I’m a big fan of déjà vu, so it’s very suiting that I found myself in the very spot where Bring The Wing began. It was October of 2011 when my wife and I were kid-free for the weekend. We decided that being sans kids allowed us to go out to some bars that we had been dying to try, one of which was Dubh Linn Square in Cherry Hill. While there, my wife asked how the wings were, as she normally does because she knows that this is how I judge a good pub. I started in on my critique and then began to think how great it would be to allow others access to the knowledge that my wife has always been privy to… and after a collaboration between the two of us – Bring The Wing was born.
Now let’s journey to the present time where I decided one afternoon to head back to Dubh Linn Square for some lunch with the family. For those of you who have never been there before, it is very similar to The Shannon Rose up north and follows the same Irish theme that usually draws a fun crowd. Though today the place looked pretty empty as they seated us in this quaint sunroom area. I ordered the wings, no surprise there, and got them Mild with a side of Hot. They even had a “Smoking Leprechaun Sauce,” but I didn’t get a chance to try it seeing how we were pressed for time and it was taking a while to get our food.
When the wings finally arrived they had a nice red-orange glow to them and came equipped with celery and carrots. They were coated very nicely with the sauce which seemed to stick to each piece with drip-free precision. The wing portions were also a nice size and offered a good amount of meat to satisfy my craving. The only problem with said meat was that it was lukewarm which was probably one of the reasons why they weren’t very tender.
The sauce, on the other hand, had immense flavor and brought a sweet, tangy, almost sugary quality to it. I’m glad, too, that the flavor was there because the sauce did not really bring any heat. It could be argued that it was because I ordered a Mild sauce, but the next level up which was Hot, was TOO hot. So there definitely should’ve been a sauce in between those two to help even out the levels of intensity.
I wish I could go back in time to compare my critique from then to now. And if I could, I’m confident that they would say the same thing: The wings needed a little more work in the tenderness department. But then again, if the wings were brought out on time, they may have been tender… and hot as well. Luckily the sauce was there to save the day and make amends to my taste buds. They just need to kick the heat up a bit, and they’ll be on their way to a great dish.
Dubh Linn Square
482 East Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003