The Chicken Coop, a staple for wings, beer and other bar fare on Grand Avenue in West Des Moines, recently opened another location in Urbandale, near Marsh Insurance offices and the Paragon Prairie Tower.
The new spot boasts more space, more TVs and more parking, but the menu hasn’t changed at all — so fans of the restaurant’s famous wings can still get their fix.
We stopped by for lunch on a Monday at noon, and found the place more than half full. Even for the start of the week, the restaurant attracted dozens of diners, and it continued to fill up as we enjoyed our meal.
We seated ourselves at a table near a large window (several large tables are available for big parties) and a server stopped by immediately to take our drink orders. The majority of patrons were men in business clothes, chatting over baskets of wings while sneaking glances at the sports updates on TV.
With the same menu as the West Des Moines location, those craving the “Buck Nasty” hot wings don’t have to sweat a drastic change (especially since they’ll already be sweating over the wings). We kicked off our meal with an order of 10 jalapeno garlic wings, which arrived piping hot and slathered in sauce. These were no wimpy wings.
Chicken Coop’s wings are meaty and greasy — easily a meal by themselves. The sauce was a perfect blend of garlic and spice — not too hot, but definitely still had a kick. The ranch dressing they were served with (blue cheese is also available) was thick, so it stuck to the wing after dipping. If you want hotter wings, or more mild, the Coop offers several sauce choices: garlic Parmesan (mild), pepper teriyaki (sweet) and wasabenero (hot).
Sticking with the chicken trend, I tried the Southwest chicken wrap, a popular choice on the menu. The wrap, a flour tortilla stuffed with crispy chicken, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo and lettuce, was slightly spicy, with a nice crunch from the fried chicken pieces. I had hoped it would have more pico de gallo, but that was my only complaint. Our server asked if I’d like it served with wing sauce, but I opted out. I chose coleslaw as my side. It was prepared with a nice blend between vinegar and mayo.
My dining partner tried the Totally “Jack” Burger, topped with sauteed mushrooms, pepper jack cheese and a secret “Jack” sauce on a ciabatta bun. He said the burger was good, but wished the onions, which were served on the side with lettuce, had been sauteed with the mushrooms as well. He ordered fries as his side, which were thick, very crispy and delicious.
The new Chicken Coop lives up to its West Des Moines sibling in terms of food and service (the restaurant also offers pizza, steak and salads). Our server was quick, kind and informative, and made sure our drink glasses were full during our whole meal. When the check came, she took care of it fast. The Coop is a nice addition to the Urbandale scene, and with a full bar and plenty of TVs, is a great place to watch the big game, too.
10 wings ... $7.99
Southwest chicken wrap ... $7.99
Totally “Jack” burger ... $8.99
Total, with tax and tip ... $31.47
The Chicken Coop
The Chicken Coop
Find it: 12725 Meredith Drive, Urbandale
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight daily
Info: 334-2667; chickencoopsportsbar.com.