I love buffalo wings, and I am always keeping my eyes open to see if there are some great wings out there I haven’t yet tried. When I had heard that Devine’s claimed to have the best wings in the triangle, I knew I had to find out for myself.
My friend Mark and I went to Devine’s for lunch one day during the ACC basketball tournament. Duke, North Carolina, and NC State weren’t playing yet, so getting a table and good parking was really easy. I imagine it gets more crowded during the big games, as this would be a great place to watch them. The TVs are huge, so seeing them from anywhere in the room is not a problem.
We got a half order of the hot Buffalo wings to start. They came out surprisingly quickly, but I could tell from the crispness of the skin and juiciness of the meat that these were really fresh, and were not just sitting around back in the kitchen. They had the right amount of sauce and the heat level was perfect. Congratulations, Devine’s. You do have the best wings in the triangle!
For my main course I got the A1 Burger: 8oz of beef with A1 steak sauce and montreal steak seasoning. This is a burger more places should offer, as it is a fantastic combination. It too came out quickly. The burger was a nice medium with no dry spots. The amount of sauce and seasoning was just right too: you knew the theme of the burger without being overwhelmed by it. The fries and pickle were really good as well, and our waiter was really attentive.
We got to meet the owner, Gene Devine, who was really friendly and showed us around, giving some backstory on some of the cool memorabilia on the walls as well as some history of the bar. I can’t stand chain restaurants with their faux provenance, and Devine’s has none of that. This was a sports bar with a real connection to the local sports scene, and I can’t imagine a better place to watch a game. . . particularly a Duke game.
The only thing I regret is that we couldn’t make use of the patio. It is huge with tons of seating, and would be a great place to hang out, eat wings, and drink some beer on a nice spring afternoon/evening. It was just way too chilly to eat outside the day we went. We couldn’t really make use of the tap selection either, since we had to go back to work, but after perusing the beer choices, there were several options on there that I would’ve really enjoyed.
So the next time I’m in the Brightleaf area on a warm afternoon, I’m going to make a point of going back to Devine’s for some wings and beer, and take advantage of that great patio.
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