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  • grose Aug 15, 2007 08:50 AM
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Has anybody tried West Wings, the new bar/grill on Prospect just south of Park in Hartford? It is owned by the Elbow Room people. I'm curious to hear whether the menu includes non-wing items, particularly vegetarian or seafood options.
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  1. There is a review in today's Hartford Courant. Many, Many types of wings and lots of burgers seem to be the focus.

    1. Mr. cthoops and I just got back from there a few hours ago. Not good. His beer was warm, the neck on my bottled drink tasted like it had been opened bare handed by someone handling change (I ended up pouring it in a glass.) The wings were just o.k., but we are wings aficionados so we weren't surprised. My fried clams were extremely overcooked, and the french fries weren't good. For the first time ever we decided to just pay our bill and go someplace else. A waste of food perhaps, but we figured we're adults so we don't have to eat bad food if we don't want to. It just wasn't worth the calories.

      Bottom line, we won't be returning unless they REALLY turn it around.

      1. I was there last night. We had beer and wings. I thought the wings were good, but I am no afficianado. Lots of beers on tap and lots of wing flavors. The menu looked like college bar food, lots of fried stuff, burgers, "mini corn dogs" lol. I think it works as a beer and wings place, some place to watch a ball game or have beers with friends. I don't think it will survive though. Places like WoodnTap, Half Door or Plan B have better menus and good varieties of beers. They need something interseting on the menu.

        Oh yeah, the service was horribly slow but I chalk that up to being newly opened.

        1. Don't go on a hot day. No AC in front of restaurant, where you want to sit. Food (so far) is average. Better wings down the street at Plan B.

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          1. re: rdesmond

            Huge dissapointment...the wings were awful. Looks like a we have another low end Marty McGillicuddy watering hole. The beers are OK, but the wings were truly a disaster. For 9.95 a dozen???? I ordered buffalo (hot), and got rubbery wings (two were red at the bone) with a slight coating of sauce that was cleary more butter than hot stuff (wasnt Franks either). Rest of the menu is the same mediocre slop you'll find at any TGI McFunsters..

            Wings in Hartford (I mean real Duffs and Anchor Bar quality...) are a hard find. I usually make them myself or make a run to Sliders. This place wont last long at those prices. Since when were wings pricey food items?

            1. re: veronaraven

              Veronaraven,

              Where is Sliders? Mr. cthoops is from Rochester, and I spent 5 years up there living with him, so we definitely miss good wings! We also generally just make them ourselves. I loved Duffs, and Country Sweet (although a completely different type of wing) ran a close second.

              1. re: cthoops

                Cuople opf things about wing and why they go up and down...

                Chicken proices have gone way up...corn is being used to make fule and so feed is skyhigh.

                Chickens sometimesa get ged near the bone depending on the tyope of feed they are given...if it looks hot and cooked they are ok...but can be dece[tive

                people donl;t realize the cost of wings...they are not cheap bar food anymore...the demand is huge...all the big chains buy up the market and a large amounbt go overseas.

                Try Mulberry St in Manchester for Wings...best I have had and they make all their own sauces..take out only

                1. re: cthoops

                  Sliders is on route 372 in Plainville. They also have one Berlin. Country Sweet is a whole other wing...different flavor. They are good...but they arent Buffalo wings in the traditional sense. Sliders is about the closest thing to the real thing around here along with Rookies in Cromwell. Having said that...I still make my own 95% of the time.

                  West Wings should be ashamed getting away with 9.95 a dozen...food has gone up recently, but wings havent escalated ANYWHERE in the Hartford area at that price.

            2. Veronaraven-
              2 great places for wings in this area: Plan B-specialty is burgers, but I always get wings. Tell 'em extra crispy-they will make you happy. Also, in Cromwell, Sliders is awesome.

              1. Thanks for the info on Sliders, Veronaraven. I don't think I'll ever find something similar to Country Sweet around here, but I'd love to find a decent "regular" wing. Sigh. I miss Duffs!

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                1. re: cthoops

                  Country Sweet is definitely a "Rochester Wing". The flavor is something I've never had before....then again so is Nick Tahous (inside joke..).

                  Sliders isnt traditional..but their sauce is good and it has the slow zing on your lips like a good wing should. I get them hot...

                  If the sauce on the wing has the Franks vinegary-hot-up-your-nose-so-your-mouth-waters thing going for it..coupled with a wing that has a crispy almost shoe leather texture..youve got a darned good wing.

                  I'll hit Plan B shortly...

                  1. re: veronaraven

                    No one is mentioning J. Timothys---practically right across the street from the Plainville Sliders. Which is better? I do dig the dirt wings at J. Tims but I am curious. I've had takeout wings from Sliders but......you know takeout in styrofoam, everything gets kind of wet and gross.

                    thanks to all and thanks for the honest opinions about West Wings. I live in the nabe and have been wondering if it's worth the crowds to check it out. Sounds like it's not. It's a shame though because one of the owners co-owns Elbow Room in WH center and I really like that place.

                    1. re: masha bousha

                      J Timothys had good wings about 10 years ago. The whole place has descended into mediocrity. If you are worried about Sliders take out..eat them in house. I believe they have wing specials (happy hour) as well.

                    2. re: veronaraven

                      Hey Veronaraven and cthoops, If you're looking for great wings, including Rochester wings, (sorry no soggy white bread under them, and no garbage plate) check out Wes Wings. That's WES no T. In Middletown at Wesleyan Univ. www.weswings.com Been there for over 17 years.

                  2. Hi...just wanted to throw in my two cents on my first visit to this place last night. Fortunately it wasn't jamming with people when myself and my friend arrived around 6pm for a Wednesday night. I live in the nabe and it's usually packed whenever I drive by. We sat by the open front at a 4 top on pretty comfy backless bar stools. It's quite open and looks like a decent place to catch a game on tv, shoot pool, maybe see a band.
                    I will say that I was disappointed that my pint of Guinness was totally rushed and still looking all Root Beer Floaty when the waitress brought it over. The bar was DEAD...couldn't the b'tender have taken maybe a few more seconds to lovingly pour my beer? You don't jam the tap into the glass and fill it as fast as possible. Needless to say it left me with a bit less than a pint when the head settled. (tasted good though as all Guinness does).
                    We didn't eat our way through the joint and I was in a junk food mood. I had two starters for dinner... Mini corn dogs and buffalo shrimp. I was annoyed that the waitress didn't bring me a plate to share (or slice) my appetizers. The buffalo shrimp were kinda big and unruly and not truly finger food...so I'm taking points away for not bringing me a plate. The corn dogs weren't bad they just didn't really taste of dog---mostly corn. Also the dipping sauce of dijonaisse (woo woo) looked like it was sitting in the fridge since morning because it needed a good stirring.
                    ok..enough about my food and issues. My friend ordered a regular (non kobe) burger which actually (like 5 guys) comes with 2 patties. They give many topping choices and she used a few of them but declared the burger so-so. She said that Plan B (round the corner) was indeed MUCH better and that this one was not "hand formed". She declared the skin-on fries to be an enthusiastic "good"!

                    All in all...I'd try this place again...I would try other food too...something more substantial. It's nothing like Elbow room other than the t-shirts the waitstaff wear reminding you of their affiliation with the other "American Joint".

                    thanks!