The first Idaho location of Buffalo Wild Wings is now open in Meridian next to St. Luke’s hospital that is earning a lot of buzz! Buffalo Wild Wings at 3223 E. Louise Drive is part of a chain that started years ago back in Minnesota and is purported to be one of the fastest growing restaurants in the United States. We arrived towards the end of the lunch hour and found the place hopping with lots of young people playing poker and trivia on hand held devices. It was a Tuesday which we learned was “Wild Wing Day” with .45 cent wings all day long. Thursday is .60 cent boneless.
We were seated near the front door. The large projection screens mounted near the ceiling were not very visible because the light pouring through the glass doors on a sunny spring day made it difficult to view the picture. Had we known this we’d have opted to sit in the large bar area which offers better views of the televisions.
Buffalo Wild Wings is known for their wings, and their sauce. There are 14 kinds of signature barbecue sauce ranging all the way from sweet & mild to something called blazin’. The mid-spice range sauces are the most popular: Honey BBQ, Spicy Garlic and Asian Zing. We loved the spicy barbecue sauce, Asian Zing, on the half dozen tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken wings. Tangy, sticky and delicious!
There are sandwiches, wraps, burgers, chicken tenders & wings, ribs and combo plates to choose from. A red star depicts customer favorites on the menu. We ordered Honey Barbeque Chicken Salad ($7.29) and Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger ($7.99). Our entrees weren’t as exciting as the wings. My salad was not very large and was poorly presented in a black plastic container. Iceberg lettuce with freshly shaved carrots contained disheveled shredded cheese on one side, chicken in the middle, and pico de gallo on the other side. A small plastic cup held the dressing. This was by far one of the poorest salad presentations ever seen. What’s with all the plastic? Al Gore would have a fit! The only redeeming quality was the juicy barbecued chicken in the salad. The cheeseburger was good but a bit overcooked for our liking (all meat at Buffalo Wild Wings is cooked medium-well) and was missing the barbecue sauce. The flavorless paper-thin bacon did not enhance the burger in any way. Accompanying fries were tasteless. If a teenager leaves fries sitting on a plate you know something isn’t quite right!
Service was inattentive. We asked the waitress for mustard; twice. Beverage refills were never provided and had to be requested. Our check was brought to the table with the assumption we would not be ordering dessert. That’s too bad as there’s cheesecake, apple pie and a chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream, all priced at $4.79. We left with the impression the servers are given too many tables and can’t keep tabs on everyone, or perhaps a much larger lunch crowd showed up than expected? It was, after all, Wing Day! Since this restaurant has only been open for a few months we’ll let them get a few kinks worked out then return again because the wings sure are great, the crowd is young, and the atmosphere is lively!
Happy Hour (as of April 2009) is $1 off all drinks, Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 pm.
From 10 pm until closing, nightly, get $1 off all drinks and .45 cent wings.
Visit their web site for directions and a menu at www.buffalowildwings.com