Month: July 2012

KFC (Hyannis)

Ah yes. Good ‘ole Kentucky Fried Chicken! Part of being responsible wingmen is to try wings whenever the opportunity presents itself. So of course, on our way down to the Cape on a beautiful day, we decided that we had to take on the epitome of fast food fried chicken and check out what Colonel Sanders had to offer. On the menu, there wasn’t much in terms of wings (mostly thighs, drumsticks, & breasts). So we went with the only option available ==> Hot Wings.

Don’t think you can make it down to the Cape? Don’t you worry. Believe it or not, these are not rare breed wings unique to only the Hyannis KFC. You may find these at one of the 17,000 locations worldwide. If you’re lucky, there might even be a Taco Bell attached to it! Heaven does exist.

Flavor: These wings are marinated with chili peppers and spices on the inside before coated with the batter on the outside, giving the wings an innocent, sauceless appearance. When taking a bite out of the wing, it starts off with the generic KFC flavor on the outside and finishes with a spicy kick. Overall, the spicy flavor was not very spicy, but enough to tickle our taste buds.

Size/Texture: As you can tell from the picture taken, the wings were lacking in size. However, the size factor did not affect the texture of the chicken, as KFC really knows how to manufacture cooked chicken parts. We don’t often do fried chicken reviews, but we were fans of the how crispy the outside of the wings were. On top of that, we were glad to find that the inside was decently moist.

Value: The price on these bad boys was $3.99 for 5 and a discount for higher quantities. However, we did not feel that the wings were a great value, considering their small size and the ability for mass production. Please note that prices may vary at other KFC locations.

Overall: For quick and convenient, the Colonel’s secret blend of herbs and spices will do just fine for those craving chicken on the go. Nothing special…but did anyone really expect to find the best wings they’ve ever had?

Final Score: 6/10

– CT

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Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Seaport (Seaport District)

Home to popular restaurants, expansive convention centers, luxurious hotels and world class museums, Boston’s Seaport District might be the city’s most exciting new neighborhood yet. So it made perfect sense that the president of Red Sox Nation chose to open a second location of his namesake sports bar here.

Situated along Northern Avenue in the heart of the Seaport District, Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Seaport offers gorgeous views of the Boston waterfront and a 32 foot wide video wall (reportedly costing $1 million) so you don’t miss a game. With all that money and time spent on the the decor, did Jerry have any dough left to find chefs who could cook chicken wings? Let’s take a look.

Keeping it simple, Remy’s offers only two wing choices: Buffalo or BBQ flavor. We opted for the Buffalo wings, and they came served with carrots and celery and both blue cheese and Ranch dressing for dipping.

Flavor:  The wings were generously slathered in a traditional Buffalo sauce that gave your taste buds a kick in the pants while not overpowering the taste of the meat. The wings were juicy and tender, and we thought the sauce was quite representative of what good Buffalo wings should taste like.

Size/Texture:  Although the wings were deep fried, we  noticed that they had a bit of a soggy texture. While we’re fine with wings that aren’t crispy, we could tell that these were intended to be served as such and had since softened by the time they made their way into our mouths. While it didn’t take away from the flavor, the texture of the wings was definitely compromised.

Value: We visited Remy’s during OpSail Boston 2012 and because of the influx of tourists to the area, the restaurant was running a special event menu. In restaurant speak that means the menu was more limited and markedly more expensive than a normal night. Our 10 chicken wings cost $12, while the same order would cost you $11 any other time of the year.

Overall: Remy’s offers a unique location along the water, impressive service, and cleanliness that really did stand out, and we had no problem shelling out a few extra clams for the experience. We loved the flavor and how tender the wings were, but we found it hard to ignore their soggy texture.

Score: 7/10

-JC

Theodores’ Booze Blues & BBQ (Springfield)

After asking for some good dinner recommendations in the Springfield area, we settled on Theodores’ Booze Blues & BBQ. Theodores’ is known for having some of the best BBQ in the area as well as great blues music on the weekends. Though our main objective was to experience the typical BBQ here, we decided to also put the wings to the test as our appetizer. There was a wide variety of flavors to choose from: buffalo, bourbon BBQ, blackened, jerk, carolina mustard, chipotle BBQ, dry rub, & teriyaki BBQ. We were in a BBQ mood and went with the bourbon BBQ.

Flavor: All of the wings on the menu are slow smoked in tradtional hickory wood and as the wings came out, you could definitely tell from the strong smoky aroma. These wings had a great BBQ flavor that tended to be more smoky than a typical sweet. This was definitely a unique experience as most of the wings we review are deep fried as opposed to slow cooked.

Size/Texture: The wings ranged from small to average sized wings. Due to the slow cook, most of the wings were very tender and came off the bone pretty easily. However, what we found was that some of the smaller wings suffered from being overcooked and were sometimes dry.

Value: For $7.99, you can get 10 wings. The one thing that hinders the value of the wings is the size of some of the wings. Otherwise, this is not a bad deal, considering the extra effort that was put into them. Overall, Theodores’ provides very good and friendly service.

Overall: We would say that although the wings were solid, it is certainly not the restaurant’s strong suit (try the pulled pork or brisket). Though, if you are looking for some smoky deliciousness for your wings, come to Theodores’ and enjoy some blues while you’re there as well.

Final Score: 7/10

– CT