’Tis Dining Month, the tastiest time of year! This means we’re dishing up fun and fascinating food content throughout October. Dig in, Milwaukee!
Each Wednesday during October – Dining Month at OnMilwaukee – we’ll stop in to try the wings at a local restaurant and share our thoughts and photos.
Steny’s Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd. St., (414) 414) 672-7139
Wings prices are through the roof these days as many restaurants struggle even just to get enough to meet demand. That means some places, like Steny’s, is selling wings at a fluctuating “market price.” When I stopped in the last week of September, that price was $11.25 per half dozen. You can order in six-wing quantities up to 24 and the price per six remains the same.
On the mild end there is butter garlic parmesan, teriyaki and honey BBQ, with the latter being extra saucy. Just below medium are mild Buffalo and Lucky 13 dry rub. Then there’s medium Buffalo, as well as a jerk dry rub and the saucy sweet and spicy garlic. On the hotter side there are Cajun, the extra saucy hot and honey, and hot.
You can get one flavor per order, but – hot tip – order two half-dozens instead of a dozen and you can choose two flavors.
Size and shape
Steny’s balances the wings baskets nicely with three drummettes and three flats in each half-dozen order and the wings were average to large in size.
Steny’s wings are among the most beloved in town and it’s easy to see why.
While there’s not the overabundance of flavors you’ll find at some places, Steny’s offers a good range and variety. I tried the mild Buffalo and the Lucky 13 and both had a nice tang and spice that wasn’t overwhelming.
The wings were juicy and even the Buffalo wasn’t drowning in sauce.
The price was a bit high, but it’s hard to fault Steny’s for that, since it’s a bigger issue in the industry.
Service was prompt and friendly.
I give Steny’s top marks.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.