The Hungry Wanderers

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Wild Wing Cafe

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on April 22, 2010

Over the past week, we’ve been busy prepping for our move this weekend which hasn’t left much time for blogging.  However, we HAVE made time for hitting up some old favorites we haven’t blogged about as well as some that were on the list to check out before we left.

When we first moved to Charlotte, we were excited to live in Ayrsley, a community with shops, restaurants and a YMCA we could walk to.  We were particularly excited to be in walking distance to a Wild Wing Cafe, what we thought would be our local bar. 

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While we fell in love with the food, it ended up not being “our” bar as we often preferred to hang out at home to enjoy a beer.  Additionally, it gets VERY loud in there and we’re past that point in our lives where we go to places we have to shout to hear each other.  After spending a Mothers Day there with friends with a child, experiencing a band on a Sunday (!!!), we decreased how often we took friends there because we generally couldn’t enjoy each other’s company.  In the last few weeks, though, we’ve made it back a handful of times to enjoy some of our favorite hot sauces.

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The Husband and I are actually not big into wings, so if you’re not a wings person, don’t necessarily shy away.  There’s lots on the menu that isn’t wings! Over the past year or so, they’ve revamped their appetizers and small plates sections of their menu and there are LOTS of things to choose from, in addition to sandwiches, salads, wraps, and bigger dinners.  If you like wings, though, a lot of our friends really enjoy them.

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The hot sauces list is LONG! And take their ratings at face value.  I’ve only begun liking hot sauce in the last few years so I stick more towards the medium level, but if you like hot, you’ll love Chernoble and other sauces at that level.

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Wild Wing Cafe has a pretty decent beer list as well as mixed drink specials.  On this evening, we enjoyed a few (I don’t remember which ones we had).

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Back to the restaurant itself for a quick moment… the inside is HUGE.  The very tall ceilings definitely helps.  We’ve rarely had to wait (perhaps on a Friday or Saturday night.  During football season, since we’re Redskin fans and we often can’t get the games on local cable because the Carolina Panthers played at the same time, we would often go here for lunch to enjoy the game.

IMG_2542   There’s a large bar for happy hour or watching the game in a smaller group.IMG_2545    There’s also a good sized patio, which we’ve luckily been able to enjoy the last few weeks a few times.  IMG_2549

It wraps around the outside of the building and over looks the main road into Ayrsley as well as South Tryon Blvd. IMG_2550  Now, back to the food… we recently learned that their Tuesday night special is Buy a Dozen, Get a Dozen.  This special is both for their wings and boneless wings.  The night we went on our most recent trip, the Husband decided to get the boneless version and split his hot sauce options.  One set was garlicky while the other was a bit spicier.  Both delish! IMG_2552

I went with my usual – the Buffarella.  I LOVE this dish 🙂 It’s fried chicken, usually in Gold Rush hot sauce (you can usually choose which one you want though the menu says it comes with Hot), lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and ranch wrapped in a tomato tortilla.  This is spicy and oh so good.  When I remember, I usually ask for the ranch on the side so I can fully enjoy both the hot sauce and ranch (they sometimes cancel each other out in the dish).  It comes with celery and blue cheese but you can sub that out for any side (I often get the broccoli! Yum!). IMG_2553

The Husband’s usual is the Buffalo Chicken Salad.  He choose to have fried chicken (you can get grilled) and blue cheese dressing (you can choose another dressing if you’re like me and don’t like blue cheese).  In general, we’ve found you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu – except for the skewered chicken (chicken feathers is what I think they call them).  It’s the only thing we’ve disliked (and I think we’ve tried it twice).

Overall, Wild Wing Cafe is a good place to go with friends (if you don’t mind it being loud) and/or to watch the game.  We’ll miss being able to walk to a bar with such tasty hot sauces but we imagine we’ll be exposed to all new hot sauces out in Nevada 🙂



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