Polk restaurant wins another wings cook-off

Todd and Chastity Zahner hold the first-place Wing King trophy they won last week at a Quaker Steak and Lube contest in Sharon. (Contributed photo)

For the second time in four months, a local family-owned business has claimed top honors in a multi-restaurant wings cook-off.

The Country Grub Restaurant on Main Street in Polk Borough won first place at a Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurant-sponsored contest last week in Sharon.

The contest, now in its 12th year and benefiting the United Way of Mercer County, offers a Wing King trophy and more for the top entry.

The theme for the event, open to the public, was Americana, and featured contestants dressed in patriotic-themed clothes.

About a dozen leading restaurants in a multi-county area were invited to sign up.

"It was pretty exciting to win for best wings," said Chastity Zahner, who with her husband, Todd, owns the 50-seat restaurant."I guess we're doing it right."

The Zahners, who purchased the former Laurie's Country Kitchen two years ago, were invited to enter the Quaker Steak and Lube's annual competition by virtue of an earlier contest win.

"Quaker Steak got word of our first win and sent some of their restaurant people to Country Grub on our wing night which is held on Wednesdays," said Chastity Zahner. "And then they asked us to participate in their wings contest."

The earlier win that prompted the Quaker Steak and Lube invitation was in early March at the Peek 'n Peak Ski/Golf/Spa Resort's wing contest at Clymer, N.Y.

At the resort, the Zahners claimed first place for best chicken wings. They won with a Creeper sauce entry, a sweet barbecue sauce concocted by Todd Zahner.

In winning the first trophy, Chastity Zahner described the restaurant as "just a small mom-and-pop business making homemade food" and added she was delighted to have the recognition "for our community."