Thursday, 13 May 2021

#tbt & #lostreview - DERRINGERS EATERY & SALOON 2014 Ottawa ON

 = DERRINGER's SALOON is NOW CLOSED - RIP =

It's time for another #tbt & #lostreview!


This week we are looking back to November 5th, 2014 and another review that didn't get posted. Why? Who knows.


Photo from Google Street View from 2014


Derringers was one of the first places I reviewed wings at in Ottawa, way back in 2006. My review was a bit harsh, but I didn't end up going back for almost 10 years. But I decided I would, and I noticed some changes when I did.


The actual physical restaurant seemed the same; cowboy/saloon themed bar and grill. Cow skulls, wood everywhere. Nothing inside looked any different really. I was there by myself and it was a very quiet Wednesday, just some old timers who were clearly regulars at the bar day drinking.


 I don't remember why I was dining by myself on this occasion, but I know I went because it was wing night, or I thought it was. Turns out wing night didn't start until 5pm, and I was there too early to get the deal. I was not happy about that. It would have been $0.75 a wing.



One change that I noticed was the menu. The ownership must have changed in the years since I went there, because the menu was very different. A lot of the Tex-Mex items were gone, and in it's place was Middle Eastern cuisine: shawarma, baba ghanoush, shish kebabs.

 But now they also had a lot more sauces on the menu too! I asked my very friendly waitress Kim about the sauces, like what was the difference between Hot and Suicide? She told me they were different sauces and recommended I get one on the side, so that's what I went with.


I was ready for a feast! My wings came, with a side of Onion Rings, and a bowl of Suicide sauce. I also had a Diet Coke, but it came without syrup, just carbonated water. I told Kim who told me they may have cans in the back, but I just went with a regular Coke, which was better, but still not great.


The rings were my favourite; battered (not breaded), crispy but light. Really good.  This was a great side. 


Wings come by the pound (or just 1lb orders) which came out to be about 9 wings. There were no sides of veggies or dip.


The wings weren't long (a medium in length, but they were big and meaty! The wings came with a nice flour dusting on it, and they were deep fried just right, which meant a nice crispy skin that went well with the sauce.  Had a nice little crunch when you bit into it. The meat was tender and the bones pulled away easily.


The wings were all sauced really well. Each wing was coated and wet, and there was ample sauce on the plate to mop up with. 


I got Hot as the base sauce. Hot was kind of a spicy bbq; a little bit sweet, a sticky sweet. It wasn't a strong flavour of either. It was nice but I was expecting something a little more zingy.



My side of Suicide was a nice bowlful, enough for more than another order of wings! It cost $0.75 extra so I was glad there was a lot, but I've certainly gotten less before for that price!


Suicide was really good. Really peppery suicide sauce. Slow burn that builds a bit, but not that hot. Clearly not just a commercial sauce and if I was doing the order over again, I would have gone all in on suicide.


I was really impressed how much better the wings were. Bigger, meatier, sauced really well with a great suicide and a great crispy skin. My onion rings were good, I just wish I had some blue cheese dip and a better pop. Kim was a great server, and I was all set to return on another Wednesday night for wing night. But by 2016 Derringer's went out of business after 30 years. It became Pizza & Kebab, which closed shortly after that, and has been Habesha, an Ethiopian restaurant ever since. 



Derringers Eatery & Saloon (now closed)
99 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON


Wednesday, 12 May 2021

TOMMY's DINING LOUNGE - Kanata ON

 On the run in Kanata and looking to grab a quick bite, I was feeling wings. I was looking to support local and try someplace knew. I checked out my delivery app to see what was in the area, and Tommy's came up. 


I had come across Tommy's back in pre-Covid 2020 online, but never followed up. Then earlier in 2021, I was looking at a food sub and saw people posting some photos and talking about Tommy's has great pizza and wings. Then, that fateful April day I saw Tommy's pop up in Skip the Dishes, and I decided to order some pick-up.


The app said that wings were $14.10 (10 cents?) for 10 wings, which seemed overprice for a pizza joint's wings. Maybe the app was upselling them (they do that) so I checked the website and their take-out menu listed wings at $12.25, but who knows how old that is. Plus Covid and who knows anymore.
I picked wings, picked my sauce, and was told it would be ready in 15 minutes. That was good because I was 15 minutes away.



