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The Chicken Bone on Bar Rescue

Anyone else catch the Bone on Bar Rescue? It reinforced my feeling of downhill product in the last few years.And the whole family freindly thing. I wrote it off after they started kids kareoke on Sundays.

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  1. Yes, saw it. Used to go there back in the '90s for the wings. Didn't even know they had opened (and closed) a Boston location.

    1. It's difficult to watch that type of show when you're familiar with a place. I never understood advertising it as family friendly, IMO it was just a divey spot. Unless you're willing to make the effort to change, advertising does nothing. The show didn't make me want to get out and try it.

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      1. did the show explain what happened to the boston location?

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        1. re: messyheat

          The Chicken Bone near Fenway Park was a quick failure, followed by another quick failure by the same operator (Fenway Cantina). The spot will be the new home to Sweet Caroline's, which at the very least is a failure of taste in naming.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Chicken Bone
          1260 Boylston St Ste 3, Boston, MA 02215

        2. I thought it was pretty hysterical that this was the same place that I see the Phantom Gourmet boys pimping fairly regularly.

          1. Interesting timing for the show.

            We had a building party catered by them some time back..nothing special.

            They did have 1 distinguished customer; unfortunately overserved recently.

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            1. re: 9lives

              It's not clear to me from the news accounts if their famous customer was actually drinking there, or was just arrested in front of it. Pretty big PR week for the Chicken Bone, regardless.

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Good point. Not clear to me either.

            2. I dont understand how you all can be so down of The Chicken Bone yet sing praise for Buffs. I think the wings at the Chicken Bone are MUCH better than buffs. More sauce choices, better sauces, wings done better. They also have amazing boneless wings. Buffs serves pre-breaded frozen strips for their boneless. Service/atmosphere is similar in both (they are bars), yet people love Buffs but will say bad stuff about the Chicken Bone, makes no sense to me.. Oh and plenty of screaming kids at both places.. At least at the CB you can also catch some really good bands too.

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              1. re: hargau

                I've never been to the Chicken Bone. I do go to Buff's Pub, about 3-4 times a year. I have NEVER had bad service, NEVER!! I've never seen anyone receive bad service. When the place is packed, and you're waiting, the host /hostess is always checking in with the people waiting, to give them an update. As to the atmosphere, that is just a laugh. It's a bar, hello? The place is very clean, the lighting is fine. You can see the tv's. What more do you want?? As for screaming kids, well go later if you don't like children. Jeez. I've never even encountered screaming kids in Buff's. Kids, and babies, no screaming.

                As for the wings, they are as close to the wings we get in Buffalo, where we also go. I also am very fond of the honey hot wings.

                I've never had boneless wings, so I can't attest to them. And, if you're wanting live music, well then you can't compare the places.

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                Buff's Pub
                317 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02458

                Chicken Bone
                1260 Boylston St Ste 3, Boston, MA 02215

                1. re: CookieLee

                  I think you are missing my point. I was trying to say, they are BOTH just bars and the service/atmosphere is basically the same at both, yet the food far superior at one. I will edit it to make it clearer.. Hard to make a fair comparison if you have only been to 1, wouldn't you say?? In your words, "Hellllloo""??

                  I lived in the buffalo area for 7+ years and ate wings weekly or more.. Just wasnt very impressed with the ones at Buffs.. Brought 3 friends from Rochester there once as well, and they felt the same way.. Also found their "xtra hot" really was mild to all of us.. I mean they are ok compared to the pitiful wings most place in MA serve but i find the ones at the CB to be much better. And the boneless cant even be compared. The ones at Buffs freezer were an embarrassment.

                  My current go to place for good & hot buffalo wings is The Black Sheep Tavern in Sterling...

                  1. re: hargau

                    I wasn't making a comparison, as much as I was disagreeing with your complaint about the service and wings @ Buff's. They're not Duff's.

                    +1 Mc Slim about Bon Chon.

                    1. re: CookieLee

                      I have not had Bon Chon, I thought those were Korean style fried chicken wings? I just tried to use their website to see the menu and cant get it to work in either IE or Firefox.

                      1. re: hargau

                        You are correct. They use a twice-fried technique similar to that used for Belgian pommes frites, brushing on either of two finishing sauces at the end. Pricey but very good, that perfect crisp skin / moist flesh combo, and both sauces, soy-garlic and hot chili, are really good. A choice of wings, drumsticks and boneless strips; I prefer the first two.

                        Try this online menu: http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

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                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Sounds good. I will have to try it. For non-buffalo wings my current favorite are the hot wings at Simply Khmer in Lowell.

                2. re: hargau

                  >wings done better.

                  Used to be a fan of TCB until I ran into some horribly cooked flabby wings - when I complained, I was told that I should order them well done if that's how I want them - I don't want them well done (like they came after they replaced my order), I want them crispy on the exterior, still juicy on the interior - like they were the previous visits when I didn't specify how I wanted them cooked. And if flabby is really how they really like to prepare them, tells me whoever is cooking them doesn't understand buffalo wings. I haven't been back since, due to not wanting to argue with the staff about how buffalo wings should be cooked (and have been in the past), and don't want to risk getting crappy wings for the few times a year I allow myself to eat wings. Hopefully this bar rescue thing has turned the wings and the attitude of the staff around.

                  Buff's has been reliable - although not stellar, everytime I go.

                3. Only went once, to the Fenway location, but I was not wowed by the Chicken Bone's hot wings. I still prefer Buff's, but would rather get Bon Chon wings these days, anyway.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                  Chicken Bone
                  1260 Boylston St Ste 3, Boston, MA 02215