Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar (Downtown location)
327 SW Morrison Street
I waited patiently for months for Buffalo Wild Wings to open up on SW Morrison. Sure, I could have visited their other location out in Hillsboro, but who really wants to drive that far when there are so many tasty lunch spots closer in? So the very first week they were open, I got my taste buds prepared for the heat and headed in. I mean, who doesnâ€™t love a meal where finger licking is practically required?
At first sight I was a little overwhelmed, the space is huge, the televisions are everywhere and itâ€™s a little bright and loud for my taste (itâ€™s a sports bar, after all), but from the second I stepped through the door the service was impeccable.
During my first visit the servers were still training, but our waiter was impressive, helping us select from the 14 different wing sauces and offering his suggestions from the rest of the menu. My lunch companion and I decided to split 18 sauce-spun wings (you can choose a different sauce for every 6 wings you order) and a basket of Buffalo Chips. They also gave us both bleu cheese and ranch dressing! It was the perfect size meal, and the prices werenâ€™t wallet-busting either, itâ€™s pretty easy to eat here for $10 or less per person.
On my latest visit we ended up there on a whim after checking out a movie at Pioneer Place. Instead of just escalating down to the food court, we hoped across the street for some wings. It was really busy, but we decided to sit in the â€œseat yourselfâ€ bar area and quickly found an empty table. Now, it was really busy, and most of the tables were full, so the service was a tad bit slow, but no slower than any other busy restaurant at lunchtime on a weekendâ€”especially one near Pioneer Place. But as soon as we had our order in, the food was out lickety-split! Only one problem, our very nice waiter forgot to put in our order of potato wedges. Not only did he apologize and get them for us, but he also took the amount off our bill!!! Who does that anymore? We certainly werenâ€™t expecting that kind of service, and, needless to say, we tipped a bit more for the gesture.
Yes, I know Buffalo Wild Wings is a Minneapolis-based chain restaurant, but they are very new to us here in Stumptown. Iâ€™ve included them here because the food is really, really good (i.e., skip the blandness that is Hooters and come here!). I like my wings spicy, and they met that challenge!
Iâ€™ve tried the Spicy Garlic, the Mango Habanero, the Asian Zing and the Wild sauces, and I canâ€™t say anything bad about themâ€”except to be sure to have a glass of water (or a beer) on hand! I am dying to go back to try out the Parmesan Garlic, the Teriyaki and the Caribbean Jerk. I really like that the wings are crispy on the outside, not greasy, and covered with sauce. You will definitely need your wet nap at the end of the meal. All wings are served with celery and your choice of ranch or bleu cheese (or both).
If you are coming as a group, order up a bunch of different sauces on the wings and pick out an appetizer or two, and share. It makes the meal more economical and more fun!
If you arenâ€™t a wings fan, donâ€™t fret! The menu is great and includes burgers, ribs, sandwiches, wraps and salads. I have seen the size of their burgers and sandwiches, so be prepared to take some home!
Overall, be prepared for lots of sports action, because itâ€™s impossible to miss, but if you like wings, youâ€™ve GOT to try this place. Just be sure to get enough napkins!
Pros: Great wings (mild to spicy), excellent service, quick seating, great place to share a meal, huge menu, affordable, across the street from Pioneer Place and in Hillsboro, where else can you lick your fingers in public?
Cons: A little bright, can get loud and crowded when games are on