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Candlelight Inn - It's been seven years [Scarsdale]


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Candlelight Inn - It's been seven years [Scarsdale]

jhopp217 | | Jul 13, 2012 04:18 PM

I've lived in Westchester for 27 years. I remember way back when when the candlelight offered an atomic blast of heat called Charnobyl II. The days of that inside burning sauce is long gone. They know are reduced to four levels of heat. Mild, hot, very hot and chernobyl.

So after seven years since my last visit, I entered and to no surprise, nothing has changed. Cramped, crowded and dingy. A sign stating that no credit cards are accepted. Cash was in hand. I love heat, but wasn't in the mood to sweat, because the windows were open, the fan was on and it was about 80 degrees inside. Our waitress came over and I ordered a medium (10 wings 10 legs) $13.50. The waitress looked familiar, but I obviously did not ring a bell. She stated that the mild is considered very hot to most, so with my memories a little vague, I decided against very hot and went with hot.

The nice mound of wings came out and the shiny orange sauce glistened. The steam rose from the dish. My mouth watered. I bit into the first one with great anticipation. My last experience was not a great one, but I was drunk and it was takeout. So this would be magical. I tore the meat from the bone. and ate. I finished the entire dish and here are my thoughts about the hands down, widely observed "greatest wings in Westchester."

The wings/legs come connected. The ripping apart of these does not always go so well, with in many cases, 80% of the meat ripping off of one and going to the other side. Why? Slightly undercooked. I can live with that as they were cooked enough, had they been cut in half. The chicken itself tasted good, but that's not why we eat wings. We eat wings for the sauce. I ate 20 wings and there was absolutely and I mean no heat. They tasted more tangy, like they had been cooked and doused with Frank's Red Hot sauce (a mild sauce in my opinion). The bleu cheese sauce was like Ken's bleu cheese dressing. No chunks of bleu cheese at all. The four celery sticks that garnished the plate were unnecessary as they didn't offer enough diversion.

Overall, a rather unpleasant experience. I'd rate them a 5 out of ten. if that. Better wings can be had at Piper's Kilt, The Quarry Inn,Lazy Boy Saloon, The Eastchester Inn, Sherwood's (although not much better). I wont' lie, the mango habanero wings at BWW are much hotter and much tastier. Better cooked, although a little more pricey.

Honestly, if one wanted to recreate these ate home. Fry them, melt some butter and Frank's Red Hot and toss. Nothing special about the wings at all. Huge disappointment from the mecca of wings

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