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Surprised by a great lunch at Tavern on the Hill in CHill

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Walked out of Chestnut Hill Coffee hungry yesterday and for some reason decided to check out the Tuesday Wings special at the Tavern on the Hill, a place so unassuming that I usually forget it's there. I was alone inside and the dark wood interior was a little forbidding at 1 o'clock on a summer afternoon, but I sat with a paper and ordered the wings, medium-hot (at 1/2 price all day on Tuesdays, it was a $3.75 lunch, so I figured at worst I'd be out a few bucks).

What a great surprise! Delicious wings with a nicely balanced sauce, house-made blue cheese dressing (instead of the usual glop from a plastic tub that's mostly corn syrup) and very fresh veggies on the side. When I make wings at home I deep-fry them; these were clearly grilled (they must have one of those stove-top grills in the kitchen) and the skin was perfectly crisp with little strips of char.

They were really good, and the careful preparation seems like a good omen for the rest of the menu. I'd never been there before but I heard the waitress telling another customer (who arrived when I was nearly done) that they'd recently redone the interior. It looked nice - dark and comfortable.

I'll be back to check out the rest of the food.

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