The Honest Lawyer (Hartzel)
Wingage Score: 61%
Address: 165 Hartzel Rd - St Catharines
Parking: Alongside and in the rear
Intersection: Hartzel Rd & Admiral Rd
Last Reviewed: May 19th, 2016
Last Visited: May 19th, 2016
|BHON - May 2016
Overall - May 2016:
We’ve been keeping our eyes on the former Player’s location on Hartzel for a while now, hoping something good would open up. When a new Honest Lawyer franchise recently popped up, we thought we’d check it out. The former downtown location earned an 80% according to our last review, so we thought it would be a safe choice.
The new franchisees spent a fair amount on the interior, with a total gut and renovation of the space, including a huge new bar area with one of the biggest projection screens we’ve ever seen covering the entire end wall. It really looks like they intend to stick around, aiming for the upscale sports-bar crowd. Kudos for that.
No Guinness on tap, but a healthy selection of premium beers was a plus.
The entire space is outfitted with high-top bar tables and booths, all in various bizarre shapes and configurations, none of which seemed to accommodate a large group of people comfortably. Also, when you have a projector blasting a floor to ceiling screen, putting a table in front of it so it blasts your patrons right in the retinas seems like bad planning?
This is where the shitshow began. We ordered 5 pounds of hot wings. At twelve dollars a pound, we knew it wasn’t going to be a cheap night. Then they came to the table - 5 baskets heaped with french fries, celery and blue cheese. Wait, didn’t we order wings? Oh...there they are, buried beneath. What’s this....6 wings per pound? A completely random assortment of chicken shrapnel ranging from large to puny. They throw in the fries to fill the rest of the basket to make it look like you are getting a good deal. But you are not.
You’d think the disappointment would end there, but then we ate them.
Bland, shitty tasting, heat & serve wings that tasted like they’d been precooked a week ago, reheated and brushed with some generic el-stinko brand sauce that was neither hot nor tasty. I barely ate three.
On a positive note, the french fries were delicious. But we didn’t go there for fries.
A huge disappointment in my opinion. It had great potential, as I remember we used to enjoy them when they were downtown. Way overpriced for what we were served. At least the waitress was cute.