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Looking for great buffalo chicken wings in CT

The Other Bill Oct 5, 2003 08:51 AM

Hi -- I'm looking to find a Connecticut restaurant with really great wings -- the kind that justify all the calories. Preferably Fairfield or New Haven counties but I'll drive if I have to. Thanks!

T.O. Bill

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    John RE: The Other Bill Oct 5, 2003 03:44 PM

    Your search for buffalo wings in CT is over!!!! The best is at Archie Moore's Cafe and Restaurant on Willow Street in New Haven CT. They win the Ct magazine's best buffalo wing vote in the state every year! Enjoy!!

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      Robin Goldstein RE: John Oct 9, 2003 07:51 AM

      I prefer the wings at TK's (College and George) to the wings at Archie Moore's.

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        EAF RE: Robin Goldstein Oct 13, 2003 03:03 PM

        TK's has great wings but sometimes they are small. However, if it is your birthday they are free (# years old = # of free wings)! Pippa's in Danbury has great wings - fewer flavors than TK's but meatier pieces. I also hear that the Bidwell Tavern in Tolland has good wings but have not yet tried them myself. I will get over there one of these days.

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          cheereeo RE: EAF Nov 16, 2003 10:43 PM

          What about JP Dempsey's in New Haven. Supposedly, they have won awards at Wing Competitions as well.

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            ctscorp RE: EAF Oct 14, 2006 07:29 AM

            Bidwell Tavern is the stuff of nostalgia-induced drool; I haven't been there since college, so 10 years or so. But I still dream about their mexican or cajun wings with a bucket of Rolling Rock on a Tuesday night. Anyone know if it's still worth it?

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              xilinxchic RE: ctscorp Oct 15, 2006 02:05 AM

              Yup still there, still really good. I think close to 20 varieties, all worth trying.

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              newhavener RE: EAF Oct 15, 2006 02:50 PM

              TK's now only gives ten (10) wings for your birthday.

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              Dave RE: Robin Goldstein Oct 18, 2003 12:40 PM

              Only time I had TK's wings were at Raven's games and they seemed "breaded". Are they that same way at the bar?

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              lvtocook888 RE: John Jan 7, 2009 09:46 AM

              They are great wings! They also have one near the train station in Fairfield.

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              Maria F. RE: The Other Bill Oct 8, 2003 09:56 PM

              T.O. Bill, Great wings at Archie Moore's in Milford Center.

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                ray RE: The Other Bill Oct 16, 2003 09:11 AM

                Humphrey's in New Haven has far better wings than Archie Moore's, which although good, are overrated. humphrey's are meatier and spicier (but not too spicy) and the sandwiches are great.

                1. goodbyeohio RE: The Other Bill Oct 14, 2006 07:39 AM

                  i second bidwell tavern in coventry. if you like hot or buffalo style (they have many flavors), go for the flavor called 'complicated.' awesome.

                  another classic wing in ct is are the 'dirt wings' from j timothy's in plainville. buffalo style wings with the sauce kind of burnt on. sounds weird, really good.

                  as a runner up.. i'd say sliders in berlin/plainville

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                    Fairfield Foodie RE: The Other Bill Oct 16, 2006 12:46 AM

                    In my opinion...

                    1. Archie Moore's-Fairfield
                    2. Tiernan's-Stamford
                    3. East Side Cafe-Norwalk
                    4. Bobby V's-Stamford
                    5. Fireside-Stamford

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                      Elizzie RE: The Other Bill Oct 16, 2006 03:55 AM

                      I keep hearing about the wings at the East Side Cafe in Norwalk...gonna have to toddle on over one of these days.

                      1. masha bousha RE: The Other Bill Oct 16, 2006 11:09 AM

                        I'm shocked no one has mentioned J. Timothy's in Plainville. It's an all around great tavern but they're known for their double sauced, double cooked "dirt" wings.


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                          goodbyeohio RE: masha bousha Oct 17, 2006 05:17 AM

                          of course i mentioned j's! look up!

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                            Foodgirl29 RE: masha bousha Jan 7, 2009 03:12 PM

                            ITA about J Tim's and the dirt wings. They are always first choice in our house. Also Sliders in Plainville(and a few other locations) has some great wings and I hear that Cadillac Ranch in Southington has a great peanut butter wing-never tried them so I can't verify, but they seem to win some awards.

                          2. masha bousha RE: The Other Bill Oct 17, 2006 04:45 PM

                            Lo Siento GoodbyeOhio....I mis-typed!!
                            you're always on the ball!

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                              goodbyeohio RE: masha bousha Oct 17, 2006 07:55 PM

                              i try my best.. although there are new wings popping up every day, one must stay true to the j.

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                              shoreline RE: The Other Bill Jan 7, 2009 10:05 AM

                              Side street grill in Hamden.

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                                ctfoodguy RE: shoreline Jan 7, 2009 12:17 PM

                                I can't believe how long it took for someone to mention Side Street's wings. I always thought they were clearly the best in the area. Although I have not, has anyone tried 'Swings on Crown?

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                                  no0b RE: ctfoodguy Jan 7, 2009 06:35 PM

                                  How about boneless buffalo chicken? Any of these places have it boneless?

                                  I hate how a lot of places think "buffalo" or "hot and spicy" means salty and the salt overpowers the sauce.

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                                    shoreline RE: no0b Jan 12, 2009 06:45 PM

                                    I'm pretty sure they all do.

