Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Saucy flavors fly high at Buffalo Wings and Beer

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Bill Ryan⁄The Gazette
A Philly cheesesteak sub, five pounds of hot wings with a veggie platter, onion rings and a bucket of beer at Buffalo Wings & Beer in Frederick.
Buffalo Wings and Beer in Frederick advertises that they have food, beer and billiards. I would say they also offer bargains.

To begin with, the restaurant sports ‘‘7 Days of Value.” On Monday, visitors can order an extra large pizza for $5.50 with toppings at regular price.

If you stop by on Tuesday, purchase a pound of wings and get a second pound — with the same sauce — for free.

Wednesday brings two half-pound chickens, fries and slaw for $16.50, while, for the same price, two rib dinners with fries and slaw are offered on Thursday.

Ah, the weekend. Here, you can have a Friday value of two baked salmon dinners with smashed potatoes and a side salad for $16. Take the kids on Saturday and they eat free with the purchase of each adult meal.

Finally, Sunday spotlights two cheese ravioli dinners with garlic and bread and slaw for $13.50.

All meal deals are dine-in only, and served from 5-11 p.m. These specials are not valid with other offers or discounts and the restaurant requests diners tip servers at regular menu prices.

From 2-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with a two beverage minimum, diners at the bar can order from a $1.95 menu including three Jalapeño poppers, three shrimp poppers, four broccoli cheese balls, five cheese sticks, two potato skins or two tenders. Bargains galore, right?

Surrounded by unique beer signs and advertisements, my husband and I sat at one of the booths in the dining side of the restaurant. The other side is entirely devoted to billiards.

How can you go to a place called Buffalo Wings and Beer without trying each? I could not pass up the chance. I asked for the mildest sauce available and the nice server explained several. I chose the chick sauce, which is the mildest.

Others include hen, which is medium; rooster, which is hot; and cock of the walk — the hottest. Actually, there is another — so hot it is said to ‘‘cause nerve damage.” Other sauces include barbecue, garlic, honey mustard, sweet and tangy, Teriyaki, or Cajun, or wings can be ordered plain.

For a slightly higher price, the menu suggests that you can mix any two of the sauces to create your own specialty.

Wings are available in one to ten pound quantities. I decided that one pound ($6) would be plenty, and it was.

Wings are served with either bleu cheese or ranch dressing, two celery sticks, and two carrot sticks. Extras are 75 cents.

A generous portion of juicy wings made a plentiful meal along with a hearty side salad with lots of veggies.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring any ID, so was not able to order any of the great beer offered. (Who do I think I’m kidding?) I did refrain, however.

The bar does boast a large variety, though, featuring over 20 bottled beers and over ten on draft.

My husband won’t ‘‘fight” the wings, so he opted for the same side salad and a meatball sub. Six large meatballs were served on an 8-inch sub roll, topped with tangy tomato sauce, and covered with Mozzarella cheese. You can choose the condiments and the sub is served with a pickle for $5.25.

Although wings are their specialty, the restaurant offers an extensive menu including a variety of appetizers, soups and salads.

In addition to a surprising selection of subs, sandwiches, and pizza, dinners include baby back ribs, N.Y. strip steak, baked salmon, crab cakes and cheese ravioli. For something different, Smokey Mountain Chicken ($12.50) delivers two tender grilled chicken breasts topped with ham, smoky BBQ sauce and melted Swiss cheese. It is served with mashed potatoes and your choice of salad.

Another intriguing entrée is Ira’s Special ($11.25) — two grilled chicken breasts chopped and smothered in your choice of wing sauce and served with bleu cheese or ranch dressing with carrot and celery sticks. A garden or Caesar salad accompanies the meal.

The restaurant also offers no and low carb sauces. Flour and wheat tortilla wraps can be loaded up with meat, cheese or veggies, while an order of burger bites can be served without the bun for a low carb meal.

Children 12 and under can eat for $3.99. Choices of a hot dog, pizza or a burger all come with fries and a small drink. Chicken tenders ($5.29) with fries and a small drink make a nice kid’s meal.

On any given night, the restaurant offers a minimum of two desserts and a dessert of the week.

Late night fare is available at the bar after the restaurant closes until 2 a.m. The grill is shut down, but fried foods, such as some appetizers, and of course the wings, are still served.

Buffalo Wings and Beer — Restaurant, Bar and Billiards

5 Willowdale Drive, Willowtree Plaza

Frederick

301-698-0100

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; light fare available until 2 a.m. when bar closes

Visa, MasterCard and Discover

Handicapped Accessible

Non-smoking

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