post Jerry (Wright) was right: Pig Wings are delicious

November 30th, 2011

Filed under: food trends,mom & pop,restaurant closing — Andrea Lin @ 1:15 pm

Pig Wings Aloft!At his lamentably closed burger and steak joint called Independence Grill, Jerry Wright served good burgers, tasty prime rib, addicting fried pickles, and Pig Wings.  Those delectable drumsticks were actually small pork shanks with all the flavor bestowed by having the bone on the premises for extra flavoring.

Well, Jerry was ahead of the Times, literally: New York Times loves Pig Wings. Apparently “shank” is not a dining public friendly word, so pig wings was the appointed moniker to pair with ranch dressing and/or barbeque sauces.  I also learned that Chili’s riblets (or are those the infamous “baby back ribs”???) are actually the transverse process of the vertebrae. That’s pretty nifty, and means that Baby Back Ribs is actually a correct term.  Who woulda thunk it?

Too bad the recession nailed us all when it did – or maybe the grass-roots campaign should begin now to bring back Jerry, the fried pickles, and those luscious pig wings.


  1. My husband and I were huge fans and frequent customers of Independence Grill. We were not fans of the owner’s politics, which he put proudly on display in the restaurant and which we felt definitely contributed to the restaurant’s downfall, especially when he started openly hosting/sponsoring Tea Party gatherings. We absolutely loved the burgers, the friendly service, the varied and creative menu offerings, etc. It would be great if Jerry opened another restaurant, but this time kept his politics out of it so people could focus on his delicious food and creative palate. Whenever we would recommend Independence Grill or talk to people about the place, we would hear disparaging comments and proclamations of “I will never eat there” related to either the very obvious political decor or the fact that Jerry was involved with the Tea Party – it was never about the food, which anyone who actually ate there had to admit was delicious. Unfortunately, in Albuquerque, the political is personal, and you have to know your audience. The crowd likely to patronize independent local restaurants here isn’t necessarily the same crowd attending Tea Party rallies – maybe that would be the case elsewhere, but not here. And word of mouth spreads faster than a lot of restaurateurs seem to think.

    Comment by Amy — November 30, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  2. Why do I always find out about the good restaurants after they close? I could really use a plate of “pig wings” right about now. Yum!

    Comment by Sushi Mon — December 1, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  3. Thanks Amy. I don’t have much else to offer except that I agree that the closing of the restaurant is a loss in the culinary landscape of the city.

    Comment by Andrea Lin — December 1, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

  4. Yes indeed, the closure is a big loss. Way good wagyu.

    As for politics, Jerry will be Jerry. Deal with it.

    Comment by Larry McGoldrick — December 3, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

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