The Duck Dynasty of Hooters is actually the The Rack Bar & Grill located in Burnsville and taking over the old Timberlodge Steakhouse just off 35W. And wouldn't you know it, it's right next door to an old Hooters location which is now Hurricane Grill & Wings... Weird! Upon entering The Rack, you'll notice nothing much has changed from the original occupant and straight from their own website, "Not very fancy, but it will do just fine for now." Well, I'm glad they said it, because that's the truth! Si once said, "I gotta work with what I got, its called improv-isavation". I'm wondering if the owner(s) of The Rack Bar & Grill were thinking the same thing?
I'll get to the food shortly and the reason for our decision to stop here soon, but I do have to mention one more thing unrelated to the cuisine and that was their selection of music. “Stop what you’re doing, cuz I’m about to ruin, the image and the sound you’re used to. Look here, I love that Humpty song. Stop cramping my style, man.” Si, you funny S.O.B. that's not what I was talking about... While I dig the Humpty, it wasn't that genre, it was hair bands from the 80's the whole night and it was awesome!
Lets get to the reason for the stop and that's their chicken wings. We will rank these at the Flying Buffalo's? blog if you want to see where they stand as well. My wife and I have pretty similar taste buds and decided to go with their medium Buffalo, a new flavor they added - Sweet Chili and the Whiskey BBQ. Right away, I was passing on the Whiskey BBQ after the first wing. It wasn't anything special... Went for the Sweet Chili next and that was pretty darn good and would order that, but it was the Buffalo that got my attention. I've mentioned time-and-time again that places should NEVER simply use Frank's Red Hot for their wings. You have to make it unique and add some additional spices and flavors to it which The Rack did. The wings themselves were cooked just right and they had great flavor. Question is... Where do they rank with the competition?
"You can grill anything on the grill, hog, crab, shrimp, snapper, you could probably shoot a horse and grill him." Yes Si, you can pretty much grill anything, but I don't think The Rack is going to be cooking up horses anytime soon, but if you want to try a pretty good chicken wing and you want to experience the Duck Dynasty Hooters, check out The Rack Bar & Grill. If you show up in a suite and tie, trust me... You're definitely going to stick out like a sore thumb Jack!
13050 Aldrich Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337