer of dry spices first, then a secret ingredient that is ladled out of a large pickle jar and looks a lot like pickle juice (but it's not!), then some doctored up Frank's hot sauce, then a coating of cayenne powder. The "Super Hot" (just below "Suicide") packs just the right amount of heat for my taste buds, with an addictive burn. I love that they toss the carrots and celery in with the wings, so they, too, take on the flavor of the wing sauce.
Beyond the wings, Miss Crumpy's also serves up fried fish, burgers, and more. But go for the wings. And to marvel in the beauty of Miss Crumpy standing in front of the Memphis skyline. She's on her way to bigger things.
Miss Crumpy's Hot Wings
1540 Ralph David Abernathy
Atlanta, GA 30310
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