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Taking a Dive at William Penn

Original buffalo
Original buffalo.

William Penn Tavern in Shadyside is the quintessential college bar. Drink specials line the walls and an outdoor tented area makes you feel both beautiful and dirty at the same time. And they have a food menu to go with that, filled with all the usual bar food suspects. You know, the things that take up just enough stomach space and soak up enough alcohol to keep you drinking all night.

It also turns out that unlike many places reliant upon premade sauces, William Penn makes their own buffalo sauce for their wings and I had to try it out. At $8.50 for ten, the price isn’t bad. And as a bonus, celery and carrots don’t automatically come with them. I know I have said it before, but it is amazing how important this is to me.

It turned out that the wings were pretty good. I was a fan of the buffalo sauce, which had a unique, but familiar flavor. The wings definitely could have been meatier and it wouldn’t have hurt to make the sauce spicier, but overall I was pleased. Or at least as pleased as anyone with a few beers in them could hope to be with bar food.