                              2. Scargod RE: The Other Bill Jan 8, 2009 07:06 AM

                                Archie Moore's are pretty good (and popular with family members), but I think their sauce is too vinegary and "rough". I don't think they use a very mellow vinegar... Do you think this is the way most people like it? I've had a few others that were less so.
                                Remember, I'm from Texas. However, I enjoy a slightly vinegary Q sauce like you find in the Carolinas or Georgia.
                                Where are the spiciest ones?

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                                  Scargod RE: Scargod Jan 17, 2009 10:18 AM

                                  While this may not get the play of apizza, I am still left wondering what locals consider a good wing?
                                  What flavor should the sauce have and are some spicier than others? Are all wings pre-seasoned and deep-fried? Are they nothing without the sauce? Though I've had Archie Moore's several times, and consider them good, Im afraid I don't know what the "classic" wing is...

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                                    steve999 RE: Scargod Jan 19, 2009 09:10 AM

                                    "Classic" wings use fresh (not frozen) chicken and are deep-fried (never breaded). After cooking you place them in a bowl or container and shake them up with a melted butter and frank's red hot mix until all of the wings are completely coated.

                                    Most grocery stores now carry a product called "frank's buffalo sauce" which is pretty close to what real buffalo sauce should taste like.

                                    Chances are if a place is serving wings that are really vinegary, they are substituting a different hot sauce instead.

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                                      Scargod RE: steve999 Jan 19, 2009 01:32 PM

                                      Thanks! SO reminded me that wings are not battered and that they come (at least at Archie Moore's), with a dip of creamy blue cheese and pieces of celery. She also mentioned the butter.
                                      I'll look for some Frank's!

                                2. EastRocker RE: The Other Bill Jan 8, 2009 10:04 AM

                                  Wow this is quite an old post we have brought back from the dead! Just to update anyone reading the older stuff, TK's in New Haven has closed. I like Archie Moore's but personally I like Side Street Grill's wings better. C.O. Jones does a decent wing, which they serve up cheap at happy hour along with half price margaritas, which makes for a inexpensive and boozetastic time. J. Timothy's is good if you find yourself stuck up north for some reason.


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                                    stormshadow RE: EastRocker Jan 9, 2009 11:47 PM

                                    While Archie Moore's wins wing contests all the time, I have found that their wings are seemingly not as good as they used to be. As someone mentioned on here...they seem smaller, and personally, I think lately, they're TOUGHER....don't know where they're getting their birds, but they may want to reconsider.

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                                      hotwing RE: stormshadow Jan 10, 2009 01:51 PM

                                      I have to agree, went to Archie Moore's last week and they do seem smaller. I think they are precooked, because they come out about 5 minutes after you order them and they do seem to be a little dry. Also the sauce seems like it's always on the bottom of the pile, not spread throughout each wing. But they are still one of my favorites. My number one choice is definately Bidwell Tavern in Coventry. Always done just right, and many different flavors to choose from.

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                                        katcraig RE: hotwing Jan 13, 2009 03:45 AM

                                        I think Bidwell's secret is that they deep fry the wings first, so every flavor has a nice crunch -- nevery soggy -- what's not to love?

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                                      Scargod RE: EastRocker May 30, 2009 07:53 AM

                                      Was at Archie Moore's on Willow street recently and a couple of people in our party ate 30+ between them! Then they ate more stuff... They seemed to think that the wings, while good, had gone down in heat. They will give you (what seems to be Frank's) hot sauce if you want it hotter.
                                      I had a good cup of clam chowder and fried clam strips. SO's salad was not good and the dolmas in it were pretty bad. I think I counted eight fryer baskets hanging in two vats in the kitchen. I don't see how people eat this kind of food on a regular basis. The Smithwick's draughts were good...
                                      Is it typical to find the good wings in a pub? It's just that I can't stomach much of the rest of the bar food and the (usually), high level of noise/bar scene.

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                                      catrn RE: The Other Bill Jan 16, 2009 05:05 PM

                                      One of our favorites for wings is Porky's Cafe in Shelton. A small bar, with what we think are the best wings. My sister moved to Florida, and it is the one thing she really misses. When she comes to visit, Porky's is the first place we go to.

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                                        debvil RE: The Other Bill Jan 17, 2009 05:50 AM

                                        While I like Archie Moore's I find myself enjoying Humphrey's wings more. I usually frequent the Branford location. They also do different versions (teriyaki/Bourbon BBQ) incase you feel like a little variety.

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                                          jrinct1 RE: The Other Bill Jan 19, 2009 06:01 AM

                                          Hard hat in North Haven.Great sandwiches too.

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                                            Phred RE: The Other Bill Jan 20, 2009 08:56 AM

                                            I have to suggest the Corner Pub in Ridgefield CT. Great wings and good size too. TK's in Danbury has gone down hill recently. Their wings have gotten so small its tough to eat them.
                                            Archie Moore's in Derby is good enough, but not special.

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                                              lvtocook888 RE: Phred Aug 27, 2009 06:46 PM

                                              If you're looking in the fairfield area, I say go to the Black Rock Sports Cafe. Totally a dive bar, but amazing wings! They do more than just buffalo, and will kick it up a notch if you so desire. We prefer the buffalo garlic wings extra spicy. They also have other flavors that are great such as terri cherry....which is terriaki and cherry pepper. They have daily specials mostly during football season.

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