Florida Keys Business
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Wingin' it
Wingmasters gets high marks for sandwiches, pizza, subs -- oh, and wings

Ninety-five days, said Victor Cain, smiling between bites.

The Indiana native who moved to Key West about six months ago has ordered food from Wingmasters on Truman Avenue for 95 straight days.

"I'm in here every day," Cain said, heartily describing some of his favorite menu items: lemon pepper ranch wings, Cajun ranch wings. I love this place for the wings, but the Philly cheesesteak is also excellent. Everything's great. My hat's off to Alejandro [Dominguez], the cook. He makes everything."

Part of Cain's allegiance and enthusiasm stems from convenience and location, as Cain works across Grinnell Street at Don's Place bar, where patrons often order Wingmasters food to be eaten at the popular bar.

"We deliver right across the street to Don's, or people come pick up their order and take it back to the bar," said Edwin Lucas, Wingmasters manager. "Plus, Don's Place lets us use their ice machine, and in return, they get free pizza for their bocce teams. This is a great little neighborhood."

The little eatery on Truman Avenue has made a name for itself over the past two years, serving hot, crispy chicken wings doused with just the right amount of more than 15 available sauces. The flavors include classic buffalo, Jamaican jerk, lemon pepper, wasabi ranch, garlic parmesan, and curry coconut. They come in orders of 12, 15, 20 and 25 for prices that range from $10.95 to $19.95.

"The wings actually sell themselves," Lucas said, adding that the restaurant's online reviews and ratings "have been off the chart."

Despite the Wingmasters name, the menu also includes classic hot sandwiches such as a New York-style reuben on grilled rye, cheesesteaks and chicken parmesan subs on Amoroso rolls, giant nacho platters, pizza, quesadillas and two-for-one baked Italian dinners.

Wingmasters' owner Bill Jordan also owns New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square shopping center, Lucas said.

"So the Italian dinners are the same recipes as you'd get downtown at the pasta garden, but here you get two dinners for $15.95," Lucas said.

He also offers money-saving "meal deals" that combine pizza, wings, sodas and cheesesteaks for about 20 bucks.

"The meal deals sell really well for groups of people," Lucas said. "And other than the wings, the cheesesteak is our #1 sandwich and the reuben is #2."

The restaurant offers counter seating inside and outside, and recently installed an outdoor dining area with landscaping. Renovations to the interior soon will make tables available inside the casual, cozy locals' spot.

"It's a locals' place," Lucas said. "But tourists also always find us because locals will recommend us."

The spot is open until 2 a.m. weeknights and until 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with free delivery all the time, Lucas said, adding that the Wingmasters Facebook page is regularly updated and offers online specials for its Facebook friends.

"It's really a thriving little business," said Lucas, who also works as the resident DJ at the 801 Bar.


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