Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings

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cameron074
Cheeseburger
2008/10/19 20:06:40
Stanhope, N
Shakey Jakes

Sign posted outside of the restaurant:
"VOTED BEST WINGS IN 57 STATES BY 2 GUYS AT THE BAR"

I will concede that the wings at shakey jakes are delicious. They never claimed to have amazing buffalo wings, so I shouldn't have expected them. The wings were crispy and large, the perfect combo for a great wing. The sauce? What sauce? The bottom of the tray the wings were in was occupied by a terrible, awful, horrible watered down version of tabasco. The wings were plain, with no sauce sticking to them at all. It was a travesty. Avoid unless you enjoy your wings without sauce or bring your own.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/19 21:09:11
quote:
Originally posted by cameron074

Stanhope, N
Shakey Jakes
Can you tell us what state this is in?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/19 21:14:32
Avoid chain restaurants at all cost. None of them serve decent buffalo wings.
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/19 21:52:35
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

quote:
Originally posted by cameron074

Stanhope, N
Shakey Jakes
Can you tell us what state this is in?

According to weather.com there's a Stanhope, Iowa and a Stanhope, New Jersey...my guess is the OP is referring to NJ.

Brad
uncledaveyo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/19 22:42:42
And a quick Googling confirms that NJ is correct.
KonaErnie
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/19 23:14:59
If anybody noticed in his post, he typed Stanhope, N and forgot the "J". So yes, the correct answer is New Jersey.
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/20 10:18:35
I don't get the post. He says they are delicious, but then goes on to rip into them.
uncledaveyo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/20 10:24:11
Maybe he meant some sort of "Regular" wings were delicious. Indeed a mystery.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/20 11:47:36
Well cooked wings ... Lousy, poorly executed, sauce was my take on it.
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/20 12:57:47
to me if the sauce is bad the wings are bad.
cameron074
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/21 17:23:06
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

quote:
Originally posted by cameron074

Stanhope, N
Shakey Jakes
Can you tell us what state this is in?


My apologies, it's in Stanhope, NJ.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 12:53:48
quote:
Originally posted by Greymo

Avoid chain restaurants at all cost. None of them serve decent buffalo wings.


I haven't been to a Buffalo Wild Wings since 2003. However, while they do make other wings that are not Buffalo wings, the buffalo wings I had were very good. However, lord knows what has happened over the last five years. All I know, is that they were good then.

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 13:40:19
I do my best to avoid any place that serves the wings of chickens to human beings.
Foodosaurus
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 14:05:09
Michael - What does that even mean?
mar52
Sirloin
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 17:52:35
Does anyone know if Santora's in Las Vegas is still around?

They had the best wings. Of course they were my first back in 1981.

Haven't found any, anywhere as good.
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 18:14:47
quote:
Originally posted by fattybomatty

to me if the sauce is bad the wings are bad.

AGREE !!
I like the "mild" sauce to have just a little kick, and be nice and buttery...
In other words, I like the sauces to be true to their name.
In south Florida, I had the "mild" sauce at one joint, and it should have been labeled "HOT"!

But in this Stanhope case, it sounds like this place just called it "WINGS", so they are off the hook.
If they called them BUFFALO wings, then they certainly better have a good sauce to go with them !

I've seen 3 descriptions for wings :
1. Wings
2. hot wings
3. Buffalo wings

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 19:38:40
quote:
Originally posted by braunsteinm

Michael - What does that even mean?

It means that if God had intended for people to eat chicken wings she wouldn't have limited chickens to just two of them, and she'd more than likely have made them more appetizing in appearance.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 19:45:12
it is refreshing to know one man that realizes that God is a she!!
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 20:04:40
While I too applaude the use of the correct pronoun when refering to the supreme deity, you can throw the rest of the chicken away and just give me the wing, whole, naked, and deep fried in beef tallow till crispy, seasoned after frying, sauce on the side to be added so as not to make the wing soggy. I don't mind them served sauced or sectioned if they're fresh fried but I don't like them breaded with sauce.

Ever have a baked wing? After all, it is Halloween in a couple of days

Now if you're talking southern fried, then it's all good.

In the 90's, Buffalo Wild Wings in the Old City used to be okay, but when I used to go there, there was no competition so it was that or no chicken for you.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 22:08:48
I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/27 22:26:25
Nah, I don't like the bits either. I do make, so I'm told, a nice chicken liver terrine with lots of rosemary and a bit of orange zest and cognac but the other bits, no thanks.

