Buffalo Wild Wings – Grill & Bar

50633 Valley Frontage Rd
St. Clairsville, OH 43950 
(740) 695-2800
Is Buffalo Wild Wings the largest national wing franchise?  I’m not sure.  A quick google search yielded a lot of info on franchises…but nothing that answered my question.  It doesn’t matter anyway.  The point is that Buffalo Wild Wings seems to be the largest national wing franchise.  They are constantly expanding, building new restaurants, and their publicly traded stock has gone through the roof in the last year.  If you spend even just a little bit of time online reading about hot, chicken, or buffalo wings…you eventually arrive at someone raving and recommending Buffalo Wild Wings.  You’ll also see stories about people who don’t live near one wishing that they did.  And you’ll hear tales of people road-tripping far from home just to try Buffalo Wild Wings.  Well, I've finally got around to reviewing the big wing chain that's practically in my backyard. 

But I’m biased.  Here in the Ohio Valley we’ve had Buffalo Wild Wings nearby for more than 10 years!  And even though I haven’t had their wings in quite a long time…I’d estimate that they still are the wings I’ve had the most.  In college…late 90s/early 2000s…we were there each and every single Tuesday night for wing night.  Back then they were 25 cents each! Then, following college, we were there each and every Friday night to kick off our drinking for the weekend.  

So you see…these wings are old news to me.  They’re not new.  They’re not flashy.  I have not fallen victim to the massive advertising campaign that’s been sweeping commercial breaks during sporting events for the last few years.  I know them.  They know me.  

45 cents per wing...still a good deal.
Although I’m not a professional writer, reviewer or eater…I do think that I can act professionally and put my biases aside for the sake of a good review.  (From here on, “Buffalo Wild Wings” will be referred to as BW3s…cuz I’m tired of writing it out.  More on the abbreviation to come.)

So, we headed to BW3s on a Tuesday night.  Wing Night!  They used to be 25 cents.  Then 30. The very quickly 35, 40 and 45 cents.  That’s where they stand today.  But that’s not really a fault of BW3s…they’re pretty much in line with other wing night prices.  

One nice thing is that the waitress will bring you as many wings as you want…at the same time.  (Other all-you-can-eat wing nights will limit how many wings you can order one time…think unlimited shrimp at a seafood place)  You must order a minimum of 5 wings.  Again, no problem.  Who in the hell would want one, two, three, or four wings anyway?  With that in mind, I ordered 5 Hot, 5 Wild, and 5 Parmesan Garlic.  15 wings for less than 7 bucks.  Lookin’ good so far. 

Wild
Parmesan Garlic
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When the wings arrived they were absolutely, straight-out-of-the fryer, steaming hot.  They looked good and smelled even better.  Each flavor was served separately in its own paper boat.  And each flavor had just the right amount of sauce coating each wing.  BW3s sauces are typically thick and creamy.  They really stick the wings.  Each sauce has its own unique flavor. The Parmesan Garlic was extra creamy and full of flavor.  It’s my favorite non-buffalo style sauce.  Even Hot and Wild represent very distinct steps on the Scoville Scale.  And that’s something that I really appreciate. 

I like places that have many options available in levels of heat for traditional buffalo style sauces.  Hot here is a true hot.  It brings heat and flavor and might be too much for most people.  There’s a mild and medium available for those buffalo seekers who don’t want to sweat.  The next step up in buffalo style sauces is the Wild sauce.  And it really warms you up.  Your eyes might water and your cheeks might sweat a little bit…but Wild remains tasty and is never a burden or an unwelcome challenge.  For the brave, (only once for me) there’s the Blazin’ sauce.  And the Blazin’ challenge exists for bragging rights if you’re into punishing yourself for no good reason. 
14 sauces in the lineup.  Plus dry rubs and special, limited time, sauces.

The size of each wing, drums and flappers, were all very large.  No complaints there!

Regular Prices in St. Clairsville, OH
There’s a lot of upside here and only one real drawback tonight.  Just as I remember from my many, many years spent gnashing wings at BW3s, the wings completely lose their crispiness after a short time.  They started out hot and crispy…but I’m not a beast and I like to actually enjoy myself as I eat…so it takes more than a few minutes to eat 15 wings.  By the end, they’ve gotten a little soggy.  It’s a drawback…but not a deal breaker.  The wings were meaty and not fatty…which was a saving grace once the crispiness was gone. 

BOTTOM LINE:  Very, very good.  The big chain got it right!  The wings at BW3s were soooo much better than I remember.  I stopped getting them years ago because they got smaller, more expensive and the overall quality had dropped.  That was 100% not the case tonight.  Tonight, I had large, meaty, hot, (mostly) crispy delicious wings.  Let’s hope tonight’s successful wing night represents the same tasty experience you’ll have at BW3s.


NOTE:  Buffalo Wild Wings used to be called “Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck”.  That’s where the third “W” comes from in the abbreviation “BW3s.”  I guess, maybe, I’ll always call it that.  And you’ll find lots of others still calling ‘em BW3s.  In addition, I call ‘em “B-dubs” when vocalizing it.   I also see lots of people online calling it “BWW”

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25 comments:

  1. the geezer8:56 PM

    8.5 for BW-3? WTF

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    1. Anonymous4:41 PM

      When I went to Buffalo Wild Wings my friend lost her retainer and they mad us look for it in 3 trash cans. They just rolled their eyes and said "whatever". I give them a rate of 000000!!!!

