In the mad rush to find the next best eats, the good ol' pub seems to get lost in the shuffle. Yes, there was a period of time a few years ago where gastropubs were all the rage. They still do to some extent, but we've moved onto macarons and Neapolitan pizza. So when Big D was wondering where to eat one day, I suggested we hit up Woody's on Brunette and take advantage of their daily specials. Those must've been good deals as there was a diverse clientele that included a table of older Asian ladies enjoying their massive plate of 25 cent wings and coffee...
Of course we had to get in on the action, so we ordered 20 Salt & Pepper Wings to start. These were fairly large and very crispy on the outside with rendered skin. However, the byproduct of this was pretty dry meat. There was a good amount of seasoning on the outside while not being overly so. For some inexplicable reason, I decided to get a bowl of Wonton Soup. Initially, I thought it would be great fodder, but it turned out to be much better than expected. The chicken broth was rich and flavourful (with the help of seasoning and MSG). The small wontons were comprised of moist and bouncy pork while the large shrimp had a meaty snap. As much as I liked the addition of fresh veggies, there was far too much where it muddled up the soup.
For my main, I had the daily special being the BBQ Ribs ($9.00). These were well-charred with a whiskey BBQ sauce glaze. I found it to be well-balanced where it wasn't incredibly sweet. The whiskey didn't really come through, but there was no lack of smokiness and flavour. The meat did fall off the bone and wasn't dry. Of course it wasn't completely cooked in a smoker nor BBQ, but they were decent nonetheless. As for the side of fries, they were the typical GFS/Sysco variety. Big D, wanted to eat healthier and got the Japaleno Jack Chicken Burger. I guess cheese and bacon fit into his definition of healthier... Well, he liked it as the chicken breast was not dried out and the toppings were fresh and well-made including the crispy bacon. Ultimately, Woody's may not be great food, but it does the job on the cheap.
- Decent specials
- Okay portions
- Service we got was friendly
- Won't be mistakened for gourmet food
- Very pub-like, for those who want a modern gastropub