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ryanallday Apr 20, 2011 09:31 AM

hey everyone. Let me explain what this is, myself and my buddy Craig consider ourselves wing experts.... We know what to look for and how an excellent wing should taste. So what we have done here is compiled a list of what we think are the top contenders for the best wings in our area.

we will create a schedule of what dates we will hit which resteraunt. I will type up our results at the end, possibly try and get them published (somewhere).

If anyone wants to join us please do, we absolutely love chicken wings and the sauces. T-shirts will be made as well. Please follow us on facebook for all updates.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wing-To...

here is our list of places, we need to add one more place! any suggestions??

5/9
Kelly's
Brewster, NY

5/12
So Dam Hot
Valhalla, NY

5/16
Michaels Sports Bar
Fishkill, NY

5/19
The Tavern at Croton Landing
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

5/23
Blazer Pub
North Salem, NY

5/26
Lazy Boy Saloon
White Plains, NY

5/30
McGuires
Cold Spring, NY

6/2
Justin Thyme
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

6/6
Tacocina
Wappingers Falls, NY

6/9
Uncle Henrys
Harrison, NY

6/13
Beechmont Tavern
New Rochelle, NY

6/16
TK's American Cafe
Danbury, CT

6/20 (8:30pm
)Sherwoods Resteraunt
Larchmont, NY

6/23
Holy Smoke!
Mahopac, NY

6/27 (finale)
Candlelight Inn
Scarsdale, NY
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thanks everyone

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Justin Thyme
171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

Blazer Pub
RR 22, Purdys, NY 10578

Candlelight Inn
519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Uncle Henry's
309 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528

So Dam Hot
10 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

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    ryanallday RE: ryanallday Apr 20, 2011 12:20 PM

    needed a hometown resteraunt so we added holy smoke, all spots are now filled, hoping we dont gain too much weight from this!!

    1. Sra. Swanky RE: ryanallday Apr 20, 2011 01:34 PM

      What a great idea for a Food Tour! Would love to join you but I don't think it would be wise for me at 8 months pregnant! (especially with those Chernobyl-type sauces!) You named all the places I could think of - well done with Candlelight as your final stop! Good luck & enjoy!

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        ryanallday RE: Sra. Swanky Apr 20, 2011 07:00 PM

        I will report all my findings right here!

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        Solstice444 RE: ryanallday Apr 25, 2011 04:37 AM

        Since you are expanding into Dutchess, you should check out The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh (would be only about 10 minutes further than Fishkill or Wappingers). I think they have better wings than Michael's or Tacocina. Love their really hot wings! If you have any extra time, check it out, or even if it's not part of the official tour.

        Tacocina does have surprisingly good wings for a Mexican place, as I discovered at the Wing Fest a couple of months ago. My co-worker raves about TK's but the one time I tried to go they were closed for a party.

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        Golden Rail Ale House
        Old N Plank Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550

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          vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Apr 25, 2011 08:05 PM

          I suggest you have your doctor do a pre and post cholesterol measurement. Closer to what sounds like home is the ny firehouse grill in peekskill. I haven't been but I've heard good things about them.

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            ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure Apr 25, 2011 08:12 PM

            solstice yes Tacocina is one of 2 places on the tour i have already been to, not only are their wings good but their entire menu is great.....

            vinous, we will be monitoring our weight lol

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              vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Apr 27, 2011 05:18 PM

              also, I think you're hitting half price wing night at the croton landing. Are you just having buffalo wings or are other varieties up for consideration? Are you rating/ranking?

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                ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure Apr 27, 2011 07:53 PM

                we will write up short reviews and at the end rank them all

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                  ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure Apr 27, 2011 07:56 PM

                  while this was not a planned stop on the tour we had to try them for 15 cent wing night.

                  Lily Logans in Wappingers Falls, NY.
                  Chris (the owner) greeted us and made us feel right at home at Lily Logans. He truly cares about the wings they serve there and it shows. We orderes alottt of wings due to the cheap price. Our wings were the perfect size, very meaty... we sampled 2 of their 23 sauce choices. The mild sauce is almost hard to put into words, you just need to try it, its a smokey, sweet sauce with a little bit of heat, it tastes like you just took it off the grill, the hot buffalo sauce was a classic buffalo sauce, perfect amount of heat, perfect taste. Lily's wings are definetly dead on perfect. We really loved Chris and his devotion to wings and excellent food and we look foward to more trips to his bar/restaurant in the future!

                  pic of my wings:
                  http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...

                  please follow us on facebook for updates!
                  http://www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                  2026 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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                    Solstice444 RE: ryanallday May 2, 2011 05:12 AM

                    What night is their 15 cent wing night? I live one minute away from there. I tried their wings once and wasn't impressed, but I'll go back and try them again if they're 15 cents each!

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                rkaene RE: vinouspleasure Apr 29, 2011 08:27 PM

                Very good, and I am from Buffalo.

              3. menton1 RE: ryanallday Apr 28, 2011 05:43 AM

                Looks like you saved the best for last.

                Candlelight, although it has a few detractors, is generally considered to be at the top of the Wings list north of NYC. But let us know your results!

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                  ryanallday RE: menton1 Apr 30, 2011 08:07 AM

                  yes we made candlelight last because one of 2 locations on the list we have already tried and we consider candlelight the best wings we ever had so we will see if any of the other locations can oust them, you will get our honest opinion during the entire tour! :)

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                    vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Apr 30, 2011 07:09 PM

                    best wings including the classic buffalo wing joints?

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                      ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure May 2, 2011 04:42 PM

                      not sure what you mean but we will be going to all the places listed in the original post starting with Kellys one week from tonight, we are very excited

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                        vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 6, 2011 05:16 PM

                        have you been to anchor, duffs, etc? if so, how do they compare? If not, I'm not sure how you can consider yourself an expert without having been to center of the wing universe and sampling the source of wing goodness.

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                          Solstice444 RE: vinouspleasure May 7, 2011 02:59 AM

                          I also consider myself a wing expert, although I have not had the good fortune of making it to Buffalo to try the classics. I'd hate to think that all my years of wing tasting mean nothing if I haven't been to Buffalo ;-) I do hope to make it there someday soon.

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                            ryanallday RE: Solstice444 May 7, 2011 09:41 AM

                            me and my partner will be there this year for wing fest!

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                              vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 8, 2011 08:39 AM

                              wait, you're conducting a *buffalo* wing tour and ranking *buffalo* wings, publishing an article about it but have never had wings in buffalo? How are your avid readers supposed to interpret phrases like "hot buffalo sauce was a classic buffalo sauce"?

                              Wouldn't your article and your tour benefit from a last stop at anchor/duffs?

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                                ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure May 9, 2011 08:59 PM

                                this is a tour of westchester and putnam countys, we will experience buffalo off the tour in september. we know food period.

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                                  menton1 RE: ryanallday May 9, 2011 09:28 PM

                                  Yes, one does not have to go down South to do a tasting tour of Southern Fried Chicken, either...

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                                    vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 13, 2011 07:19 AM

                                    you have my undying admiration for undertaking this quest but respectfully disagree. When we take our family from fl to flushing for chinese food their reaction is "what's the heck is this?" As a KCBS judge, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people tell me that the best ribs "fall off the bone". Is this because they haven't visited classic US rib joints and figured out the characteristics of a good rib? Also, I think your article would benefit if it were told from the perspective of you and your partner sitting in duffs and comparing the westchester/putnam county wings to duff's (or anchor). Finally, from my perspective, your review of So Damn Hot sounds a warning bell. While I do like their wings and agree they are well made, I don't think the sauce tastes like anything I've had in Buffalo.

