Wing Night at Robert’s Roadside Inn
I’ve been going to a lot of wing nights in Pittsburgh lately, so I figured – why not start reviewing them? All of the Pittsburgh wing night resources on the web right now are pretty outdated, and lack viable information. Robert’s Roadside Inn in particular! They don’t even have a Facebook or Twitter page, which is crazy to me in this day and age. I really wish I had taken a photo of the menu, as none seem to exist on the internet. As such, I can’t remember all the wing flavors, but there was an ok selection (not as good as some other places, though).
Robert’s Roadside Inn had a large sign proclaiming they are the “Best Wings of the Valley.” I’m not sure if this is true, or when this contest actually took place, but it immediately convinced me that this was a place worth trying! Wing night at Robert’s Roadside Inn is on Wednesday from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. Wings are $.50 each, and you can get flavors in batches of six (which is perfect for those who like to try multiple sauces).
A bit of a disclaimer: I don’t have a very good tolerance for spicy/hot flavors. In fact, I’ve been a pretty strong anti-pepper advocate for several years now. But since I’ve discovered the deliciousness of wings, I realize that I may need to expand my palette a bit. Therefore, I am slowly building up my hot tolerance so I can expose myself to new and exciting flavors!
With that in mind, I did something a little crazy and tried Medium Barbecue wings. This was the first time I ever got anything remotely spicy, so it was quite the landmark for me. I also chose my go-to Butter and Garlic. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t any Garlic Parm on the menu, but it ended up being ok.
The Medium Barbecue did have a little punch, at least for me. It kind of made it hard to taste after a while, but they did have a good flavor. The spiciness meshed well the the sweet barbecue sauce, creating an ideal taste. The Butter and Garlic also tasted good – though I’m not sure they were anything special. Another problem with the wings was size. They were kind of tiny, and some didn’t have much meat on them. Because some were so small, they also got really dry. Normally, I would never complain about crispiness, because I am a huge advocate of crispiness. However, this was maybe too much, as they were slightly overcooked.
Along with the wings, we also got some fries, because WHY NOT?! I consider myself a fries connoisseur, as I have sampled this fine delicacy from numerous establishments across the globe. So basically, you should trust my word when it comes to reviewing fries. I mention this because unfortunately I forget the name of the fries we ordered, which immediately brings my authority into question. But just know, I AM A CERTIFIABLE FRY AUTHORITY!
Umm… anyway – we got some yummy cheese fries. As you can see, they came smothered in a combination of cheeses, all melty and gooey on top. The fries themselves were battered, which makes them extra tasty in my book. We just got a small order of fries to share, but as you can see, they were pretty big. A large order would definitely be enough for a whole meal!
- Wing sauces were ok
- Wings were small
- Wings were too crunchy
- Selection of flavors was slim
Overall, I think I would give these wings a 3 out of 5. Like I said, there wasn’t really too much wrong with them, but they just didn’t stand out. I enjoyed eating them, but I’m not sure I’d go back specifically to get wings again. The flavors I had were good, but kind of forgettable in the end (which is especially noticeable as I try to describe how they tasted several weeks after actually visiting the restaurant). According to Drew, he would give them 2.5 out of 5, which I think is cheating because half ratings aren’t a thing. But as he explains it, the size to cost ratio is just not worthwhile.
P.S. Check out my Pittsburgh Wing Night calendar for up to date information on wing nights in the area! It runs on Google Calendar, so you can easily add it to your own schedule to keep track of wing nights.