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My sister and my niece are in town, and Lea and I met the family at Bar Louie for lunch today. Bar Louie is on the northern end of Bridge Street, near the parking garage.
For wings, Bar Louie offers no obvious heat progression. Rather, the flavors are en fuego, barbecue, Szechuan, and buffalo. Of these, buffalo is the hottest. My five drums and five flats were served with dressing, celery, and carrots, and garnished with scallions. They were $12.15 before tip. Our delightful server Teri did a fine job.
Quality: 7/10. My wings were pleasingly sized, and not made that way with excessive fat. They were cooked well, with good crisp skin, and sauced lightly. They reached the table just a little cooler than I would have preferred, such that the last couple weren’t very warm.
Flavor: 6/10. These start out on your palate like buffalo wings, but go in odd directions. Most of the time the wings finished with slight, but definitely noticeable, sweetness. That’s not usually part of a buffalo sauce flavor profile. They tasted fine; they just zagged when I expected them to zig.
Heat: 2/10. I received multiple assurances that these were Bar Louie’s hottest wings, but there is barely even a tingle. I considered giving these a 1, but the very slight peppery vibe on my lips that I kept for about ten minutes afterward nudged it.
These are good enough to get if your crew goes to Bar Louie and you want wings, but only if you’re not into heat. For a dedicated wing outing, however, there are better choices.