Good for you though, a taste is all that should be expected.
mar52
Sirloin
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/10/28 00:17:21
No butts about it!
marzsit
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/12/22 06:26:48
ok, here's a place to avoid:

  pyramid ale house on 1st ave in seattle, across from safeco field. for $11, you get half a dozen breaded wing pieces coated with some sort of hot sauce.. i've had better wings at pizza hut...:(
myterry2
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/12/22 08:34:16
Not sure if this thread has any merit to comment on.
caver
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/12/27 02:36:07
I would definitely have to include Dominos wings.  They're some of the only ones I ever had that I just had to put down because I could not eat them.  Just really fatty and greasy.  I didn't expect perfection but I did expect them to be edible.
DougS
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2008/12/27 08:04:24
On the way to Florida one time, had a order of Buffalo wings(so the sign said).
Dusted in Cayenne pepper. Gross! I do not like cayenne. Never ordered the Colonel wings since.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/01/05 22:01:34
Buffalo wings - I've had the ones at Hooters and, believe me, once was enough. Highly overated ( and not worth bothering with. ) The wings at Buffalo Wild Wings are good but not great, and the same can be said for the Beef O' Brady's chain. A Wing Stop location just opened here in Lansing, and they're pretty good, but I can get much better by crossing the state line into Munster IN and going over to
Buffa-Louie's. This is a tiny mini-chain; besides the Munster location, they're also in Valparaiso IN and Bloomington IN. I love their wings; their medium-heat buffalo sauce is really tasty, and the wings are meaty. Great onion rings and a very friendly staff. I was there just last night, and as usual, they did not disappoint. Highly recommended!                                 Bob
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/01/05 22:36:30
nocarolina

 I can get much better by crossing the state line into Munster IN and going to
Buffa-Louie's. This is a tiny mini-chain; besides the Munster location, they're also in Valparaiso IN and Bloomington IN. I love their wings; their medium-heat buffalo sauce is really tasty                               Bob

Hey, Bob,
I'm ready to catch the next plane to Indiana ! Those wings sound good!
You've become a valuable Roadfood newbie. Keep it up!
--ellen
 
p.s. And I agree with your "so-so" feelings on Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Beef O'Brady's..."been there, did those"
badbyron722
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/26 16:13:07
Most chains wings are mediocre at best.Would love to go to Buffalo one day and try The Anchor Bar. My wife makes the best I know.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/30 10:32:30
What does she do Byron?
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/30 12:18:00
badbyron722

Most chains wings are mediocre at best.Would love to go to Buffalo one day and try The Anchor Bar. My wife makes the best I know.


If you can find the time, the upcoming Roadfood tour of Buffalo in September would be a great time to catch a break from the SC heat and replace it with some heat from the Anchor Bar wings.  (Trust me, I know about the heat from growing up in eastern NC.)  You would really enjoy the food here that weekend.
cameron074
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/30 15:09:27
Buffalo Tarheel

badbyron722

Most chains wings are mediocre at best.Would love to go to Buffalo one day and try The Anchor Bar. My wife makes the best I know.


If you can find the time, the upcoming Roadfood tour of Buffalo in September would be a great time to catch a break from the SC heat and replace it with some heat from the Anchor Bar wings.  (Trust me, I know about the heat from growing up in eastern NC.)  You would really enjoy the food here that weekend.


Looks like I'll miss you all by a week or so. I'll be in Buffalo for the Wing Festival the 4th-7th. Can't wait to try Anchor and Duffs, as well as some other local spots. Not to mention the actual festival...
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/06 18:52:22
I had wings at Buffalo Wild Wings last night, undercooked, almost nonexistience sauce on them. I don't understand it, none of the chains in Texas, cook them til they are crispy and even when you ask for a lot of sauce, you might find a small puddle in one corner of the container. When I lived in cental n.y., they filled the container with so much sauce, they had to saran wrap around the container so it wouldn't leak out and. the wings were always fried til they were crispy
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/07 17:52:04
With one major exception (Dinosaur BBQ) I wouldn't ask for Central NY foodies to give me good BBQ. Why should Texans be good at Wings???

I think it is a regional specialty !!! Can they be done everywhere, Sure they can !  Are they ?  Nope !
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/07 22:11:34
In my area of Florida virtually every restaurant, sports bar have wings on the menu. Unfortunately most of them aren't very good. The only way I really like wings is Buffalo style and the best I've found around here is a chain called Hurricane Wings and Grill which probably has about 40-50 locations around Florida. I did find a couple of local places that did wings but didn't care for either of them. One of the local places recommended by a friend only had some funky teriyaki sauced breaded wings . I did make it to Anchor a few years back and that's been the gold standard for me ever since
GeoNit
Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 13:33:54
kman160
Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 13:55:02
Hey Mayor,
some of here in CNY can do other things besides wings
my Q is the rage everywhere I go.
P.S. John Stage has sold out & Dino really sucks now.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 14:17:40
I happen to have eaten at the Dinosaur less than a month ago  and the food is just as terrific as ever!  (The place was  packed as it ever was, too)
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/10 23:31:54
Kman,

It's been too long since we toured the site of our first teaching job, and my graduate study location (Oswego) I guess we better plan on some food investigation up there in the near future!
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/11 00:45:24
actually the que at leapin lizards on onondaga blvd  in syracuse rivals the Dinosaurs
Liquorsuit
Junior Burger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/07/17 20:59:51
The National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, NY is a must for all wing lovers.
Check it out: 

Its held in downtown Buffalo every Labor Day weekend and draws thousands of people. As a local, if you go I strongly suggest getting before the gates open! By mid afternoon its gets packed with people.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival By the Numbers   
  • 407,000 people
  • 2.4 Million Wings Consumed
  • 137 Tons of Wings In Weight
  • 191 Restaurants Participated
  • $125,000 in Charitable Contributions
  • 1 Wedding

post edited by Liquorsuit - 2010/07/17 21:00:59
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/07/18 10:05:30
1 Wedding?  I just can't get my head around that! 
Big Kahuna Kooks
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:03:05
Any place that sells Pizza & Wings...always sounds like a good idea, but the wings usually suffer....
deeoh01
Hamburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:37:08
Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.



