Buffalo Wings @ Cove Bar

Price: $11.99

When: July 30, 2015, 7:00 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

The Cove Bar is one of the gems of California Adventure and one of my absolute favorite places in the park. It’s an open-air restaurant, with a wraparound bar, two- and four-person tables, and spectacular panoramic views of Paradise Pier and Paradise Bay. The proximity to the rides adds a level of kineticism and atmosphere to the place – there’s nothing quite like a cold beer on a hot day, punctuated by NPH’s “three-two-one-GOOOO!” and a coaster launch every 45 seconds.

(Also, you know those iconic postcard snapshots of California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Paradise Pier? Yeah, you can take those from your seat.)

The Cove’s menu is heavy on the drinks, but they do offer a handful of appetizers … such as Buffalo Wings.

I should acknowledge, right up front, that to talk of wings is to enter a political minefield. People love wings, and are very attached to “their” wings, much the same way that pizza aficionados get a little emotional when their preferred style (deep dish? regular? thin?) isn’t acknowledged as superior.

All of this is to say: I’m just a guy with an opinion. Yours may differ.

The Cove’s Buffalo Wings are good. The portions are nice without being excessive, and the Cove does some kind of batter-and-deep-fry routine to give the skin a bit of a crispness. The chicken is moist and flavorful (there is plenty of meat on the bone), and the order comes with a nice, tangy blue cheese dressing for dipping (and yes, ranch is available if you want it). You also get a smattering of carrots and celery, but let’s be clear – they’re garnish. The menu describes the wings as “fiery”, but that seems ridiculous to me – these are mild wings, by almost any measure.

If you’re eating at the Cove (and really – you should), I definitely recommend the Buffalo Wings. They’re not worth a special trip, but once you’re there, give ’em a shot.