oriental

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

Advertisements

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