Buffalo Wild Wings suggestions
Hi All. I live near Oshawa and the chain "Buffalo Wild Wing" is spreading its wings in to Canada and will soon open a location in Oshawa. I realize it is a chain restaurant, but not having had visited any American restaurants of theirs, does anyone have any reviews of their food/wings or any suggestions to try? Thanks.
I travel a lot for work, and sometimes work late into the day. When I can't find a local restaurant that suits my tastes and schedule, my fall-back is often Buffalo Wild Wings (especially on Tuesday night - wing night) I very much enjoy their wings. Are they the best I've had? I don't think so, but the are always good and they have a number of different flavors and heat levels to appeal to everyone. I like a lot of their sauces, and in general prefer hotter to milder, but my favorite is definitely "Spicy Garlic". A little hotter than medium, and always tasty. The curious thing is, and I've had others agree with me on this, is that some nights certain sauces seem hotter than other nights. That makes no sense, because you know that it's a chain and that the sauce comes in some kind of pre-made bucket or something, but it still happens. Maybe sometimes there is just more sauce on the wings. I don't know, and it's not a problem, more like a welcome surprise. Anyway, great wings and, at most locations, a wide selection of draft beers (avoid the Bud Light/Coors Light/Miller Lite crap, of course!) is more than enough to keep me coming back. I was recently in southern Calif. for 10 days and ate one night in the a "BeeDubs" there (son was craving wings...we ate local or regional stuff all other nights) and though the bartender said they didn't have any "local" beers (turns out she didn't know what she was talking about), she did serve a brew from Kona brewing in HI that had toasted coconut flavor in it. Wonderful! but I digress... try some wings, and let us know what you think. Good luck!
We just stopped in to pick up take-out. It was our first visit to a BWW. For hot wings we do like traditional Buffalo wings. We always stop at Duff's when we're in Buffalo and, also like the Anchor Bar's hot wings. In the burbs, we tend to go to Wild Wings. Just to give you a bit of context for our feedback.
In our view, the wings from Buffalo Wild Wings were good but not great. We tried 5 different flavours:
The wings themselves were not flavourful, we really found they needed the sauce or seasoning to bring them to life. Even the blue cheese dip didn't have much flavour.
Of the wings we tried, our favourite was the Spicy Garlic. The sauce coated the wings well and wasn't goopy or sticky. The flavour of the garlic definitely comes through and the heat was medium.
Here's what we thought of the rest:
Desert Heat: a dry wing with a light, uneven dusting of seasoning that was not hot at all. The predominant flavour in the seasoning was chili powder however there was so little seasoning, it really wasn't that prevalent.
Mango Habanero - sweet, hot, gooey, sticky sauce that didn't have a real mango flavour just sweet, a bit of tang and hot. Too sloppy and not very flavourful for us.
Buffalo - surprisingly, this is a dry seasoned wing vs the authentic Buffalo wing. The wings were lightly and unevenly coated. The seasoning was flavourful but there wasn't enough of it to make a real impact. We didn't find them hot at all.
Hot - These look more like a traditional Buffalo wing. The sauce was hot but not especially flavourful. They were not as good as the hot wings from Wild Wing (the other wing chain).
On the plus side, we did like the fact that you could buy wings in 5's so you could sample different flavours. 5 wings cost $4.99 and if you buy 20 wings, they charge $19.49 so you get a tiny discount but get to try 4 flavours.
On the other hand, what we didn't like was the fact that the wing sizes varied a fair bit. 4 of our 25 wings were either quite tiny or, "injured" (missing a piece of meat).
So, next time we have a craving for wings and we're not up for the drive to Buffalo, we'll be going back to Wild Wings which we feel produces a superior product to Buffalo Wild Wings.
Thanks for the review! Very similar to my experience at a BWW south of the border (though I don't know about your conclusion that Ont. Wild Wings is better).
Just to add to it, "Blazin" the hottest sauce they have, is pretty gross. It is fairly spicy (nowhere near the level of Duff's Armageddon), but it is just weird tasting! It isn't red; it's black. It tastes nothing like tabasco sauce. So just be warned, better to stick with the "Hot" mentioned above if you're looking for a true Buffalo wing experience.