Cruising the south shore of Long Island on a Friday morning traveling from one Long Island College to another doing a bit of non-Wingmen related research, I worked up a bit of an appetite. I saw what looked like a cool place, called The Portly Villager, on the north side of Montauk Highway and decided to stop. Well, they only serve sandwiches, so I was a bit out of luck. The bar tender, Bob, told me that if I wanted good wings, I needed to head on down to Canavaugh's. A small pub with tons of TV's and serving up cold beer and pub grub. I ordered Cav's Chicken Wings ($7) and a Stella Artois. They seem to be the only flavor and only spice level, so we'll see how they taste.
A busy place at lunch, Cavanaugh's seems to have a very dedicated crowd that frequents this small Irish pub. It seemed to me, even before I feasted on my wings, that Bob's suggestion was going to be a good one. If you are a gambling person, well, there is plenty of it here: buy a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket, play Quick Draw or bet on some televised horse racing, you can do it all... you can even buy some scratch-offs if you'd like. Not being much of a gambler, I was watching golf.
My 12 wings came with celery and bleu cheese, piping hot and sitting in a large reservoir of extra hot sauce at the bottom. Before I bit into the first one, I took notice of the presentation. Good sized wings cooked well and charred a bit on the outside edges. They reminded me a lot of Mike's Place's wings. My first bite made me a very happy man. The spice was non-existent, but the flavor was like a tidal wave of hot sauce, butter, spices and what I can best describe as Italian dressing. I am not sure that is what is in there, but it was a tangy flavor with a lot of layers to it, so Italian dressing is my best description. They were quite crispy, most of them had a good juicy core (some of the smaller ones were over cooked a bit) and then, couple those qualities with the char on the outside and one could argue that they were perfectly cooked.
So, next time you are on the south shore and in the mood for wings, stop by Cavanaugh's and order a dozen. They will be cooked well, served in a very tasty sauce and you'll be surrounded by good folks in a great bar. Cavanaugh's is Wingmen Approved! Try them out some time soon!