Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greatness at the Gahan House

It didn’t take too long for the void to be filled where the Hart and Thistle was formerly located.  A buddy of mine told me about the Gahan House shortly after it opened so of course I had to check it out for myself.

The Gahan House originates in PEI so it was nice to see them expand to Halifax, especially to this location since they also brew their own beer.  They offer a diverse menu that focuses a bit on the seafood side (also tried the fish and chips during my visit and they were pretty good). 

We ended up there on a Saturday afternoon and the place was quite busy.  We were greeted at the door and it only took a few minutes to get a table, you could tell right away they are very customer focused – during the short time the hostess went to find a table someone else stopped by and asked if someone was helping us yet.  I was looking forward to trying these wings and washing them down with a pint of something they make.
An excellent beverage to kill time waiting for wings
A pound of wings is $10.99 and there is no wing night.

Breading: 5/5 – The wings looked delicious right from the get go, an appealing golden breading covered the wings, not too crispy and not greasy, off to a great start.
Beautiful breading 
Overall quality: 5/5 – Fresh, juicy and all white meat – this is what wing dreams are made of. 

Sauce selection: 2/5 – A fairly standard sauce selection that includes Honey Garlic, First, Second, Third Degree and Sweet Chili plus a unique sauce offering - the 1772 IPA BBQ Sauce, I love seeing a house made type sauce (not sure if this is an option at other establishments but it’s the first time I’ve seen it).  Of course I went with the 1772 and it was one of the best wing sauces I’ve ever had, the only complaint is it seemed to run out too quick. 

Service: 5/5 – As mentioned earlier the suburb service started from the moment we walked through the door.  A few moments after we were seated our server stopped by, passed out the menus and took drink orders, she was polite and informative.  The food didn’t take too long to arrive and drink refills were offered which was good because the Honey Wheat Ale was going down really well.

Something unexpected happened at the end of the meal while we were waiting for the bill and the way this was handled could have made or broke the service experience altogether. 

As I was finishing up my second beer and waiting for the bill I started looking at the almost empty vinegar bottle for some reason and couldn’t help but notice a few black specs floating around.  I’m not an expert on vinegars and this was a dark (malt?) vinegar so maybe it was peppercorns or something, but after a closer inspection it was clear that numerous fruit flies met their ultimate fate in this very bottle.  I’m not even that big of a vinegar fan however if it’s available at the same time fish and chips are around I’m bound to splash some on.  Kind of gross but I’m sure a few dead fruit flies won’t kill me. 

When the server came over with the bill I thought it may be nice to mention our findings just to save the next person from making this same discovery.  I expected an ‘ok, sorry about that’ type of response while the vinegar was being whisked away however she was genuinely upset and very concerned, she ended up taking the fish and chips off the bill, I didn’t expect that at all but just goes to show she wanted to do something to apologize.

This was obviously something out of their control, but if you get an order of fish and chips you may want to do a quick peppercorn/fruit fly inspection before splashing on the vinegar. 
Death trap
Size: 3/5 – The wings weren’t overly large by any means.  The thing that surprised me was there were only seven wings that arrived, based on a full pound I thought there would be at least four or five more, maybe the scale was off by a bit but I would expect a bit of a bigger portion for a full pound (or maybe the breading was thicker than I thought).
Not the largest wings, but meaty for their size
Overall Rating: 4/5

A couple of other thoughts on this one – additional napkins (only one was provided and I can manage to make an ok sized mess eating wings) a wet nap and something to throw the wing remnants in would be an ok addition to the overall wing experience.

I am looking very forward to returning to the Gahan House in the near future, my wing and sauce order will remain the same but I have a feeling I will be trying a lot more of the other beer they make.  Have you had a chance to visit this place yet?  If so, what have you tried?  If not, I’d highly recommend taking a stop in to try some of these wings, you won’t be disappointed.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wayside at Wing 'n it

Wing ‘n it is the newest wing establishment in the area and they recently took over the location that Wingdings used to occupy.  I was sad to see them leave however I was happy to learn wings would also be the focus on the new menu, based on the name anyway. 

