Buffalo

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

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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

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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

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

Whiskey’s Steakhouse (Back Bay)

Whiskey’s Steakhouse on Boylston St. in Boston claims that its Buffalo wings are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for their deliciousness. We could not confirm or deny this, so we’ll just have to take them at their word. I’d have settled for Ripley’s Believe it or Not! but that’s a different story…

Anyway, Whiskey’s boasts nine different wing options which include original Buffalo, honey Buffalo, atomic, no nuke (for those who don’t like spicy),  chipotle bbq, Texas inferno, Tennessee sweet, and Memphis mild.

We opted for the Buffalo and honey Buffalo because, damn, we like the combination of sweet and spicy. Both orders of wings came served with a side of chunky blue cheese dressing and celery sticks for dipping.

Flavor:  Both the original Buffalo and honey Buffalo were packed with a robust Buffalo flavor. The fried wings were liberally doused in thick sauce that really stuck to the wings. The Buffalo sauce was noticeably thicker than others we’ve tasted, and it appeared to have a tomato base rather than just a combination of hot sauce and butter. The honey Buffalo wings were some of the most unique wings we’ve ever tasted, as they combined both sweet and spicy elements into a real satisfying flavor experience. The sauce was sticky sweet with a good kick of spice that we really appreciated.

Size/Texture: We found there to be a near even proportion of leg and wing pieces. Overall, the wings were tender and moist on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside. We thought that they could have been a little bigger however, as some of the wings were two bite wonders leaving us wanting a third.

Value: The original Buffalo wings come in at a respectable $6.95 per order of 10, and the honey Buffalo wings were a few cents more at $7.25. Hopefully those honey bees were working overtime to justify the added expense.

Overall: We appreciated the combination of flavor, value, service, and portion size at Whiskey’s. We agree the wings could have been sized a little bigger, but they still provided for a very satisfying wing eating experience. We’d definitely come back to try the other flavors and perhaps ask to see that Guinness Book of World Records certificate in person.

Score: 7.5/10

-JC

Wing-itz (Portsmouth, NH)

Driving back from a day trip to Maine, we decided to stop somewhere for tasty treat and luckily came across something that caught our eye. One word: Wing-itz. If you get a chance to head up to the seacoast town of Portsmouth with a wing craving, try out this local “Wing Butchery”. They use fresh, never frozen wings that are hormone and preservative-free. Bringing along a party of six, we decided to order 20 wings and 20 boneless pieces of chicken (don’t call them wings) with flavors ranging from medium buffalo, sesame oriental, honey mustard BBQ, and sweet Thai chili.

Flavor: Wing-itz has one of the largest selection of sauces around, but for review purposes, we will stick with the medium buffalo and sesame oriental. The buffalo sauce is homemade and delicious. We only ventured out into level 2 of 5 in terms of degree of hotness. However, there was still a good buffalo kick to it. For the sesame oriental, we found there to be a good level of sweetness and stickiness. Overall, very good for what you would expect in the flavor.

Size/Texture: These wings range for medium sized to fairly large. Most of the wings were cooked just right and maintained a moist texture. The wings were fried and therefore, had a nice crispy exterior which were complimented well by the tasty sauces.

Value: The price for 20 was $19.99. At about a buck a wing, it’s not the greatest deal you’re going to find, but for what you’re paying for, you won’t mind.

Overall: Wing-itz is a very solid joint that is dedicated to the wing. Their fresh chicken and variety of flavors will help fulfill any wing fantasies you desire. Overall, we would recommend trying this place out.

Final Score: 8.5/10

– CT

Vermont Pub & Brewery (Burlington, VT)

We hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day (with a tasty plate of wings possibly?). Our next review comes to you from way up north in Burlington, VT at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. For those who have been up in Burlington, this popular place has been around for ages and is known for its famous brews. But forget the beer, we were there to try the wings! On the menu, this pub offers a wide variety of typical pub food with only one type of bone-in wing, which is the “Ragin’ Cajun Wings.” These wings are tossed in a bayou buffalo sauce and served with a side of carrots and blue cheese for dip.

Flavor: As you can see in the photo, the wings are covered in a sauce that is very buttery and less viscous than your typical buffalo sauce. That being said, I was a fan. Since there was only one flavor to the wings, I would say that the medium heat was appropriate and suitable for most buffalo wing lovers. Although I did not really taste where the Cajun spice came in, the extra butter created for a tasty sauce.

Size/Texture: Unlike most of our reviews, these wings did not seem to be have that fried texture to them, which is not necessarily a bad thing. As for the chicken itself, the wings were moist and were well complimented by the sauce. The wings did not have great size, but left me satisfied after each wing.

Value: The going rate for these wings is $6.99 for a pound of wings, which came out to be approximately 8 medium sized wings. This isn’t a bargain, but it doesn’t break the bank either. For me, it was worth the price I paid. Not to mention, the service at this place was decent as well.

Overall: These wings are very saucy, buttery, delicious, and not too pricey. For those who love buffalo wings, I would recommend trying these out the next time you’re in the Burlington area.

Final Score: 7.5/10

– CT