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Wing Wars:Rock City Cafe, Rockwood PA

Rock City Cafe-Rockwood PAThe opening battle of the Wing Wars began in the old railroad town of Rockwood, PA at the Rock City Cafe. This is a bar I hadn’t been to since it was Henry’s Cafe , pre 2006 and since many people had recommended it for the wings I decided to give it a shot. It was Wednesday, which is wing night at Rock City, and the number of people already chowing down at 5:30 promised a good result. The service was quick and friendly and I soon had a bottle of Labatt Blue sitting in front of me for the reasonable price of $2. There were 14 varieties of wings on the menu, about average for most bars. The server informed me the wings were split and that 6 was the minimum order. I had her pick two of the most popular varieties and I soon had in front of me one half-dozen each of Double Rub ‘N Butter and Sweet ‘n Hot. The wings were quite small and the first bite confirmed my suspicion that they had been “double-dipped”. In fact, they were probably the driest wings I have ever been served. The flavor of the Sweet ‘n Hot wings were passable, but lacked any depth of flavor. The Double Rub ‘N Butter were coated with the “rub” so thickly I had to brush it off to make them palatable. There was a quarter-inch of spices left in the tray when I was finished.

THE RATING

Cooking: The wings were clearly “double-dipped”, dry and chewy. 2

Varieties: 14 varieties is about average. Although there was more than the standard Buffalo, there was nothing that really caught my eye. 5

Value: The regular menu price is 60 cents and they are discounted to 50 cents on wing nights. You have to pay $1 extra for celery and dressing. 4

Enjoyment: Pleasant atmosphere and servers, but lost points for the game shows on the TV. 5

OVERALL: 4
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