The most notable changes with the initial looks of the new spot is the aviation theme, lots of plane themed sauces and décor.  I would soon learn that a lot more than just the décor had changed.  High expectations were to be had based on the previous occupant however I soon learned those expectations would not be met.  

A pound of wings will run you $10.99 and there are a few other denominations are on the menu, up to 1000 wings for $799.99 (still $0.80/wing in case you were wondering) and there is no wing night.

Beer goes well with wings of course, the order was placed and my beverage arrived, I was eager to try these wings.
Chilled to perfection
Breading: 1/5 – The wings were breaded but the breading was nothing special, and grease seemed to be the prominent taste, even with a Cajun dry rub.
The wings have arrived
Overall Quality: 1/5 – Disappointment pretty much sums up this category.

Even before breaking a wing open you could see dark patches on the meat beneath the breading, they contained a lot of dark meat and a couple sludgy residue areas.  The bones were broken in a couple of wings and they all had a taste that was not enjoyable, freezer burnt or just old/bad, I’m not sure, the meat even seemed on the tough side as well.  On a positive note, I didn’t see a single feather. 
Not the most appetizing looking wings

The carrot even looks a little sad
Sauce Selection: 5/5 – With around 100 different kinds of sauces to choose from the sauce selection choice can be a difficult but a very important decision in the ordering process.  It was also nice to see a lot of dry rub options.  I tried a few different sauces on my visits and they were all really good.

Tons of options here
Service: 3/5 – Thankfully the service was better than the meal, our server was pleasant, drink refills were offered. 

Size: 3/5 – Both the flatties and drumsticks were fairly average in size.

Average sized wings
Overall Rating: 2.6/5

I initially went to Wing ‘n it four days after the doors opened and didn’t enjoy the wings.  As we were about to the leave the owner came out and asked how everything was, I don’t enjoy providing negative feedback but I was honest.  He was genuinely concerned and said he would speak with head office and the supplier, he said this wasn't acceptable.

During the next visit the owner was also present, asked how everything was again and I let him know the wings seemed worse than before, his comment this time was ‘it is what it is’, well yeah, I guess it is.   

We also had nachos this time around and they were less than desirable with brown lettuce strewn about.  The explanation to that was the oven makes the lettuce brown.  I had two thoughts on this – why is there lettuce on nachos to begin with and if putting lettuce in the oven turns it brown and wilty than why not put it on after the nachos exit the oven?  Those are questions I may never have answers to. 

I hate to say it but I will not be back to this place for a very long time (if ever).  If anyone else had the wings here please let me know what you thought of them.  If there is a big change I may have to go back and give them another try.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Big and Bold at Bubba Ray's Too

I’ve been to Bubba Ray’s many times in the past and the Spring Garden location was actually my third review (October 2010), which was before I introduced the rating scale.  I’ve wanted to go back and do another review and decided to go to Bubba Ray’s Too to do just that.  

Bubba Ray’s is an excellent spot for sports, beer and wings, all a great combination, and they are serious with their wings.  They have six different types of wings to choose from – University, Original (non-breaded), Mega, Hot N Spicy, Gluten Free and Boneless.  Half pounds range from $5.99 - $6.99 and a full pound will run you $11.99.  

I went with a pound of the University since these wings are what they have on for their Wednesday wing night at $0.49/wing.  A discard bucket and a wet nap were provided, this is always nice to have when digging into a feed of wings.

Breading: 5/5 – Each wing was covered with a breading that wasn't too thick or thin and had the perfect crispiness to it.   
Nice looking plate of wings
Even better looking minus the vegetables
Overall Quality: 4/5 – Excellent fresh flavor almost like they were brined, and even with the breading having being nice and crispy the chicken was not dried up at all, these were cooked to perfection and only a couple dark and fatty patches were discovered here and there, overall I was very impressed.

Sauce Selection: 5/5 – This may be the most difficult (and critical) part of the wing order – there are 57 sauces (each with a little description which is nice) and 11 dry spices to choose from, the combinations are endless.  I went with the Blackened Cajun dry spice with Yukon Gold and Kettle Fire on the side, they were both delicious but I want to try a lot more.  Additional sauces will run you $0.99/each. 
Now that's a lot of sauces
Service: 4/5 – Fast efficient service, our server was pleasant and drink refills were offered. 

