July 21, 2009

Cassidy's Pub

Cassidy's Pub
1367 Newbridge Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710

In honor of Jeremy’s birthday, we ventured out to Cassidy’s Pub in North Bellmore, NY. Cassidy’s is a small pub and a local hangout for the people of Bellmore. It is not trendy, does not draw a large crowd and is a great place to go just to chill, drink some beer and eat some good, fried, pub food. Like Dempsey’s, this is place that the three of us have been to before and, having enjoyed the atmosphere and experience, will continue to frequent.

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.

As for the review, I’ll start by saying that they were very good. They were cooked well, a little crispy and the BBQ sauce was very tasty. The hot sauce was not very hot at all, but, flavor-wise, tasted great. I was looking for a little bit more of a kick from them, so that was a bit disappointing. Too many times wings fall into one of two categories, either they are too hot, but not very tasty, or, like Cassidy’s, not hot at all, but very tasty. I prefer the latter, but love being surprised by the combination of very hot and very good.

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.

Overall Rating

Taste/Flavor: As stated above, they were great tasting wings. The BBQ was tangy and did not taste like it came out of a jar. The hot also tasted really good and just needed a bit more of a kick.

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.

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