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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