Monday, September 5, 2011

Wings Ole (Evansdale)

Wings Ole operates three restaurants: two in Morgantown and one in Fairmont. I visited the Suncrest location recently for the first time to see what the hype was about. Wings Ole isn't necessarily a common name you hear amongst West Virginia University students, but it is well-known amongst the locals. Many have gone to Wings Ole for a number of years and continue to do so.



The good thing about the Suncrest location is that it shares its parking lot with a plaza full of other stores and restaurants, so there is adequate parking. It also looks as though they have a drive-thru, but we opted to go inside. My uncle and I arrived at about lunchtime, and it was obvious from the line of people, at least 10 deep, at the counter. The large menu rests on the wall behind the counter, and the food is typical Tex-Mex fare. They feature wings (of course), tacos, burritos, salads, enchiladas, and sandwiches.


We ordered up at the counter. I chose a chicken burrito (with mild sauce) and a side of fries and bleu. My uncle ordered mild wings. We then took our ticket, walked to the pop machine to fill up our drinks then scoured the dining area for a free seat. We finally found an empty one near a large plant (hanging overhead and dangerously close to my hair). We waited for a few minutes before the server called out our number and brought our food to us.

She plopped down my wrapped burrito, a small container of fries and a Styrofoam box of wings. The presentation is lacking, but I didn't expect a five-star restaurant. The fries were quite small; especially for almost $3, I expected a bigger portion. That's okay, though, they handed me two containers of bleu cheese. I started with the fries - they were thick-cut and slightly soggy. They're not the crispy kind doused with salt. Lots of potato filling inside, but a good dipping fry. The bleu cheese was average - most likely store-bought. I don't recall any chunks of bleu cheese in it (which I was hoping for) - I could have mistaken it for ranch dressing. But it's no better than I could make myself, so I'm okay with it.

I unwrapped my burrito to find a decent portion. Inside was stuffed with iceberg lettuce, some tomatoes, shredded chicken and the mild sauce. Not bad. Is it bursting with flavor? No. Is it something I'd buy again? Maybe. All in all, this burrito is average, and that's just what I was expecting. The chicken has a decent flavor, nothing prominent, but not bad. The lettuce isn't super fresh and crunchy, but it's not bad. The sauce has some spices in it, but nothing overwhelming. I also got mild, so if I chose another, it might have more kick. This is your average, run-of-the-mill burrito. I can't complain about anything, but nothing stood out. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't detest going there. The price is a little on the higher side of the quality of food - $4.59 for an average burrito?


It's worth a try, but you might discover the Taco Bell down the road has the same quality for a much cheaper price.

Check out my post here on DubVMenus.

Grade: C
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4 comments:

  1. I agree that the prices are a bit steep for what is offered. But I think the fries and bleu are amazing! I have caught them on a bad day when the fries are on the soggy side, but when they are golden brown and crispy they're my favorite. I'm not a huge fan of bleu cheese dressing- I guess that's why I like theirs- it definitely tastes more like ranch! I am glad to see a picture of the burrito though...I usually order the chicken soft taco, and they never drain the chicken very well...by the time I make it home, it's leaking watery sauce all over the bag. Looks like the burritos don't have that problem!

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    1. I think I'm actually heading back soon (to the downtown location), and I'll probably try out the fries and bleu again. And, I'm fairly sure my burrito was also a little leaky, but nothing too bad! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. *gasp* As a native of Morgantown, I can say that I completely disagree with you! I grew up eating Wings Ole. Ive been a customer for so long that I can remember when they had one location and was called Wings and Things! The blueu is not store bought, it is homemade ( I know for a fact because one of the former workers gave me the recipe!) The wing sauce has been one of my favorite things on this earth since I was a little girl! Please never compare Wings Ole with anything you can get at Taco Hell...Bell. LOL....Thanks for your review, hopefully some other locals will back me up here and remind others that Wings Ole is just something you do when your in Motown... :)

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    1. Haha I know this place is near and dear to locals. I think the main reason they're still in business is due to that nostalgia factor. I've had an earful about its superiority from townies, but not having grown up on it, it's just mediocre tex-mex to me. =]

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