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                                      Westjanie RE: vinouspleasure May 13, 2011 07:24 AM

                                      Do the "best" wings have to be exactly the same as the originals from Buffalo??

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                                        ryanallday RE: Westjanie May 13, 2011 07:40 AM

                                        we are going strictly from a westchester county aspect....and as i have said earlier we will be in buffalo this september and I will report my findings....also a question for anyone who has eaten at duff's, the sauce they sell on their website is it the same sauce used in the restaurant? if so i will buy a bottle.

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                                          vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 13, 2011 03:37 PM

                                          that's a really good idea, I can't speak to duff''s but you can find the anchor wing sauce in price chopper. It's a close approximation of what you'll find up in buffalo and I like it the best of all the commercially available sauces. There's a PC in wappingers, I buy six bottles (hot) every time I'm in the area. A small store in our town started carrying it but alas, they just have the medium.

                                          Post if you find some and I'll post a great smoked buffalo wing recipe that combines the elements of smoked wings with buffalo wings. It's been a big hit at our parties and I like the idea that the wings are not fried. imo, it's better than anything I can find in the area (but haven't been to the candlelight). I should add it's not my recipe, I found it on a bbq site.

                  2. applesauce23 RE: ryanallday May 2, 2011 06:42 PM

                    I was intrigued by your mention of Tacocina and tried their wings yesterday. I really enjoyed them. DH, who grew up in Buffalo, thought that the skin/texture was perfect, but the taste was only ok. Good luck with your tour!

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                      ryanallday RE: applesauce23 May 3, 2011 08:37 PM

                      we are glad our suggestion led you to them, its actually a great hidden gem, there food and taco's are great....we fell in love with their wings at this past wing bowl in fishkill and had to add them, definitely go back and try them again maybe they had an off night who knows.

                      *Just want to add that on may 20th we will be reviewing the wood grilled wings from allsmokedup.com

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                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 9, 2011 09:00 PM

                      Kelly's Corner (1625 rt 22 Brewster, NY 10509) **OPENING NIGHT OF THE TOUR**

                      Tonight at Kellys we were your normal everyday customers, came in with a party of 5 and were promptly seated. The wait staff was very friendly however slightly slow but we were in no rush. This entire tour is about wings and we were so happy that to out suprise Kellys happen to have a wing special tonight. After 4pm on this Monday night wings were $4.95 for a dozen with any beverage. So we both (Ryan and Craig) ordered one dozen hot. My first complaint is that the hot was not hot, they were what other places would call mild. We got a side order of "hell" sauce, this sauce was more like your typical hot, it really was a great sauce. I really enjoyed the hell sauce it had great flavor and an enjoyable amount of heat to it. The wings were your average bar/pub wing size, we have seen larger but we have also seen much smaller. overall the wings were about average, I would rate them a 7 out of 10. the size was perfect and the price was also perfect. We also got an order of the mucho nacho's. They were great, huge serving, good price, only complaint is the cheese to chip ratio could have been better, lots of empty chips, but hey we are there for the wings!. Definetly didnt like the wrap it yourself when i asked to take a portion home but hey that seems to be popular with restaurants these days. So yea overall I'm giving Kelly's a 7 out of 10, best part was the low price. Thank you Kellys for having us!

                      Link to their website: http://www.kellyscorner.com

                      pic of our wings:
                      http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...

                      link to our facebook review
                      http://www.facebook.com/note.php?save...

                      thanks for reading everyone

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                      Kelly's Corner
                      1625 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509

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                        ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 12, 2011 04:42 AM

                        Tonight we head to So Dam Hot in Valhalla

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                        So Dam Hot
                        10 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

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                          broosewee RE: ryanallday May 12, 2011 10:36 AM

                          Nice! Looking forward to So Dam Hot!

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                          So Dam Hot
                          10 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

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                            ryanallday RE: broosewee May 12, 2011 09:09 PM

                            well here it is!

                            So Dam Hot (10 Broadway, Valhalla NY)

                            This place is tucked away in the town of Valhalla right near the train station. I would have never found it or heard of it without the help of the wing community or my partner Craig who's day job is in Valhalla. It is a place I will visit again and again after today. One word sums up their wing sauce- Delicious.

                            Let me start out by letting you all know they have a wing challenge like something you would see on Man Vs Food. You haveto eat 12 of their wings in their hottest sauce. Well we tried and it is near impossible. Just taking one look at these things and you know its going to be hard to eat. If you complete the challenge you get your picture on their wall of fame. However myself (Ryan), Craig, and Craigs brother Marco, could not do this. There are peoples pictures on the wall however no one has done it succesfully in one year.

                            Anyways, back to the "normal" wings.
                            I had a small order (6) of their mild wings, and after i failed the wing challenge I went for an order of their Medium wings. Their sauces are amazing. In my opinion on par with Candlelight Inn's sauce (which has been my favorite sauce). Its not something I expected from this place but you need to get here and try it, amazing sauce. The wings are good too, perfect size, to me the bigger, the better, and these are not "big" wings however they are far from small, the size is perfect, cooked perfectly too. Very crispy outside and moist inside...perfect.

                            Had a great experience here, talked to a few of the guys working behind the counter, very friendly...overall I would give it an 8.5 out of 10.

                            here are some of the photo's, see the rest on our facebook.

                            the challenge wings:
                            http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...

                            the normal wings:
                            http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...

                            close ups and bonus pics on our page:

                            http://www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                            Candlelight Inn
                            519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

                            So Dam Hot
                            10 Broadway, Valhalla, NY 10595

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                              Solstice444 RE: ryanallday May 13, 2011 03:32 AM

                              Thanks for the report. I'd have to try the challenge wings, is there a time frame you have to do it in? I've done the Buffalo Wild Wings challenge, but I'm sure these are hotter than BWW's hottest.

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                                ryanallday RE: Solstice444 May 13, 2011 07:37 AM

                                no time frame and yes I can do the BWW challenge....this is actually painful

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                                Sra. Swanky RE: ryanallday May 14, 2011 06:01 PM

                                Yes - awesome report! You're brave to take on that challenge -- even their "mild" sauce packs a good deal of heat! It's a great place. Glad you enjoyed it.

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                                  vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 14, 2011 09:13 PM

                                  I had a tennis match upcounty today and stopped by for an order of hot. I didn't like the sauce as much as ryan as I'd have liked a touch of butter in the buffalo sauce. Having said that, I agree with the description above, the wings are just beautifully cooked and just the right amount of heat for hot wings.

                                  If you decide to go, you should know this is a small place with 3-4 tables and 3 seat counter. Don't expect much in the way of decor but it's clean and the people behind the counter are great.

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                                    ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure May 14, 2011 09:22 PM

                                    oh yes I forgot to mention the size of the place, we were lucky enough to get their before a huge rush... but like you said the people are great and having nice employee's goes a long way. Vinous do u follow our facebook page? I have to say I love reading your posts on here.

                                    and Sra Swanky thanks I really did enjoy this place

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                              ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 14, 2011 04:36 PM

                              this monday we hit Micheals in fishkill :)

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                                ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 16, 2011 09:16 PM

                                Michaels Sports Bar, Fishkill NY, Route 9 Shoprite Plaza

                                So tonight we went to Michaels in Fishkill. We heard of this place from word of mouth and we were excited to try it. First thing we noticed is its a nice place for what seems like a small bar fromt he outside it is rather large inside, tons of TV's. One waitress for all the tables but she was quick and friendly.

