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Wild Wings challenging Duff's on Bayview

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tochowchick Jun 11, 2010 11:06 AM

Just noticed today that Wild Wings is going to open on the west side of Bayview at Millwood...was a coffee/donut shop a while ago and has had a couple of other failed ventures since. Will be interesting to see if they can make a go of it with the line-ups at Duff's just up the street.

  1. Breadcrumbs Nov 13, 2010 10:51 AM

    IMHO, if its Buffalo wings you crave, no one can touch Duffs. Had Anchor Bar on a recent trip to Buffalo and agree with what others have said... while they invented them, Duffs had perfected them.

    Wild Wing is fine if you're looking for something a little different or when Duffs isn't an option. I tend to prefer their "Naked Wings" like the Spicy Lemon also their "Farmers Daughter" wings are pretty good. What I find really annoying about this place though is the fact that they limit how many flavours you can select if you opt to buy a muli-pack option. For example, one order of wings has 9 pieces, to benefit from a reduced price on a 36 piece order you must only pick 2 flavours. It doesn't make any sense.

    1. duckdown Nov 13, 2010 10:37 AM

      I will never understand how so many of these Wild Wing's are popping up everywhere (and surviving!). The prices are terrible and so are the portions, and the wings don't do anything for me either. Do people really eat here?

      Duff's should kill them unless stupid Toronto hipsters and their love for chains dictates otherwise..

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      1. re: duckdown
        aser Nov 13, 2010 11:02 AM

        I would think hipsters ride for independent operators, and not "chains".

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        section 6 photography Nov 13, 2010 10:10 AM

        wild wings go away...duffs is too good....

        1. duckdown Jun 12, 2010 03:34 PM

          I think they're terrible, and bloody expensive. We looked into feeding a few friends at home and getting a takeout order there, was blown away by how few wings $50 will get you

          Skip them both, iMO

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            Toronto Fastfoodie Jun 12, 2010 03:41 PM

            Actually, I really love Wild Wings. Am happy that there is one moving closer to home. Am definitely seeing a Wild Wings/Duffs/Bistro wing competition party at my place in the near future.

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              sumdumgoy Jun 13, 2010 04:49 AM

              Are Wild Wings breaded?

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                blitz Jun 13, 2010 08:01 AM

                yep they are breaded and deep fried. they're quite similar to the quality and taste/flavours of all stars. except they actually tell u what the flavour is versus a random name like hot blonde. however, there is a noticeable difference in the hardness/softness/bite of the meat versus all stars. can't quite put my finger on it...

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                  C mac Jun 13, 2010 08:46 AM

                  I've been to WW twice. I wouldn't say the wings are bad but definitely nothing to wright home about. My second visit with about 20 people and everyone felt the same so it wasn't just me.

                  1. re: blitz
                    Davwud Jun 13, 2010 08:54 AM

                    I much prefer All Star Ribs and Wings based on there's more flavours that I seem to like. I drive past several WW to go to AS.

                    I find that WW is a bit mushier a wing where AS has more chew to it. Take that for what it's worth.

                    AS also has an unbreaded option which, much to my surprise, I liked better. I like breaded wings but maybe my tastes are changing as I age.

                    DT

            2. Kagemusha Jun 12, 2010 01:40 PM

              Though probably the darling of 905 strip mall landlords, these things are a blight around Mississauga, like the chain dollar stores. Unlike those schlock dens, WWs seem mostly dead and empty--thanks in many cases to horrid locations. Feel sorry for the franchise holders who I suspect are getting the "Subway" treatment--too many shops in too small an area. Product is pretty dull.

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                maple99 Jun 12, 2010 10:16 AM

                Do you mean the US chain Buffalo Wild Wings, or jsust some place called Wild Wings?

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                  tochowchick Jun 12, 2010 10:54 AM

                  I think it's this place

                  http://www.bestchickenwings.com/

                  Never been to one before but they have lots of locations and seem to be expanding...

                  Anyone want to comment on their food???

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                    jmarcroyal Jun 12, 2010 01:18 PM

                    Yea Wild Wings is a pretty decent place, I believe it started outside Toronto around the GTA and now they are starting to come into Toronto, theres a location at Victoria Park and Ellesmere and another location in Kennedy Commons(Kennedy south of 401) in Scarborough.

                    Anyway, they are one of those chains that has a ton of different flavors, more then 50 I believe, but theres some tasty flavors for sure. Their Wings are decent size, I forgot if they are breaded its been a while, but I like em anyway. They also have a bunch of great signature fries, check the site above.

                    I had their ceasar salad last time I was there and it was served in a crisp tortilla bowl, it was great.

                    Overall I think its a good place, but its not a pure buffalo wing type place.

                    1. re: jmarcroyal
                      Davwud Jun 13, 2010 08:51 AM

                      They are breaded and I'm not sure if they come unbreaded as an option.

                      They're pretty good as you say. There's one really close to my house and it's fine enough to go to. I found a flavour I really like the girls are great. The owner is quite laid back so it has a nice feel. I also watched the Canada/Russia Olympic game so now I have a great memory of the place which helps.

                      All in all, I'd go to Duff's but I don't live in the area. If I did, I'd switch it up. I guess they're trying to be the alternative for people in the area.

                      DT

                      1. re: Davwud
                        aser Nov 13, 2010 10:31 AM

                        They used to be un-breaded and quite good, when locations were still restricted to Barrie, Markham etc. Their ambitious expansion plans coincided w/ the breading of the wings, which I'm not a fan of.

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