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Boar N Wing, Etobicoke

Me and a party of 3 hungry men were excited to try a new local wing spot in Etobicoke. We are fortunate enough to have a Wild Wing, and the famous Wingporium in our area, so if we’re in the mood for whacky flavours, we’re set. I was interested to see how it would stack up.

The decor was nice, above pub/bar standards, and I was SHOCKED at how many tv’s had been installed. I was further shocked to see, smaller tv’s in every booth!! This will be the place to go for a sporting event, as its competition is dismal when is come to “watching the game”. Everything was clean and well lit, with tones of seating. The music however, was overbearing, and more appropriate of a club, which might explain the owners decision to dress as a European gigolo, shirt unbuttoned to his navel. Our entire table agreed both were inappropriate.
As a group, we were there for wings, and many of them. To our dismay, the 73 flavours they boast have ridiculous names, little to no explanations, and are presented as a jumbled, misspelled mess on the back of the menu, our server had no clue. After cautiously making our decision, we ordered: Calamari, Wedges, and Deep Fried Pickles to START, 4 pounds of wings, and unlike its competition, we were allowed 4 different flavours, which was nice. Their prices are exactly par with their competition

After what seemed to be an inordinate wait, our wings arrived one pound at a time, and were clearly overcooked; we all agreed they were terrible. The sauces, were all milder than advertized, and very sparse, most all of our wings were tasteless and overcooked. After a time of crunching and gnawing through our wings, nearly finished, our STARTERS came from the kitchen, but were admittedly quite tasty.
The Boar and Wing IS quite new, and I was initially going to cut them some slack, but our server let us know the owner had owned 2 Wild Wing franchises previously, so I can’t help but feel the WINGS should have been better, after all, thats why most people are going to go there. We asked our server if there was going to be a “wing night” or any deals throughout the week and she acted as if we were asking for free wings for life, and condescendingly assured us their prices were already good. Hopefully they realize their major local competitors, and almost every wing place I have ever been to, has a wing night.
From what I can tell, they have been open just over a month now. I will go back, not because I was impressed by anything but the tv’s, but to give them a second chance. I’ll report back in about a month likely.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I am hardly ever in that area but I saw it last night on my way to Bowlerama and was wondering what that spot was all about.. Figured it was a wing spot but wasn't sure about the "boar" part of the name :)

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    1. re: ylsf

      Good luck to these guys ... I have lived in the area for close to 30 years and have yet to see a successful long standing operation in the spot. It seems to be cursed :p

      1. re: squirms

        Yes, that particular spot has been host to a few restaurants (including an Arby's). It's almost hidden away between two buildings.

    2. Thanks for the review. I pass this place a lot and was thinking of trying it. I'll probably skip it based on your thorough review. I can't see this place lasting past the new year. Just another place that thinks it can do well based merely on fact they use the word "wing' in their name.

      When it comes to wings in Etobicoke, I'll gladly drive a bit further west to Beaver & Bulldog on Dundas. Some of the best wings going...

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      Beaver & Bulldog
      1580 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X1L4, CA

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      1. re: Brain of J

        Thanks Brian! I'll have to check out the Beaver, i have never been, and i DO like wings. Do THEY have a wing night?

        1. re: seannston

          B&B is very solid all around. They recently kind of went to slightly more upscale menu with some good stuff on it---like their schnitzel, but for me the wings are still the main draw. Half price wings after 4 on Monday and Tuesday.

          http://www.beaverandbulldog.com/pdf/P...

        2. re: Brain of J

          The Beaver and Bulldog in Collingwood is easily the most consistent and delicious unassuming bar food in Ontario I've seen. The wings are huge, crispy and the sauces varied and delicious. The suicide is bottled but a solid zing without the tinniness of clinical capsacin cheater hot sauces. The fish and chips is perfectly fried crispy, fresh halibut. Lot's of love put into everything and it shows.
          I had no idea there was another one, very excited to try the location on Dundas!

        3. Great review...what's pricing like at the Boar and Wing?

          Definitely would like to know if there will be any wing night specials. Too bad you got attitude from the waitress.

          Thanks

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          1. re: LovesToEat

            as i said in the OP, their prices are on par with Wild Wing, aps drinks, lbs of wings. I dont want to rference an actual number, for fear that i'm off a few cents, i wouldnt want to start a war.

          2. Here's the first acid test: Are the wings breaded or not?

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            1. re: TexSquared

              cynical foodie said your can order them either way. When i was there i wasnt offered that option when asked breaded or not, the repy we got from our server was lightly breaded.

            2. This isn't the first negative review I've heard. Did you order sides? The fries taste like they're from frozen.

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              1. re: AsagTO

                Most of our sides were pretty good. I cant say if their "Fries" are the same as the "Wedges" we ordered, but they seemed like the frozen variety.

                1. re: seannston

                  My mistake, I meant the wedges....yes, I agree, every much from frozen.

              2. Went yesterday for lunch, we ordered the burger, quesedilla with ceasar salads. Burger was grey, rubbery and overcooked, tasted really wierd. Sad because the toppings and bun looked quite good.
                The pop and beer reeked of bleach, very strong smell, gross.
                Quesadilla was average, Caesar was ok but swimming in dressing.
                Will not go back

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                Boar 'n' Wing
                5164 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9A 1C4, CA

                1. The owner(s) has made several posts on this thread (all removed) but seems sincere in their efforts. My first review may have seemed harsh, but in my estimation, was completely fair, and honest based on our visit.

                  The bottom line is; this is a local non-franchise establishment, and I sincerely wish them the best. Quite some time has passed, and I have convinced some of my original party to re-assess the food situation at Boar n' Wing with me, on an undisclosed date. We are all hopeful for improvements.

                  I will report back by the end of February.

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                  Boar 'n' Wing
                  5164 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9A 1C4, CA