Food Porn: The Landing

A few weeks ago James, one of the owners of The Landing, invited Alli and myself to his restaurant to try out their new Chicken Wing menu.  Full disclosure, I’ve known James and his family for a while now and I’ve always been a fan of their food.  Normally, it’s their Greek/Lebanese cuisine that I’m in love with.  I knew the Landing was more traditional bar food and I was wondering what “different styles” of chicken wings really meant.  So on a Monday night we took a drive down the 33 to the Landing, which is connected to the Days Inn across from the Airport.

I’ll admit this isn’t normally the first area I’m thinking about when I’m going out to dinner, but James (along with co-owners Andrew and Joe) have put a lot of work into this bar/restaurant over the last 2 years that they’ve owned it.  They’ve added TV’s for watching sporting events, draft beer taps and created a larger menu that includes regional sandwiches such as the Land In New York (a Pastrami on Rye) or a Land In New Orleans (a Muffaleta sandwich).  Now they are also trying to offer something different with their specialty wing menu and their own take on Beef on Weck Pizza (not a completely new idea, but their take is unique).

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Bar/Restaurant
  • Cuisine: Pub Food
  • Prices: Wings 10/$9, 20/$17, Burgers $6-7, Sandwiches $6-12
  • Location: Cheektowaga

We first tried their take on Beef on Weck pizza (pictured above), which we’ve had at some other well known pizzerias around WNY but what I noticed about The Landing’s version was the dough tasted like it had already been dipped in au jus.  Every bite had a really rich meaty flavor, and that is without dipping the slice into the provided side of au jus.  I didn’t notice any real “weck” on the pizza but since that’s my least favorite part of the sandwich anyways, I’m ok with that.  The pieces of cooked beef that were underneath the mozzarella were tender and juicy.  I don’t think I could eat an entire pizza on my own but I’d definitely split one with a couple people.

So when James told me they were making a cool new menu of chicken wings, I had an idea in my head of what was going to be offered and I wasn’t even close.  We sampled 6 of their new flavors.  Some of the wings were like nothing I’ve had before in Buffalo and some were their own take on classics.  Among the most unique were The Mexican (pictured top), Caramelized Onion Balsamic (pictured bottom) and their Jamaican Jerk (pictured middle).  For the Mexican wings they were tossed in a spicy picante sauce and then drizzled with nacho cheese and served with sour cream instead of blue cheese.  When I first saw them I was nervous but they were actually pretty good but incredibly messy.  I never thought nacho cheese on top of chicken wings would be a good idea but they proved me wrong.  The picante sauce gave the chicken that fajita like flavor you’ve had before at countless Mexican restaurants and the sour cream was a nice touch.

The Caramelized Onion Balsamic were simply tossed in butter but were then placed on a bed of caramelized onions and had a strong tarty balsamic glaze drizzled on top.  It was a little difficult to get a bite of the wing and the onion at the same time but in the end it was Alli’s favorite.  Now if the entire wing was covered with balsamic glaze it might be too overwhelming but they found a really good balance of wing to glaze ratio and the end product was quite delicious.  The Jamaican Jerk resembled some wings that I had during this year’s Wing Fest.  They were covered with various jerk seasonings that really hit you hard with the first bite.  That said, yes they were spicy but I wasn’t running off looking for some water (although if you have sensitive taste buds, these wings aren’t for you) and I actually was able to sit back and enjoy the wings.

We also tried their Grilled Honey BBQ (picture in gallery), The Teriyaki (pictured above) and the Bourbon (gallery).  All of these flavors we’ve tried in some form or another at other restaurants but what the Landing was serving were just as good.  The Teriyaki especially were great, placed on a bed of pineapple they had a great sweet/sugary taste that rivaled our favorite Teriyaki wings at Bar Bill in East Aurora.  The Grilled Honey BBQ were finished off by being cooked on the grill which gave them that awesome smokey flavor that I’ve always enjoyed.  The Bourbon wings were coated in a home made bourbon glaze; they had a little heat but were mostly really sweet and tangy flavor.  The glaze was thick and almost had the texture of ketchup which made these wings quite messy.

I really appreciate the Landing trying to do something different then the average sports bar.  They have a pretty steady flow of customers just because of their location and they could probably get away with serving the same ole menu that everyone else does, but they are going out of their way to try and make something unique and, more importantly, good.  If you find yourself in the area (it’s not too far from Transit Rd), I’d say this is a good place to grab a bite to eat and a beer and watch a sporting event.  Where else are you going to find such a long menu of uniquely flavored chicken wings? I realize in some circles that these toppings and flavors might be blasphemy in Buffalo.  You’ll just have to trust me when I say that somehow nacho cheese and chicken wings can work together nicely.

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One thought on “Food Porn: The Landing

  1. Dan

    Never heard of this place until now. I may have to try it. What wings would you recommend to try first?

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