Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yo Taxi! Third Annual Wing Thing Celebration ...
CONSTANCE: This Erie Pizza and Wing blogger got invited to a very special celebration this week, the annual “wing thing” to commemorate the anniversary date of … oops, I forgot to ask the honoree’s permission to use his real name, so let’s just call him JB. This celebration was to commemorate JB’s heart attack and survival three years ago. Every year on the anniversary date of his heart attack, he indulges in wings. Once a year! Wow, compared to the weekly Erie Pizza and Wing Blog this year, I felt so honored to be invited to this once a year indulgence.
Year one, JB celebrated at Country Tavern. We blogged about them in the summer, when the black squirrel helped select our destination that week. Definitely good pizza and wings there, and they let us pay by check. Year two’s celebration was at Doc Holiday’s. JB said the wings there were also delicious, although we haven’t officially blogged about them yet.
JB hailed a cab for him and about 30 family members and friends to The Cab Bar & Grill for year three’s party. I had never been to The Cab before so was very excited to try their za and wings.
They are deceptively small from West Ridge Road, but have a huge party room in the back that easily accommodated the 3rd “wing thing”. I’d suggest entering from the side if you’d like to avoid all the smoke from the bar area when you enter via the front door.
We ordered a personal pizza with pepperoni and a large split order of wings. BBQ wasn’t on the menu, but they’ll mix it up for you – just ask! And also Dave’s special, The Cab’s signature wing with about 11 or 12 spices. Excited to try this one. JB ordered Cajun, so he promised I could try a wing or two, too.
The servers were able to accommodate the 30+ crowd’s orders and we got served in about 30 minutes. They kept everything straight, but … get this, they accidentally brought me an extra order of Dave’s special wings – so there were plenty to share. Lucky me and those seated around me!
The pizza was adorable – perfect 4-piece size to enjoy with wings. The crust was bakery crust though, and not hand tossed.
And, the wings were crispy – just the way I love them! The BBQ was finger licking good … not too saucy and very flavorful. I also enjoyed the Cajun – on the dry side, which is my personal preference. But I think the overall consensus was on Dave’s special. Very unique flavor and sinus clearing bonus! I loved the Cajun flavoring and mesquite peeked through pretty strongly too. I wonder what the other 9 or 10 spices were. That’ll require another visit to The Cab and further research, a.k.a. taste testing!
Our total Cab tab was about $25 which included a couple of libations and tip. Very price friendly!
The overall slice review for this week was 6 outta 8 slices for the food but a 10 outta 8 slices for the celebration and camaraderie. I loved the symbolism for the celebration. Next time you have a hankering for pizza and wings, hail a Cab and think of your heart health. JB’s heart attack survival prompted me to visit the American Heart Association’s Web site to share the warning symptoms of a heart attack for readers of our Erie Pizza and Wing blog. You’ll see that minutes matter! I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, and also take away, what could be some life-saving information.
Until next year’s celebration … here’s to your heart health! And JB, on behalf of your family and friends, we’re all glad you’re here … thanks for sharing your life with us!
Heart Attack Warning Signs (http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3053)
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
• Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff is also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.
The Cab Bar & Grill
5442 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506