10 secrets Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t want to know – eat this, not that!

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When it first started in 1982, there weren’t many places like Buffalo Wild Wings. But apparently there was a national appetite for wings as there are not only 1,212 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States today, according to data ScrapeHero, but there are also many more copycat restaurants like Wingstop, Miller’s Ale House, Hurricane Grill & Wings and so on.

The chain was started by two friends who lived in Ohio who missed the chicken wings they knew from their hometown of Buffalo, New York. Known as B-Dubs for its huge customer base, the chain now has locations in every state in America (Texas alone has more than 100) and a number of overseas units.

But as popular as the chain has grown and as many die-hard customers as it has, there are still a number of things that are less palatable than their famous wings.

Here are 10 secrets Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t want to know. (Plus, if you’re looking for local wings, check out the best chicken wings in each state.)

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It’s a problem (as with a big problem) when a restaurant can’t serve its signature product to its customers, but many Buffalo Wild Wings locations have come close to that low point, so Market realist. Like many restaurants hit by persistent supply chain problems and increased demand, Buffalo Wild Wings has little wings.

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In the past few months, customers seem to have gotten mad at Buffalo Wild Wings, and many people use social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit to express their dissatisfaction with the company. Common complaints are slower service, higher prices, and lower quality of the food itself.

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When B-Dubs opened, the restaurant was called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, and “Weck” refers to a roast beef sandwich served on a Kummelweck bun, which is also popular in Buffalo Delish. But the sandwich didn’t sell well – while the wings did – so the owners soon removed the alarm from the menu and name and stuck with the rubric we know today. And yes, for this reason the place is often called BW3.

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Buffalo Wild Wings sells a lot of chicken wings, but chicken wings aren’t the top-selling item on the company’s menu. That honor goes to the boneless wings, which have sold better than traditional wings for more than half a decade, so Mashed.

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Do you remember how we talked about what they call “boneless wings” at Buffalo Wild Wings? Well, those aren’t chicken wings at all. According to The counter, these are pieces of chicken breast that are simply cut into strips, coated and fried. Calling them wings is misleading when in reality they are just chicken nuggets or, at best, chicken strips.

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According to Restaurant business online, in 2017, when Buffalo Wild Wings was facing serious financial trouble, they started looking for someone to buy it. And that someone who picked up the company in early 2018 was Roark Capital, also the owner of the fast food company Arby’s, which is generally one of the least respected fast food chains, via slate. (To be fair, Arby’s reputation has improved.)

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Many former Buffalo Wild Wings employees have complained about being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin Mashed. And what is perhaps worse, even customers have reported discrimination issues, such as a group of black patrons who appear to have been tricked into not sitting near some white regulars and a customer who appears to have been sprayed with pepper spray by a security guard he went into a restaurant to pick up an order.

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Buffalo Wild Wings only gives its employees a branded uniform shirt that the shirt servers say must be worn Mashed. This means either washing their clothes every day if someone has consecutive days in their account, or the waiters and waitresses have to spend their own money to buy a second and third shirt. Because showing dirty is also not allowed.

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It’s no surprise, of course, that fried wings smeared in gravy and dipped in creamy dressing – or fried pickles, fried mozzarella sticks, greasy burgers, etc. – are hardly healthy foods, but the extent of the unhealthiness of eating Buffalo Wild Wings is still impressive in a derogatory sense. For example after Health line, a large order of traditional wings with a spicy garlic sauce, contains a staggering 1,460 calories, 86 grams of fat and 3,450 milligrams of sodium. A big boneless wing with Thai curry sauce? That brings you 2,040 calories, 133 grams of fat, and sadistic 7,050 milligrams of sodium.

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According to numerous employees who have reported on the kitchens at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, most of the “cooking” that takes place there consists of deep-frying and microwave foods, many of which are stored frozen for long periods of time Mashed. Prepared food is often left under heat lamps for a long time before it is served.

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