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Buffalo Wild Wings offer a wide range of spicy wings from rather mild to blazin' hot.
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Though Wild Wings serves alcohol, it attracts more than just a bar crowd.
By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Arts Writer
The sports fan's dilemma: The
physical pain of an unrelieved pres-
sure-filled bladder or the psycho-
logical pain of missing an amazing
No problem at Buffalo Wild
Wings. With more than 50 televi-
sions (five plasma and six high-
definition) -including three in
the men's restroom and one in the
women's - the new wing-joint on
the corner of State and East Wash-
ington is serious about satisfying
sports fans' needs (not to mention
their subscriptions to NBA League
Pass, NFL Sunday Ticket and ESPN
College Basketball Full Court).
Ordering wings at the restau-
rant involves deciding on 12 sauces
ranging from the classic medium to
spicy garlic to Caribbean jerk. The
menu also includes salads, appetiz-
ers, burgers, wraps and desserts.
The bar features 20 beers on tap
and about a dozen varieties of bot-
Buffalo Wild Wings separates its
sauces into three categories based
on spiciness: easy on the palate,
spicy and smokin'. For the truly
adventurous and brave wing con-
noisseurs, the "blazin" sauce is
available under the smokin' cat-
egory. The company website says
this sauce will "give your innards
a torching." Hardly an appetizing
slogan, but it is possibly written out
of necessity. General Manager Rob
Trueman said servers and bartend-
ers are instructed to give customers
a fair warning before indulging in
the blazin' sauce.
On the softer side, the teriyaki
flavor offers a sweet glazed flavor
while the Smoky Southwestern pro-
vides an interesting, slightly spicy
twist on the classic chicken wing.
"I like all the variations. You can
get wings in so many ways. It never
gets boring," LSA sophomore Jes-
sica Maldonado said.
The restaurant is perhaps most
famous nationally for its 35 cent
chicken-wing deal available all day
on Tuesdays. "Expect a huge crowd
and a line out the door," Trueman
said, adding that those wishing to
avoid the rush should arrive before
For those who come late on Tues-
days and want to avoid a wait in a
long line, a large wood-floored sec-
tion of the restaurant is self-seated.
If a seat is found, a server will come
to the table and take your order.
Maldonado had never been to
Buffalo Wild Wings before Nov. 23.
She arrived at 6 p.m. and saw the
line around the corner of Washing-
ton Street by 7:30.
"We got lucky," said Maldona-
do, who was back at Buffalo Wild
Wings again yesterday. "We (would
have) waited in a long line but we
found a seat on the wood floor."
By staying open until 2 a.m.,
Trueman said his restaurant's bar
will compete with local bars for stu-
Bartender Matt Henniger agrees.
"It's cool because we are starting
to develop a real bar crowd. People
were coming in here and having a
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great time," he said, adding that he
thought Buffalo Wild Wings was
becoming less of a pre-bar and more
of a main-stream competitor in the
Ann Arbor bar scene.
"Last weekend people were here
until 2, rocking out," Henniger
Trueman said he is considering
adding "whatever else the town
needs" to Buffalo Wild Wings,
including acoustic entertainment
and a DJ.
Buffalo Wild Wings also features
pool tables, dart boards, videogames
and the national trivia network.
Hours are 11 to 2 a.m. everyday.
than 50 televi-