BUFFALO WILD WINGS 



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Don’t Give Me A Home Where The Buffalo Roam

Cause I’ll Show You A House Full Of Sh*T


THE BUFFALO WILD WINGS LOCATIONS WE ATE AT WERE ALL BAD

LARGO   *   SARASOTA   *   PALM HARBOR

I state right at the bottom of this page the disappointment with BWW and  I would not eat at BWW for fear of dire consequence from my significant other because she called it “ Nothing but a loud sports bar with Crap food”.   (Quote)

She said there were a lot of other sports bars with better food and atmosphere in the area.  Since we had visited several and she was right.  Low and behold,  my frequent food partner and designated picky eater and taster won a gift certificate for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings in a Christmas  drawing.  

So we took up on the prize offer, (no collusion it was an auction drawing) and being at the mall made it a no-brainer.   Well,  this trip we learned some valuable lessons. But with the turnover in these places what do we see next.  This is a corporate beanie counter problem.  Never went back, bad again, never again.


BUFFALO WILD WINGS  THREE LOCAL PLACES  HAD BETTER WINGS
Wings are their theme, but I thought it was a bit pricey ( nice way for a critic to say “too frickin much”)  for chicken wings when you measured them against their taste 30 or so varieties, they brag about, and minutia sized  (A nice way for a critic to say (super small cheap wings)  which was nothing spectacular.  They were a low grade wing.

When you survey, looking for the best you develop a sense of what a good wing is and what a commercial grade B price per pound of imported frozen Chinese Chicken, Indonesia, Thailand or Europe is.  Theirs was the latter but like we say after the third beer, anything can taste good.  Go to Ker’s  (Recently sold, new owners promised not to change anything, the help verified it ) and the Hooters, and get what you pay for, better food and service.

This is a sports bar and wings are sports food, sort of a culinary Neanderthal, not quite Cro-Magnon touch to the noisy hooping and hollering male communion called “a Sports Bar”.  Basically quality food is superseded by the essential of a myriad of sauces and very cold beer.  Healthy?  No nothing in there is healthy, it’s sports food.  Lots of salt and deep frying, creates very few healthy choices on the menu here.  The sports bellies told the whole story.

The salad was a prepackaged mix, commonly used by chains but some of whom made the salmonella list this year.  I don’t want bagged salad with dressings in packages hand shoveled onto a plate.

SERVICE  DISAPPOINTING  
When we entered the newly opened establishment, located at the Largo Mall it was clean and had all the BWW Corpo decorations.  I asked for a table far from the bar realizing I couldn’t  even hear myself.   Shortly we were seated, as no one else was on line to get in.  Maybe five minutes. In Sarasota it took ten minutes to be acknowledged, another ten to get seated.  In Palm Harbor less time but it took longer to order because we had to scream over the noise.

Finally after ten minutes someone (aka the server) realized we were there.  A young typical college age server with the vocabulary of the times, "hey guys”, “ youz guys", and so forth.  We ordered 10 wings, half of them sweet Teriyaki  and half Parmesan cheese, with celery, blue cheese and two burgers for the entree. 

We only drink water, as my guest and I have been ordered by our doctors.  Soda is a drink compounded by three things that kill you, sugar, carbonic acid, and artificial  “God know what else they put in them”.    We ordered one of the burgers, a house special and one a relatively plain burger for my gal.  

We did not see our waitress nor the food for almost 35 minutes.  Neither did the other tables around us with four waitresses and they were not that busy at all. In fact one of the managers was busing the food out so something was not right.  The water never got refilled till we were leaving like an afterthought, tip time.  


BOTTOM LINE  ON THE FOOD

The wings were small, either grade three or four.  Way too crispy and overcooked.  The saving grace was drowning them in the commercial blue cheese.  They tasted fried to death, dried to death, probably sat under the heat lights too long and shrunken is the best word.  We left two as basically inedible.  

The burgers were horrid, basically overcooked beyond the 165 fahrenheit, no pink at all, just shrunk and brown throughout. One of the worst burgers I had this year even giving Wendy’s competition for the worst.  And the tab was outrageous for the quality and service.  Three strikes, seeeeya!  This was not worth 32.00.  Service was poor. Food was horrible. Prices were high.

I am done with this franchise and I have sent off a few letters to their corporate office.  I will not go back, because she will kill me if I even suggest it.

As a food critic, I get a chance, almost weekly following the market....too see who buys what wings from where... distributor, vendor, warehouse and now what COUNTRY, not what state, wings enter from the entire Asian peninsula but also Europe (4) And the second part is size and quality. 

Wings can be the most important $$$$ part of the chicken. $$$$ drives the markets. And the Dow will soon have a wing futures forecast (sic) You see in most foreign countries wings get thrown in the stock pot, here they sell for as much as the breast and tenderloins.

The last, being the most important point obviously.  Profitable is also involved in training help, with fast no prep work, as they come in bulk, frozen, right to the fryer, dip in a toss bowl and serve.

To be authentic, and if you just made them conventionally, you'll need to accompany your hot wings with fresh, crisp celery and blue cheese dressing, both of which are said to help ease the heat of the hot wings and thighs. 

I just don’t make it too hot, folks can add all the Aqua Regia or Molten Lava (an actual brand of hot-sauce)  they want, so the rest of us can watch their innards drip onto the floor in the TV show, ER TRAUMA TODAY… 

As you get older (and wiser) you adjust. Too many of the hot dishes today seem to be going ballistic with TV cooks dare-eating shows with hosts that have alimentary canals made of cast iron.  Later in life they will get to meet PBTN, the trifecta, Pepto Bismol, Tums and Nupercainal.   

I do however prefer a liberal amount of Coors, Miller Lite or Shock Top with a slice of orange added to kill the heat pain.  A six-pack for two is more than appropriate. The leftover sauce, I served it over rice for the veggies content that cooked with the wings. The sauce made a nice combo, I put it in a gravy bowl,  so remember to put out spoons and forks. The plates came back clean except for bones so I know they liked the veggies. 

Note: you can also bake the chicken in a 350-375  degree oven for about a half to 3/4 hour if you are not a pan frier and trying to save your arteries and veins. These are my wings I serve to guests and the recipe is here  WINGS ALA GRANDE

THREE LOCAL PLACES  HAD LOUSY TO BETTER WINGS  (HIT OR MISS)
Wings are their theme, but I thought it was a bit pricey ( nice way for a critic to say “too frickin much”)  for chicken wings when you measured them against their taste 30 or so varieties, they brag about, and minutia sized  (A nice way for a critic to say (super small cheap wings)  which was nothing spectacular.  They were a low grade wing.

When you survey, looking for the best you develop a sense of what a good wing is and what a commercial grade B price per pound of imported frozen Chinese Chicken, Indonesia, Thailand or Europe is.  Theirs was the latter but like we say after the third beer, anything can taste good.  Go to Ker’s  (Recently sold, new owners promised not to change anything, the help verified it, and so far we disproved it ) and the Hooters, and get what you pay for, better food and service.

This is a sports bar and wings are sports food, sort of a culinary Neanderthal, not quite Cro-Magnon touch to the noisy hooping and hollering male communion called “a Sports Bar”.  Basically quality food is superseded by the essential of a myriad of sauces and very cold beer.  Healthy?  No nothing in there is healthy, it’s sports food.  Lots of salt and deep frying, creates very few healthy choices on the menu here.

The salad was a prepackaged mix, commonly used by chains but some of whom made the salmonella list this year.  I don’t want bagged salad with dressings in packages hand shoveled onto a plate.

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