Once considered a humble -- if messy -- finger food, chicken wings and drummies are on the rise even in Memphis' best barbecue joints.
Commercial Appeal food critic Jennifer Biggs says that wings have come along way from the spicy, fried and sauced appetizer that originated in Buffalo in the 1960s. Memphis restaurants now serve them in a variety of styles, though it's not uncommon to smoke them. After all, Memphis is where smoked meat is king.
The financial security of Memphis is at stake as the city plans for future growth amidst decades of economic stagnancy. Marc Perrusquia explains.
In a new six-part series, Commercial Appeal investigative reporter Marc Perrusquia explores the challenges facing the city's finances in the coming decades. The biggest problem, he says, is a stagnant tax base trying to prop up a sprawling infrastructure.