Size: 5/5 – I wasn't expecting the wings to be very large since this is the only variety you can get cheap on a wing night but I was very surprised, the wings were a great size and contained a lot of meat.
Meaty wings
Overall Rating: 4.6/5


We now have a tie for first place for the best wings in Halifax - Bubba Ray's and the Alehouse, both excellent choices and each with a unique atmosphere, I will be back for many more visits to both places.  

If you had to pick a favorite between the top two spots who would have your vote?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Off the beat at Tempo

I've visited Tempo in the past for brunch which was pretty good so after seeing they had a Drunken Sriracha ' wing sauce I figured it was about time to head back and finally try the wings, I love Sriracha.

I headed over on Thursday (7/17/14) and had a seat at the bar.  I took a look at the menu and the description for the wings is 'natural', I assume this means free range or something, but not overly descriptive.  Wings come in on the pricey side at $11 for a half pound or $17 for a full pound, which is what I went for.

Breading: n/a - Not breaded so this category will not be rated. 
Tempo wings
Overall Quality: 1/5 - These wings didn't have a good flavor at all, contained a lot of dark meat (which is surprising based on their size) and even managed to contain a few sporadic feathers. This is not at all what I was expecting from this place. 

Not the best looking wings
A lot of dark meat for a small wing
Sauce Selection: 1/5 – You have three sauces to choose from - Sweet and Salty, Dr. Pepper BBQ or Drunken Sriracha.  The main reason I stopped by was to try that Sriracha sauce, and it was warm Sriracha, I really couldn’t tell if there was anything else different with it, but it was still good. 

Service: 5/5 – This was by far the best part of this experience.  I sat at the bar my drink order was taken and a menu was provided right away.  I was fortunate enough to be served by Lorne, he’s awesome. 

I received the wings and was a bit surprised, they really didn’t look good at all.  I dug into a couple and when he asked how they were I told him I didn’t really care for them, he said he’d take them off the bill and asked if there was anything else I would like, that was a great gesture but I didn’t feel like anything else to eat for now, so drink refills were offered and accepted. 

I ended up hanging around for a couple of drinks and we talked for a bit, you can tell this guy really enjoys what he does, this was the best service I’ve had anywhere in a long time.

Size: 1/5 - You don't frequently find wings this small, there was barely any meat on the flatties or the drumsticks, if this is what a natural wing is I think these chickens need to be pumped up a bit.  I’m glad they don’t sell them by the wing.
Not much meat to these
Overall Rating:  2/5


Even though I would not go back to Tempo for wings I know I will be back to try some other items on the menu purely based on the service alone.  Plus a couple beside me had the nachos, and they looked delicious.  Has anyone tried the wings here before? Not sure if I was there on an off night or if this is how ‘natural’ wings are.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pause at PVP

Video games, alcohol and food, sounds like a great combination.  I’m not a hardcore gamer by any means, I have a PS3 and enjoy a good round of Tiger Woods now and again, and I even have a tablet for Plants vs. Zombies, I love that game for some reason.  Anyway, we decided to take a stop in to PVP on a Saturday afternoon to see what this place was all about and to try the wings of course.

We arrived around 5:00 PM and a birthday party was just wrapping up (princess theme, may have just turned 6?) and on the other side of the place a few people were sitting around playing some video games, we grabbed a seat and menus were handed out shortly afterwards.  I’m not exactly sure how much it costs to play the games or what games are available, we didn’t ask and no one told us.  

A pound of wings rings up at $8.95 which is a pretty good deal.  Thursday is wing night - $0.60/wing from 4:00 - 11:00 PM and a pitcher of Bud Light is only $10 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM.

Breading: 2/5 – The wings had a nice coating on them and the menu indicated they are lightly spiced however the only thing I could really taste was grease, for some reason there wasn’t really any other flavor.  If the breading had a bit more flavor this category would have been rated much higher, there is potential here. 
Looking good so far

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Another Update

Hi all, it's been a bit since I've posted a new review.  My motherboard decided to die a bit ago and that took a while to get fixed, but I'm back now. 

I realize the wing specials need some updating as well, I plan on reaching out to all the establishments listed really soon to update the prices.

