Though Iâ€™ve had a yen for wings of late, Iâ€™m not all that familiar with Buffalo Wild Wings, which before last week Iâ€™d visited exactly once, for this.Â
I canâ€™t say that Iâ€™m biased against it because itâ€™s a chain, nor can I say Iâ€™ve actively avoided it in any way. The fact of the matter is simply that Milwaukee has so many great wings places that Iâ€™ve just never passed those up to go to BW3.
But last week, flying solo for dinner with the kids, I was in the mood for wings and whether or not itâ€™s possible, I decided I wasnâ€™t going to bring them to McGinnâ€™s or Leffâ€™s or Club Garibaldi for dinner.
But, we werenâ€™t far from the Mayfair Road BW3, so we stopped in. Here are a few things I learned during that experience as a chain wings newbie...
- BW3 is extremely kid-friendly. There are eight items on the kids menu â€“ including two wings options â€“ that run from $3.99 to $4.39 and are a good value.
- BW3 is extremely kid-friendly, part two. When we arrived, the kids were offered coloring sheets and crayons. No surprise. They were also offered game-filled tablets. Big surprise and one that kept the kids happy during the meal.
- BW3 apparently serves a lot more than wings, but, honestly, I didnâ€™t go there for a salad.
- The wings are fairly meaty, though by no means the meatiest Iâ€™ve had in Milwaukee. Iâ€™d rate them "average."
- There are nearly two dozen sauces and seasonings for wings at BW3. In terms of sheer variety, itâ€™s pretty much got everyone beaten.
- Iâ€™ll come back for the salt and vinegar dry wings and the classic buffalo is pretty good, too, but the honey mustard had a pedestrian flavor that didnâ€™t really do it for me. I admit there are about 18-20 more I need to try.
- Anecdotally speaking and without having done a careful, scientific price comparison across all purveyors, the wings at BW3 seemed expensive to me, clocking in at a bit over a buck apiece. But that could be explained by my knack for showing up to most places on wing night.
- If Iâ€™m out with adults looking for great wings, BW3 wouldnâ€™t be among my top four or five choices. But next time Iâ€™m with the kids and craving wings, Iâ€™d definitely go back.
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