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“Great Food” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Dog Tavern
S. Shore Road, Inlet, NY 13360
(315) 357-5502
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Ranked #2 of 15 restaurants in Inlet
Price range: $9 - $22
Cuisines: American
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Syracuse, New York
1 review
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I always stop at the Red Dog when I'm anywhere close. They Bacon Bleu burger with 10 Sweet Revenge wings is always the highlight of any trip. One of the best meals I've had. Great atmosphere and great food. A must go if you are in the area!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“‘Armageddon’ hot wings — major league heat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

As a connoisseur of ultra-hot chicken wings that melt your face and sizzle your sinus, I’d had a visit to the Red Dog Tavern on my to-do list for some time. The establishment’s website advertises a “Wall of Flame” for those who can consume a full serving of “Armageddon” wings, fiendishly prepared with a proprietary concoction that I suspect contains a liberal dose of Mad Dog 357 pepper extract, an additive packing a 5 million Scoville rating and which sells at $50 or more for a mere 1.7 ounces.

I bellied up to the bar, ordered a Saranac draft, took a quick look at the menu and ordered the Armageddon wings. A look of concern crossed the bartender’s face. “Are you sure?” she asked. “Have you had them before? Do you want to try a sample of the sauce first?” Meanwhile, regulars at the crowded bar overheard my order and smirked and snickered and started needling me. Two guys ordered the Armageddon wings last night, I was told; one pushed them away after a single bite while another managed to put down two wings before waving the white flag.

I’ve had super-hot wings before, though it’s rare to find an establishment that truly satisfies the masochistic cravings of the hot-wing lover. One exception in Central New York is the Happen Inn in Little Falls, which uses the aforementioned Mad Dog 357 extract. I’d had the Happen Inn “Insane” offering a half-dozen or so times, so I was reasonably confident I could choke down the Red Dog’s “Armageddon” hot coals without melting into a puddle of leprous goo. Still, the smirks and joshing from the regulars suggested I might be in for a surprise.

Well – those wings are HOT! My eyes began watering halfway through the first wing, my nose started running, beads of perspiration broke out on my forehead, and my tongue and then entire mouth and throat went numb in searing white-hot pain. %^&%$#@! now THAT’S what I’m talking about! LOL. The regulars watched with mischievous schadenfreude as I came to grips with the large basket of meaty wings in front of me – 12 big wings, I should note, not a mere 10. Several told anecdotes of others who had tried and failed to get through the Armageddons. Others offered helpful observations about the inevitable implications for tomorrow morning. I ordered another beer, grabbed a paperback-thick bunch of napkins and got to work.

I’d soldiered my way through six wings in about 15 minutes when the bartender informed me that I’d get a free T-shirt if I could finish the basket in 30 minutes. Devilishly hot as the Red Dog wings were, I had the finish line in sight. A gal next to me was encouraging, remarking she was “impressed” by my pace and fortitude. I’m not sure what’s “impressive” about a masochist indulging an appetite for self-inflicted pain by pepper, but it was kind of fun. I got down to the last wing—happily, the smallest of the litter—and then announced “DONE!”

Half the bar broke into applause, with big grins and thumbs thrust up to the left and right. The bartender shook her head in appreciation and summoned the owner. The owner took my name, took my picture and awarded me a free “Armageddon” T-shirt. An improbably ceremonial flair attended the proceedings. “Ha,” I said, “this seems like kind of big deal. But you must have quite a few people who put down a load of Armageddon wings, don’t you?”

“Oh no,” the owner told me. “Four… maybe five a year.” “That’s all?” I exclaimed. “That’s it,” she said. “We have people order them, but to finish them all? Four or five a year. Your face… around your lips… it’s all red.”

“From the sauce?” I asked. “No, it’s the heat,” she told me. Sure enough, a look in the mirror showed a pronounced flushing around my lips and some crimson splotching on my cheeks.

All in all, I had a great time. The Red Dog is a quaint, cozy and collegial place. The only slight disappointment is that, contrary to the website description, there is no “Wall of Flame,” i.e., a wall of photos of those who conquered the Armageddon wings. The owner, who is new as of several years ago, told me there used to be a white board with names, but no longer, and that she’s not web-savvy enough to update the website.

No matter, but a genuine “Wall of Flame” in the restaurant proper or on the website would be a nice addition for those few hot wing freaks out there and give an additional boost to the deserved notoriety of the Red Dog’s “Armageddon” offering.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“GREAT MEAL IN THE ADK'S”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Just went to Red Dog Tavern this week. Have been there many times in the past (last time maybe 5 years ago) and I'm always happy with the food. The crab cakes were nice as was the steak. They had some excellent chicken pot stickers for a special appetizer. I'm always amazed that this great little restaurant is hidden in Inlet NY! Oh, and the tuxedo cake was a delightful dessert.

They also sell great t-shirts and beer glasses with the red dog logo on them.

When we arrived it was crowded (around 8:30 PM), so if you are there in July you might want to see if you can call ahead or make a reservation. It's a good place for a large party - they can pull tables together. Also good for kids as it is casual and somewhat loud (will drown out noisy children). They also have a nice bar where you can grab a bit to eat and sit at the bar.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Can't hit camp without a trip to the Red Dog”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Food and atmosphere was fantastic. The waitress was probably the only weak spot at a time that wasn't even busy. The owner came by and chatted with us and made us feel right at home. Historically, I love this place and it's also my wife's favorite. Best in Inlet I believe and the food was great.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clinton, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great place just off Route 28”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is definitely a local place that is relaxing and kid friendly. Burgers, wings and more. You have to try the Rumba sticks, fried spicy cheese rolled in tortilla chips with a tasty dipping sauce. Just remember come after 4 pm, but come earily on the weekend, as it is a very popular local place. Enjoy.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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