I'm also in the very early stages of attempting to make some changes and refresh the site, it really needs an overhaul however I'm not very talented when it comes to web design. 

At this point I am seeing what I can do to get this transferred over to WordPress.org and find some sort of theme that will work well, I'm too picky so this may take some time.  If you have WordPress skills or know someone that does and may be interested with pointing me in the right direction, please let me know.  

In the meantime, I'll be trying a new place for wings really soon and will be sure to post a review, only a few more reviews to go before the 100th, that will call for some sort of special occasion I'm sure.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Off The Mark at Off The Grill

Off The Grill is a rotisserie chicken and ribs type establishment in Woodside where the old Arby's was previously located, and also very close to one of my favorite wing places in Dartmouth – Pilot’s Pub.  My last visit was in November shortly after they opened.  Wings were ordered and the overall experience was great however I failed to post a review at the time.  I was back in the area tonight and decided to stop in and follow through with the review this time however I was quite surprised with the turn the wings took.

The wings are not breaded and a pound comes in at $13.49 or $7.49 for a half pound.  There was also a half rack of ribs and half pound of wings on the menu for $19.49.  I was craving wings once again and ended up ordering a pound.

Breading: n/a – Breading is not an option here so this category will go unrated.
Wet naps and a good helping of sauce

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pizazz at Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza is one of those places I’ve seen around a lot but haven’t tried anything on their menu until a few months ago and since then I’ve been hooked on their wings.  After a wing craving tonight I decided it was time for a review. 

I placed an order for pickup online (great ordering system by the way) and noticed the order would be free if it wasn’t ready in 20 minutes, I’ve never been the recipient of this type of luck but the wing gods were with me tonight.  I walked in to pick the order up with a few minutes to spare and sure enough the wings weren’t ready yet and they held true to their promise, free wings!  At this point I wish wishing I had have ordered 20 instead of 10, but this is still a victory nonetheless. 

They offer non-breaded and breaded as well as a few different serving sizes – 6 wings for $5.79, 10 for $8.99 and 20 for $15.99, the prices aren’t too bad considering some places charge over $15 for a pound now.  There is no specific wing night however they seem to have frequent specials on larger orders and wings are usually included. 

Breading: 5/5 – An excellent coat with the perfect crispiness, breading doesn’t really get any better than this.
Crispy breading

Debateable at the Delta

After a few weeks of stumbling around the Scotia Square food court trying to decide on what to grab for lunch I noticed a sign for some lunch deals down at the Delta Halifax, wings were on the menu and of course I had to try them.
Delta lunch deals
As you can see on the sign all the deals are ten bucks and the wings are served with house chips, which are delicious.  If you’re more on the hungry side a full pound of wings will run you $17. 

Breading: n/a – Breading is not an option so this category will go unrated. 
Non-breaded, the chips in the background are delicious

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Halifax Wingman Pizza!

As you may already know, I eat my fair share of wings.  I also enjoy pizza, so a while ago I decided to combine the two and made a chicken wing pizza, this may have been one of the best concoctions I’ve ever came up with. 

There have been two successful wingman pizzas created in the past however I never quite got around to posting anything more than a few pictures.  So, for the third time around I decided to share the details in case anyone was interested.

Here is what I used to create this wonderful masterpiece:

- Pizza dough – I went with the Blue Menu Multi-grain Thin crust (the only kind that was in stock from what I noticed).  I’ve never made pizza dough from scratch and I didn’t want to start now.
- Dave’s Famous Chicken Wing Sauce (hot) – this is used for the base of the pizza.  I've also used Frank's Red Hot Thick sauce in the past, this works nicely as well.
- Wings of course – Crisp and Crunchy Spicy Southern-Style baked and then hand picked.
- Maple bacon – What doesn’t bacon go well with?  Enough said.
- Pepperoni – Chris Brothers mild.
- Red and green peppers
- Jalapeno
- Habanero cheese
- Slivered almonds
Ingredients for a wonderful meal
All of this set me back $42.46, not a cheap pizza by any means.  Keep in mind though I still have lots of ingredients left over.

Steps

1. Bake the wings, I used parchment paper and find this stuff really helps to crisp them up.
All cooked and ready to go