This week we took a trip outside of Harrisburg to Mt. Joy to visit Beanie’s Bar & Grill for our hot wing excursion. This was also to celebrate our good friend Dustin Leer’s birthday. Dustin designed our logo so his wings were on us.
Pictured above are the Spicy Old Bay hot wings. These wings were meaty, crispy, and flavorful. They more resembled a dry rub wing even though the menu didn’t note them as being dry. However there was some hot sauce in the basket below the wings. Their menu lists what seems to be 100 hot wing flavors to choose from! Many of these are very unique like Cajun Mango, Cucumber Wasabi, Honey Strawberry, and even Peanut Butter. With so many choices of hot wings, a nice relaxing atmosphere, and decent prices ($6.95/dozen and $4.25/dozen on Wednesday with drink purchase), I will definitely be back to try other flavors.
I had the wonderful opportunity to try several of their flavors including something that wasn’t on the list. Unfortunately, they don’t ‘split’ orders so I had quite a few wings to take home with me, but I’m not complaining. I got to try the Hot Honey Strawberry, Jalapeno Cheddar, Habanero Mango and Hot Ranch. The hot ranch was about average, I’ve had better and worse, but these were definitely on the better side than not. The hot honey strawberry were an absolute divine flavor. There was almost no heat and the sweet from the honey and strawberry just delighted my tongue.
The habanero mango were ok, but they were more of a dry wing even though they weren’t listed as dry. Good flavor, almost no heat and the mango was a little more of an after taste then part of the actual full bodied flavor. But I’d have to say one of my favorites for the evening was the jalapeno cheddar. Thick cheddar sauce over the wings with pieces of jalapeno’s in them made this my second choice for the evening behind the hot honey strawberry. The wings were meaty with great flavor and the service was quite quick. We didn’t wait long at all and the waitress was helpful and pleasant.
While there I asked if I could try a little bit of their ‘hot’ sauce as I’m a fan of ‘hot’ sauces. She asked how hot I was interested in and told her the hotter the better. Well, this seemed to be a challenge to the kitchen staff so they set out to do me a set of wings that would be my undoing. They brought the ‘hot’ wings out as a sampling order and the waitress said that they were in the kitchen crying and sweating like a sauna. She said she walked into the kitchen and she couldn’t breathe because of the fumes coming off of the wings and she has no idea how someone would be able to even taste them, let alone eat them.
Some of the comments that were going around the table were “OH MY GOD!!!!”, “Do you plan on eating them or using them as a weapon?”, “I don’t even want to know what it’s going to be like tomorrow morning”, “Oh My God, I can feel it burning my nose, my tongue, my throat and all the way down, kind of like a shot of tequila only 100 times worse” (this one after tasting a fingertip of the sauce).
I’d have to say that of all the ‘hot’ wings I’ve tasted, these rank on a scale of 1 to 10 about a 4 or 5 on the flavor scale and about a 3 or 4 on the heat scale. They were decent enough that you could taste the attempt at the heat, but not so bad that you couldn’t eat them. The flavor made it a joy to eat.
Overall, I’d give their wings a solid 8 on flavor and presentation and will definitely be going back to try a few more flavors.