Bowery (82)

The Vitals:

Name: The Bowery
Where: 3023 W Ryan Road, Franklin, WI 53132
Review Date: November 4, 2010
Wing type: Traditional, Bone-in OR breaded
Wing Special: $0.40 wings Tuesday and Thursday

The Review:

  • Chicken Quality: Average to above average size wings.  I have never had a more tender wing anywhere, you could just pull the bones right out of the wing.  I believe these wings were baked rather than fried, which explains the tenderness.  While I did enjoy the tenderness of the meat, the skin didn’t get the crispness that a fried wing gets, also, the wings seemed a bit fattier than normal.  Despite this, the chicken quality was quite excellent and was a nice change of pace.
  • Sauce Variety: Nine flavors of wings to choose from: Regular, Sweet & Sour, Inferno, Sweet & Tangy, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, Bangkok Peanut
  • Sauce Quality:
    • Inferno – Decent traditional cayenne pepper flavored sauce, but really not “Inferno”,” I’d put these at a medium at best on my personal heat scale.  Unless your quite sensitive to spicy foods, the Inferno should be able to handle this one.
    • Buffalo – Similar in taste to the Inferno, really not all milder than the the Inferno so far as I could taste.
    • Spicy Garlic – In my opinion, this is the Bowery’s best flavor.  Very good garlic flavor and with a bit of kick.  Not overly spicy, but just enough zip to keep it interesting.
    • Teriyaki – Probably their second best flavor.  A great balance of the salty, savory teriyaki taste with just a touch of sweetness to balance that out, just a little bit of heat too.
    • Bangkok Peanut – I expected to not like this flavor as I generally to not like the flavors of peanut and spice mixed together.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, maybe cause the peanut taste was very faint.  A good blend of peanut flavor, a bit of heat, and Asian spices make this a unique flavor.
    • Sweet and Tangy – Not really what I was expecting, this was really just a sweet BBQ sauce, not really my thing, but tasty for what it is.
    • Sauces overall:  The only drawback here is that I felt the flavors should have been a little more pronounced.  We had trouble telling the difference between some of the flavors.  Some were very, very good.  But others were a tad on the bland side.  Also, the wings could have used a little extra sauce.  If you prefer a drier wing, you’ll like these.  However, I prefer my wings slathered in sauce, so, these were a bit disappointing in that respect.
  • Sides Quality: Served with ranch or bleu cheese and celery.  The bleu cheese was a bit disappointing as it really tasted like some ranch dressing with bleu cheese chucks tossed in, the result is a dressing a little too sweet for my tastes.
  • Value: Normal menu price was average, but the Bowery offers two wing nights where you can get $0.40 wings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The Final Score:

Chicken Quality: 9/10
Sauce Quality: 7/10
Sauce Variety: 5/5
Sides Quality: 3/5
Value: 3/3

Overall: 27/33 = 82 — I think the Bowery is on the verge of having something great here, they really just need to distinguish their sauces a bit more as while some stood out, the others were hard to tell apart.

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