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"Hello everyone, my name is Matt Riley, and I am a Princeton Day School Senior writing a blog on my experiences at local Princeton restaurants as part of my Senior Project."

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Chuck's Spring Street Cafe

Chuck's Spring Street Cafe
Chuck's Wings

Chuck’s Spring Street Café is notorious for having the best wings in town. From the moment you walk in the door, you know what you’re going to get. The buzzing fluorescent lights and plastic chairs offer only one explanation as to why the place is never empty: the wings must be that good. There are only a few spots in Princeton that sacrifice physical appearance for quality of food and manage to stay in business. Hoagie Haven and Chuck’s don’t offer the elegance or polish that Panera and Olives have, but their food keeps the people coming even if it’s served on paper plates and dirty tables.

Many modern restaurants will serve many different sauces with their wings and offer varying levels of heat, but not at Chuck’s. They serve the one classic recipe they believe in. You better be ready to get your hands dirty because the wings are covered in sauce, and there’s no way you’re getting away clean. These are wings done right. They’re hot but not too hot and have just the right amount of meat. When wings are too big, they are harder to cook correctly, often leaving the inside dry and untouched by the sauce. Blue Cheese and celery sticks accompany every order of wings to give your taste buds a little break from so much flavor.

While most famous for their wings, Chuck’s has a relatively large menu. If you’re not looking for the hands-on, messy experience, the Buffalo Popcorn Chicken is a great substitute: small, boneless bites of chicken packing just as much punch as the wings.  Another popular choice is the cheesesteak. Proportionally, it is smaller than a Hoagie Haven sub and has a little less steak, but nevertheless, it’s a good choice. Chuck’s serves almost anything from hotdogs and burgers to fish & chips and crab cakes.

The owner is very sweet and is always happy to bring your food to you and help clear your plate. The service is very good, and it’s hard to leave in a bad mood. Almost every Super Bowl party I’ve been to has had Chuck’s wings and thankfully so. Although, Chuck’s is certainly a hole in the wall, it’s the place to go if you’re looking for good, classic wings in Princeton.

16 Spring Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 921-0027
Open 7 Days a week

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