Wing Trail Review #10: Gabriel's Gate

WBEN's Mike Baggerman reviews the chicken wings joints in WNY

Mike Baggerman
August 10, 2018 - 12:00 am

Gabriel's Gate. August 6, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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DISCLAIMER: I'm just a guy who likes wings and happens to work at WBEN. I highly encourage you to support all local businesses in Western New York and come to your own conclusions about these wing joints.

I started this project for two reasons. The first? My love for chicken wings. The second? A desire to try something new. I've already been to some of the places on the wing trail but my goal with this project is to rate the top-12 chicken wing joints. 

When I order the wings, I'll get one order of "medium" wings and another order of the "specialty" wing (if applicable). If the place has a local beer, I'll grab that.

One bite of each wing and a reaction. A perfect ten will send me into a state of euphoria. A one will make me puke.

Gabriel’s Gate | 145 Allen Street, Buffalo

Gabriel’s Gate is located at 145 Allen Street in the always-busy Allentown neighborhood.. No doubt, the biggest critique most of you will have for Gabe’s is the ability, or lack thereof, to get a parking spot. Spaces are extremely limited in the Allentown neighborhood. I walked about a quarter-mile from my spot to the restaurant, which pales in comparison to what some of you have probably done.

The restaurant’s interior has a log cabin feel to it. Between the native mannequins and the animal heads displayed on the wall, you’ll feel a country vibe despite being at one of the most populated areas of the city. There’s additional seating out back, which I recommend on a beautiful summer day (Forgot to snap a photo, d’oh)

Gabriel’s Gate has its own brown ale beer. Normally I don’t like brown ale’s because it’s too dark for me but I really enjoyed it and absolutely recommend it. It’s $6.50 for a glass.

This is one of the joints that I’ve heard a lot of people rave about...probably in the top five for sure. For full disclosure, I’ve been to Gabriel’s Gate multiple times before starting these reviews and I’ve always enjoyed my experience.

Medium wings and Sriracha Wings at Gabriel's Gate. August 6, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Medium Wings: Gabriel’s Gate is generous on the sauce without being over-the-top. You can actually enjoy the chicken wing without being killed by the amount of sodium. The sizes are hit and miss. Some wings were real meaty while others were much smaller. They’re crispy without being crunchy. Medium wings are a good and safe choice if it’s your first time there. Medium Wing: 7.9/10

Sriracha Wing: I pressed the waiter about what type of wing is their “specialty”. One of the things that has bugged me about a lot of these joints is that their specialty wing is either a bbq or Cajun, which doesn’t scream creativity. I’m fully aware that some of these places that got a better review from me offered a bbq as opposed to outside-the-box thinking. The waiter recommended the bbq or thec, both of which I’ve had before elsewhere. I went with sriracha because, gosh darn it, I like new flavors. These were delicious. Sriracha, if you’re not aware, is the Vietnamese hot sauce which is glorious if you are a spicy-food lover like myself. They’re heavy on the sriracha sauce but it’s not the worst thing if that’s your fancy. Similar complaint with medium wings, though. The sizes were inconsistent. Sriracha Wing: 8.3/10

I also tried one of their Italian wings, which was a dry-rub. It was okay, but I’m glad I went with sriracha instead of that.

Like other places on the wing trail, I wish Gabriel’s Gate would highlight wings on the menu based off their reputation as one of the best joints in the region. They get as much of a mention on their menu as they do chicken fingers or salads.

Enjoy your time at Gabriel’s Gate, but good luck finding a spot to park.

Final Verdict: 8.1/10

I have an interesting story to tell you about what happened a day after I ate my wings this week. You'll hear that story next week if I remember. If not, remind me on Twitter (@MikeBaggerman).

POWER RANKINGS

  1. Elmo’s – 8.5
  2. Gabriel’s Gate – 8.1
  3. Duff’s – 8.0
  4. Coles – 7.4
  5. Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub – 7.3
  6. Mammoser's Tavern & Restaurant - 6.3
  7. Anchor Bar – 6.0
  8. Doc Sullivan’s – 5.8
  9. Gene McCarthy’s Old First Ward Brewery – 5.0
  10. The Lenox Grill – 4.1
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