Month: August 2012

Dunn-Gaherin’s Food and Spirits (Newton)

West of Boston, just barely inside the I95 bubble lies a pub famous with the locals for its good eats, friendly staff and stellar selection of draft beers. Dunn-Gaherin’s Food and Spirits, located at 344 Elliot Street in Newton, MA; is the kind of place that serves salty popcorn at the bar, has meatloaf on the menu that triggers memories of Grandma, and serves other staples such as rosemary and thyme lamb tips and old fashioned fish and chips.

Getting here can be difficult unless you know where you’re going, and the smallest parking lot known to man runs along the side of the building, but if you’re lucky enough to find a golden ticket and snag a spot, be sure to back into the space, otherwise you’re never getting out.

Onto the wings.

There are five wing flavors available: buffalo, teriyaki, barbecue, cajun fire, and peanut satay. All are served with bleu cheese, celery stick and carrots.

Flavor: Going for the traditional buffalo flavor, we were told that there was only one level of heat. Why not? We decided to go with it. The wings were coated nicely in the sauce, but there were dry spots in a few places, and the sauce was so hot that this wing enthusiast’s father was forced to stop and order a glass of milk (come on, Dad, be a man). Overall the sauce was tasty, but a little over-powered by the heat.

Size/Texture:  Similar to recent MoW posts, this plate of wings was sadly drumette-heavy. Only one wingette was present on the plate, and it was small, soggy, and fairly sauce-less. As a major proponent of the wingette, I was fairly sadden by this turn of events, and it certainly played its part in the final score of Dunn-Garherin’s wings. The final nail in the coffin was the low meat-to-gristle ratio. Never acceptable.

Value: An order of 12 wings is $9.99, and for 24 it’s a bargain at $13.99. We thought this would have been fair pricing had the wings been tasty, but because of the disappointment with the wing flavor, texture and presentation, we don’t recommend spending your hard-earned cash on these wings. Spend it on something better, like a dirty martini.

Overall: Dunn-Gaherin’s is definitely not worth the trip for wings. They are the red-headed step-children of the restaurant and you’d do well to steer clear. Choose from one of the other delicious appetizers, sandwiches, entrees or pasta dishes to appease your appetite. And say ‘hey’ to the bartender for me.

Score: 4/10

-Guest blogger AR

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Kings (Back Bay)

Hey folks, after a short hiatus, we’re finally back! Sorry for the delay. Anyways, let’s get to it.

It is a well known fact that wings are one of the most versatile foods in the world. You can eat wings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, afternoon snack, midnight snack…we could go on. Besides from the fact that you can eat wings anytime and anywhere, wings complement all aspects of life. A few popular wing combinations include: wings and pizza, wings and beer, wings and football. Wings and…karaoke? Hell yeah.

So naturally, we hit up Kings on a Saturday, where for one night, American Idol wannabes can perform in front of random strangers that don’t care if you think you can sing. If singing is not your thing or if your ears start to bleed, Kings also offers bowling and billiards. We decided to stick to the entertainment for the night and of course, ordered honey BBQ wings on the side.

Flavor: Based on appearance, these look phenomenal and after the first few wings, they did not disappoint. The honey BBQ sauce had a great balance between the sweet honey and BBQ flavor with a sticky texture that you wouldn’t mind licking off your fingers.

Size/Texture: These wings were a medium size and felt solid in our hands as we ate them. Kings actually does something quite unique where they will remove the smaller of the two bones of the wingettes and they end up looking very similar to drummettes (look carefully). This was a nice touch as it made it a little bit easier to eat the wings without making a huge mess. Texture-wise, the skin was crispy and the inside was adequately moist and tender.

Value: A small order which contains 8 wings is $9 flat. There is a slight discount for larger orders (negligible). Nonetheless, for the quality of wing that you are getting, this is not a bad deal at all. They even throw in a few carrot sticks and scallions, which are nice touch.

Overall: We highly recommended you enhance your Kings experience by complementing karaoke with these sweet and delicious wings, but maybe not for bowling (who’s fingers have been in those balls? yikes).

Final Score: 8.5/10

– CT