If there was a vote for least-favourite day of the week, it would probably be Monday. Putting a full work day in after the fun and relaxation of the weekend can be brutal. But there is an incentive to get through Mondays – wings night at your local 100% proudly Canadian bar and grill.
Actually, make that Monday and Tuesdays! At my favourite watering hole, the Monday special deal is wings and a personal pitcher of draft. On Tuesdays, it's half-price wings with fries – and a special Garlic Dill sauce on the wings. (I don't want to sound like a complete wings addict, but there's another great special on Friday night too – a wings-and-ribs combo.)
Unbelievably, There Are Other Reasons to Dine Out!
I'll come back to wings, but there are actually other reasons to go out with the gang after work or the game. A good casual bar and grill is a great place to have fun, bond, relax, discuss work – or better yet, AVOID discussing it. All you need is a convenient location and big screen TVs. My definite preference is for a smaller, more intimate spot: casual, comfortable, with more of a neighbourhood feel
. It has to have a clean look and feel and not have that barn or factory feel that some of the bigger bars have. I like a cozy place and one where I won't spend my entire paycheck on food, which of course brings me back to:
Wings – The Full Scoop…
There are a number of theories on how wings
started. The one constant in the stories of their origin is that they were first served up in Buffalo, New York – hence the reference to "Buffalo Wings”. In fact, the only place where they aren't called Buffalo wings is in Buffalo. That makes total sense, since they were invented there.
Most of the theories involve a spot in that city called The Anchor Bar, owned by a family with the very appropriate name of Bellisimo. (That name is appropriate because good wings are just that: ‘bellisimo') The Belissimos stumbled upon the idea of wings by chance – it was either during a snowstorm, or an inspired bit of late-night improvisation. Whatever it was, the wings were almost certainly born at the Anchor Bar in 1964. Now they are popular everywhere.
Wings are deep-fried, not breaded and then coated with sauce. They range from the Garlic Dill Sauce favourite at my bar, to a huge variety of others. The traditional Buffalo one was a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. But the menu at my Monday and Tuesday night watering hole has sauces ranging from Cajun, Salt and Pepper, Hot Sweet Asian, Caribbean Jerk, Chili Lime, to Honey Garlic. And the menu obligingly lists them with peppers indicating their level of hotness. Some like it mild but I have managed to eat wings with the ‘Hotter Than Hell' sauce, and survived!
Wings generally have bones in but, in deference to guests who don't want to get too messy, they do come in a boneless version as well, so they can be eaten with a knife and fork.
If you want to kick off your week in style and, in fact, glide right through to Wednesday, it's a lot easier to do it with wings
. Have them hot on Monday night to boot up your week and then try an exotic flavour on Tuesday. You'll never mourn going back to work again!