Tommy's is kind of out of the way, in a business park area that is nestled between the 417 highway and homes. You wouldn't really come across it on a regular basis without working nearby, but in the plaza it's in, it's very well advertised. You shouldn't be able to miss it. I parked in Tommy's parking, and went to walk in, but the outside entrance said to enter through the other door. I went into the office tower, and kind of expected a bigger entrance, but it was just a door with Tommy's on it.

Before I could even reach for the door, a tall young dude in a mask was handing me my order. Wow! They must have been waiting and not have a lot of pick up orders these days. The order was a styrofoam container in a paper bag, and I was a little suspicious as it felt quite light.



I opened up the container, and was excited by the smell and the wet wet wings before me!



Wings come in an order of 10, and I got 10 wings. There were no sides (no veggies and no dip) and there was no napkins or anything for clean up. Thankfully I had a stack of napkins in the car.


The wings were a little small; not small, but on the smaller end of medium. They were relatively meaty to their size. The skin was dusted and deep fried, and they would have been crispy, if they weren't in so much thick sauce. The wing meat was tender enough, and it wasn't that difficult to pull apart the bones.



As mentioned above, the wings were well sauced. Really well sauced. This is how I like my wings. Your fingers are going to get sauce on them, and there is going to be extra sauce at the bottom. 



I went with Suicide, and was expecting something like 3rd Degree or Frank's Xtra Hot, but I got something else. It was a homemade sauce (or modified anyway) and that's awesome. The smell and the flavour totally reminded me of the suicide sauce from The Copper Mug in my hometown.


The sauce is chili-peppery, with a sweetness that is very subtle. I find it so very tasty. I don't find it that hot though - not a true suicide but it has enough of  a kick for those wanting to try hotter but aren't there yet. The sauce is thick and rich, and it just brought me to a place of nostalgia, warmth, with a little kick.


FINAL SCORE

Tommy's was one of those little surprises I'm happy to come across. While the wings weren't the biggest, I liked the texture on them, and I loved the suicide sauce. The price was a bit high for the amount of chicken, but the flavour really came though on that sauce. Will have again. 9.5/15


Tommy's Restaurant
260 Hearst Way, Kanata ON




Lost Sauce ...


 

That time he gave me the sauce was blogged about HERE.

Monday, 10 May 2021

LOTW Meme Monday = Khabane Lame Judges you Eating Wings with a Fork

 



The perfect utensil for eating wings ... your hands!!! I've seen people use fork, a fork and knife, I've even seen chopsticks. But if you use anything other than your hands, I guarantee you're leaving meat on the bone ... but then you might be one of those boneless wing folks ...  

This is Khabane Lame, and he is doing some hilarious work on social media taking down all the stupid life hacks that are just ridiculous. 

#nonwingsunday = Chili Lime Nuts

 


Here is the recipe we roughly followed (we used Red Chili Pepper instead of regular Chili Powder):


Chile-Lime Peanuts
These spicy nuts were inspired by ones sold by street vendors across Mexico. If you can only find salted peanuts, omit the added salt. Add the maximum amount of cayenne pepper if you want an extra hit of spice.
Total:
50 mins
Servings:
48
Chile-Lime Peanuts

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250 degrees F.

  • Whisk lime juice, chili powder, salt and cayenne in a large bowl. Add peanuts; toss to coat. Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer.

  • Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Tips

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

  
111 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 4.6g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 1g; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 1.4g; vitamin a iu 309IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; folate 18.2mcg; calcium 14.2mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 34.2mg; potassium 138mg; sodium 123.5mg. 

Roadtrip Wing & Pizza Picnic (Little Caesars)

Thursday, 6 May 2021

#tbt & #lostreview - THE TITLED KILT 2013 - Toronto ON

It's time for another #tbt & #lostreview - The Tilted Kilt is NOW CLOSED


Here's what I remember:

It was September 8th 2013, a Sunday, and I had just arrived back in Toronto on the GoTrain around 9pm. 


I was hungry, and decided to check out somewhere for wings while I was down near Union Station. The Tilted Kilt pub chain had arrived in Toronto the year before from America, and while I didn't know much about it, I knew they had wings.



It was a beautiful night so I sat on the patio. There's not much to look at on The Esplanade but they have tv's all over the patio to watch whatever sports you wanted to watch. It was pretty empty (it was late Sunday night) and I never even went inside to see what the interior was like.

not sure when this menu was from so prices might not be accurate.

