The generally small wings were topped with sliced pickled jalapenos, a nice touch that added some much-needed heat that was nonexistent otherwise. I'd consider Bull & Bear's wings slightly below average bar wings in most aspects as they picked up a few points where Suds could not.
Despite being served on the cold side and a sauce that could've been a notch hotter, Suds Factory's Fiery wings did well. The jumbo-style sized wings had an excellent skin that was not overly crispy and was perfect on my account. There was a slightly odd flavor to the sauce that was lingering, leading me to believe that it may have been a less than higher-end bottled brand. Suds' main downfall, however, was the incredibly dry meat.
Overall, Suds' fared better and could probably even do really well in other cities that aren't in Upstate New York.
Winner: Syracuse Suds Factory
Round 2: Championship Game
(1) Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's "Wango Tango" wings: 6 points
(3) Syracuse Suds Factory's "Fiery" wings: 1 point
Despite the lopsided score, Suds' are decent wings. But with dry meat, a slightly odd flavor, and tangy but watery blue cheese, they never really stood a chance. The great skin just wasn't enough to overcome Dino's perfectly balanced wings. Dinosaur indeed brought its "A" game: a spicy, smokey barbecue sauce, a lingering heat that makes you want to eat more in each bite, and a good blue cheese that doesn't cloud the wings.
Winner and champion of the Downtown bracket: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
In coming weeks, check back for the results from other neighborhoods and the ultimate winner of the tournament.
Josef Lorenz is a Syracuse resident and blogger who contributes bi-weekly to The Eagle. Check out his restaurant reviews at