About a dozen chicken chompers participated in yesterday’s crawl, grading the five restaurants on four criteria: Meatiness; Flavor; Texture; and Atmosphere. The scores ranged from 1 to 5, in each category, with 5 being top marks. Here’s how the scores shook out:
- Seaside Tavern: Meatiness – 3.83; Flavor – 4.5; Texture – 3.83; Atmosphere - 4.67
- Tiernan’s: Meatiness – 3.79; Flavor – 3.57; Texture – 3.71; Atmosphere – 3.57
- Bobby V’s: Meatiness – 4; Flavor – 4.4; Texture – 3.7; Atmosphere – 4
- Bradford’s: Meatiness – 4.1; Flavor – 3.1; Texture – 2.8; Atmosphere – 3.4
- Brickhouse: Meatiness – 4.18; Flavor – 4.81; Texture – 4.63; Atmosphere – 3.9
Here’s the rundown, complete with comments from some of the crawlers.
Seaside Tavern: Seaside Tavern took home the top score for atmosphere, which it seems can be summed up by the tavern’s wide array of recreational activities in the back room. That’s just pure calculus, according to Richard B’s score sheet, on which he wrote, Wings & shuffleboard = Happiness. They also have a wide array of sauces. For the record, we tried the Feather Ruffler, which was a basic buffalo sauce with hints of black pepper.
Tiernan’s: The wings here were a little on the tangy side, even though we ordered them with the medium sauce. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but when I order buffalo-style wings I’m looking for more of a bite than tang. N. Wilhelm, who is one of four Buffalo, N.Y. natives who joined the crawl, noted that while the taste is good, there were only three flavor options. Compared to the 18 choices at Seaside, it was a little lacking.
Bobby V’s: There’s no disputing that Bobby V;s has some of the best finger foods in Stamford for watching the big game. When Syracuse is playing a basketball game, you’re likely to find me there. But while just about everyone was more than pleased with the flavor, the blue cheese left a lot to be desired. Sean B. commented, Good sports. Watery blue cheese. Yeah. That sums it up.
Bradford’s: The first wing I had from our plate of 20 was dry. And I’m not talking coulda-been-saucier dry. I’m talking did-this-wing-evaporate-or-something dry. But I gave them the benefit of the doubt, especially given that I like Bradford’s for an early evening hang out in the summer. The next wing (from the exact same plate) was perfect. As Julie H. put it, The cooking was inconsistent. Some were perfect, others were dry or undercooked.
Brickhouse: There were two things that rally excited me about the wings at Brickhouse: the first was that they were perfectly sauced and flavorful; the second was that they were half off, because of the Sunday Funday special. Seriously, how do you fight with that? Claire W. summed it up pretty well with her comment: Amazing flavor. Yes, I’ll be back, but this time with room enough in my stomach to eat more than just a couple.