If I'm going to kill an animal to eat it I'm damn sure going to respect it enough to eat every bit of it as I can, including organ meat.
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:54:32
Big Kahuna Kooks

Any place that sells Pizza & Wings...always sounds like a good idea, but the wings usually suffer....


In CNY/WNY, many of the pizza places make the best wings. That's where Dominos got their idea in the 80s. But it's definately a regional thing, because here in DC I haven't found one pizza place that makes good wings. There aren't many good (delivery) pizza places either! I sure do miss home on football days.
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/19 22:12:50
We went to Pluckers today. It was like they put the sauce on them before they cook them. You don't need a napkin because sauce doesn't get on your fingers. That seems to be the norm in the dallas ft worth area.  Even if you request a lot of sauce, there might be enough to get one wing wet. I'm originally from central NY where after cooking them, they toss them in the sauce and then pour it all into the container then they have to triple wrap the container with saran wrap so the sauce doesn't leak out. When you eat them, you use numerous paper towels, then wet naps.
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/20 13:21:03
ynotryme

actually the que at leapin lizards on onondaga blvd  in syracuse rivals the Dinosaurs


It's Limp Lizard... I work a few blocks away, which is also a few blocks away from the Dinosaur in Syracuse. If I want bbq, I go to Limp Lizard. I agree with the other posters that Dinosaur has gone way down in quality, and I won't go there anymore after the past few terrible meals that I'd had there. Waiting over an hour for a table to get ice cream scoops of mushy, cold pork, fatty, grizzly ribs, and dried out, chewy brisket? No thanks. I won't even buy their sauce anymore since I found out I can get Brooks bbq sauce up here.
 
Back on topic, I've had wings all over the country, and they can't rival what we have at a lot of the local pubs and restaurants here. They're all a little different, so if you're in the mood for a particular flavor, you have the option. Wild Wings is a place we go to A. drink beer B. maybe eat some wings.
Cosmos
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/20 23:22:22
Well with all the Dino trashing going on, I can say I believe the Dino serves the best chicken wings around. Brined and smoked and finished on the grill, I order the hoisin sesame wings once a week for lunch. I still dine at the Dino once or twice a week and haven't noticed the big decline everyone talks about (place is still packed...but then on one goes there...its too crowded).
 
I have been sampling the Lizard and they do some things very well (great chili), others not so much (brisket being one of them)...have yet to try their wings. The more the merrier I say.
 
As far as the worst wings...hands down the Pizza hut wings I got at a party a few weeks ago...mush on a stick..
post edited by Cosmos - 2011/06/20 23:23:46
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/21 09:24:46
I agree about the Dino wings, I used to get the Wango Tango wings and those were never bad. But based on my other experiences, I just can't eat there anymore. Once bitten, twice shy as they say.
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/21 21:56:28
IMHO the places to avoid are the ones that boast "voted best wings around " 
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 05:54:45
I never understood the whole "Buffalo Wings" bit.
 
It's just chicken wings. Can be bought anywhere on Earth. Hell, you can get them in North Korea.
 
Put the chicken wings in the oven or fry them.  Add sauce, blue cheese, bbq sauce, whatever. Use celery if you want to. You have chicken wings.
 
I can see a place having bad chicken wings, but chicken wings themselves are difficult to muck up.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 12:55:45
Michael Hoffman

I do my best to avoid any place that serves the wings of chickens to human beings.


Foodosaurus

Michael - What does that even mean?


He means that Waffle House does not serve wings.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 12:58:32
Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.


For a slight extra charge Hooters will serve all drummies.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 13:17:21
Generally I avoid Buffalo Wild Wings for value reasons.  The last time I was there I had the "lunch special": six skinny wings and a tiny salad which was served on a plastic plate which my plastic fork kept sticking to.  "All that" and an iced tea came to $14, including a tip for drop it (foof & check) on your table "service".
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 13:19:04
MetroplexJim

Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.


For a slight extra charge Hooters will serve all drummies.
At the Buffalo Wild Wings in Westminster, MD, you can get all drummies for no extra charge.  Usually get a 'six free wings' coupon a few times a year.


MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 17:26:02
Michael Hoffman

I do my best to avoid any place that serves the wings of chickens to human beings.


Too bad Five Guys doesn't serve wings. 
 
That way you could avoid two things at the same time!
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/25 21:23:10
Buffalo Wild Wings opened today in Daytona.
I could hardly wait...........for another chain place to open that I WON'T go to.
just like Joes Crab Shack that will probably open on the pier in Daytona.
an article in the local paper quoted one of the principals in the company saying "we specialize in fun". not a thing was said about the food.
thats great, a resteraunt  exec NOT mentioning the food.