Red Heat Tavern, located in Wilmington, opened in March 2014 and is owned and operated by the Burtons Grill restaurant group. It is easily accessed from Route 93, or you can get there via Route 129. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and on both times when I visited, the restaurant was very busy, and obviously is a popular dining destination for many.
The restaurant is moderately sized, with a large, thirty-two seat bar with six televisions, numerous booths, tables and high-tops. There is also an outdoor patio, where people were seated on both of my visits as the weather was pleasant. It has an open kitchen, which I always like, and it has a casual, homey vibe, what you desire from a tavern-style restaurant. It is the type of place to go for a drink and some food while you watch football, or a spot to hang out with a group of friends. On Tuesdays, they have a weekly trivia event, with tequila & tacos, and on Thursday evenings they have live music. In addition, they host other special events on a regular basis.
At the beginning of your meal, at both lunch and dinner, you'll receive some moist cornbread with a sweet cinnamon & honey butter.
Honestly, these were some of the best wings I've tasted in some time. There was a delightful crispiness to the outer skin, and plenty of tender meat inside. The sweet, and slightly spicy, taste was accompanied by a nice smokiness, all of the flavors blending together harmoniously. That smokiness is due to the Josper. I could easily eat these wings by the dozen and they receive my highest recommendation.
I didn't try any desserts as I was too full from the rest of the meals. Service on both visit was excellent, with the servers showing an excellent knowledge of the food and drinks menus. Everyone was very personable, and the servers seemed to be very attentive to all of their tables. Overall, I very much enjoyed Red Heat Tavern, and a couple of their dishes, like the Wings and Salmon, were top notch, as good as you find most anywhere. For a comfort food fix, or a reasonably priced lunch or dinner, or even just drinks and apps, this would be a good destination. I understand why it is so popular, and recommend that my readers check it out.
As for my original question, how does food taste cooked in the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven, I think the answer depends on the preparation. The Wings are the perfect showcase of the great potential of the oven, and the Salmon indicated that it can do well with seafood too. The salsa verde on the Nachos were another good example of the flavors the oven can impart. However, the steak tips failed to live up to the potential, Overall, I am impressed with the Josper.
(Disclaimer: I received a media comp for dinner though I had lunch there on my own. Please be advised I was under no obligation to actually review this restaurant and if I chose to review it, I was under no obligation to say anything specific, whether positive or negative, about my experience. All of this content was solely at my discretion.)