When Tom McGrath and Cory Ellsworth joined forces earlier this year and opened Wingin' It Bar and Grille, they brought food service experience and stability to a location that lacked solid direction. The restaurant that previously occupied the space on Main Street in Fuquay-Varina closed its doors after operating for more than five years.
“We’re committed to having a regular presence out on the floor,” McGrath told me recently. He also owns and runs the successful Assaggio’s Pizzeria & Ristorante in the Quay. “We get the food out as fast as possible so people
don’t have to wait.” McGrath "gets it" when it comes to customer service.
Menu starters like nachos, bacon-infused potato skins and fried
jalapeños kick things off nicely. Burgers and chicken wings are
crowd-pleasing favorites. Be sure to order the sugar-glazed sweet potato
fries as your side.
With 18 varieties of traditional and boneless wings, sauces range
from garlic Parmesan and backwards ranch to Thai peanut and Jamaican
jerk. Try the tasty "gold rush," which has a seasoned honey-mustard base.
If you’re in the mood for red meat, go for the satisfying fried egg
bearnaise burger or a succulent French dip sandwich. Be sure to watch the large-scale toy train run overhead as you enjoy your meal.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Fredin/S&A Cherokee