Calgary Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

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I have been longing for some buffalo wings since I left New York. A local friend recommended Buffalo Wild Wings so we decided to give it a try. We visited the one on Macleod Trail.

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The restaurant is very spacious, dividing into dining and bar sections. There are some tables outdoor, but since the weather is quite chill in October, no one was sitting outside. The restaurant is more like a sports bar. You can see big TV screens hanging all over the place, streaming sports.  There were a few tables of customers when we arrived at 5:30 pm. At around 6 pm, the restaurant was already fully packed with crowds.

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The restaurant is known for its wings. If you are looking for food other than wings, it also serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, wraps…etc.

For wings, there are traditional vs boneless wings. Once you have decided the type of wings you would like, you choose the serving size and the seasoning/sauces to go with your wings. (For “single” serving, there are approximately 10 wings and you may choose 2 seasonings/sauces; for “double” serving, there are about 20 wings and you may choose up to 4 different seasonings/sauces).

"Double" size traditional wings with salt and pepper,  parmesan garlic, honey bbq, and jammin jalapeno sauces. (starting from top left corner, clockwise)

“Double” serving traditional wings with salt and pepper, parmesan garlic, honey bbq, and jammin jalapeno sauces. (starting from top left corner, clockwise)

Kev and I ordered a “double” serving traditional wings with 4 different seasonings/sauces. The least spicy seasoning is salt and pepper. With the dry seasoning, you can really taste the crispiness and juiciness of the chicken. In contrast, the signature sauces have stronger flavors. Honey BBQ sauce is sweeter and less spicy than I expected (on the menu, it is at the sizzlin’ level). The sweetness is just about right. Not like “dessert” type of sweet, which is a good thing. The parmesan garlic sauce is a little bit more spicy and the cheesy taste just doesn’t really go well with the chicken wings. The jammin jalapeno sauce is really spicy that it bit my tongue and stung my lips. I had to drink a couple of water to cool myself down. Phew.

"Single" serving traditional wings with salt &  pepper and salt & vinegar seasonings.

“Single” serving traditional wings with salt & pepper and salt & vinegar seasonings.

Our friend ordered the single serving traditional wings with 2 different seasonings- salt & pepper and salt & vinegar. The salt & vinegar seasoning goes really well with the wings. All of us think it is the best seasoning/sauce of all we tried that night. The sour taste of the vinegar really makes the chicken more delicious!

Personally, I don’t have a preference towards seasonings or sauces. If you are someone who is adventurous, you might like sauces more because you have more options for flavors. But be cautious that the sauce can be too strong flavored that it masks the original taste of the chicken.

One more thing I would like to comment on is that the service is quite slow there. Don’t go there with empty stomach. You see quite a few servers walking around; however, it is hard to get their attention when you actually need them.

My review: This place is like a family homemade chocolate bar. The food takes a while to be ready. It is better to go with a bigger crowd of people so that you can order a bigger portion of food to share and try on different flavors.

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