                                Now to the wings. We each ordered an order of Hot. We also had an order of mild. My first complaint is that I like clear levels of heat and the mild was barely different then the hot. I really like my "hot" wings to be hot and spicy. My next complaint isn't much of a complaint but more of a preference, at Michaels an order of wings is sold by the pound (8-10) wings, I really look for an order to be a solid dozen.
                                Now the good stuff- the wings were cooked to perfection. Nice and crispy outside, moist inside, perfect amount of sauce and delicious blue cheese. Great size as well, some of them were very large. One thing I want to give them a lot of credit for was their 11 Sauce. When we asked the waitress what it was she replied "our hottest sauce made with 11 peppers" so we ordered some on the side. I ended up using it for my entire order of mild because it was amazing. It was hot and spicy but not unbareable, very thick, it was enjoyable to eat and so tastey, it truley is a great sauce and I recomend Michaels for this sauce, it is a must try if you come here.

                                I'm gonna give Michaels a 7.7 out of 10, mainly for their "11" flavor sauce. It truley is one of those extra hot sauces that just tastes great.

                                Photos on our facebook page
                                www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                  ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 18, 2011 02:44 PM

                                  *please not that we are most likely removing Holy Smoke from the tour, we love their bbq food and its an amazing place to go for a good bbq meal and a good drink but are really showcasing wings on this tour, so if anyone has any putnam or westchester spots they would like to nominate please let us know.

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                                    broosewee RE: ryanallday May 18, 2011 02:52 PM

                                    How about Buffalo Wild Wings in White Plains, you know, just for chuckles. Its a fairly new location. Should be interesting to see how it stacks up to the local comp.

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                                      ryanallday RE: broosewee May 18, 2011 03:05 PM

                                      hmm I will keep this in mind, my opinion on BWW is mixed, I truly prefer the wings from Hurricane Wings (a wing chain with a scarsdale location) but nothing beats watching a fight or a wrestling ppv at buffalo wild wings, we will keep bww in mind any suggestions are great :)

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                                        Sra. Swanky RE: ryanallday May 18, 2011 06:03 PM

                                        Planet Wings in Ossining? I'd love to see what you guys think of them. In my more daring days, I tried their "Suicidal" wings...much too much heat for me!

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                                      vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday May 18, 2011 08:30 PM

                                      I've heard the ny firehouse grill in peekskill has good wings, we haven't been. not in westchester, but the wings at dinosaur bbq are supposed to be great. I've been wanting to combine lunch and fairway market.

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                                        ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure May 18, 2011 08:50 PM

                                        we have a planet wings right near us in Mahopac and we avoid it at all costs- their wings are microscopic and sauces are nothing to rave about, however their non wing food is great, good burgers, good philly cheese, the boneless arent bad either. Also want to add if I go to planet wings (occasionally I do for a fast lunch since it is nearby my job) I get 10 boneless hot, and the sauce hurts my stomach every time, and I DO NOT have a weak stomach

                                        vinous you are very right the firehouse grill is excellent I forgot all about them, so far they will get the spot unless another suggestion comes up :)

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                                          ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 19, 2011 04:48 AM

                                          tonight we go to the tavern at croton landing, review to follow :)

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                                            ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 19, 2011 08:44 PM

                                            The Tavern at Croton Landing (41 North Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)

                                            One thing I read online is that this place is small and you're going to have to wait for a seat. Well thats sort of true. We walked in and waited maybe 20 minutes to be seated, but we did not mind, and honestly to me the crowd is a sign of good things to come.

                                            And good things did come...

                                            I got an order of 12 wings medium (with a side of the hot) and an order of french fries. I was very impressed with the wing sauce. I was however extra impressed with the blue cheese dipping sauce. This place has the best blue cheese sauce I have ever had. I can not rave about their blue cheese more, it was absolutley amazing. Anyways lest get back to the wings...Size wise they were a little too mixed for my liking, most of them were too small with a couple large pieces. They were cooked perfectly and the sauce is great. The levels of heat are clear and well defined. My medium was tasty and not spicy, my hot had a unique taste to it which was great and it was spicy. Just the way I like it. The sauces are clearly unique to the tavern and they were delicious. The fries were great too and the dipping sauce that came with them was amazing as well, their sauces are just great.

                                            My official rating of this place is going to be a 8.7 out of 10, edging over so dam hot thanks to the best blue cheese sauce I have ever had anywhere.

                                            **only got 2 pictures the lighting was very dark, head over to our facebook page to view them

                                            www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                              Elisa515 RE: ryanallday Jul 1, 2011 09:40 AM

                                              My son and I would like to thank you for this review. The Tavern at Croton Landing is a place we go to with some frequency, but we'd never tried the wings. We had lunch there yesterday; on Thursdays the Buffalo wings are 35 cents each and other wings are 60 cents each. Must be ordered by the half dozen.

                                              We shared (okay, mostly he ate them) the medium hot Buffalo wings and garlic Parmesan. Yum!!! Along with a side salad, a perfect late lunch.

                                              For anyone who is thinking about going to the Tavern on wing days (Thursday and Sunday), the special prices are available before 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. We've tried to have them before on a couple Thursdays but they were out of wings when we tried after 9 p.m. on those days.

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                                                Elisa515 RE: ryanallday Jul 1, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                Well, I'm not on Facebook, so I appreciate what you do here! You'll enjoy the other food at The Tavern at Croton Landing--really delicious burgers. Ask for the side of sauteed vegetables--they don't publicize the option, but it's pure magic deliciousness.

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                                          rkaene RE: vinouspleasure May 22, 2011 05:56 PM

                                          dinasour moved now on 125th

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                                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 21, 2011 10:00 PM

                                      All Smoked Up BBQ & Catering (www.allsmokedup.com danbury,ct
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                                      I don't even know where to start right now. Rob VanVoorhis is an incredible person. He invited us to his home, his BBQ headquarters, and he cooked us up some wings and much much more. I'm going to start this review with the wings, because that is what we're all about, then I will move on the other good stuff.

                                      Rob's wings are amazing. I have never had them cooked like this before. He grills them using wood chips and the end result is incredible. These wings are the perfect size, very meaty. Rob's sauce is also absolutley unique. The wings have a light smokey flavor with great sauce with the perfect amount of heat. The sauce is a flavor you need to experience, its a buttery, spicy, smokey flavor. The wings were crispy and the meat was so juicy. This man knows how to cook things to perfection and it shows. I'm going to flat out say this- These are the best wings I have ever had.

                                      Rob didn't stop there. He gave us a few more treats. Preparing almost everything right in front of us was a treat all in its own. One other thing he made were some baby back ribs. These ribs had such a wonderful dry rub on them. Cooked perfectly. The most memorable thing he made us (besides the wings) was coming up next. Rob made us Porchetta. This is a fatty and moist boneless pork roast. I may have never had a better pork dish in my life. We also got a taste of his baked beans and cornbread. Both were amazing and the cornbread is another thing i'm gonna have to say it, best I ever had...ever.

                                      The hospitality we received from Rob and his Wife was unbelievable. Rob sent us home with complete dishes of the food we sampled so we could have a BBQ with our friends. This is a truly amazing man, and a truly amazing cook. Today we made a friend we will never forget. If you're looking for a memorable and delicious meal to feed your friends or family at your next gathering, contact Rob for all your catering needs

                                      I am going to give All Smoked Up BBQ our highest rating yet, 9.8 out of 10.

