Buffalo wings are named not for the animal but for their hometown, where every street sign and mounted policeman sports a cherubic set of wings. Get acquainted with wings with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of casual fare at Duffy's Irish Pub.
Duffy's Irish Pub serves up wings voted the city's best for the past four years by the readers of the Washington City Paper. Buffalo fans choose from seven varieties that include hot, medium, or mild traditional sauce, as well as honey-barbecue style, made with sauce created by barbecue-gathering bees, and the Chesapeake style, in which cooks charbroil wings after rubbing them down with Old Bay seasoning ($12.95 for a dozen). Pulled pork is slowly smoked for 16 hours before being piled onto a sandwich or uniting with the fries, tots, or veggies that accompany a corned-beef or vegetarian portobello Reuben ($9.95 each). Profiled in the Washington Post, Duffy's Monster burger bookends a half-pound of bacon-topped beef between two grilled-cheese sandwiches ($11.95). Discounted drinks and quesadillas rein in happy hour hunger five nights a week, and Wednesday night pub trivia challenges quick-witted attendees to name obscure vice presidents or remember the winning side in the Revolutionary War.
Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub
In lieu of buns, Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub's Monster Burger earns its name by piling bacon, grilled onions, and a half-pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Washington Post profiled the beastly eat and its “calories-be-damned goodness” in its This Thing You Should Try series. Those with tamer appetites assemble less daunting burgers with a beef or homemade black bean patty served on a white or whole grain Kaiser roll. Along with burgers, Duffy's culinary team crafts casual dishes such as mushrooms fried in peanut oil, vegan pasta tossed with homemade tomato sauce, and seven wing varieties voted the city's best in 2012 by readers of Washington City Paper.
Along with the menu of daily grub, Duffy's staff supplies discounted drinks and quesadillas at weekday happy hours and hosts brain-teasing pub trivia challenges every Wednesday night. 12 flat-screen TVs throughout the bar stay tuned to the latest Florida Gators and Green Bay Packers games, a more thrilling alternative to watching looped footage of an actual gator attacking a defenseless cheese wheel. In addition to front of the house entertainment, Duffy's accommodates private soirees with a back room equipped with more flat-screens, skeeball, darts, and an internet jukebox.