Young and Hungry

Gut Reaction: Chris’s Infamous Wings at Hogo Live Up to the Name

Five chefs have now come and gone through the rotating kitchen of Hogo, but Chris Wright has been there since the get-go. The sous chef from South Carolina has helped guest chefs cook up everything from Hawaiian diner grub to Jewish "soul food" to Swedish fare. Now, he's getting his chance in the spotlight with a new Southern comfort food menu that will run for the next three to five weeks. Wright is always happy to chat with diners, so I highly recommend you pull up a stool at the open kitchen counter in the back.

Wright, who previously worked at Kafe Leopold in Georgetown, is serving up snacks like jalapeño hushpuppies, Cajun fries, beef sliders, fried green tomatoes, and fried okra with romesco sauce. Bigger plates include a pulled pork sandwich, oyster po' boy, and deep-fried frog legs (all under $12). The most expensive item ($15) is well worth it: blackened catfish served over creamy grits and a succotash of white corn, fava beans, shallots, green onion, and bacon.

But the crowd favorite by far is "Chris's Infamous Wings," a recipe he's been perfecting for years but hasn't had a place to showcase until now. The wings are covered in a sauce made with Uncle Brutha's hot sauce, butter, lemon, Wright's secret blend of spices, and garnished with chunks of garlic. It comes with a blue cheese dipping sauce that doesn't skimp on the blue cheese.

Wright is likely to fill in whenever Hogo doesn't have a guest chef. Let's hope he gets plenty of chances.

Hogo, 1017 7th St. NW; (202) 393-1313;

Photos by Jessica Sidman

  • dude

    dude... would be nice to know where this "Hogo" you speak of is located...

  • Jessica Sidman

    @dude Just added the contact info/location at the bottom

  • teressa r

    Keep up the Good work honey...
    Now everyone can treat there self to a wonderful meal!!!!

  • Travonta

    Good job bruh...people go try them wings..and everything eles

  • vj

    That's what I'm talkin about cuz

  • Kimberly

    Congrats Cuz!!! Next you will be on TV..

  • RickTatiaBroderick

    Congrats cuz! To God be ALL the GLORY!!! Gotta try it out when we get a chance to come up!!!