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Getting "Saucey" In Andover

BlueMagic Jun 23, 2012 10:42 AM

There's a new restaurant in town. Sauce at Andolini's serves 5 different menu items : Wings, Ribs, Burgers, Fries and Coleslaw. If you subscribe, as I do, to the mantra that smaller menus make for better quality food, then Sauce is your place.

I am a chicken wing fanatic. Wings are my favorite "sin" food and it is pretty hard to list off places in this area that sell great chicken wings, so usually when I am craving wings, I head to Kowloon for some Saugus wings. I admit, I was a little hesitant to try the wings at Sauce ( not quite recovered from the Buffalo Wild Wings trauma last October). I need not have been concerned. Sauce serves wings ( bone in or boneless) coated with your choice of 8 different "sauces" including Buffalo Grandpa , Honey roasted peanut satay, South Carolina mustard and my choice, the Soy Orange Glaze.

Three of us shared two 5 piece orders of wings, an order of french fries and burgers. The burgers ordered included 2 of the How Reuben got his Groove Back burger( topped with homemade cole slaw, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss Cheese) and one Plain Jane( plain burger with lettuce, tomato). The burgers were actually bigger than I thought they would be and very filling . I tried a bite of the cole slaw off one of the burgers and it was very tasty. The French Fries were so tasty that I stopped dipping them in ketchup after the first couple.

Besides the food, Sauce also serves a selection of craft beer, offers takeout service, limited delivery and shares the outdoor seating patio with Andolini's. I heard that the restaurant sold out on it's opening night. I am not surprised. Andover has been long overdue for this style of restaurant. For my part, I am glad to have a place close by for the next time I get a craving for good chicken wings.

  1. ScubaSteve Jun 25, 2012 02:25 PM

    I'd like to know if anyone has tried their ribs. I got an invitation to their "Crunchy Ribs" start and the photo attached showed ribs covered in a thick sauce with significant bone retraction. I didn't see how they could be crunchy as pictured, when I think of crunch regarding ribs I think more of substantial bark.

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    1. re: ScubaSteve
      phatchris Jun 26, 2012 03:42 PM

      I bet they deep fry the ribs, a reviewer on yelp stated he bit through the bone.

      1. re: phatchris
        ScubaSteve Jun 27, 2012 01:05 PM

        Thanks. I just checked out the Yelp reviews and will probably try this place in a few weeks after things even out.

        1. re: ScubaSteve
          BlueMagic Jun 30, 2012 04:02 PM

          We've been twice since. My son had the ribs and loved them. In fairness..I didn't try them. First, because he got them with the peanut sauce and second because I am not generally a fan of ribs and can't imagine they are better than the ones at 3Dogz.
          The ribs looked pretty meaty and filling.
          I couldn't resist checking out the Yelp reviews. I particularly got a kick out of the one where the person bit into the bone while eating the ribs. Even I know you have to be careful when biting into spareribs..I mean there is a bone :-)
          I am skeptical of the review that stated the guy behind the counter was rude. I've dealt with the same guy 3 times now and he couldn't be nicer..such a cutie!
          Anyhow...I know what you mean about waiting a few weeks before trying a new place. as I usually do too..but I couldn't resist this one and so far have not been disappointed.

          1. re: BlueMagic
            phatchris Jul 1, 2012 04:40 AM

            He said he bit "through" the bone which lead me to believe the ribs were deep fried. I couldn't imagine being able to bite through a smoked or grilled rib bone.

    2. opinionatedchef Jun 24, 2012 10:46 PM

      thx for the tip, blue. Are the burgers flat or fat, griddled or fire grilled? style of bun? fries made there or frozen?thx much.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef
        BlueMagic Jun 25, 2012 04:44 AM

        ParisLady..yes they are open for lunch.

        OP, I wouldn't describe the burgers as flat. In terms of thickness, they are similar to a Fuddrucker burger..but taste much much better. Not 100 percent sure if they are cooked on a griddle or flame broiled since I didn't see or ask, but it sure tasted flame broiled. Fries are home made and they are great!

        The burger buns are actually a brioche style roll. Very tasty, especially since they grill it.

        I am sure I will be back there one night this week, so I will ask questions :-)

        1. re: BlueMagic
          ParisLady Jun 25, 2012 01:17 PM

          Thanks BlueMagic! I'm glad that they are open for lunch. I'll definitely go this week. Now I'm craving french fries...

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        ParisLady Jun 24, 2012 03:51 PM

        This is their third re-invention. I hope they succeed. Brainchild of the brother and his business partner. Thanks for the review BM! I'll have to try it soon. Are they now open for lunch?

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