                                      website:
                                      www.allsmokedup.com

                                      Rob's blog:
                                      http://www.porkbelliesbbqblog.com/

                                      I took so many photo's I made an entire album of our trip to Rob's house and the BBQ we had witht he food he sent us home with, click the link
                                      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?se...

                                      www.facebook.com/wingtour to follow along with us

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                                        applesauce23 RE: ryanallday May 22, 2011 06:13 PM

                                        all smoked up is pretty amazing. their steak sandwiches are excellent. i miss their old location on rt. 55. come back!

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                                          Laurieso RE: applesauce23 May 23, 2011 09:55 AM

                                          Just want to say how much I'm enjoying this thread. I love chicken wings, maybe not to the extent you do, but have been to several places that you have been and will probably go to some of the places I haven't been. and you're doing it graciously , Thanks

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                                          fragnet RE: ryanallday May 23, 2011 10:02 AM

                                          Hmmm... I'm just wondering how many points All Smoked Up's "hospitality" added to their wing score ;-)

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                                            ryanallday RE: fragnet May 23, 2011 11:42 AM

                                            yes fragnet to be fair we won't include them in the final scoring because their wings are more of the BBQ style but in all honesty it was some of the best BBQ I have ever had.

                                            applesauce23 Rob was telling us all his old stories about his roadside stop, definitely sounded great!

                                            Laurieso stay tuned for more!

                                            TONIGHT WE HIT BLAZER PUB!

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                                              Roadfoodfan RE: fragnet May 23, 2011 03:44 PM

                                              These guys are giving rating scores based on quality, taste & proper technique, why wouldn't any establishment they visit be hospitable?? Bravo fellas, keep up the good work!

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                                                ryanallday RE: Roadfoodfan May 23, 2011 04:11 PM

                                                Thanks roadfan!! On our way to blazer pub review coming tonight!!

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                                                  ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 23, 2011 07:08 PM

                                                  I just want to say thank you to everyone folllowing along with us, I wish we could have gotten some kind of publicity because I think this was a great way to bring some attention to a local food scene and we love giving these restaurants our business. again thank you everyone!

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                                              bob gaj RE: ryanallday May 25, 2011 07:42 AM

                                              i'll second ryan's comments about the wings and rob's hospitality. the wings are very meaty, probably the meatiest ones i've had anywhere, with a nice coating. they're not hot - so if the goal is pure heat, there's a lot of other places to go - but for flavor, quality, and what you get in the wings, they're right up there.

                                              unfortunately, he no longer does roadside on route 55 because he's too busy, which i understand. it's too bad since i wanted to go down a couple weeks ago and grab some good food!

                                              and, yes, he's very friendly and willing to work with people for the BBQ; it's why i've reco'd them before on here...

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                                              ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 23, 2011 07:09 PM

                                              The Blazer Pub (440 rt 22 North Salem, NY 10560)

                                              The Blazer Pub, we had heard of them before due to their amazing burgers, and then just recently heard they make a great wing. We walked right in and it was very busy but we were promptly seated, no wait. One thing I liked is that they brought out a pitcher of water for us. For some reason I wasnt expecting anything great from their wings, but I was wrong. First thing is their sauce is delicious, I can tell right away if a restaurant makes their own custom wing sauce or if they use the classic franks and butter...this was custom. The wing size was perfect, very meaty. The only complaints I have is you only get about 8 wings in the order, I would have expected at least 10 for the price. Also this is just a preference of mine but I like wings slightly crispy, there was no crisp at all here. The blue cheese was also great, did not seem like an out of the jar blue cheese, it was extremely tasty. I also had a burger, got to say I've had better, could have used more then 2 small pieces of bacon on it, my rating does not reflect this however, strictly wings only.

                                              Great service, delicious wings, and perfect blue cheese, leaves me to give The Blazer Pub a 8.6 out of 10.

                                              the wings:
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                                              we have a couple more pictures on our facebook fan page check us out
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                                              Blazer Pub
                                              RR 22, Purdys, NY 10578

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                                                bob gaj RE: ryanallday May 25, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                didn't want to put this under allsmokedup area, but...

                                                just had some pretty good wings yesterday at the publick house in pleasant valley, a few miles east of poughkeepsie just off route 44. they got "best wings" in hudson valley in some poll, we had red hot & butter and i thought they had the right amount of heat and were cooked nicely.

                                                i'm no wings expert, and usually only have a couple before my craving goes away because the cooking or flavor or something isn't what i like much - but these were quite good. dozen for 7.25.

                                                they're at thepublickhouse.com

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                                                  ryanallday RE: bob gaj May 25, 2011 08:09 AM

                                                  you can not beat that price Bob

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                                                    ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 26, 2011 08:24 AM

                                                    due to Craig having a work emergency, tonights scheduled stop at Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY will be rescheduled to a later date, instead we will bring you a review of Libertys American Grill and Sportsbar in Tappan, NY winners of many awards for wings, I will see what all the hype is about

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                                                    Solstice444 RE: bob gaj May 26, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                    I really enjoyed Publick Houses's wings at the WingFest back in January. They had the hottest ones as well, and despite them being really hot had a very good flavor.

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                                                    ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 26, 2011 09:15 PM

                                                    due to my partner craig working late, I went to a non-scheduled place with my gf. we will visit Lazy Boy Saloon at a later date TBA. here is my review of Liberty's American Grill.

                                                    Liberty's American Grill & Sportsbar (51 rt 303 Tappan NY 10983)

                                                    We made an emergency stop here tonight. We heard there was a place claiming to be the King of Wings. We then saw that metromix.com rated them to be the best wings in the Hudson Valley, beating out Candlelight Inn. Being hardcore lovers of Candlelight, we had to rush over and see if this really was true.

                                                    We were promptly seated and told great news by the server. Thursdays are all you can eat wings for $9.99 day. That really is a great deal for someone like me who put down 20 wings tonight. I noticed right away the tremendous selection of wings sauces and I appreciated the fact that they really love wings.

                                                    I started my order with 10 Hot. First lets talk about the good things. The sauce is definetly made in house, their own unique sauce, actually tasted very similar to Candlights sauce, it was very good. The heat, I ordered hot....and they were hot. I like when a place has their levels of heat down. When someone orders hot they need to be spicy. The blue cheese dip was also an in house made sauce, very very good. The size of their wings are also great, very large wings.

                                                    However, there is something wrong here. Liberty's is not the "King of Wings" and no Metromix.com they are not the best wings in the Hudson Valley and they are not better then Candlelight Inn. One thing really kills their wings here. They are not cooked good! These wings were not crunchy they were soft, the chicken was rubbery and chewy. If they got their cooking down right, they could be contenders for excellent wings. Also do not try the Spicy Margarita flavor...absolutely the worst wing I have ever tasted. As usual this won't affect my rating but their nacho's were excellent. Much better then I was expecting, no complaints at all with the Nacho's.

                                                    All and all this was a pretty good experience. If you're in the area (very conveniant to Palisades Mall) then stop by and try em out, maybe I went on a bad day? The flavor selection was great, the sauce was great, the price was great, the staff was fast and friendly, however the bad cooking ruins their wings.

                                                    I'm giving them a generous 8 out of 10.

                                                    pic of the wings:
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                                                    www.facebook.com/wingtour for more pictures

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                                                    Candlelight Inn
                                                    519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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                                                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday May 30, 2011 09:35 PM

                                                      due to Memorial Day our review of McGuires will come wedsday.

