When Spring Street Bar & Grill, the staple in Irish Hill, closed down during 2020, it dawned on me that I would never be able to enjoy their signature wings again. I may have been premature, thanks to the folks behind High Horse Bar.

In July, High Horse announced that this fall it would reopen Spring Street, which had previously been in business for more than three decades.

In anticipation, High Horse is currently testing out food recipes for the forthcoming Spring Street menu. First up: The wings, which were featured during a pop-up at High Horse from Aug. 3-7. And based on my taste test, what Dennie Humphrey and friends are rolling out there are pretty darn close to the wings I remember so fondly.

My buddy Butch and I split an order of 10 and, unfortunately, the first one I grabbed was one of those rogue drummettes that is broken and awkward to eat. And I’m not going to lie, the meat on it wasn’t quite up to snuff, either. It actually made me feel bad for whatever happened to that chicken. That was a big early strike.

After I picked what I could off that dud, I grabbed a flapper, and was pleased to find it was crispy, nicely meaty and of apparent quality. It was at that point I dug through the rolodex of my ...Read more