A fresh spot to grab a bite and watch big games

The Morning Call - - RESTAURANT REVIEW - By Glenn Koehler

lost a ma­jor an­chor ten­ant when — in less than a two-year span — the 1774 Grille & Tap opened and closed.

The lo­ca­tion, once oc­cu­pied by long-time restau­rant Ri­cardo’s Orig­i­nal Tav­ern House, is now home to a new pub called Wings on Main Sport Bar and Grille.

Owner Jay Tulio has a proven track record, af­ter res­ur­rect­ing Heller­town’s Cross­roads Ho­tel (with co-owner Nick Hano), as well as op­er­at­ing the Wagon Wheel Tav­ern in East Rock­hill Town­ship with his fam­ily.

The menu, in ad­di­tion to its name­sake dish, has a bevy of op­tions to sat­isfy your hunger while en­joy­ing MLB, NFL, UFC and other sports broad­casts on the bar’s nu­mer­ous big-screen TVs.

While the menu has much of what you’d ex­pect from a sports bar, such as onion rings, moz­zarella sticks, na­chos and que­sadil­las, there are also prime rib sand­wiches, hoa­gies, sweet teriyaki chicken sal­ads and more.

They of­fer tasty burg­ers (crafted with prime chuck), cheeses­teaks, a kids menu and, of course, the Buf­falo chicken wings.

There’s a dizzy­ing num­ber of wing sauces avail­able, with ev­ery­thing from hot sauce to gar­lic parme­san, honey sriracha, BBQ jerk — and for the spice heads, a ghost pep­per sauce. The wings are avail­able

in bone-in or bone­less va­ri­eties, in in­cre­men­tal por­tions sizes of five.

Set­ting and dé­cor: Wings on Main has largely kept a lot of the look of the 1774 Grille & Tap — and for good rea­son.

The wall stonework, the dark wood floor­ing and the up­dated/ mod­ern look is fan­tas­tic, and miles above what the space looked like as Ri­cardo’s.

The back area has been con­verted to a pool room with a take­out beer cooler. It’s per­fect for play­ing nine-ball with some friends.

The main bar area boasts sev­eral tele­vi­sions, with backed seats at the bar and a few high tops for ad­di­tional din­ers. Each is out­fit­ted with a pa­per towel roll and holder, of­fer­ing easy cleanup af­ter de­vour­ing fin­ger­lick­ing wings.

A side din­ing area, which is the main din­ing room, is spaHeller­town

cious with ad­di­tional ta­bles avail­able for group din­ing. More TVs are spaced through­out the room. The restau­rant walls are pep­pered with sports mem­o­ra­bilia fea­tur­ing star ath­letes’ mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing a signed Julius Erv­ing jersey and an­other of White­hall/Penn State/New York Gi­ants foot­ball star Saquon Barkley.

Food: My wife and I started with the spot’s sig­na­ture fea­ture food, and got a snack-size or­der of wings ($6 for about six wings) and opted for the gar­lic, Ca­jun, honey hot sauce.

While this com­bi­na­tion of fla­vors may seem all over the place, they worked to­gether ex­tremely well.

The sauce was a per­fect bal­ance of sweet and spicy — not cloy­ing with in­ferno lev­els of heat, but hot enough to make you sweat a bit, and with enough sweet­ness to even things out.

The Ca­jun spice — a dry blend sprin­kled in — was a sa­vory de­light, and the heaps of gar­lic added a phe­nom­e­nal fla­vor that melded to­gether well. My wife called it a “fla­vor bomb.”

I went with the Morn­ing Burger ($11), which came piled high with a hefty beef patty, a slice of pork roll, ba­con and a fried egg on top. While messy, it was a de­light­ful com­bi­na­tion.

The burger was size­able, juicy, and large enough to send me home with left­overs. The egg was per­fectly cooked and the ba­con slightly crispy, lend­ing tex­ture to the sa­vory and rich dish.

My wife got the cheeses­teak hoagie ($9), which was listed as a wrap, but un­for­tu­nately they were out of tor­tillas, so a roll sub­sti­tuted. She omit­ted the mayo, but with it came let­tuce, tomato and onion in ad­di­tion to­chopped steak and gooey cheese.

This was a fill­ing and nicely pre­pared meal­with a roll that held up with a load piled inside.

Both of our dishes were rea­son­ably priced, as is the whole menu at Wings on Main. The only down­side to our dishes were the fries, which were pale, bland, crin­kle fries that were as un­in­ter­est­ing as they were taste­less.

Ser­vice: My wife and I were seated im­me­di­ately, and our server was also act­ing as the bar­tender — han­dling dou­ble duty with ease. Our food came out in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod of time, and our server was pleas­ant and help­ful through­out our meal.

The bot­tom line: Wings on Main Sports Bar and Grille is a great place to grab a some de­li­cious, well-priced food and watch sports. With a menu chock-full of a va­ri­ety of wing sauces and bar fa­vorites, there’s some­thing for ev­ery ap­petite.

Lunch for two with a beer and tax to­taled $32.06.

Restau­rant re­viewer Glenn Koehler is a Morn­ing Call con­trib­u­tor.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.