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Eatbeat: Boneless chicken wings tasty at B-Dubs

Emily Kjos delivers a tray full of wings to customers Thursday night at Buffalo Wild Wings as they watch UND take on Arizona in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

An order of boneless wings ($10.99). That's what I ended up ordering when I made a late afternoon visit to Buffalo Wild Wings at 2717 S. Columbia Road.

With it, I figured I needed a cola.

That turned out to be 20 ounces for $2.99.

Nibbling on the wings and sipping cola was pleasant as I watched people come and go during the supper hour on a September evening.

I was not alone. Philip the Fly had found a way to my table.

The menu at Buffalo Wild Wings is good because it lists the calories right along with prices for each item. It describes the signature sauces and seasonings. For instance, the Asian Zing is a chili pepper, soy and ginger sauce. The seasonings range from very mild salt and vinegar to "desert heat" — a fiery combination of peppers with a sweet, dry touch of smoke. And it is something I would approach with caution.

With seating for more than 300, Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the largest bar and dining facilities in Greater Grand Forks. There's room for 114 in the bar area. Then there is seating in booths and at tables for about 80 guests in a large side dining room. And there is a sunroom that accommodates 90.

Buffalo Wild Wings has an adjacent parking lot. Inside, the staff seems well organized. All the servers were wearing grey and yellow shirts with the number 82 on front.

I had to ask, "Why?"

And they told me it marks the year of 1982 when the nationally know chain of 82 places was established.

The entryway has pictures of area sports teams. The restroom is adequate and convenient.

The staff seems well organized. My servers were pleasant and courteous.

My boneless chicken wings were tasty — nice crisp covering with white meat inside. The menu lists Buffalo Mac & Cheese for $10.49 with a side salad for $4.29. There are seven choices of salad to go with the wild wings. And there are seven choices of kids meals for little sports fans under 12.

I noticed during my visit to Buffalo Wild Wings that many parents bring their young children during the supper hour.

When the place gets rolling on busy sports days, there is camaraderie over the wings in the bar. Fans tend to group together and share such favorites as fried pickles — crunchy dill pickle slices that are cornmeal-breaded, fried and served with a southwestern ranch dressing.

Buffalo Wild Wings

2717 S. Columbia Road.

Telephone: (701) 772-9464

Owner-operator: Todd LaHaise

Chef: Rainer Schatke

General manager: Jeff Groven

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day

Report card: Food geared for sports watching. Menu well organized, easy to read. Helps anyone interested in counting calories to keep track. Service good. Courteous. Convenient parking.

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