Tracy’s Overall Review: I have to say it, these wings were bad. When they placed them in front of me I just knew they were not Buffalo wings, they were fried chicken wings dipped in an reddish buttery substance. They were heavy and made me feel gross afterwards. You had to pay $1.10 extra for celery and bleu cheese dressing. The ordering process was weird. This place was a big disappointment, if it had great wings it could have been a perfect dive bar. Plus it was sad to watch Scott have his good childhood wing memories of this place dashed before my eyes.
Scott’s Overall Review: Walking in to the Jug Handle seemed like any other time but it wasn’t. Looking past the awkward cattle call of an entire table ordering at a bar separately, things weren’t starting off well. It was lunch time and not busy but the service besides the bartender was not good. I have had very good memories of jug handles awesome wings but something was way off. After ordering at the bar we waited around for 20 minutes for the wings to actually come to the table. When the wings finally came I was given the check and hovered over to pay quickly before eating. After just handling dirty money I looked at the sad, sad, sad wings I was about to eat. They didn’t look like what I remembered. These were my favorite wings in the area and I swore up and down how great they were. What I got was some small, room temperature butter wings. The “Hot”, “Buffalo” wings I had remembered were a lot more saucier, bigger and less buttery then I remembered. I hope that my recent visit was some fluke mistake or new cook. Right now though, I can’t recommend going there until service and/or quality of wing drastically changes. Sad, sad, sad………………… One bite ruined my childhood memory.
Authenticity: On their menu they write “Famous Buffalo Wings (originated in Buffalo, perfected here).” Either they don’t really know what real Buffalo wings are or by claiming they “perfected” them they are implying that real Buffalo Wings are no good. These wings totally failed the authenticity test. They were breaded and and covered in a sauce that wasn’t Buffalo Wing sauce. If you take a peek on the Web a lot of people love the wings there, so maybe they are great to people who like the taste of a more fried chicken-style wing, but for Buffalo Wing enthusiasts we say take a pass.
Wing size: The wings were a little on the small side. They also kept the tips on some of them.
Sauce: The sauce did not taste like Buffalo Wing Sauce. It was very buttery and didn’t have any other distinguishing flavors. The sauces come in mild, medium, hot and extra hot. Tracy had medium, Scott had hot and neither were very hot.
Accouterments: They offer bleu cheese dressing and celery, but you had to pay extra for it. For the price of the wings they should be included. The celery was fresh enough and the bleu cheese dressing was alright.
Atmosphere: The restaurant is located on a jug handle in Jersey. It looks like someone’s house with neon beer ads in the windows. It’s an unpretentious, old man bar with no flat screen TVs. We went there at lunch time and there were a few alcoholics at one end of the bar and a couple groups of people eating lunch, otherwise it was pretty empty. The service was weird with the staff having varying degrees of friendliness. You seat yourself then you go up to the bar to order your food and drinks. You pay for your drinks right then at the bar and when your food is served at your table you pay for it right then and there. I guess it wouldn’t be that weird if it didn’t feel restaurant-like with so many big tables.