It’s hard to believe we’re at the halfway mark in this second chicken wing tour! A few weeks ago I got this email from Loren Peacock, owner of Peacock’s Pub in Bartonville:
“If you are in the Bartonville area - give us a try at Peacock's Pub! We have some new wings that are awesome, if I do say so myself!”
Well, I’m not in the Bartonville area, but I think I can get over there with the help of...
Scott Turley, MBIP pal, Contributing Writer and Wheelman. Here he is behind the wheel steering us towards the land of Bartonville on a wonderful cloudy and overcast day.
Well, that didn’t take long! Here we are and there’s Peacock’s Pub looming up ahead in the distance!
We parked and as usual, Scott’s ahead of me entering the pub with a powerful thirst!
Wow, there’s a big crowd in here on a Sunday afternoon! The bar is completely filled up!
And here’s the author of the email that brought us here, Loren Peacock, the owner of the pub. Loren’s owned the pub for three years now and told me that this building is over 100 years old. Very cool!
Luke was bartending this afternoon and here he is serving up an ice cold Budweiser with a friendly smile!
And check it out, Scott beat me to the punch like he always does, he went ahead and got a bucket of beer for us! This day is off to a spectacular start!
Here’s our view of the bar from our table.
There’s tables opposite the bar and this place has a real comfortable neighborhood pub vibe to it.
In the back is a gaming room for you gamblers out there.
This room is located behind the main bar area. It’s got a dining room and a separate bar and it can be rented out for private parties. I really like the brick wall in here.
Meanwhile, back at our table Loren and Scott are chatting. We asked about the wings and Loren told me he’d take me back to the kitchen to meet the head chef and the cook and talk about our wing order.
So its off we went and here’s Loren with Missy and Donnie. Missy’s a cook here and Donnie’s the head chef at the pub and he's created all the recipes for the menu here. They told me they now have several flavors of wings that they’re just developing and told me that they’d make us up a sampler platter of all the different styles of chicken wings, nice! I can’t wait for this...
And I don’t have to because of the miracle of these here interwebs, here’s Luke with our platter of wings!
Wow, that’s a lot of wings and I love the flags they’ve put in the to designate the different flavors! And in addition to the ranch sauce, there’s homemade sauce to the right that’s Donnie’s personal creation!
I picked this quartet of wings to start out with and here they are undergoing that all-important cooling process that allows me to have...
Another beer! Cheers!
The wings were really good! They’re jumbo-sized, plump and really juicy! Some of them were fire-grilled, which is a unique way of preparing the wings, they deep fry them and then put them in the pizza oven and grill them there. I loved all the flavors, but Scott and I agreed that the dry rub flavor was our favorite. It really had a nice flavor and was spicy, but not over the top. These are really top-notch wings!
I think this is the messiest bones and napkin shot I’ve ever taken! The sign of some really good wings!
In addition to those great chicken wings, there’s a full menu at Peacock’s Pub with a large assortment of pub appetizers, nine selections of sandwiches, three styles of burgers and homemade pub pizza. And on Wednesdays there’s Donnie’s homemade fried chicken which several people in the pub recommended. I’ll have to come and try that out down the road!
And speaking of Donnie, here he is with the manager of Peacock’s Pub, Rich! Thanks to Donnie and Missy for making us a special sampler platter of wings and to Loren and everyone at Peacock’s Pub for a fun afternoon in Bartonville!
Chicken Wing Rating
Four Wings Guitar Picks—The wings are some of the best I’ve had and I highly recommend the dry rub wings, really tasty!