It looks like Puyallup will be the next home for Buffalo Wild Wings. The national chicken wing restaurant applied this week for a liquor permit at the space on South Hill where Ruby Tuesday’s used to operate. That’s in the same complex as the Regal movie theater and two locally owned restaurants, My Greek, a Mediterranean restaurant, and Jubilee Cupcakes. It’s not a surprise that South HIll would become the next home for the national chain considering South Hill is a mecca for chains, some in duplicate (but at least there’s more non-chain dining – sushi, Vietnamese and even a wine bar now).
If you’re not familiar with the chicken wing chain, Buffalo Wild Wings is a sports bar heavy on loud music, giant television screens, peppy servers and chicken wings that come in dozens of sauces and spices. The chain is new to the Northwest. The first one opened in Tacoma last October in a neighborhood I call the Chicken Wing Vortex of Tacoma. That’s because two restaurants known for wings – Hooters and Original Winger’s – were already in the same Tacoma Mall neighborhood when Buffalo Wild Wings opened. I usually eschew chain restaurants for local offerings – like the flavor-punched chicken wings at Pacific Grill or the crispy-sweet-spicy chicken at Korean fried chicken restaurants in Lakewood – but I was curious enough to see who had the best wings in the Vortex. Read below to find the surprising winner.