Some things just go together. Beer and wings is one of those things, and let me tell you, Sidelines knows how to pair the two perfectly. My taste buds thank you for bestowing upon me the tastiest, crispiest wings I’ve had in awhile.
Let me paint you a picture. It’s a Tuesday night in downtown Millville and my favorite band is getting ready to play at Mr. Smalls. I wanted to do a bit of pre-gaming before heading into the show. My cohort in crime, Eric, recommended that we check out Sidelines because it was voted the best place to get wings in Pittsburgh by WPXI, the local news station. What does WPXI know about wings? Turns out, a lot.
We’ve never been to Sidelines so we didn’t know what to expect. It’s your typical sports bar/restaurant. It’s roomier than the outside of the building would lead you to believe and there are plenty of TVs inside. The bartenders are friendly and chatty, and laughed at my stupid jokes so that’s a plus too. The variety of beer is vast like ocean deep vast, and from what I could tell, you can get your own mug there if you’re a regular. Overall, there is a very neighborly feel to the place almost as if Mr. Rodgers opened a bar so that he could hang out with his best buds.
Before I get to the wings, let me tell you about the fries because they were deeeelicious! I don’t say that lightly because I am a French fries fiend. Nothing turns me off to a meal worse than soggy or burnt fries. Cooking fries is an art and Sidelines is the Andy Warhol of fry making. The fries are crispy on the outside but soft inside. What makes them special, other than being cooked properly, is that you can get them dusted with various flavors. We ended up getting ours dusted with ranch and what a good choice it was. I wish my phone wouldn’t have lost the pictures I took of them cause you got to see these fries – they’ll remind you of Kennywood.
When I talk about wings it’s a serious conversation with my buddies. We don’t recommend just any place for wings. There are the corporate wing places, but then there are those places tucked away in the ‘Burg that are real wing joints. After my visit to Sidelines, I’m convinced it’s a real wing joint. The number of flavors available is massive, and what’s a game changer, is that you can mix the flavors. So if I wanted ranch dusted wings covered in medium and garlic sauce – it could be done. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. What’s great about the wings is that they are crispy, just the right amount of sauce is applied (and little bit more so that you can dip them in it if you’d like), the insides are cooked just right and are full of bright white meat, and lastly and most importantly, the size of the wings are correct. There is nothing I hate more than going to a corporate wing place and getting pinky-finger-sized wings (full of mostly gross brown meat) and being told that it’s a wing from a chicken. No it’s not. It’s the wing of some corporate mutated bird that was cooked up in a lab by Magneto.
The guy destroys stadiums that we watch our favorite past time played in. There’s no way I’m eating his chicken.
All in all it was a positive eating experience at Sidelines. I knew I was at the right place when they poured my black-and-tan and you could see a definitive line between the two beers. Consume Review Repeat gives Sidelines a 10 out of 10 plates piled high with chicken bones.
If you’d like to know more about Sidelines check out there website found here: http://sidelinesbarandgrill.com.