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Red Dot (73)

The Vitals:

Name: Red Dot
Where: 2498 N Bartlett Ave, Milwaukee, WI
Review Date: March 8, 2012
Wing Type: Traditional, bone-in
Wing Special: $0.40 wings on Thursday

The Review:

  • Chicken Quality: Size wise, there were very small wings, no problem eating a large quantity of wings here. On the plus side thing wings were cooked well, nice crispy exterior with a moist tasty interior. Sometimes you’ll find that places that serve smaller wings often overcook them, thankfully that was not the case here and aside from the relatively small size, the wings were satisfactory.
  • Sauce Variety: Seven sauces to choose from: Teriyaki, Bourbon BBQ, Root Beer, BBQ, Mild, Hot, and Nuclear
  • Sauce Quality:
    • Root Beer – This sauce just sounded way to weird to not try, definitely the first time I’ve seen a flavor called Root Beer after all of our wing outings.  It’s really hard for me to describe this flavor, the best I can say is that it’s a teriyaki sauce without the salty taste.  Normally, I dislike teriyaki sauces that lack that salty and savory taste, but, I more or less liked the root beer flavor.  Sweet, yet tangy with a definite taste of root beer, this flavor is worth checking out simply due to it’s uniqueness.
    • Teriyaki – I little bland tasting for a teriyaki, neither a prominent sweet or salty taste, but if I had to choose I would say it was a sweeter teriyaki than most.  What flavor there was was alright, but again, there just wasn’t much flavor on this sauce period.
    • BBQ – very standard BBQ sauce, a bit smoky, a bit sweet, but really no heat.  Very basic sauce, possibly just from a bottle versus being homemade.
    • Bourbon BBQ – It’s labeled as BBQ, but I would name this flavor sweet bourbon or something along those lines as there really wasn’t a BBQ side to this sauce.  Very sweet with a strong taste of bourbon, this sauce was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but still enjoyable, definitely worth a shot for the mild wing eater.
    • Mild – A traditional hot cayenne pepper sauce hot sauce Buffalo wing sauce, with a decent amount of kick for a mild, more than I was expecting anyway.  By no means is it too hot for your average wing eater, but, if your mouth is terrified at the taste of anything remotely spicy, maybe you should stick to the other flavors.
    • Hot – Similar in taste to the mild, but as one would expect, this had more kick.  Interestingly the heat didn’t really hit me up front, at first it felt just like the mild.  However, the hot definitely had a lingering quality to it that intensified over time.  A nice amount of heat here without being too crazy.
    • Nuclear – A departure from the taste profile of the mild and hot, this flavor doesn’t taste so much like a hot pepper sauce as it tastes just like a hot pepper without any of the other completely flavors you getting in a Buffalo sauce like vinegar and butter.  This one was quite hot for me.  While it wasn’t anything that was unbearable or painful, it’s not something I would not want a full order of for my meal.
  • Sides Quality: Bleu cheese dipping sauce was very disappointing, very sweet and unappealing to me and not really a good side for the wing.  However, the ranch, despite being a bit runny, was very flavorful and complemented the wing nicely.  Ranch is the better dipping option here.  Celery was also served alongside the wings.
  • Value:  Normal menu price is $7 for a pound of wings, which is pretty standard.  There is a $0.40 wing night, but due to the small size of the wings it’s really not as good of a deal as it appears.


The Final Score:

Chicken Quality: 7/10
Sauce Quality: 7/10
Sauce Variety: 5/5
Sides Quality: 3/5
Value: 2/3

Overall: 24/33 = 73  If you live in the Riverwest area, this is a good neighborhood hangout that serves up some decent wings and wouldn’t be a bad choice for your wing nights if you don’t want to go too far.  However, I really wouldn’t seek out their wings if I wasn’t already in the area as there are better wings out there.

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