                                                      Hurricane Grill & Wings, 149-51 So. Central Park Ave. Hartsdale, NY 10530

                                                      I'm gonna have to throw up the chain alert here. Hurricane Grill is a chain restaurant. It originated in Florida back in 1995 and quickly spread from there. Personally I love it. I am a repeat customer, I have a Hurricane Card, I get there as often as I can. This location is literally a mile away from Candlelight Inn so why choose Hurricane? Well for a great quality and well priced place to get wings, I would go to Hurricane on a day i don't want to wait for a table. Also the atmosphere it great. Playing Island style music all day long its a really perfect setting for some wings.
                                                      Today I got 4 different flavors, all of which were great. The rediculously hot could be hotter. It had a great flavor and it is very spicey and it is enjoyable but to call it "rediculously hot" I was expecting hotter. The mild wing sauce is delicious. Clearly not your franks red hot blend this is made unique for Hurricane. Great flavor. Tonight I also had "Gold Rush". This flavor has hints of mustard and it flows together nicely, I loved it. The Lime Chili flavor was not bad but I won't be having it again. Hurricanes wings are big and meaty. They are also perfectly cooked, crispy outside, moist inside. My only complaint would be that they dont use enough sauce, however if you ask for sauce on the side they have no problem doing that and that fixes my problem.

                                                      Even though we are strictly here to rate their wings, we can not ignore their other items. The burgers are large and juicy, and their appetizers are great. Much better then what I expect from a chain, and much better wings then Buffalo Wild Wings.

                                                      If you're looking for a great place for a quick wing lunch or dinner, this is the place. With a huge flavor assortment, perfect cooking, and a fast and friendly staff, I give them a 8.2 out of 10

                                                      a pic of tonights wings
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                                                      MUCH more pics on our facebook.
                                                      www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                                      Candlelight Inn
                                                      519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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                                                        scarsdalesurprise RE: ryanallday May 31, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                        I am a big Candlelight fan (and I live right across the street), but I agree that Hurricane is very good! The mixed drinks are a bit weak, though.

                                                        Thanks for posting your reviews!

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                                                          ryanallday RE: scarsdalesurprise May 31, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                          no problem scarsdalesuprise thank you for reading them. Stay tuned in with us as we will be getting back on schedule and visiting Justin Thyme this week :)

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                                                          Justin Thyme
                                                          171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

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                                                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 1, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                      **our highest rating yet! read on!

                                                      The Lazy Boy Saloon (154 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY 10601)

                                                      We had never heard of this place before. My partner Craig only knew this strip of road for their bar scene, apparently the food scene is even better. We found parking quickly and easily. I walked into this place with an open mind looking only to have a fun time. It's a small place consisting primarily of a large bar with an extensive selection of draft beers. They also have outside seating on the sidewalk area. We were greeted at the the door and seated right away. First things first the service was excellent and fast. Ordered Mozzerella sticks, came out very fast and were delicious. The waffle fries were also great. I could not wait for my wings at this point. I noticed they have a sauce selection on the table. One was a habanero sauce, had such a great taste to it and an extreme amount of heat. Another bottle was labled Lazy Boy Saloon's Cayenne Garlic sauce, this was also delicious and much more mild in heat. My order of 20 wings came and they were just about perfect. The sauce is made in house and tastes wonderful. I will say the sauce is equal or maybe....MAYBE better then Candlelights sauce. The blue cheese was also good, very strong. I ordered my wings hot and they were just that. The preperation was also perfect, cooked well, very crispy, juicy inside. Plated very nicely with a large amount of celery, and also priced very well. My only complaint is they were smaller than most places we have been but this takes very little away from the great sauce.

                                                      It was a really great experience and honestly I will be back. Thanks to their perfect sauce, I'm giving them a 8.8 out of 10.

                                                      *please note it is very dark inside Lazy Boy and due to this I only was able to get one photo.

                                                      see our facebook for the one photo www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                                      Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House
                                                      154 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601

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                                                        FatBoySlim914 RE: ryanallday Jun 2, 2011 03:58 AM

                                                        My friend swears lazy boys is better than the candlelight in regards to wings however I have tried them a few times and just dont see it. To me candlelight will always be number one.

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                                                          ryanallday RE: FatBoySlim914 Jun 2, 2011 04:42 AM

                                                          thats exactly how I feel fatboy, Lazy Boy came the closest however but we have yet to find a place better than Candlelight

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                                                            ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 5, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                            Tomorrow we hit Tacocina in Wappingers Falls, their wings were a huge hit at wing bowl 2011 we will see how they stack up on the tour!

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                                                              applesauce23 RE: ryanallday Jun 5, 2011 03:16 PM

                                                              If you're going to be in Wappingesr, you might want to swing by Harajuku Cafe on Rt. 52 for some fried chicken wings. Try them with the sweet chili sauce.

                                                              http://www.hjasiancafe.com/order/inde...

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                                                                FatBoySlim914 RE: applesauce23 Jun 6, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                I love sweet chili sauce...sorry I just wanted to add that.

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                                                        Solstice444 RE: ryanallday Jun 6, 2011 08:01 PM

                                                        Did you ever visit McGuire's or Justin Thyme? Hope Tacocina was good, I had their wings at WingFest and was pleasantly surprised, and I've had their Mexican food only once but it was good. I haven't been there since they switched locations. They are less than 5 minutes away from me so I have to go there soon!

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                                                        171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

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                                                          ryanallday RE: Solstice444 Jun 7, 2011 03:59 PM

                                                          hey solstice, do to our busy work schedules we missed McGuires and Justin Thyme and now Tacocina was closed on Monday, as they are every monday, we should have checked this before hand, our mistake. Its more of a challenge to hit all these spots then we originally thought, howver we promise we will hit every spot including the ones we have missed.

                                                          Last night we went to Mahoneys Irish Pub & Steakhouse, review to come soon

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                                                          Justin Thyme
                                                          171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

                                                          Irish Pub
                                                          58 South St, Glens Falls, NY 12801

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                                                          ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 7, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                          Mahoneys Irish Pub & Steakhouse (35 Main St, Poughkeepsie NY 12601)

                                                          This Official Wing Tour review was never planned to happen. This nights scheduled location, Tacocina, happens to be closed Mondays. Our mistake, we should have checked this stuff ahead of time. However I was not going to let this stop a night of wings. We will bring you the Tacocina review at a later date, but tonight we hit Mahoneys Irish Pub. Mahoneys is a place I looked into when organizing the tour however we cut it from the main list to shorten it. .

                                                          First thing I love is the location, right near the Hudson in a really beautiful building literally right in the train stations parking lot. The inside is just as nice, very upscale. The menu is great and I went with wings as a starter and then the Celtic Burger which had Ireland's own Cheddar Cheese and Irish Bacon.

                                                          The wings where great. I really want to know how they cook them because as you can see in the picture they were char burnt. Perfectly cooked, crispy and juicy. The sauce is tasty as well, there are no heat choices but the regular buffalo flavor had a decent spice to them. The price was also great, a choice of 10 or 20...the 20 was $11.99, can't beat that. One major problem we had was there was a feather in one of the wings (LOL) yes a feather. It was hard to get passed that but I did and kept eating. The blue cheese was also good, very chunky, just the way I like it. I'm hoping the feather thing was a one time thing, just something that was missed by the chickens distributor, who knows, I'm going to have to deduct a but from their score however.

