Report Card: Rooster’s

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http://www.roosterswings.com/ne-161/

Overall GrubGrade B+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  Well, Rooster’s certainly does not suffer from an identity crisis.  From outside to inside, there is no mistaking this is a wing-based sports bar.  Lots of flat screen televisions and tall, wooden tables dominate the interior.  We hit our local Rooster’s at around 5pm on a Friday.  The place was doing pretty brisk business and the inside was fairly loud, but that’s what you’d expect.  You really aren’t bringing the love of your life here for your 50th wedding anniversary, are you?  Tables are adequately spaced and clean, but the noise really prevents any real conversation from happening.  Who really cares – it’s real hard to carry on a conversation while  you’re stuffing your face with wings washed down with really big beers.  As long as  that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve found your joint.

High marks:  Clean, no false pretenses

Low marks:   Loud

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Service:  Grade B+:  Again, if you have realistic expectations then you’ll probably be pleased with your service at Rooster’s.  If you’re the type that expects to see a wine list and hear the daily specials, you’ve probably made a serious wrong turn somewhere.  If you’re looking for someone to fetch your food and keep your beer/cocktail topped off, then welcome home.  Our server, Jasmine, did a really nice job doing just that.  Our appetizers, entrees, and drinks came out quickly, and Jasmine didn’t hover, which was nice since we were making complete pigs of ourselves.  It has been months (see the Ri Ra report card) since we’ve had really good wings, and we were overdue.  A B+ in this category for a wing joint is quite a respectable grade, so Jasmine and the rest of the Rooster’s crew should be commended.

High marks:  Accurate, quick service

Low marks:   No backflips were performed, but we probably wouldn’t have noticed anyway with our faces in our plates

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B+:  We needed a drink, and we wanted some really good wings, so we set our expectations.  We would have been sorely disappointed if we were looking for an upscale dining experience complete with steak, seafood, and some of the other frou-frou stuff we are looking for when we dine out.  Rooster’s met those expectations nicely.  We started off with some chili cheese fries, and while they were not the best we’ve had, they were pretty good.  We like a nice, thick chili with our fries.  The chili used by Rooster’s was a tad on the runny side, which makes the fries soggy once they sit for a few minutes.  For our drinks, Katina chose an amaretto sour followed by a mai tai.  I fought the urge to remind her that we were not on spring break and to take it easy, but she deserves to let loose every now and then.  I started off with the Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and followed it with the Sam Adams Winterfest.  Katina really enjoyed her drinks.  They were well made but not too strong.  She described them as “good, but nothing extraordinary.”  The beers were both nice beers to pair with food, but neither of them would be my choice if I were just in the mood for pounding a few.  If you plan on going really hot with your wing sauce, you might want to elect a beer with a little less of a dominating flavor, as both of the beers announce themselves on your tongue loudly and tend to linger, which I enjoy but might not be for everyone.  Here’s one of the best things about Rooster’s – you can order your wings as all drums, all flappers, or a mixture of both.  Most other wing joints give you the option of the mixture or the drums.  We happen to be in that small group of diners who prefer the flappers – especially Katina.  Katina ordered the Sweet Thai Chili sauce for her wings and I picked the Chipotle.  Katina thought the Sweet Thai Chili sauce wasn’t too spicy but had just the right amount of kick to it.  I like my food a little more macho, and the Chipotle sauce brought some heat but nothing most wing enthusiasts couldn’t easily handle.  Another nice thing about Rooster’s is that they’re not stingy with the sauce, which is one of the few complaints we have about Winking Lizard.  The wings were perfectly prepared and nice and crunchy.

High marks:  Wings perfectly prepared, good sauce, not stingy 

Low marks:   Slightly runny chili, cocktails could have had a little more punch

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Value:  Grade A-:  A ton of wings and four grown up drinks later, we were out about 50 bucks.  That’s not bad at all.  Quality is good, and portion size is a little north of generous.  Don’t bother going unless you have serious plans to strap on the feed bag.  Rooster’s would definitely be a great place to catch a Buckeye game with the boys (or girls) on a Saturday.  If you’re in the market for some really good wings and beer, then Rooster’s should be at the top of your list.

High marks:   Generous portions, good wings for the price

Low marks:   Wings are a little addictive, so it’s easy to over order

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