Wait: A young hostess tells us there is a five- to 10-minute wait at 6:30 p.m. on a Sunday. We look around and notice a handful of open tables that could seat four. The table we end up at has not been wiped down.
Service: Our wings arrive with no small plates, and our table, which was never set, has no napkins. I wait about two minutes before the desire to tear into the yummy-looking wings overcomes my curiosity to see how long it takes our server to notice our needs. I give a rare raise of the hand, and our waitress instantly takes care of us.
My one Arnold Palmer refill is missing its citrus side.
Meal: One bite of the crispy, meaty, Fire Jack's Beer Glaze wings and I'm wishing we could try all 12 flavors. We're talking Native New Yorker-level wings, but with more chicken on the bone. Finger-licking fun.
The best part about the rest of our meal is the budget-friendly prices. The menu of salads, soups, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, sandwiches and simple seafood rarely breaks the $8 mark, and domestic pitchers of beer are only $5.50. The worst part: Our well-done burger arrives pink in the center.
Scene: The fun local pub, owned by two Chandler firefighters, lives up to its Nozzlehead's name. Most of the walls are red brick; there's a fake fireman sliding down a fire pole; a variety of firefighting hats, boots and jackets; a firehose threaded through the black rafters; a fire engine breaking through the back wall of the bar with a row of beer taps between the still-working headlights; shiny red axes; and photos of roaring flames.
Bathroom break: The rescue trampoline leaning on the wall near the restrooms is a must-see. The women's room is clean and stocked.
Tab for four: $58 with tip and tax for 24 wings ($11.90), The Blue Recruit burger ($7.50), The Kansas City Fireman chicken sandwich ($6.95), hot pastrami and cheese ($8.50), A-Shifters fish sandwich ($7) and cheesecake ($3.25).
If work weren't buying: If you have the slightest interest in firefighting and you like pub grub, this museum-esque eatery is a no-brainer.
Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub
4920 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler
Major cross streets: Chandler Heights
and Gilbert roads
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday
Reservations accepted: No
Health report: Not available
Kid friendly: Very, kids get fire hats
to take home
Web site: No