Following the disappointing attempt at wings in Lowell the day before, I was determined to get some good wings during a quick overnight trip to Portland, Maine. Once we got into Portland, we stopped at Gritty McDuff’s for a beer and a snack, which of course turned out to be wings.
Specifically, we tried their "Gritty Wings" which, in retrospect, isn’t the most appetizing name. I was really just hoping for a well-executed batch of traditional buffalo wings, but was pleasantly surprised. Rather than your straightforward Frank’s Red Hot and margarine sauce, Gritty McDuff’s sauce has a bounty of flavors which makes the wings delicious AND spicy.
As Meghan and I ate them, we picked apart some of the flavors – what we believed was either honey or molasses and what I believe is definitely some cumin. With the addition of some unusual flavors, the sauce tasted fresh, not bottled or manufactured.
The wings themselves were perfectly cooked and served with some great blue cheese dressing. These wings are real winners and I would love to get my hands on the sauce recipe, since it is one of the best I’ve ever tasted.
RATING: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!
2 thoughts on “Gritty McDuff’s – Portland, ME”
I just went to Gritty’s! The wings were fantastic…just as you described. The sauce was delicious…and I definitely detected the cumin.
I’m not sure what that sweetness was…not sold yet that it was honey…and I would say it certainly was not molasses…
And I just found out there’s another Gritty’s right near my summer place in Lewiston! I’ll be back there for more!
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