The wings at the Hay Merchant are huge. They come three to a plate and they fill up the plate nicely. Since, I'm not telling any tall tales, I will tell you why I ended up at the Hay Merchant in the first place. I was craving a Korean Fried Chicken dish that I used to get at Nabi's. Sadly, Nabi's has left the city, but it didn't stop the craving. I was driving around in my neighborhood, trying to figure out where I could find something similar. My taste buds told my car to drive to the Hay Merchant. Smart car for listening!!! I found a parking place straight away, a good sign, if ever there was one. The parking lot was full except for the one spot.
I sat at a table near the bar, great service by the way!!!! I looked over the menu. Immediately saw fried chicken, but that wasn't exactly the fried chicken I was looking for. I wanted chicken with a kick to it. Then I saw the Vietnamese Chicken Wings.
The description sold me right away. Wings lightly dusted with flour fried up in a caramelized fish sauce with local honey. My taste buds knew that we had landed in the right place. I ordered some fries, to go along with the wings. Got to get those veggies in somehow. (I say that tongue in check.)
To wash it all down, I had the Bombshell Blonde Shandy. This drink was mixed with Bombshell Blonde Ale and house made lemon-ginger soda. It was the perfect drink for the meal; tangy, sweet and perky.
Quote of the Day: "Walky, Talky, Hawky" A Loony Tunes cartoon. http://vimeo.com/34727339
The Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006