I don't remember my waitress, but I do remember the staff uniform. The shortest possible kilt and the tiniest crop top. I thought I was just going to a regular pub, but this is really more like a Hooters. Apparently this is what they are known for, but I had no idea.

The menu has standard pub fare, but I was there for the wings. Traditional for me, but they also had grilled, and boneless.


I got a pretty good spread of food. The wings not only came with veggies and blue cheese dip, but also tortilla chips! I must have been really hungry because I also ordered a side of potato chips. 


It's not real potato chips, but thinly sliced potato that was deep fried. It's crispy, but also soft at the same time.


They give a choice of blue cheese or ranch but of course I got blue cheese. The dip was definitely needed for the potato chips.


The wings don't come in a specified amount, but there were about 7 or 8 in the order.



The wings were small in length, but really meaty. 


They are also breaded. No memory of how crispy they were.


I'm guessing I got their "Kilt Burner Sauce" - their hottest hot sauce. Not to sure. I really don't remember how these wings tasted. I also got a sauce on the side. My guess was that it was Guinness BBQ, but I have no idea.


So I have no SCORE, nor any direct memory of the wings, but I don't think it was anything special because I never went back. The Tilted Kilt closed down sometime by 2020


The Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
38 The Esplanade, Toronto ON (and other locations)
tiltedkilt.com


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

HOG's BACK RESTAURANT - Ottawa ON

So I can't get into it, but I needed wings fast. There wasn't time for research, there wasn't time to wait for an order or even to scarf it down. Hog's Back Restaurant came up and it was time to try take-out wings from somewhere I knew nothing about.


I called ahead to save time and had an older woman on the phone with an accent. She didn't seem particularly friendly; when I ordered the wings, she asked what flavour. I asked what did they have, and she responded "all of them" in a kind of sarcastic tone. They, uh, they do not have all of them, I can assure you of that. 


I drove past the little plaza it was in (competely missed the turn), which it shares with a Chinese restaurant and a video game store. The parking lot was deserted, so there was ample parking. I walked inside, and while there is normally sit-in dining, with the current lock-down it was all blocked off.

This old take-out menu had wings slightly cheaper than the current price

The lady from the phone was at the cash behind plexiglass, and she was super friendly. I knew it was the same person, but I clearly interpreted her phone presence very differently. The wings were almost done so I walked outside for another 5 minutes. I circled back inside and I heard the wings come out of the fryer, then I saw her sauce the wings with a familiar looking jug. I asked her what she used for Suicide and she got the bottle and showed me an old friend: 3rd Degree.


She packed up wings were in a styrofoam container, put into a paper bag on its side, and she put in napkins and a plastic fork. Off to the car and on the go I went.


When I opened the clamshell, I found the wings were further reinforced with tinfoil.


Inside were my wings and an insane amount of sauce!



Wings come in only one order type - 12 wings to an order. That's exactly what I got. There are no sides with the wings.


The wings were about a medium, maybe some on the smaller-medium size in all aspects. They're meatiness was in relation to their size. 
 

Now the wings were crispy I'm sure, but there was so much sauce they lost their crunch real quick. The meat was ok in tenderness, but they were a little tricky to pull the bones apart. The meat appeared to come from frozen.


Were these wings saucy? Yes, a thousand times, yes. I don't know how they could be any saucier. She must have dumped 1/3 of the jug into the container. The wings were treading sauce to stay above!


This made the wings really difficult to eat, especially in a moving car! Yes I spilled some on the seat (because seats are not flat, they dip down). Yes I spilt on my shirt. Yes my hands were coated in sauce just pulling a wing out. I appreciate the generosity of sauce, but this was not the occasion for a flood of sauce. 

Even if I had not been told, there would have been no doubt in my mind the sauce was 3rd Degree. It's slightly sweet, with a sharp bite, and an artificiality about it that I enjoy. It's good. Without the sauce the wings were ... well there was no way to know how the wings were on their own. These were decent wings, but nothing special.


I just want you to see once the wings were removed just how much sauce was leftover. Look at it!!!

FINAL SCORE:

The wings were classic pizza take-out wings. Deep fried and tossed in a commercial sauce. My wings were definitely saucy and the suicide had bite like it should. In person the proprietor was friendly and clearly took care of my wing sauce needs. In a pinch, Hog's Back Restaurant was there for my wing needs.  6/14


Hog's Back Restaurant
888 Dynes Road, Ottawa ON