UPDATE: After publishing this post, I just discovered that there’s a been a change of ownership at Black Sheep West Coast Pub. The pub has been renamed to The Horny Toad Saloon (http://www.hornytoadsaloon.com). Apparently, the change ownership took place last Tuesday, April 12, which was the day before we went for wings. This probably explains some of the spotty service as it was only their second day of operations when we went. We didn’t know since they had not changed the signage or the menus yet. According to their facebook page, it looks like they will continue to have wing nights on Wednesdays and Sundays.
After reading about them on Avenue Magazine’s 8th Annual Best Restaurants Awards (Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2011), I had to give Black Sheep West Coast Pub a try. Black Sheep was the winner in the Best Wings category. The wing nights at Black Sheep are Wednesdays and Sundays when the wings are 30 cents each. All other times, the wings are $10.50 for a pound.
Black Sheep West Coast Pub is located in a nondescript strip mall in the southwest, just off Elbow Drive and 75 Street. When I arrived shortly before 6pm on a recent Wednesday evening, the place was already packed and there was a lineup for tables.
There were so many flavours of wings we could choose from – Hot, Mild, Honey Garlic, Greek, Rickard’s BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Spicy Parmesan, Sweet Chili, Foo-King Insane, Salt n Pepper, Hot Honey Mustard, and Cajun. We decided on three flavours – Lemon Pepper, Spicy Parmesan, and Hot Honey Mustard.
The Lemon Pepper consisted of crispy dried fried wings tossed in lemon pepper seasoning. These lemon pepper wings were plump and juicy with a crispy outer skin. My only small complaint is that the seasoning did not stick well on the wings so some of the wings were a little bland and could have used more seasoning to make it more flavourful. Overall, these wings were ok, but were not my favourite.
The Spicy Parmesan basically consisted of hot wings with shredded parmesan on top. This was a nice twist to the regular hot wings. They were slightly spicy but not overly so. Again, the wings were plump, juicy, and freshly made. Of the three flavours we chose, this was my second favourite. I would order these again as they serve as a nice contrast to some of the other flavours.
My favourite was definitely the Hot Honey Mustard. The hot honey mustard was basically wings tossed in a mixture of hot sauce and honey mustard. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of having my wings drenched in sauce. At first, I didn’t even think I would like them, but since both the hot honey mustard and the spicy parmesan were mentioned in Avenue magazine, I wanted to try this flavour to see what all the hype was about. And I’m really glad I did. The combination of flavours really worked well together. The honey mustard gives it a touch of sweetness against the spicy hot sauce. I would definitely order these again. In fact, I would even say they are worth the drive for (as it is a trek across town for me to get to Black Sheep).
Overall, I really enjoyed the wings as Black Sheep. All the wings we had were freshly made and were all plump and juicy. The hot honey mustard is definitely a standout. The service was a little spotty at times but it is understandable given that the place was packed.
Black Sheep West Coast Pub
7746 Elbow Drive SW