                                                          Celtic Burger- amazing. Thats all I need to say about that. Very big and thick, great portion of bacon, great cheese, very sharp. The frys were also extremely good. My gf had a buffalo chicken sandwhich that was also good.

                                                          This really was a great restaurant all in all. Great atmosphere and location. Wings were cooked uniquely and they were very tasty. I'm giving them a 7.8 out of 1

                                                          **for pictures of the wings and burger visit our facebook

                                                          www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                                          Irish Pub
                                                          58 South St, Glens Falls, NY 12801

                                                          Main St Cafe
                                                          6 N Main St, New City, NY 10956

                                                          Mahoney's
                                                          35 Main St Ste 411, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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                                                            ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 10, 2011 05:17 PM

                                                            Wing tour is back with another review, here is Uncle Henry's!!

                                                            Uncle Henry's (309 Halstead Avenue Harrison, NY 10528)

                                                            This place took us a moment to spot, its small outside, however it is nice and large inside. Located convieniantly across from the Train Station right in the heart of Harrison.

                                                            We sat ourselves and a waitess helped us very quickly, we ordered some nacho's some frys, and we all got wings. Firstly the Nacho's were great, huge serving, cheesy, with your choice of chicken or chili on it. The frys were also good and another large serving. First thing I noticed was the prices, very reasonable. But enough with this, we came for the wings, so how were they?

                                                            They come in choices of 12 and then 24. The 24 piece is a great price at $15. Came with a large serving of carrots and celery. Also note they came with two large servings of blue cheese. The blue cheese was great, very chunky. The wings are awesome, very large in size. Very meaty wings, juicy insides. Two things stop these from being the best wings: Firstly they were not cooked enough, not enough crisp, not overly rubbery but just a little bit and a little bit is too much. Secondly I would have liked a little more sauce of them and this problem is easily fixed by asking for some extra sauce on the side, so not a big deal. We got them hot, they were not hot enough, could have fooled me into thining they were mild. Henry's has a few flavor choices, we sampled the extra hot, I did not enjoy the taste at all but it brings decent heat. Their regular buffalo sauce was a good, tasty sauce.

                                                            All in all I really enjoyed Uncle Henry's, if you're in the area and crave wings, definetly give them a try. I give them an 8.4 out of 10.

                                                            Picture of the wings
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                                                            for another picture and more please go to our facebook page.

                                                            www.facebook.com/wingtour

                                                            we welcome all feedback everyone!

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                                                            Uncle Henry's
                                                            309 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528

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                                                              ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 14, 2011 05:26 PM

                                                              Beechmont Tavern (750 North Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801)

                                                              Ladies and Gentleman if you're looking for great wings this is the place for you. Now don't get me wrong these wings may be excellent but they're not the best in Westchester. I was in complete shock when I sank my teeth into my first wing here. Let me be clear, that shock, is the good kind :)

                                                              This is the first place we have ever been with a truly unique wing sauce. These guys make their own wing sauce and it tastes like no other. It may be a love or hate thing, you see I loved it however my partner wasn't as fond of it. I ordered the large (20) and I ordered the sauce hot. Now we were in luck because we were there on wing night. Wing night is every monday night after 7pm, half price wings. Let me tell you getting 20 amazing wings for 7 bucks is a great thing. The wings were cooked perfectly, crispy and juicy. Came with a small side of celery and a heaping portion of blue cheese dip. They also came absolutley drenched in sauce. This sauce is a uniquely delicious experience. The best way I can describe it is well it is very sweet. The spice was perfect for hot, they have their levels of heat down. It was kind of like a mix of teriyaki and tradition buffalo sauce. It left my fingers sticky and my belly craving more.

                                                              If you local wing lovers want an entirely new wing experience head over to Beechmont. The sauce is like nothing I have ever tasted. I'm giving these sweet sauce crafters an 8.7 out of 10

                                                              having trouble with the pictures so check out our facebook to see them :)

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                                                                ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 17, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                Terrible experience at TK's American "Cafe" tonight, I guess cafe's can not have a restaurant license and therfor you must be 21 to enter. No where on their website does it say this and the entire time it is implied that it is in fact an eatery. what a waste of gas for us it was.

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                                                                  broosewee RE: ryanallday Jun 17, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                  That is bogus. I thought only bars and/or clubs had that kind of restriction but not a cafe.

                                                                  How old are you guys anyway??

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                                                                    ryanallday RE: broosewee Jun 17, 2011 07:36 AM

                                                                    I am 25 and my partner Craig is 23 so if we went back we would have no problems getting in by ourselves, however this will not be happening, the inside was extremely smokey, billows of smoke from the kitchen were lingering in every room and we walked into a couple sections is another of my complaints

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                                                                    Solstice444 RE: ryanallday Jun 19, 2011 10:10 AM

                                                                    Sorry to hear that, I was looking forward to your review as my coworker is from Danbury and raves about the wings. That seems crazy, I know my coworker has gone there with his kids so maybe during the daytime it's different or something and then after a certain hour you can't be under 21? They probably lose alot of business that way.

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                                                                      ryanallday RE: Solstice444 Jun 19, 2011 10:19 AM

                                                                      we went around 5:30pm it was very disappointing :(

                                                                  3. toppom RE: ryanallday Jun 17, 2011 08:46 AM

                                                                    J.T. Straw's in Port Chester. Great Hot Garlic wings in addition to the usual wings!

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                                                                      ryanallday RE: toppom Jun 19, 2011 10:20 AM

                                                                      the second tour will be in September so we will get togetehr another list, also during the summer we will keep random reviews coming in

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                                                                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 22, 2011 05:47 PM

                                                                      Finally we made it to Justin Thyme! We apologize for getting off the schedule a bit but it turned out to be harder then we originally thought. The next review will be Tacocina followed by Candlelight Inn. Holy Smoke was removed from the list and Sherwoods will be visited during the summer. Thanks again to everyone for the following. This monday we will be going to Candlelight for our Tour Finale with the Ultimate WIng man of 2011wings.com
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                                                                      now here is our Justin Thyme review:

                                                                      Justin Thyme (171 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520)

                                                                      So finally we have made it to Justin Thyme in Croton-on-Hudson. This place is wonderful inside, very small but lovely, the employee's are very friendly. It is the most upsale establishment we visited on the tour. There is outdoor seating but we it was not open today. Was Justin Thyme worth the wait...

                                                                      I just want to get what I didn't like out of the way so we'll start with that. Keep in mind my rating will only reflect the wings, but I did have a burger and was not happy with it. For the price you pay here I expect a lot. What I did not like about my burger was the lack of flavor. It was a cheeseburger with bacon, cheese and an egg, I am sorry to say the same style burger I have gotten at Red Robin, is better. With that out of the way, lets move on to what was delicious and that is the wings.

                                                                      I didnt get an official count on the wings but they give you a lot. The wings are large and drenched in sauce. The sauce is definetly made in house and it is a great traditional wing sauce. I ordered the sauce hot and it was close to meeting my expectation but it could have used a slight touch more of heat. The sauce really had a great flavor and for anyone in the area searching for great wings in a more upscale atmosphere then this is the place for you. The meat could have been a bit more juicy it had that not fresh feel to it. The blue cheese dip was also excellent.

                                                                      So finally we made it to the very hyped Justin Thyme and it was worth the wait. Friendly staff, great atmosphere and excellent wings made this experience wonderul. I'm giving them an 8.5 out of 10.

