If it's a hankering you have for wings, but you don't want your dinner deep-fried, you might want to try the "Naked Wings" at the Wing House in Town 'N Country.
Marinated in olive oil and never fried, the skinless wings are served with a choice of sauce, mild to house-on-fire. They're the brainchild of Wing House owner and former Dallas Cowboy offensive guard Crawford Ker, who has opened three Wing Houses in as many years. The first two were in Largo and Pinellas Park.
Indeed, many of the restaurant's selections have a Texas flair, from the House Nachos ($5.95) _ "almost the size of the Texas Stadium" _ to the specialty wings, served with a secret sauce from Dallas.
The Wing House serves a tasty Caesar salad ($4.25) smothered in a tangy dressing. The thick New England style clam chowder ($2.50) was good, too.
Seafood selections include a blackened grouper ($6.50), as well as Buffalo Shrimp with fries ($7.95).
The Wing House also serves a chicken sandwich ($5.55), a Philly steak sub ($5.65) and a Dallas Burger ($6.95).
Not to be ignored are the standard sports bar fare of bleu cheese and celery (50 cents) and curly fries for two ($1.45).
_ JACKIE RIPLEY
8001 W Hillsborough Ave.; 806-9464
HOURS: Mon.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
PRICES: Appetizers from $2.50; salads from $4.25; sandwiches from $3.95; seafood from $6.50; wings from $2.95. Full liquor bar, happy hour 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.