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Drums N Flats

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on November 23, 2012 / review policy

Drums N Flats torontoDrums n Flats offers a solution to the most perplexing of wing questions. Drums (the classic drumstick) or Flats? Often the subject of bar squabbles, Drums n Flats leaves the final choice to you, offering orders of entirely drums, flats, or a combination of both for the undecided or disinclined.

Inhabiting the old Honey's Beestro spot on Avenue by Wilson, Drums N Flats has been open for almost two months, helmed by the same operators as nearby Safari Bar and Grill. Appealing to sports nuts, wing fans, and surprisingly families, Drums n Flats blends a steady stream of rock 'n roll tunes, a modern and comfortable interior, and some of the very best chicken wings I've had in a long time.

Drums N Flats torontoThe word "custom" is taken very seriously here, and it's not limited to the type of wing you choose, but also extends to the sauce selection. With 12 flavours ranging from mild to "burn your face off," and three methods (including a "double dip" option for you Costanza fans) in which to drench your wings, the menu can be a bit convoluted at times.

Drums N Flats torontoChef Adam Pedwell sources his well-endowed wings from Ontario, and the restaurant observes a strict never-frozen policy. Menu options for those fools not here to eat wings include equally delicious and notably gluten-free chicken tenders (we ordered a kiddie portion for $6) and their hand-rolled pizza pies (starting at $11.99, with a gluten-free option for an extra $3).

Drums N Flats torontoSalads and greens also complicate the menu, and while edamame aren't our first thought as a wingman (har har) to their chicken counterparts, they do offer a pop of colour. When factoring in the Ace Bakery cheesy garlic bread and fresh-cut veggies it makes for a decent starter (World Tour, 3 appetizers for $15.99).

Drums N FlatsTo properly judge the merit of chicken wings, one must order the standard fare--no fancy Mango Jerk or Creole Mustard--thus we ordered up pounds (for $11.49, a buck extra for fries): hot drumsticks, hot and honey flats, and a well-balanced combo of neutral medium, all served up in the conspicuous baskets lined with red and white checkered paper. These ain't your twice-cooked anemic, black chicken wings that most chains subject you to.

Drums N FlatsPerfectly cooked and succulently tender, the wings came with a few carrot and celery sticks as well as a dill sauce for dipping. The texture was crispy and glorious. Sauce-wise, if you're looking for heat, you should upgrade to the "Insane Heat that will blow your face off" sauce as the hot didn't quite cut it.

Drums N FlatsNoticeably absent and damn near required was a bowl to toss our bones in, but had my mouth not been so busy gorging, I'm sure I could have grunted at the wait staff and requested one. The hand-cut fries were decent enough; fresh and crispy, but they needed a dousing of salt.

Drums N FlatsAfter reading that they stock only Kawartha Dairy ice creams, dessert was suddenly mandatory. I loved their nod to local talent, and although the too-cold freezer required some thawing time on our fudge sundae ($7) and strawberry ice cream ($6), it was worth the wait.

Drums N FlatsLocal isn't only reserved for food either; Drums N Flats carries a rotating (seasonal) selection of Mill Street, as well as their Organic, Cameron Auburn Ale and Dark 266, Creemore and Canadian on tap. The bottle list of over 20 offerings is a mix of premium, domestic and imports, while the wine list nicely represents the Niagara region.

Drums N FlatsDrums n Flats is everything a good neighbourhood wing restaurant should be; easygoing and friendly service paired with satisfying, diet-wrecking wings. Look for live bands to up the entertainment factor on weekends. Drums N Flats welcomes reservations and orders for take-out. It's not wheelchair accessible.

Discussion

19 Comments

Callahan / November 23, 2012 at 10:44 am
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Tommy want wingy
Sean / November 23, 2012 at 10:54 am
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Website isn't there.
Wingy Manone replying to a comment from Sean / November 23, 2012 at 11:32 am
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If you take the 's' off the http part, you have a better chance to getting to their Facebook page.

Or this:
http://www.facebook.com/DrumsNFlats
brandon / November 23, 2012 at 01:06 pm
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DNF? DUKE NUKEM FOREVER?
No replying to a comment from brandon / November 23, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Did Not Finish.
Sarah / November 23, 2012 at 01:53 pm
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Oh good lord. I'm excited.
doontoon / November 23, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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How is this even in Toronto? Looks like this place is in the middle of a farmer's field.
McRib / November 23, 2012 at 05:05 pm
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obligatory anti-suburb rhetoric: check.
evan / November 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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now we wait to check off obligatory anti-urban rhetoric and we'll find balance.
Obligatory anti-urban rhetoric / November 26, 2012 at 01:59 pm
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Maybe you'd be able to check out places north of Bloor if you didn't ride your bike around like a child and bought a car instead.
Jodi / November 26, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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Wicked Spot! was there last night for the Grey Cup and it was a blast, staff are great
SW / November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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I had their double dipped "hog ranch" (bacon bits/ranch) wings, and they were delicious. Huge wings with lots of meat, and they have yummy caesars. Definitely a welcome addition to the neighbourhood (which happens to be within the limits of Toronto; thus, excluding it from the dreaded "suburbs.")
bsv / December 14, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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I just went I like the place for a number of reasons:
1. the flats I got were meaty
2. the menu for flavour of wings are not complicated. You do not need 2 pages of sauces if you do few well.
3. the server was friendly
4. I had mentioned I was cold (just general chit chat with server) and next thing I know the heat is on.
5. I did not like the fact they did not say no free refills but I did like that they only charge you 50 cents for the refill instead of full amount.
6. well trained staff (the server told me she just got tested on the menu)

I did not like:
1. you have to walk across a wooden deck to get in and since it was rainy/slushy out we had to walk carefully, I could see in winter time it could be really slippery.
2. the serves sucked near the end of the meal (we did show up late at night) there was a large table across the room but the server was talking to co-worker and got hard to get her attention.

I would go back, I found the price for extras reasonable (a buck for side fries) and found it tasty.
Fig / March 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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I was there about a month ago. My partner had the fish and chips which he really liked. Service was good - we went on a Wednesday night - trivia night which was fun too.
We're definitely going back - this post has made me very hungry!
MadE / March 18, 2013 at 06:39 pm
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I love the place! The wings are amazing but they have some great health-conscious options like veggie pizzas and edamame! And there ARE** buckets on each table, BlogTO!
The servers are a blast and any complaint you may have (which you wont) gets taken care of on the spot. The attention to local Ontario goodness is what makes this place really unique!

Only Negative: Can't go anywhere else for wings now!
pattaya survival guide / April 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm
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To the next! Many thanks!!
Martin / July 28, 2013 at 06:11 pm
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Sat down this afternoon ready for a pint and wings... After 15 minutes, no one wanted to serve me (and they weren't busy). Screw them ... I took my business elsewhere where they care about their customers more....
Angelina / October 21, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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Love this place, the staff, ambiance and food is incredible!!.
Anon / November 2, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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Leah be my wife

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