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Chic n' Wings - Tyson's Corner

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Steve Jul 4, 2007 05:52 AM

This is a small brand-new place attached to the back of a Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts off Rte 7. I thought it was going to be a fast food joint. Turns out that it is an upscale sports bar with our server dressed in the costume of a Vegas-style cocktail waitress. Elegant wood paneling all around gives this place a corporate, sterile look. About 12 tables in the middle and a bar on three walls with about 25 stools. Plasmas everywhere you look. Everyone has a good view since it's so small.

There is a brief list of wings to start things off, and when the waitress pointed out to the 'shake n' bake' wings, she added, "These are just like Hooters." I'll have to take her word on that.

The food is upscale corporate casual, like pasta with beef tenderloin (a misnomer) in a tequila lime sauce, crabcakes (don't go there), etc. The napkins are from Capital Grille, so maybe there's a connection. I got the grilled bbq wings. Huge, meaty wings. Ok flavor, no grill marks or crust. Served on a rectangular frosted glass plate. In fact, all the dinnerware here is downtown trendy.

So many mixed metaphors.

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    xena1441 RE: Steve Dec 5, 2007 07:19 PM

    My boyfriend and I went there about a month ago for a drink and ended up paying $30 ( YES THIRTY) for two Irish coffees which we had to go to Dunkin Donuts next door to buy the coffee for. The place doens't know what it wants to be- it looks like a fast food joint from outside, yet everyone inside is wearing a tux. Very wierd. Awful service. HATED it. Will never go back.

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      FoodieGrrl RE: xena1441 Dec 6, 2007 08:32 AM

      I completely agree! When my bf and I went, the food was at best okay, but the schizophrenic atmosphere (part sports bar, part bar attempting to be lounge, part fast food joint, part nice restaurant) was just...well, it just didn't work. Haven't been back since, and you'd have to pay me to go.

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        MikeR RE: FoodieGrrl Dec 6, 2007 12:18 PM

        I was out that way shortly after Steve's posting so I stopped in for lunch. Looked around, looked at the scene, looked at the menu, looked at the prices, walked out. Steve must have hit it (or the lottery) on a good day.

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          xena1441 RE: MikeR Dec 7, 2007 05:53 AM

          I can't say anything about the food. When we walked in we were surprised to see everyone in tuxes and cocktail outfits. We though ok kinda different and cool I guess. Then we asked for 2 Irish coffees. The waiter's response was "our coffee machine is broken but you can go next door to Dunkin Donuts and buy some so I can make it for you". Ok, no big deal. We come back and he basically hands us two shots ot baileys to put in our coffee cups. Ok that is fine. But we get our tab and were charged $30.00 for that!!! And we had to walk over to the other side to ask for it because he basically forgot about us. It was irritating more than anything else. Sorry to rant.

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            keithlb1 RE: xena1441 Dec 13, 2007 09:32 AM

            Thats unacceptable and just plain bad business. I think this place is nothing more than a pick up joint for divorces and people looking for a one nighter.
            Thats ok, I'm not a prude, I know Tyson's has many single people.
            But at least at other bars you can get decent service without the lack of professionalism that exists at this place. $30.00 and a trip to the donut shop is BS.
            I would have bought a dozen Crullers and offered them to their patrons free of charge of course. A little Honey glaze with your Irish Coffees anyone?

    2. Meg RE: Steve Dec 12, 2007 09:50 AM

      There's a new one moving into the old Shark's Club in Merrified - a HUGE space. I couldn't believe it. Obviously the owners haven't turned to Chowhound for market research.

      Not to mention that it sounds awfully upscale for the beat up mall that it's moving into. I give it 6 months.

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        Bob W RE: Meg Dec 13, 2007 11:18 AM

        I just saw that place when I visited Raouche Cafe. Glad to hear I don't have to waste my time trying it -- it seemed like a natural for the first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament, when there could be 8 games going on at once, or next football season, but the place just sounds ridiculous.

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          Meg RE: Bob W Dec 13, 2007 01:24 PM

          Is the Raouche Cafe in the H Mart plaza? I know I've seen it somewhere and wondered about it. How is it

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            Bob W RE: Meg Dec 13, 2007 01:40 PM

            it's pretty good. i posted a quick report on the "New Lebanese Place -- Merrifield" thread -- which you started yesterday!

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