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Chew on This: Phat Wings

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MESQUITE – Hot, mild, boneless, bone-in, spicy, sweet – you name it. The options are endless when it comes to Phat Wings, in Mesquite. Owner Darnell Alexander, who hails from the Show-Me state, says his wing spot was years in the making.

"Phat Wings was a vision I had about 13 years ago,” Alexander told Newsfix. "We don't just do your typical from the case to the fryer. We have a process that we do with our wings."

Which includes brining the chicken overnight. The end result? Juicy wings, that pack a lot of flavor – and punch.

As for the sides?

"We have baked beans; that's one of my sister's signature beans,” Alexander said. “And she's from St. Louis, Missouri. She gave me her recipe so I've been using it."

Chew on This: When Alexander isn't in the kitchen, he's helping to feed the word of God.

"I'm a minister in my church,” Alexander told Newsfix. “I started in Missouri and I did a lot of street ministry."

Alexander also turned his ministry into music, as a rapper and former owner of a gospel record label.

"A lot of things I've learned in the church and about reading the scriptures is about being a servant,” Alexander said.

So whether you're being served a heavenly meal, or southern hospitality – with a Midwest flair – Phat Wings will fill the void in your stomach, and spirit.

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