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New restaurant in old Beach House wings it without pizza

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm | No Comments »
May 29, 2008 1:59 pm

In the comments to my post about Bella Vita morphing into a sports bar, Ed’s Diner patron ABH writes:

…. Speaking of sports bar…Has anyone tried Wings, Pizza N Things at the old Beach House in Purdy? No pizza anywhere on the menu, except for a picture on the menu cover. … I could see about 3 little flat screen t.v.’s. in the whole place …

Wings, Pizza N Things Sports and Grill opened three weeks ago in the waterfront spot that formerly housed Pearl’s by the Sea, The Beach House and Margarita Beach Café.

Wings, Pizza N Things currently lives up to just the wings and things parts of its menu. ("Things," include sandwiches, salads, burgers, fish and chips, pastas, seafood and steaks, $7.95-$18.99)

I dropped in for lunch last week. I ordered buffalo wings and an Angus burger. Both were nicely fried and meaty. In addition to the eponymous buffalo sauce (regular, medium or hot), wings come with your choice of barbecue, garlic-parmesean, lemon-pepper and others. The burger was served with the works, including one of the softest buns a man with a toothache could ask for.

What about pizza? Not yet. Blame it on the axiom that "things" happen – specifically, the ventilation hood for the conveyor pizza oven. Co-owner Patrick Ward said the county requires a bigger hood than the type he originally purchased. He said he purchased an upgraded hood, only to find out it’s too tall for his kitchen. He said it’ll be about a month before Wings, Pizza N Things works out the hood kinks and serves pizza.

As for the "sports" part of the restaurant, Ward said he plans to increase the number of television sets from three to eight. He said the wants the sports vibe to be "not so loud."

Also coming, Ward said, is outdoor seating. Remember that man-made beach on the bulkhead over Henderson Bay? That covered deck? Gone. Ward, who called the restaurant’s view "one of the best views in the Puget Sound,” said he’s having fabricated paving stones installed. Tables and chairs will follow.

While the outward view is fantastic, the inward view needs jazzing up. Interior walls are painted a sedate tone of mocha and a handful of small prints try to fill the void.

I’ll be back when pizza bakes.

Wings, Pizza N Things Sports and Grill: 13802 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor; 253-851-0103.

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