cajun

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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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

JT’s Sports Pub (Springfield)

Today we come to you with a double feature special. Recently on a business trip, my colleague and I wandered into downtown Springfield looking to find a decent spot to catch the Celtics game. Now those of you who are familiar with the area know of this barren wasteland. After scouring the streets, we were finally able to locate an establishment open for business called JT’s Sports Pub on Main St. We were pleasantly surprised to find an affordable and diverse wing selection and decided on the Oriental and Cajun BBQ favored wings that came served with the typical side of bleu cheese and celery.

Flavor: Leading off were the Oriental wings. For a typical Asian-style wing, one would expect a sweet sauce with a dash of spicy. However, these wings actually had a very decent kick to them, which if you love spice (as I do) will thoroughly enjoy. As for the Cajun BBQ, I felt as though it was your typical slightly sweet BBQ sauce which was enjoyable but didn’t really stand out. In terms of texture, there were times when I ran into dry wings which I guess is better than undercooked wings.

Size/Looks: The wings were on the small to average end which could explain why a couple of the wings were dry. Other than that, the wings looked appealing and were decently presented, so I have no real complaints about it.

Value: At $6.99 for 10 wings, this is a good value. The great thing about JT’s is their awesome Happy Hour deal where all appetizers (including wings) are 1/2 off between 4 PM – 7 PM M-F! On the service end of things, there weren’t many customers when we came in, so the service was very good as well.

Overall: For an area where you will find at least half the stores were closed down, we found a solid sports bar. The wings were very flavorful, but were slightly small and sometimes dry. Still, with the value ranging from good to great, I wouldn’t mind grabbing wings here from time to time.

Final Score: 6/10

– CT