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    2. Anonymous5:31 PM

      Thats funny the same thing happened to me, but they were very nice and found it for me themselves.

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  2. @geezer. On that particular night bw3s earned an 8.5. I don't write reviews based on past experiences.

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  3. BDub's sauces are great but the chicken was average. You really thought the wings were meaty? Either way, keep up the good work.. loved the review.

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    1. There was a time just a couple of years ago that I stopped getting wings at Bdubs because they were so small. The wings were shrinking and prices were soaring. But on my last couple of trips...and particularly on this review...the wings were very good. Yep, pretty meaty.

      Thanks for the props! I'll be checking out your site too.

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  4. Anonymous11:52 AM

    The last time we visited Buffalo Wild Wings in Traverse City,MI they lost power right after we ordered lunch. So we had to eat inthe dark and no TV's!!!!! I thought that we may get compensated for this inconvienance but we didn't. Not Happy. b212g714@charter.net

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  5. My kids love Buffalo wings especially when they are grilled, that’s why we decided to buy additional charcoal grills. The next time that we’ll have an outdoor picnic, we’ll definitely try this Parmesan garlic recipe!

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    1. Anonymous12:17 PM

      Are you retarded?

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  6. Anonymous9:05 PM

    Asian Zing for the win!

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  7. Anonymous9:20 PM

    The service sucks and I will never go again...

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  8. Anonymous8:38 PM

    This is an anti 2nd amendment company, BOYCOTT!!!!

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    1. Anonymous12:18 PM

      Why do you feel the need to bring a pistol into B dubs?

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  9. Steve W11:22 AM

    Do not enter. I have a Carry Conceal because it is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights that I have the right to be armed and if Buffalo Wild Wings does not respect the Bill of Rights written by our Founding Fathers, then I have no respect for them as a business.

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    1. toystory2wasok3:00 PM

      You're an idiot.

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  10. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Terrible wings and service. Never again.

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  11. Anonymous12:52 PM

    You gunslingers make me laugh. The fact that BWW won't allow weapons in their franchises is all the more reason for me to go there. I'm a big fan of being able to eat next to others not playing cowboy or detective.

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  12. Anonymous9:16 PM

    April 27th 2014 09:14pm. We just felt buffalo wings and I love it. My first time and definitely won't be the last one. Great service salad and wings. Thank you!!!

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  13. Anonymous11:54 PM

    The food was okay, I'll give it that, but the service tonight was TERRIBLE. We did have a huge group, maybe about 20 people, but in our entire experience we were there for 3 hours! and most of it was waiting. We waited for about an hour at least to just get seated, and then we waited for God knows how long for food and drinks. The hottest wings were really spicy, which is what I like about it, but if you taste the sauce, it just tastes bad. The really good part of the night was when we got recognized for what we were celebrating. They assumed it was a birthday, but my friend and I were celebrating having just gotten our black belts, and they made an announcement just like it was a birthday. They even gave us hats that said sauce boss. If it weren't for the wait, this would've been a perfect experience.

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  14. Anonymous12:21 PM

    I stopped going to B Dubs for the exact same reaons, the cheap wing night was getting more expensive and the size of the wings was going down, down, down. You have inspired me to give them another try, but I'm not getting my hopes up these will be any good. Thanks for the post!

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  15. Sure. Give em another try. Theyre still not 'The best'. But they don't feel like an insulting rip off like they did for a while. I wish you luck.

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    1. Anonymous12:59 PM

      Thanks. I just remembered the other reason I stopped going there, and I would like your opinion on this. BDubs would charge you for ranch or blue cheese sauce. Like $.25 for a small cup. To me that is nickle and diming the customer. If you order wings you should get a container of sauce to dip, gratis, and it really rubbed me the wrong way they would charge you for some ranch. That was the other reason why I stopped going there, I forgot to mention that in my first comment. What is your feeling about charging for ranch or blue cheese when you order wings?

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    2. I agree with you. Its total BS to charge extra. An order should include 5 or 6 celery pieces and your choice of ranch or bleu. Its not jusy BDubs though...many places charge extra nowadays. Someplaces even get sneaky about it. Te waitress will ask you with the tone and implication that its included. Only to see it on your bill later. I, personally don't eat the ranch or bleu cheese...and often tell them that I dont want it even when it is included.

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  16. Anonymous7:36 PM

    THis is for BWW overall, not the noted site.
    Site is ok, service is good (depends on the server).
    FOOD IS HORRIBLE.
    Your frozen chicken wings- 0 Stars. Small tastless, sauces hide this some, but alot of the sauces are generic and gross.
    Chicken boneless - Over breaded and poor quality.
    It is clear your corporate model to squeeze out every profit dollar is taking a hit on quality, while seriously over charging for poor frozen foods.

    Salads -small and sometimes old lettuce.
    Hamburgers - Good, sad to see a "wing" place do a burger better than their wings...
    Pizza - ok. 5 on 10 scale.
    potato wedges, small portions.

    ADD - Sweet potato fries.

    Overall, your forced pricing from corporate all in the name of maximizing profits is sad. It driving food sales down.

    LISTEN TO YOUR CUSTOMERS and surveys.

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  17. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Showed up for the first time and we waited for 30 minutes on a thursday night and i couldnt believe how many waiters waitress there were. We never got served not even a drink, not even so much a simple face to say welcome. What a dump! I will not even think of returning to this nasty ass place.

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