Desert Heat Buffalo Wild Wings and Assorted Appetizers…

I had these wings a few nights ago with a friend of mine, and I was excited to see that for the first time, BBW is eschewing their messy sauces for a nice dry rub. Of course, I had to eat them.

We had appetizers to start out with- BBW’s miniature corn dogs and mozzarella sticks. The mozz sticks were quite good, actually- nice and big with a panko crust, and the cheese was hot and melty enough so that it strung out in a big loop rather than falling out of the breading and scalding your face. The corn dogs were tiny and crispy, and the batter to dog ratio wasn’t bad. They were good dogs, just a little bland. I would have appreciated some dipping sauce or flavoring in addition to them.

STICKS- 6/10
DOGS- 5/10

As for the wings, well, they were typical BBW fare. If chicken had a hierarchy, it would go like this. Boned chicken, then chicken nuggets, chicken wings, chicken tenders, and finally, fried chicken fillet on top. These “boneless wings” waver in the nugget/tender region. They call them tenders, but tenders are, at best, big slabs of breast meat in holdable shapes. These are like tenders that have been curled up like pill bugs and fried into a frenzy. They’re too crispy, and rarely ever larger than a small dog’s turd.

The seasoning is good. Lots of paprika flavoring and spices, a very salty taste, too. But it’s just too hot, somehow. I’m not sure if it’s the dryness of the spices offsetting the flavor, but it is really akin to being in a desert. Out of eight wings, I ate three, maybe. They’re not that good.

Why do I keep eating here?!?


2 thoughts on “Desert Heat Buffalo Wild Wings and Assorted Appetizers…”

  1. I just had the bone-in wings with the desert heat dry seasoning today for lunch. In my opinion, I thought they were very good and will order them again the next time I go to BWW.

    I will say that I think the wings could have been more evenly coated with the seasoning, however, I think that is something that could be easily corrected by asking for it up front.

    Obviously, everyone has their own specific tastes and opinions about the foods they like and dislike. The picture presented in this review appears to look like the bone-in wings rather than boneless tenders. The “curling” effect you referenced looks like the skin on bone-in wings that naturally curls when deep fried. Again, just my opinion of the picture.

    As a side note….in your article review, you referenced Buffalo Wild Wings as “BBW” instead of “BWW”.

    As for your last comment/question “Why do I keep eating here?!?”, only you can answer that question. At the beginning of your review, it seemed as though you go BWW’s on a somewhat regular basis because you were excited to see the dry rub seasoning for the wings for the first time…enough so to offer a review on a new item that is only being offered for a limited time only (trial basis).

  2. we love the boneless desert heat wings so much I am trying to replicate the recipe. Although sometimes the seasoning is a little overbearing, you can always request “light” seasoning. They have actually become my favorite seasoning. Just really want to figure out what is in the seasoning. Any ideas? I was thinking cumin, paprika,salt, cajun. I do taste a “cinnamon” flavor when they are coated with alot of seasoning. That is something that ruins I ask for light seasoning for that reason.

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