Monday was Halloween and instead of sitting on my porch and passing out candy to trick-or-treaters, I decided to go out to The Beechwood Inn for some treats of my own. Friends Justin and Whitney Catalano tagged along with Amanda and me to try some of their chicken wings. The cold, wet weather gave this Halloween night a terrific spooky feel and made the drive out on Route 8 even creepier than it already is.
Being that it was Monday, that meant it was $.40 wing night at The Beechwood Inn, so it was a little crowded when we got there, but finding a table was no problem. We chose the table in a dark, back corner surrounded by mounted deer heads and artistically taxidermied fish. Our server, Kaleigh, came over and turned on another light so we could see our menus better. Though we were there for wings, we were hungry enough that we ordered fried veggies as well as jalapeño poppers. The appetizers were delicious, but I was ready for wings. After recommendations from coworkers, followers of the Chew On It: Beard vs. Food Facebook page, and our server, we decided to go with Hickory Smoked BBQ, Honey Cajun Hot, Buffalo Parmesan, and Maple Mustard.
I thought the smoke flavor of the Hickory Smoked BBQ was nice, but it tasted like just that, smoke “flavoring.” I know not every restaurant has the ability to actually smoke wings or add true smoked components to their sauce, but it tasted a bit fake.
The Honey Cajun Hot wings were a middle of the road wing as well. I absolutely love wings with honey in the sauce. The sweetness of the honey gave fantastic balance to the hot sauce used. My only issue with these wings was the actual Cajun seasoning. They are just tossed in the seasoning which doesn’t allow them to get an even coating. If the spices were mixed in and actually incorporated with the honey and hot sauce, I think this could be the makings of an incredible wing.
The final two wings were both fantastic, in my opinion. I have had Buffalo Parmesan wings elsewhere, but these were especially good. The buffalo sauce tasted like it was either plain Frank’s Red Hot or a slightly doctored-up version. The wings had a very liberal coating of Parmesan cheese which not only held the sauce in place, but it gave the wing great texture. The house ranch dressing was perfect on a wing like this. The sauce was so good; I was dipping our veggies, poppers, and sometimes just a fork into it.
Not only had I never eaten the final wing, I had never seen it on a menu before. Maple syrup and mustard sounds like an unappetizing combination and I probably wouldn’t have ordered them if not for the suggestion from my co-worker, Laurie Thompson, but I am glad I did. The smell alone was intoxicating. The maple was super prevalent in smell, but at first bite, all I could taste was mustard. The more I ate, they better they became. The tanginess from the mustard cut through the sugary maple syrup beautifully. The molasses flavor also added another level to these wings that was just perfect.
The wings, though not the best I have ever had, were pretty good. There are a few other flavors on the menu that I would love to go back to try and I hope that I make my way back out there soon. Thank you to Kaleigh for your good service and thank you to the kitchen for the delicious wings.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food