BW3 makes good wings, but what it does best out of all wings places is cater to kids.
BW3 makes good wings, but what it does best out of all wings places is cater to kids.

8 things I learned about BW3

Though I’ve had a yen for wings of late, I’m not all that familiar with Buffalo Wild Wings, which before last week I’d visited exactly once, for this

I can’t say that I’m biased against it because it’s a chain, nor can I say I’ve actively avoided it in any way. The fact of the matter is simply that Milwaukee has so many great wings places that I’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 it’s possible, I decided I wasn’t going to bring them to McGinn’s or Leff’s or Club Garibaldi for dinner.

But, we weren’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...

  1. BW3 is extremely kid-friendly. There are eight items on the kids menu – including two wings options – that run from $3.99 to $4.39 and are a good value.
  2. 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.
  3. BW3 apparently serves a lot more than wings, but, honestly, I didn’t go there for a salad.
  4. The wings are fairly meaty, though by no means the meatiest I’ve had in Milwaukee. I’d rate them "average."
  5. There are nearly two dozen sauces and seasonings for wings at BW3. In terms of sheer variety, it’s pretty much got everyone beaten.
  6. I’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 didn’t really do it for me. I admit there are about 18-20 more I need to try.
  7. 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.
  8. If I’m out with adults looking for great wings, BW3 wouldn’t be among my top four or five choices. But next time I’m with the kids and craving wings, I’d definitely go back.


ozricale | Dec. 16, 2014 at 9:56 a.m. (report)

I've been going to the new Buffalo Wild Wings in Germantown and really like it. The Desert Heat dry rub wings are my favorite.

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