Monday, October 20, 2014

Wayside at Wing 'n it

902 466 9464  
4 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour
Wing Night: $12.99 gets you a Pound and a Pint
Regular Price: $10.99/pound - need to confirm this one - feel free to let me know if it's still the same (04/13/15)
Review Date: October 15, 2014
Rating: 2.6/5

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.

7 comments:

  1. I have been here as i live nearby, and i as well was not impressed. Prices are just way too high for the quality. On a side note wingman up the street is big leagues im surprised u havnt been, thrre wing nights are now sun after 1 thursdays after 4 and monday night as well there good in my opinion and 10 dollar pitchers of keiths in those time frames

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    1. yeah, I hope the wing quality improves for sure. I will have to check out Big Leagues soon for sure, nice to see the deal on pitchers too.

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  2. If the focus on Wings how can it make sense to have a "Wing Night"?

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    1. Would be nice to see a deal on wings a night a week, a lot of places do it.

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  3. I went last night for the first and last time. I should have listened to your review. It was spot on. The service was top shelf, but my wings were "off" and tasted a little freezer burnt. My bill was just under $32.00 after tip for 9 wings, a pint of beer (It was the $14.88 special, but they had no domestic draught left and still charged me a dollar premium for Rickard's Red), and a half dozen Pickle Spears. Best of all, I walked away hungry. I miss Wing Dings.

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  4. From your pictures.. your review looks spot on. I wonder if things have gotten better as I had a much better experience there in March 2015, Wings were good, Sauce was good, and beer was cold. At the time, i remember thinking they were some of the better wings i had had in metro.

    cheers.

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  5. I was here recently and I had quite the opposite take on the wings. First off, I am not a HUGE fan of breading and was happy to see that these wings were fairly light on that side. I noticed no brown spots or blackened meat. The wings were VERY juicy and quite light on the inside. They were hot (almost too hot, I had to let them cool down a bit as I get sauce on the side) and incredibly flavourful. Anyone who has not tried the Caribbean Jerk sauce on wings is missing out on the finer things in life.

    Anyway, I've been back multiple times now always to a similar result. The servers & owner were both very pleasant to deal with and all seemed like they genuinely cared. I would (and plan to) go back again soon!

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