The Downtown bracket kicks off the 2011 Pulled Into Syracuse Wing Tournament. Winner of the Downtown bracket advances to the Final Four and will take on the winner of the Northside/Eastwood bracket.
Downtown Round 1: Game 1
(1) Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's "Wango Tango" wings: 4 points
(4) J. Ryan's "Hot" wings: 0 points
As a 4 seed facing a 1 seed, J. Ryan's wings put up a good fight against Dino's heavily favored Wango Tango variety. A zero in the score shouldn't imply that J. Ryan's were bad by any means. They were delicious and fared surprisingly well. They were just no match for Dino's smoky, spicy, and sauce-slathered chicken wings. J. Ryan's were above average in most aspects and even fared well with a sauce that tasted more like a bottled brand than the traditional Frank's Red Hot style.
Regardless, they still had that great Buffalo-style flavor. If you love crispy wings, look to J. Ryan's for the crispiest I've ever had. But Dino pulled out the stops with an amazing skin that was slightly charred and had enough crispness to balance the chewiness, a lingering heat that makes you want to eat more, and some of the most tender chicken wing meat ever.
Untraditional, yes. But for perfectly crispy and smoky wings, Dino doesn't mess around.
Winner: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Downtown Round 1: Game 2
(3) Syracuse Suds Factory's "Fiery" wings: 5 points
(2) Bull & Bear Pub's "Hot" wings: 2 points
Somewhat of an under-matched 2 and 3 seed confrontation pitted Bull & Bear's hot wings against Suds' Fiery ones. For what it's worth, J. Ryan's probably could've beat either contestant, but alas, this is what happens in a single-elimination tournament. Since Bull & Bear's wings were advertised as "award winning," I expected some serious competition, but they were certainly the weakest among the Downtown seeds with little to no Buffalo flavor, or any flavor, going on.