Another new addition to Athens’ restaurant scene, Leghorn’s is actually the third in a small chain of Ohio sports bars which offer wings, burgers, pizza and a chance to watch the game. As it is far from the Ohio University campus, Leghorn’s seems to attract comparatively few college students; instead a healthy number of locals, high school kids and families populate the tables, and the few Ohio University kids stick to the small bar on the side. Leghorn’s definitely has the most family friendly feel of the sports bars in town.
Now, I suppose when you go to a bar like this, the main attraction must be the wings. Particularly at Leghorn’s, where a huge “#1” can be found next to the wing menu. I should assume this meant what I was ordering would be something award-winning, or at least that it was a strong item on the menu. Either way, I seem to have been mistaken. What came to me were 10 of the largest wings I’ve ever eaten; simply huge. The waitress recommended I go for the “Chernobyl hot sauce” but since I wasn’t feeling particularly suicidal, I ordered “hot” instead.
What I got also happen to be the greasiest wings I’ve ever eaten. Filling for their size, these wings were so greasy, it was literally dripping down my hands while I was trying to eat. By wing number six or seven I was out of napkins. Oh and there was a negligible amount of sauce. Grease is not sauce. I looked around the restaurant to see if I had just ordered the wrong thing, but astoundingly everyone around me was eating the wings, too. I should note here that I consider myself a healthy eater and like to exercise when I’m not writing reviews. Food this greasy gives me a stomachache.
Oh and the fries were nothing special. Virtually unflavored, they seemed to be just another thing to soak up more grease and deliver it to my arteries. Gave the pickle spears a try too, and once again, they tasted only decent. None of the items I tried seemed particularly worthy of coming back for. I sampled a boneless wing, too. The food was consistently unremarkable.
It’s a shame too, since I would say we had good service. The wait for the food was unusually long; we came before the big dinner rush and I think we still waited over 30 minutes for our food. Other than that, though, waitresses and a manager swarmed over our table to refill water, check on the food and provide anything else we needed. That’s the type of service I wish other food places had. Unfortunately, as good as it was, attention from our hosts did not make the food better. If you haven’t tried Leghorn’s yet, be careful what you order.
- Don’t come during peak hours, as the wait can be long.
- The wings can be very filling, but they’re also incredibly greasy.
- Skip the fries, they’re nothing special.