                                                                      pictures on facebook
                                                                      www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                                                      Justin Thyme
                                                                      171 Grand St, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520

                                                                      Candlelight Inn
                                                                      519 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

                                                                      Red Robin
                                                                      2511 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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                                                                        jhopp217 RE: ryanallday Jun 23, 2011 11:04 PM

                                                                        While I enjoyed the reviews and the concept, I think it was a little much to say you are experts and "know what a wing should taste like." Especially when you consider the Candlelight the best you've ever had. I've had made at home wings, not doused in butter or anything like that and topped with Anchor Bar's sauce that blew the Candlelight out of the water.

                                                                        I also have a problem taking any of the ratings seriously, when you never gave anything lower than a 7. You also seemed very swayed by the other items during the course of the meal and didn't order a consistent Buffalo sauce in each place. How can you rate a sweet sauce against a spicy sauce? I hate teriyaki wings, but had them in a place on my way to Pawling that were incredible. Are they better than a local places hot wings? No way.

                                                                        I haven't been to most of the places on your list, but the ones I have been to (with the exception of the Beechmont, which I haven't been to in years) are nowhere near 7's or 8's. I have been to Sherwood's recently and would rate their wings about a 5.0. Very small, a little overcooked and far from hot. I think Candlelight is about a 5.5. Heat doesn't equal flavor. Twenty years ago they were good, but we didn't know better. They live off of reputation. Uncle Henry's were awful when I had them. Decently cooked, but the sauce was nothing to write home about, maybe a 4.5. Lazy Boy however is pretty good and always has been. Last time I was there I'd give them a 7.5. 8.5 if I was rating their Jamaican Jerk Wings. In the early 90's they were a 9.0 and they used to put them out for free during happy hour. Not sure if they still do that.

                                                                        The best wings I've ever had in Westchester were at the Old McLintock's in Pelham (Now B&B 5th Ave Pub). Those were a 9.5 and the Old Rockwell's in Tuckahoe 9.5 Unfortunately the Rockwell's in Pelham pales in comparison and they are about a 4.0.

                                                                        In my area, I don't order them that often. I tend to like them a little on the large side and I like them hot, but not to a tabasco hot. I like a habanero heat, rather than a tabasco, chipotle, jalapeno kind of heat. Piper's KIlt in Eastchester are probably a 7.0. Smallish, but flavorful and tender. Stephen's Green In Crestwood are large (.25 cents on Sunday during football) and very juicy. The sauce isn't very hot, but you can ask them to adjust them. I'd give them a 7.5. Probably the best wings in the area that nobody knows about are at The Eastchester Inn. Nice size, hot, and tender. Porbably give them an 8. I know you guys are young, but when you have friends who have BBQ's and make wings that put most restaurants to shame, you kind of become, for lack of a better word, a real Expert.

                                                                        I love the bravado and love the concept. I've been thinking of doing this with burgers, being I have Westchester's supposed best right in my backyyard. Don't take offense and keep up the good eating and writing!

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                                                                        Eastchester Inn
                                                                        220 Main St, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                                                                        Uncle Henry's
                                                                        309 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528

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                                                                          Sra. Swanky RE: jhopp217 Jun 24, 2011 05:33 AM

                                                                          jhopp - I've always liked your posts, but how could you tear them apart and compliment them at the same time? Yes, they're young but if so many people keep questioning their credibility, it'll discourage them. They write with such enthusiasm, and constantly belittling them will "kill the nerve." Let them eat and do their tour and we're looking forward to your upcoming burger tour! Sounds like a good venture!

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                                                                            ryanallday RE: Sra. Swanky Jun 24, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                                            thankyou Swanky, please enjoy our newest review of tacocina, it will be ranked 3rd so far.

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                                                                              jhopp217 RE: Sra. Swanky Jun 24, 2011 10:45 PM

                                                                              It was not my intention to kill the nerve. Honestly. I appreciate the effort, but when people claim experise and then claim everywhere they went had well above average wings, I think they lose a little credibility. Don't get me wrong, I read every review in it's entirety and of course would love to try places they mentioned if in the area. Hey maybe they just love all wings? I'll be the first to admit, I'm extremely critical of restaurants and their food.

                                                                              I look forward to reading more and thank them for the Beechmont tip. I live right by and know people who know the owners. I'm away now, but will hit it soon after I return.

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                                                                              ryanallday RE: jhopp217 Jun 24, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                              we only order the classic buffalo sauce with the exception of hurricane wings we had a few flavors, every other place is a classic buffalo sauce. Also the ratings are so high because all of these places serve great wings, if we went to TGIF Fridays and had wings those would be ranked low, all of these places have already established themselves as having great wings and all of these places with the exception of a couple truly do serve great wings. Our rating system is more to rank these places and a full ranking will come next week, in orders from best to worst. and finally Candlelight truly is the best around, of course we can fly to buffalo or drive for 7 hours to get amazing wings but this tour is about our area that we all live in, the lower hudson valley and westchester county. i'm sorry Jhopp but we are going to have to disagree with you and move on...

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                                                                                jhopp217 RE: ryanallday Jun 24, 2011 10:52 PM

                                                                                As someone about 15-20 years your senior, all I can say is, you should have had Candlelight wings back then. Ten times better than they are now. That being said, my faves are still Rockwell's from Tuckahoe.

                                                                                Just a quick story. Superbowl about ten years ago. Two people brought 100 wings. One from Candlelight, one from Rockwell's. About 15 people at the party. All Candlelight fans. THe guy who brought the Rockwell's wings got ripped to shreds. I sided with him and I got ripped to shreds. End of the night. One tray was empty and one had about 50 left. Everyone ripped us a new one and most went home after the game. I stayed to help clean up and as I was putting the wings into a Ziplock bag when the host said to throw them out, because everyone qas whispering how much they sucked. When I picked the tray up, the order was still taped to it. Candlelight! Now this is just one case, but I know so many people who have been told they were eating something else and said the wings sucked only to find out later they were from the Candlelight.

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                                                                                  ryanallday RE: jhopp217 Jun 24, 2011 11:13 PM

                                                                                  We have nothing but respect for you Jhopp and we can not wait for the day our taste buds experience a better wing then candlelight. We will be visiting buffalo this September, hopefully this occurs at this time :)

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                                                                                    Solstice444 RE: jhopp217 Jun 25, 2011 01:22 PM

                                                                                    Now you're just making me feel bad that I never had Candelight's wings years ago :-P Let us enjoy it for what it is today :-)

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                                                                                ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 24, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                Tacocina (1289 Route 9 # 1, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590)

                                                                                Tacocina is one of my favorite authentic Mexican food eaterys around. It's a really sweet hidden gem. The menu touches on every kind of Mexican food including their specialty taco's. The taco's here are excellent. The servings sizes and prices are also great. It's hard to find a place like this.

                                                                                So how did we ever discover Tacocina's wings? How does a mexican restaurant serve amazing wings? Well we discovered them at Angelo Notaro's Wing Bowl. They had a stand there and the wings were great I knew we had to add them to wing tour. Finally we made it back to review them, lets get started...

                                                                                Their wings are truly amazing. They are cooked differently then your average wing. These wings see a grill. It seem's like they are half fried half grilled. The texture is perfect. They are not crispy at all but it works for these wings. These things are large and juicy. The sauce is a textbook buffalo wing sauce. It's a Franks Red Hot and butter type of sauce however much richer. I ordered Hot and they were pretty hot. In usual Tacocina style, the price is great... $6.50 gets you a great serving of wings. Served on the side is celery and carrots.

