Recently tried the new Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon in Seekonk, MA. The entire experience was a disappointment, which I chronicle in my Yelp.com review, but of course, here we’ll just be discussing their wings.
The wing selection looks promising: over 20 sauces, some of which sound extremely interesting. Several of them are marked as "award-winning" sauces as well. After much consideration, I went with an order of wings in their "award winning and "signature" house sauce and an order of tenders in their buffalo ranch sauce, a combination that is usually a favorite of mine.
Let’s start with the wings: fairly large in size and well cooked. But coated. Ugh. Why serve coated/breaded wings when you’re going to cover them in sauce? You just end up with soggy skin and soggy breading. The sauce itself was very interesting though – it starts off sweet and ends with a healthy dose of heat. I wasn’t able to quite place the sweetness – I think there was some honey in there. Possibly some mustard contributing to the heat as well, which would help explain the delayed heat. It is a remarkably complex sauce on an unfortunate choice of wings.
The tenders were also coated, but it appeared to be in a different manner than the wings and they held their crunch a LITTLE bit longer than the wings. However, the sauce wasn’t nearly as much of a hit as the house sauce, primarily because the "ranch" portion of "buffalo ranch" was underwhelming, leaving it tasting more like just a toned down creamy buffalo wing sauce, rather than adding a deeper dimension of flavor. I detected a distinct mustard tone to the sauce as well. Arizona Ranch from Quaker Steak & Lube these ain’t!
Like all the food at Boneyard, the wings left me disappointed but not completely horrified. They weren’t undercooked or bad tasting… they just aren’t executed very well.
RATING: 2 out of 5 stars