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I see that a new location is about to open on Dundas near Winston Churchill. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? The only other wing chain that I have tried is Wild WIng which did not impress.

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  1. I think this is the chain that "Wild Wings" was trying to impersonate up here. I have never been to one before but curious to hear how it is. You could probably get a sense for it by seeing if there is any discussion about it in the "chains" section here.

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    1. re: ylsf

      I agree with your comment that Wild Wings was a not so good knock off of Buffalo Wild Wings. I've been to several locations... Tucson, Buffalo and Hamilton. As described by others, the restaurant is a great sports bar with multiple screens showing several different games. They have a great wing menu with both sauces and rubs indicated, including relative "heat". I think it will be a good addition to the Meadowvale area. Might even give it a go tomorrow before seeing my fried star in Young Frankenstein at the Meadowvale Theatre.

    2. It's a good thing! I love their restaurant at Winston Churchill and Argentia. The sports bar half of the joint is great for watching the game and the wings are excellent. .65 wing specials two nights of the week. Order any size in any denomination you like and you get to bring the leftovers home (a lot of places don't let you do that on wing special nights). The boneless wings are great too. A lot of interesting sauces too; a lot choices but nothing silly. Easily the best spot for wings in Mississauga, IMHO. It blows away Wild Wing --- not even close!

      1. DH and I ended up here a in September and have been back twice since then. The wings, we were told, are fresh, never frozen. IIRC, they also advised us that the chickens were grain fed.

        They are a bit bigger than fryer wings but smaller than buffalo wings. Or maybe the are proper sized buffalo wings without the steriods.

        We loved the wings. It reignited my wing addiction that I had successfully kicked in the past. They are cooked perfectly crisp. You can taste that they are not frozen. We enjoy them so much that we both get only salt and pepper on the wings with sauce on the side. They don't even need sauce they are so good.

        Also, service has been great each time. Staff are friendly and attentive. They also offer games (like trivia) to play at your table on a console type thing. They have many TV's in the bar area so great place to watch sports.

        The location we have been to all three times, is the Dundas/Winston Churchill one.

        For reference, I did not at all like the Wild Wings chain but this chain is doin it right! It sucks they beat out a Canadian Chain but I can clearly see why.

        1. I've tried them twice in the US.
          Severe MSG reaction both times (different sauces).

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          1. re: estufarian

            I always thought this MSG "reaction" thing was an over sensitive treehugger thing. That is until I recently ordered General Tso chicken from SZECHUAN SZECHUAN in Vaughn (based on recs from this board BTW).

            Literally sat there monitoring my irregular pounding pulse as I almost passed out. Yeah, maybe a small pinch of MSG is not a problem, but wow ...

            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              It might have been something else in the food. No scientific study has ever found any evidence of a reaction to MSG. Except for people who claim they are allergic and react to food that's free of MSG in double blind studies.

              Same goes for gluten intolerance in non-celiacs.

              http://www.newscientist.com/article/d...

              1. re: hal2010

                To any scientists (not journalists) out there, I volunteer to be tested. Just be prepared for a wait, as my symptoms take 4-6 hours to evolve.
                That article also talked about headaches (which I don't experience) and 'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome' - which I've never claimed.

                Last night I got the same reaction - which I tentatively ascribe to some Perogies I was served (although it could have been the sausage).

                1. re: estufarian

                  i am no scientist, but do love a good experiment...

                  have you ever self tested your own threshold? or is it zero?

                  maybe add gradually increasing doses of pure msg to say ground meat and sample daily until you experience a reaction.

                  - khao san road

                  1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                    I also react to MSG, but I think it might be a reaction to the cumulative amount of sodium, including the MSG, salt and any other sodium and/or MSG-containing ingredients.

                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                      For emphasis, I've NEVER encountered the reaction after eating at Khao San Road. Do you add MSG?
                      I get the reaction maybe a half-dozen times a year, but I eat out more times than that.
                      I recall a 'Japanese steak cook-in-front-of-you' place that made a great show of sprinkling the salt from a high reach. After twice getting the reaction, I checked and it wasn't salt - it was MSG!
                      My guess is that it must exceed a certain level.

                      1. re: estufarian

                        we do not add msg. but msg can be found in a few of the products we use such as a thai soy sauce. tho its likely in such trace amounts once brewed into our sauces.

                        - khao san road

                        1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                          Of course - many foods contain small quantities of MSG.
                          But please don't test the theory next time I visit!
                          You're a chef/owner not a scientist, Jim!

                          1. re: estufarian

                            hahaha!

                            we are acutely aware of such issues and therefore i only keep msg stocked at home. coincidentally, we also keep the salt in far reach as to make sure the importance not to over-salt.

                            - khao san road

                1. re: ThoughtForFood

                  After wasting 10 minutes watching the link, I do not experience headaches or nausea, so this was totally irrelevant.
                  It might have been a good idea to investigate my symptoms before supposedly refuting them.
                  MOST interestingly for me were the listed comments to Part 1 - especially
                  "Aspartame converts to glutamate in the body" which I never knew before (assuming it is true - because it must be; I read it on the Internet).
                  And I get the same reaction from aspartame - except I'm able to taste that (I can't taste MSG - my body just reacts to it, as does AmuseGirl's - but in a different way).