Donnelly’s Irish Pub
Wingage Score: 49%
Address: 54 Front St South - Thorold
Parking: Round Back
Intersection: Front & Sullivan
Last Reviewed: November 3rd, 2011
Last Visited: November 3rd, 2011
|BHON - Nov 2011
|BHON - Jan 2010
|BHON - Aug 2009
|BHON- Jan 2009
Overall - Nov 2011
Being the magnanimous group that we are, we are going to give Donnelly’s one more chance. Perhaps they have a new cook out back. Maybe they taught the old cook how to use the fryer properly. They might have even instructed him that wings should cook all the way through before sending them out to customers.
We started in with Guinness and placed our order. Wings took the normal amount of time to come out. That’s a good sign.
We dug in with minor trepidation. They were a little rubbery but tasted OK. And then, guess who got a bloody wing. Yup, Steve managed to find another one. Good Job Steve! Way to take one for the team.
That’s it. Game over. Sorry Donnelly’s but we are going to have to put you into the Bad section. We might be brave enough to come back and try your wings some day, but only if we know for a fact that you have shot your cook and shown the new cook how to properly use a fryer.
Update - 1/7/2016 - Steve reported that his nephew went there with the family on New Years Eve. He had the wings and said that they tasted undercooked to him. He didn’t see blood, but the wings weren’t crispy and very rubbery. Wow, 5 years later and they still don’t know how to do wings???
Overall - Jan 2010
So, one more time to visit Donnelly’s to see if we can get some consistency. Well guess what, first round of wings turned out to be OK. Tasty and sauced the way we like it. Things are looking up.
Then we ordered another round of wings. Steve bit into one and we watched as blood poured out of the wing. Hmmm, not a good sign. That kind of killed it for any more wing consumption for that night. Nobody feels like playing russian roulette with the rest of the wings. Waitress was nice enough to deduct them from the bill, but still. How do you mess up wings that badly, especially when the bar isn’t that busy.
Perhaps we will give them one more try.
Overall - August 2009
So undecided once again Steve pushes the wheel of wings. Low and behold, we get sent off to Thorold to re-review Donnelly’s Irish Pub.
Arriving at the bar one would step out of their vehicle to.... the god awful scent of rotten garbage and ass. WTF its not like this is Toronto. Thankfully once inside the smell was no longer present, doubly so when we ordered the guinness.
Then we ordered the wings. Apparently the cook screwed up the order as we ended up with 3 batches of 20 wings... and each batch tasted completely different. From the usual (slightly) spicy on one end of the table to the last batch being almost doused in ketchup rather than hot sauce.
A third review is definately in order to determine if the consistency is there as this visit was slightly disappointing compared to previous visits.
Overall - Jan 2009
Wow...If you’d have blindfolded us and brought us into Donnelly’s Pub and asked us to identify where we were, we’d be hard pressed to tell you it was the former bar area of the Moose and Goose. A striking reno-job on this Thorold landmark has turned the front bar into a stand-alone pub, complete with cozy booths, dart boards and of course some quality imports on tap, including our favourite - Guinness.
The wings were quite good, following the same formula as the Moose and Goose, with a light breading and uniquely spicey sauce. The hot wings has a distinctly sweeter BBQ taste, while the suicide were pretty much ’on the money’. Still a little heavy on the vinegar, and not nearly as hot as we’d expect from suicide (more like a regular hot), but they were decent sized and reasonably priced. It looks like Thorold is finally becoming home to a few really good wing places!
Definately worthy of a BHON revisit in the future!