Buffalo wings, which are deep-fried chicken wings served with sauce and sides, continue to be a hot commodity in the restaurant industry. This isn’t surprising as Buffalo wings have the right balance of tastes and textures from the crispiness of the skin to the flavorful, tender and juicy meat, which are enhanced by the sauce.
Today, the United States has dozens of chains with Buffalo wings-centric menus. These include Wings Etc. and Buffalo Wild Wings, both of which are considered as regional restaurant chains.
Just as its name implies, Wings Etc. restaurants are known for their wide selection of Buffalo wings and sauces. The chicken wings are usually larger in size than many of its competitors’ chicken wings, which is a plus for its regular patrons. The average consumption is 10 wings for every person in a single setting although many diners can down nearly twice the number.
The Jumbo Buffalo Wings are the bestselling items on the menu for good reasons. The restaurant has achieved the right balance between the number of chicken wings and the amount of sauce – the deep-fried chicken are neither lacking in nor swimming in sauce. Where other chicken wings have sodden meat, the Wings Etc. versions maintain their crispy skin as well as their juicy, succulent and flavorful qualities in the meat.
The chicken wings are also served piping hot so the satisfying burn on your mouth and throat as you eat them can be enjoyed. The sauce that comes with them enhance these qualities, too, and the choices are just impressive. There are 18 sauces inspired by different cuisines so you have Jerkin’ Barbie (Caribbean with mildly spicy barbecue flavors), The Wall (Mexican with habanero peppers), and Me-So-Spicy (Asian with a sweet and spicy profile).
If you’re into extra-hot sauces, you should gun for the Wall of Flame Challenge. You will be required to eat 16 Buffalo Wings with a generous ladling of The Wall sauce – and you’re not allowed to use wet wipes, drinks, and bathroom breaks to ease the burn of the extremely hot sauce. You may just find just find your photo on the restaurant’s wall.
The Wings Etc. restaurants also serve sides, salads and sandwiches as well as burgers. Diners can also choose from 30 beers on tap in the full bar.
The Buffalo Wild Wings chain of restaurants focus on three things – wings, beer, and sports. You will immediately see such focus as soon as you see the menu with its emphasis on Buffalo wings and beer.
The chicken wings are also plump, juicy and succulent as well as prepared in the New York style, which partly accounts for their delicious flavors. These are available in two versions, namely, the traditional wings and the boneless wings. The second version consists of all-white chicken wings that have been lightly breaded and deep-fried before being served with your preferred sauce.
The number of choices in sauce are fewer than in many of Buffalo Wild Wings’ competitors. But quantity is beaten by quality in case of Buffalo Wild Wings since every sauce on the menu has its own fans. The sauce choices include Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Wild, Bourbon Honey Mustard, Teriyaki, and Sweet BBQ.
There are also chicken tenders and chicken legs, which can also be topped with the sauces. The menu also features appetizers, tacos, burgers, and salads, as well as desserts that go along well with the beers, wines, and sodas.
Like the Wings Etc., the Buffalo Wild Wings has its challenge, too, known as the Blazin Wing Challenge. Contestants should eat 12 chicken wings with the hottest sauce in six minutes or less. The winners have their photos placed on a wall and get a free shirt.
The Wings Etc. locations combine the family-friendly vibe of a casual dining restaurant and a pub with a full bar. The dining crowd usually consists of groups of young professionals, businessmen, and even senior executives who are enjoying their lunches and dinners. On weekends, the restaurants become hangouts for people who want to enjoy good food with good company.
The restaurants also have flat-screen televisions with sports shows on them. The places can be packed during major games in basketball, football, and baseball, sometimes with the patrons occasionally yelling their encouragement and frustration.
The casual ambiance and sports-themed décor are also true for Buffalo Wild Wings locations. For this reason, your choice between the two chains will largely boil down to your proximity to any of its restaurants, your preference in the food and drinks, and your budget.
The feature that differentiates Wings Etc. from Buffalo Wild Wings is the kid-friendly video games available in the latter. You will then see families with the kids playing videogames while waiting for their orders or while waiting for the adults to finish their meals.