July 28, 2009
July 27, 2009
Station Square, Pennsylvannia
July 21, 2009
Now, just because we were celebrating a birthday didn’t mean that Jeremy, Jody and I couldn’t review the wings at Cassidy’s. In fact, what kind of Wingmen would we be if we didn’t eat wings in a small Irish pub? Not very good ones, that’s for sure.
Cassidy’s has buffalo wings on their appetizer menu in two different flavors; BBQ and Hot. We ordered both and they came garnished with bleu cheese and celery. Many places that serve wings seem to have forgotten about the celery. It is a nice touch for presentation purposes, but also will help cool off a burning mouth from very spicy wings. The bleu cheese was also real bleu cheese and not bleu cheese dressing. It was chunky and, from what I hear, delicious (I didn’t try it). Cassidy’s was already doing well and we hadn’t even tried a wing yet. Kudos Cassidy’s, kudos.
Since it was not just the three of us at Cassidy’s, we got a lot of good suggestions from our friends about reviewing wings (which I will mark with an * in the Overall Rating) and new ideas that we will be trying out in the future.
Heat: The hot wings were disappointingly mild and did not live up to their spicy billing on the menu. Hot wings need to be spicy.
Size*: A new category which we have referenced in past reviews. Cassidy’s wings were small, 2 bite wings. They are on the appetizer menu and you get about a dozen in each order, but bigger would have been better.
Crispiness*: Again, as we ate, friends of ours suggested that crispiness needed to be a category for the review of wings because to cook them well enough to be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside is not an easy task. Cassidy’s did a good job, but they could have been a bit crispier.
Variety*: Variety was also something our friends said we should use as a criteria for judging the wings. Cassidy’s had two varieties, BBQ and Hot and both were very good.
Price: $6.95 for the wings appetizer, about a dozen wings (~$.60 per wing).
Service: The bartender and wait-staff were attentive and speedy with everything. The wings came out piping hot and drink orders were refilled almost instantly.
Atmosphere*: This is also a new category that has been mentioned in past reviews (read the Johnny Famous review from 7/19/09). Cassidy’s has a very comfortable and local feel to it. It was a Saturday night and the place was not packed, we had all the room we needed and the people who work there treat you really well. You could bring your family there for dinner, then stick around for a few drinks and watch the game.
Specials: I didn’t see any wing specials, but they did have $1.00 off everything during Happy Hour.
Rating: We gave Cassidy’s 3 ½ stars out of 5 for the overall wing experience. If the wings were spicier, larger and crispier, the rating may have been better.
July 19, 2009
I was skeptical of this bar from the very beginning. While they were building it, I thought it felt too gimmicky for a bar in Bayside (it has a Western theme and a mechanical bull). When it opened, they had velvet ropes lined up (no people to coral, just the ropes) and bouncers in black suits and ear pieces. Again, this bar is in Bayside - not the meat packing district - but blue collar, small-town-feeling Bayside. Strike 1.
However, there was a sign outside advertising 10 cent wings (1/2 the price of Dempsey's on the same night) and bikini bull riding. Obviously this sounded like a job for the Wingmen. Jeremy, Steve and I found a spot at the bar, ordered some beer and promptly looked for the menu. They promoted their latest hot wing sauce which they dubbed "Red Stag". Sounds impressive, we'll take 30 - hot. The wings came out pretty quickly, were steaming and looked very appetizing. They emitted a great smell that burned my nose hairs a bit - however, they'd get mixed reviews.
The plus: I thought they were perfectly cooked. They had a nice amount of crisp on the outside, but weren't over cooked on the inside. They were also very big and meaty - well worth 10 cents apiece.
The minus: The Red Stag sauce. It was very different from the usual hot sauce and butter concoction of a typical wing. It tasted tomato based, maybe made with ketchup. At first I was intrigued. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. About ten wings later I decided it was too much tomato for me and I wasn't a big fan...especially when I realized that all that great heat that I smelled was nonexistent in my mouth. There was no kick whatsoever, and we ordered them hot.
Overall, the combination of the velvet ropes, black suited bouncers, and loud club music added to the less than stellar wings is enough to keep me away from Johnny Famous for a round 2 - even at 10 cents per wing. We went there, tried them and checked the place off our long list...but I think it's safe to say that none of the Wingmen will be back. Oh, and we left before the tops came off!
Taste/Flavor: The "Red Stag" sauce did not live up to its billing. Tasted too much like ketchup and not enough like a wing sauce. All in all, the flavor was bad.
Heat: We ordered them hot and they were barely mild. They smelled like they would be hot and just did not live up to the aroma.
Price: $.10 per wing on Wednesday night is a great deal for good wings, but if they were free next wednesday, I still would not go back.
Service: The bartender that helped us was O.K., nothing to write home about. She seemed to ignore our side of the bar, which irritated some people next to us. We received our wings and drinks in a relatively timely manner.
Specials: How can you go wrong with with $.10 wings, $2.00 Domestic Pints and Bikini Bull Riding at 10:00PM on Wednesday nights? Serve horrible wings and by 11:00 PM still have had no one ride the bull.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars. The bad "Red Stag" sauce and horrible atmosphere of Johnny Famous completely overshadowed that the wings were large and cooked well. Sorry Johnny Famous, but the Wingmen are not fans.
July 18, 2009
July 16, 2009
The first place we decided to go to and kick off this blog was never even in question. It had to be Dempsey's on Bell Blvd. in Bayside, Queens. We've been going there on wednesday nights for wing and draft specials for years, so it only made sense to start there. I met up with my fellow wingmen, Steve and Jeremy, where we scarfed down 15 hot wings, 15 teriyaki wings and 15 BBQ wings.
Here's what I thought:
The wings themselves were very small. Sometimes when we go there, we joke around and rate the wings at what we perceive to be their monetary value. It used to be 10 cents for a wing but, after the economy tanked, they were forced to raise - no, double - their prices to 20 cents per wing...still not a bad deal when you couple it with their $3 domestic drafts. So some nights we say we're getting a 10 cent wing, some nights we're lucky enough to get 20 cent wings and sometimes we get 3 cent wings. Tonight was a 3 cent wing night. They were tiny. Two bites and done.
As far as taste is concerned, it was a good night. The hot had a good amount of flavor. Not a lot of kick, which would have made them better, but the flavor was definitely there. The BBQ was surprisingly good. I remember not being too crazy about them last time we had them, but this time they seemed to be the favorite of the group (I still preferred the hot). The only disappointment was the teriyaki. I'm a little biased since I've had them before and they're usually my favorite. Tonight they seemed to be heavier on the sugar and lighter on the salt then usual. Teriyaki is usually a nice blend of sweet and salty, but my personal preference leans a little toward the salty side.
All-in-all, you can't go wrong with Dempsey's. It's probably my favorite bar in Bayside and I'll definitely be back - hopefully for some salty Teriyaki wings of the 20 cent variety.
Taste/Flavor: We all agreed that the Hot Wings tasted good, the BBQ were surprisingly good and the the Teriyaki wings were a bit weak. Dempsey's has great wings... all flavors.
Heat: The hot at Dempsey's are spicy, so if you don't like heat, order the mild.
Price: On Wednesday's the wings are $.20 each, as compared to about $.50 each on the appetizer menu ($7.95 for about 13-15 wings).
Service: The service was great, but has been suspect in the past.
Specials: Wednesday night is $.20 Wing Night and $3.00 Domestic Pints.
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5) because of the size of the wings and disappointing teriyaki flavor.