Address: 22 South 3rd Street Philadelphia PA 19106
Price: 8 Pieces for $10.00
Tracy’s Overall Review: These wings were good, not amazing, but decent. The sauce was good, but there was too much pepper. I know people want their wings to stand out, but I think you should strive to be #1 by having the most authentic sauce, not adding pepper. I got the “mild” wings and they were hot for me (I am a spice lightweight). The biggest problem was the price. They were the most expensive with the fewest wings per serving (and small wings at that) of all the places we have reviewed so far. I would have liked them to be a little crispier and a little less salty.
Scott’s Overall Review: The wings were crispy and the spiciest in the city So Far. They where tasty and enjoyable. The sauce did seem to want to set its self apart with salt and black pepper, but not too overpowering. My only gripe with the wings here was the size and price. At $10 bucks for 8 meager wings its a little pricey. The wings came with a nice amount of celery and carrots. The bleu cheese was another story though. I had to take a few tastes before I realized the problem. The bleu cheese tasted blah like it was watered down. The taste of the wings did even out the price and bleu cheese.
Authenticity: Passes the authenticity test with the only exception being too much pepper in the sauce.
Sauce: The sauce was tasty , but a little too peppery and salty. They offer a mild and hot version and both were pretty hot, which is a nice change, because in our experience the sauce is usually less hot than advertised.
Accouterments: They gave you bleu cheese dressing, celery, carrots and a lettuce leaf. They advertise the dressing as “home made,” but in this case home made doesn’t necessarily = good. It was kinda watery, chalky and not very tasty.
Atmosphere: National Mechanics is in the old Club Revival building in Old City. That space has been a million different things since the Revival days, but this one seems to have stuck for now. They did a nice job renovating the building and the lunch crowd was pretty mellow. We’re sure it’s a different scene on a Saturday night with an obnoxious Old City crowd. The decor is interesting and kind of schizophrenic — big stained glass windows, church pews, old lights hanging, terrariums, bugs under glass and fake fires — but it’s not cheesy. The staff was very nice and the rest of the menu looked pretty tasty.