The Times (Financial District)

TheTimesThe Times Irish Pub, located in Boston’s Financial District, is an Irish-style pub overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Broad Street. Its menu is a mix of favorites plucked from cuisines from around the world and its lively and energetic nightlife scene solidifies The Times as a solid, go-to spot for whatever fun you might be looking for.

On the menu are several different chicken wing choices, so we spun our bejeweled chicken wing randomizer and landed on the seemingly savory, taste bud pounding, salvia-inducing honey chipotle glazed wings.

The wings came serve with the requisite blue cheese dressing with carrots and celery, though, they weren’t needed as the wings tasted more of honey than chipotle. The wings were cooked well, if almost too well, as the outside had a satisfying crisp while the inside didn’t retain as much moisture as we normally like. We like crispy and juicy wings, folks!

3.5/5 cocks


Roast (Downtown Detroit)

RoastWings 2If pigs could fly and were gifted with delicate little porky wings, they would probably taste like the Smoked Chicken Wings from Chef Michael Symon’s Detroit-based restaurant Roast.

The flavor of these wings was on point—the tender chicken meat had that complex flavor that can only be achieved from putting in some serious time in a smoker. They weren’t the juiciest wings we’ve ever had, but they made up for in tenderness. The meat on the wings fell off the bone, in the truest sense of the saying. We barely touched our fork to the wing when all of the meat fell from the bone (ALL. OF. IT. AT. ONCE.).  It was almost too easy. It felt a little pornographic, if we’re being honest.

In terms of the sauce, Roast’s wings were dressed in a tangy and almost fruity Bourbon BBQ sauce that added the moisture and zip these wings needed. There was a little bit of spice to the sauce that stuck with us for a bit, but the heat did not overstay its welcome.

The wings were served with a glass (?) of coleslaw that was equally well-seasoned, creamy and delicious. With 10 nicely sized wings total, we felt our wing craving was satiated by the end of the meal.

Overall, if you’re in the Detroit area and happen to be near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, we recommend you stop by Roast and try the wings. Much like the city of Detroit, they might not be what you’re expecting, but they’re definitely what you need.

Rating: 4/5


Night Market (Harvard Square)

Night MarketNight Market is a bright and lively underground den that serves playful takes on Taiwanese-style street fare in small, sharable dishes. With menu choices varying from the exotic (grilled chicken hearts in a scallion brown butter sauce) to the more familiar (crispy pan-fried pork gyoza), we knew we the enticing sounding chicken wings were inevitably going to end up on our plates before the night was over. 

The choice was simple: fried chicken wings, served either in a “num-num style” with Sichuan spice, or tebasaki — a traditional Japanese-style seasoning. We ordered the tebasaki style wings, which came served with crunchy kimchi — no gooey blue cheese dressing to be found here.

With each bite, the tender, juicy wings smacked our tastebuds into oblivion and married perfectly with the sweet, salty garlic tebasaki glaze.  Perhaps they could have had more sauce on them, perhaps there could have been more wings on the plate. But perhaps we just enjoyed them too much.

Rating: 4/5


Woody’s Grill & Tap (Fenway)

Tucked away in the Fenway neighborhood behind busy Mass. Ave. is what appears to be your typical American bar/restaurant. However, we all know looks can be deceiving. Woody’s Grill & Tap is a hidden gem that’s mainly known for their brick oven pizzas, but in our quest for wings worthy of our stomachs, we were not disappointed.Woody's Grill & Tap

If you’re looking for a choice, you have no choice: “Buffalo Wings – $9”. Pretty generic name – far from generic taste. Woody’s so-called “buffalo wings” are rubbed with a jerk spice, baked, fried, and then sauced. One of the most unique flavor combinations we’ve experienced thus far, we found ourselves plowing through the plate of wings with sheer delight. Perfectly cooked and flavored, there weren’t any bad things to say about the wings other than we should’ve ordered more.

For those who are looking for a unique take on wings (and pizza), we highly recommend hitting up Woody’s.

Rating: 5/5


Foundation Room at the House of Blues (Fenway)

Featured imageWith its exotic Moroccan inspired decor, heavy on velvet and tassels, The Foundation Room at the House of Blues in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood isn’t where you’d expect the Men of Wings to rock the casbah.

But with three varieties of chicken wings on the menu, we overlooked the busy atmosphere and chomped into the teriyaki chicken wings with an eager appetite.

Topped with black and white sesame seeds, the teriyaki chicken wings came pared with a ranch dipping sauce, which we found to be an odd choice.

The wings themselves were tender and cooked well, the perfect size to munch, but continued eatability was severely compromised by how salty the teriyaki sauce was. It overpowered the wing experience with a salty and pungent flavor, ruining what were otherwise tender and juicy chicken wings.

Rating: 2.5/5


PARK Restaurant & Bar (Cambridge)

PARK Restaurant and Bar PARK Restaurant & Bar is the newest member of the esteemed Grafton Group restaurant family which consists of the nearby Russell House Tavern, Grafton Street Pub, and Temple Bar. Located on JFK St. in bustling Harvard Square, PARK’s vibe is the neighborhood bar and restaurant of today, offering new interpretations of classic American fare with interesting libations.

Being fans of the other restaurants in the Grafton Group family, we were excited to try the confit chicken wings with sambal and honey glaze on PARK’s menu. We’ve never seen sambal, a spicy Indonesian condiment made up primarily of red chilies, fish sauce, and garlic, used on chicken wings before.

The unique wings arrived to our table and we couldn’t help but savor the delicious Asian flavors that danced on our tongue with each bite. The wings were crispy, salty, spicy and sweet all at the same time, with just enough heat to make the back of your mouth tingle.

With the ever perennial favorite BonChon so close by, you might not go out of your way for the wings at PARK, but should you find yourself there enjoying a cocktail with a group of friends, do us a favor and order the wings. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 3.5/5 cocks



Hangar Pub and Grill (Amherst)

This week, we headed out to the wild west to the famed restaurant that is Hangar Pub and Grill aka the original Wings Over (Amherst). The Hangar is an addition to the typical Wings Over takeout/delivery store. As you step inside, it seemingly appears to be your typical UMass restaurant/bar with college kids coming in and out on the regular. With almIMG_1545ost 30 stores nationally, we had to see what the hype was all about.

With over 20 flavors to choose from and both traditional wings and boneless tenders (i.e. faux wings), there’s surely something here for even the pickiest of eaters. Wings Over uniquely names their different wing portions as different types of aircraft and since we are hardcore puddle jumper enthusiasts, we ordered the “Puddle Jumper” in Cajun BBQ and Buffalo (Level 3 – “Red Alert”) with a side of onion rings.

Being a joint that is dedicated to chicken wings, the bar was set high and the wings did not disappoint. Overall, these guys make a good all-around wing. Although, we can’t claim that these are the best wings we’ve ever had, we could not find any weaknesses. The wing is crispy, the sauce is flavorful, and the chicken is fresh – delicious.

If you’re looking for a solid, dependable wing, look no further. Our only disclaimer is that we are reviewing based on the eat-in location and are not reviewing the takeout/delivery service.

Rating: 5/5