                                                                                If you're on route 9 and you're looking for a great wing, stop at Tacocina. It's a small but very clean place, and the staff is very friendly, service is great. I'm giving this gem a 8.7 out of 10.

                                                                                Picture of wings:
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                                                                                more pictures on out facebook!

                                                                                http://www.facebook.com/wingtour

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                                                                                  vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Jun 24, 2011 10:24 AM

                                                                                  those look great/interesting. Have to give them a try next time we're in the area. How are you guys doing with your weight?

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                                                                                    ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure Jun 24, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                                                    haha well I must admit I have gained about 10 pounds, Craig is still slim and slender though. My diet will start after next week lol

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                                                                                  ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 25, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                                  Thank you everyone for following us and for all the feedback. At the end of it all we made a lot of new friends. I'd like to especially thank Chris, the owner of Lilly logans in Wappingers Falls, Rob the owner of All Smoked Up Catering, Dan the guitarist of the band Set Your Goals and operator of roadnoms.com and Ryan H the Ultimate Wing Man from 2011wings.com It's been a great experience and we look foward to taking it even further :)

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                                                                                    FatBoySlim914 RE: ryanallday Jun 26, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                                    Did you guys review candlelight yet? I've always thought of them as the number one place, however like someone else mentioned I have heard that they fell off slightly in the past few years.

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                                                                                      ryanallday RE: FatBoySlim914 Jun 26, 2011 06:29 PM

                                                                                      we are going there tomorrow :)

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                                                                                      jhopp217 RE: ryanallday Jun 27, 2011 12:06 AM

                                                                                      Meant to ask you a question about differentiating between places. I know Candlelight doesn't, but don't you find so many places taste the same for a simple reason? They almost all use Frank's Red Hot for their sauce base. This may be why you and I differ in opinion. I despise Frank's. I think it's bland and lack's flavorful heat. Sure it's better than Tabasco, but pales in comparison to some of the other hot sauces out there.

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                                                                                        ryanallday RE: jhopp217 Jun 27, 2011 03:45 AM

                                                                                        yes but luckily all the places we chose were chosen because they stand out from the rest, but you're right a few of them are like that, for example Kellys in brewster and Michaels in Fishkill, and then you have places like tacocina that seem to use it but then add in more blends of other flavors as well.

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                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: ryanallday Jun 27, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                                          I will be interested to hear about your trip to Buffalo. A friend went and said Anchor Bar was better than Duff's. She also said the bottled sauce is exactly the same and they are more than happy to tell you how to prepare them at home. I'm always skeptical about places who originated being the best "for the simple reason that someone can always do something better." For example, while I have not been, I don't know any New Yorkers who went to Philly and though Pat's or Geno's was any better than Philly Steaks in NY. I've had some friends go so far as to tell me they took one bite and threw it out. Maybe that will be my tour....best NY Philly Cheesesteak, but I already know what the best in Westchester is....Magnotta's near White Plains Hospital. Pizza sucks, but the cheesesteaks used to be off the hook

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                                                                                      ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 28, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                                                      Candlelight Inn (519 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583)

                                                                                      "Whether it's a Chernobyl red hot Saturday night or a mild Tuesday afternoon, one thing you can always count on from this cozy comfort food restaurant are out of this world wings" from zagat.com

                                                                                      I could go on for days posting quotes and such, this place is in so many different kinds of press you couldnt even begin to find 'em all. Candlelight Inn is the best known place in New York for wings outside of the Buffalo area. Tonight we picked up Ryan H aka the Ultimate Wing Man, he's eating 2,011 wings this year and we wanted some of those to be Candlelights. This is a place I have eaten at many times and finally I bring an official review.

                                                                                      Be warned, this place has its downsides. Prepare to wait for a table depending on the time of day you go here. Last night we had one of our longest waits ever clocking in at over 30 minutes. Then after we got seated there was another 35+ minute wait to get out food. Finally we got them. I had an order of 20 wings, hot. This is a place that everyone needs to experience on their own. The sauce is incredible, I can not even put it into words. You will not find a better buffalo sauce outside of Buffalo New York. There is a great selection of sauce choices, from sweet to spicy. These wings are also cooked perfectly, crispy and juicy. Candlelight does not separate their wings so they come attached, to me thats just a unique feature of this place.

                                                                                      If you love wings you have to come to Candlelight. Plan to wait for a table however but for me it is worth the wait. In my opinion these are the best wings in Westchester and the Hudson Valley and our Wing Tour proved this. Im gving them our highest rating of the tour, a 9.2 out of 10....My partner Craig rates them 9 out of 10.

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                                                                                        jhopp217 RE: ryanallday Jun 28, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                                        Two quick questions, because depsite my past experiences, I think I'm gonna hit it up next week.

                                                                                        1. Is it still cash only?
                                                                                        2. How's the take-out place next door? Is it up and running?

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                                                                                          ryanallday RE: jhopp217 Jun 28, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                                                          1. yes cash only
                                                                                          2. yeah something is there up and running and looked busy, what exactly is it though?

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                                                                                            scarsdalesurprise RE: ryanallday Jun 28, 2011 10:32 AM

                                                                                            The take out place next door is definitely up and running, and I think it's great. I take out from Candlelight much more than I eat in, and it's much more convenient that fighting the restaurant crowd. I've only had the wings, and they taste the same to me (delicous)!

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                                                                                              jhopp217 RE: scarsdalesurprise Jun 28, 2011 09:51 PM

                                                                                              IS the take out section cash only also?

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                                                                                                scarsdalesurprise RE: jhopp217 Jun 29, 2011 08:28 AM

                                                                                                Yes - I believe it is. I haven't tried otherwise!

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                                                                                          vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Jun 28, 2011 09:42 PM

                                                                                          is the 20 hot wings in your order 10 attached wings or 20 attached wings?

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                                                                                          ryanallday RE: ryanallday Jun 28, 2011 09:03 PM

                                                                                          The Ultimate Wingman uploaded his photo's of our Candlelight Inn meeting.

                                                                                          http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?se...

                                                                                          check em out!

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                                                                                            vinouspleasure RE: ryanallday Jun 30, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                            My son and I went to candlelight for the first time last night:

                                                                                            - Great, great wings, definitely the best I've had in westchester. We ordered hot, would be tempted to try extra hot next time.
                                                                                            - Arrived around 7:30, no line and we were quickly served
                                                                                            - In addition to the takeout place, there are about 10 picnic tables under a wooden canopy in the back. Though we ate at the restaurant last night, I think we would have more comfortable at a picnic table.

                                                                                            can't wait to head back with my entire family, thanks for the great writeup/recommendation!

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                                                                                              ryanallday RE: vinouspleasure Jun 30, 2011 09:20 PM

                                                                                              no problem Vinous i'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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                                                                                                Solstice444 RE: vinouspleasure Jul 1, 2011 03:08 AM

                                                                                                The extra hot is delicious :-) The Chernoybl had a bit of a chemically taste though the last time I got it on the side.

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                                                                                                  scarsdalesurprise RE: Solstice444 Jul 1, 2011 06:05 AM

                                                                                                  I agree - the extra hot is perfect to me. Always glad to see a new Candlelight fan!

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                                                                                                    ryanallday RE: scarsdalesurprise Jul 1, 2011 08:51 AM

                                                                                                    if you guys ever crave wings and dont want to go threw the candlelight wait, Try hurricane wings a mile up central ave, its a chain and not nearly as good as candlelight, but its excellent for a chain, and the service is fast and friendly, I go there often. Stay up on our facebook page too everyone!

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