105 Plaza Drive
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Domino’s Pizza just recently put themselves through a major overhaul. New pizza crust. A new customer-friendly “tell us how we’re doing” approach. And, at least according to their website…new wings. There aren’t a lot of details available on the new wings. Straight from their online menu/ordering system, “Our new chicken wings are now tastier than ever. Sauced with your choice of Hot, New Sweet Mango Habanero or BBQ Sauce.”
As you see, they make no other claims. What about the crispiness? Are they breaded? Oven baked? Deep fried? Let’s find out, shall we?
Let’s start out with the problem. Maybe that seems pessimistic…but I’m actually just being realistic. There is an inherent problem with ordering wings “to go” or for delivery. The wings have to go for a car ride before you get to chow down. During that car ride the wings are left to sit in what essentially amounts to a steam and sauce sauna. They’re crammed in to Styrofoam containers or foil lined boxes for almost a half an hour. Where they give off steam that has nowhere to go…so it just lands and condenses on the very wings that are supposed to stay crispy! This always makes for some sadly soggy wings. That was actually one of my first thoughts when I heard about the Wings To Go franchise. “Wings To Go,” I thought, “That’s a shame.” Wings should be eaten as soon as possible following frying and saucing. At the very least, I think we can all agree that no wings ever got better from being sealed inside a box and toted around for 20 minutes while the delivery driver tries to find your house. Wings To Go had a cool bar/dining room so you could get you wings fryer fresh. Domino’s….does not.
I ordered entirely online…which is pretty cool. More on that later.
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Orders of wings come in 8 pieces for $5.99, 14 pieces for $9.99 or 40 pieces for $24.99. So, the more you buy, the more you “save”…I suppose. The list of sauces is a short one: BBQ, Hot, Sweet Mango Habanero, Mild, and Plain. An 8 piece order of Hot, please. Thanks. You also get to choose an extra dipping sauce. Bleu, ranch, bbq again, sweet habanero again or kicker sauce. I chose kicker sauce…cuz the way I figure…you can never have enough buffalo dipping options around the house at any given time.
The wings are served up wrapped in foil and then placed in a small box. So, yeah. A steam bath. They were pretty soggy. But they were definitely crispy once upon a time. The wings were consistently medium in size and the meat pulled easy from the bone. Unfortunately, they seemed really fatty. The outside skin and a little meat…but in between a layer of fat. Not very appetizing at all, especially when combined with the soggy outside. The hot sauce was pretty tasty even if it was barely hot.
Bottom line? There’s good and bad here. Sauce good. Soggy bad. Fatty bad. Size ok. But the best was the online ordering. I decided to order wings and I didn’t even have to get out of my seat until the doorbell rang. Talk about convenient. Super lazy!
WINGS - 4/10
SAUCE – 6/10
VALUE – 5/10
XFACTOR + (super-convenient online ordering, delivery, extra cup of sauce)