The chicken wing flavor combinations are just as varied as the abundance of sporting events available for viewing on big-screen televisions at Brentwood's newest sports bar and casual restaurant.
With more than 700 locations nationwide, Buffalo Wild Wings recently debuted in East County when it opened its doors at 6051 Lone Tree Way in the Brentwood Station shopping center on Sept. 10. The building was remodeled after it was vacated by The Carvery in preparation to fit the chain's high-spirited and edgy atmosphere with 52 flat-screen televisions lining the walls and playing everything from NFL games to NASCAR events.
After only being open for a few days, Buffalo Wild Wings had already drawn customers waiting in line all night to take advantage of free wing offers on opening day and some daring enough to accept the Blazin' Challenge of consuming eight super hot wings in six minutes. Steady crowds have filled the restaurant since the opening, with Buffalo Wild Wings newbies looking to sample the 16 signature sauces and four dry rubs bringing intense flavor and heat to the wings.
"It is a great experience and a fun atmosphere with a good variety," said manager Jon-Michael Becerra, who lives in Brentwood. "We have several people trying the Blazin' Challenge per day."
Oakley resident Joey Staricco said that he enjoyed the fun and energetic ambience when he visited Buffalo Wild Wings recently and tried the mango habanero wings.
"It was really, really good," he said. "It is a sports scene place and that is something we needed here."
The wing options include unique flavors that bring the heat, including Jammin Jalapeno, Asian Zing and Thai curry. In addition to the signature menu item, they serve up burgers, sandwiches, wraps, appetizers, chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp and chicken flatbreads.
Antioch resident Mary Sonnier picked up an order of the Parmesan garlic wings and said that the restaurant should be a hit among local residents due to the popularity of wings.
"I love wings," she said. "If they are good, I will definitely be back."