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Gina Tarnacki

Buffalo Wild Wings Comes to North County San Diego

By September 24, 2013

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San Diego Buffalo Wild WingsMy husband and I were driving east along Leucadia Boulevard a few weeks ago when...

"Oh my gosh!" I shrieked at the top of my lungs.

My husband slammed on the brakes.

"What is it?" he asked in a panic.

"Buffalo Wild Wings!" I shouted, pointing to a building on our right.

He relaxed and sped up again, relieved not to be on the verge of hitting something or someone.

"You can't scream like that when I'm driving," he said.

"I know, I'm sorry, but...it's BUFFALO WILD WINGS!"

Yes, folks, the one restaurant that can make me practically cause a car accident has arrived in North County San Diego.

Buffalo Wild Wings takes me back to my college days of cheap wings on Tuesdays and football and beer. Even if it's not a game day, I love sitting down in a booth or at the bar at Buffalo Wild Wings as I love a good wing sauce and Buffalo Wild Wings' mild buffalo sauce is one of my favorites (yes, yes, I'm a wimp when it comes to spice). Buffalo Wild Wings actually has 16 wing sauces ranging from a hint of spice to 'Blazin' hot, along with other flavors such as Parmesan Garlic, Asian Zing and Sweet BBQ.

I know I'm not the only one who loves this place. San Diego is largely a city of transplants and many people move here from a city with Buffalo Wild Wings only to find that...it doesn't exist in most of San Diego County.

I have bemoaned this fact several times over the decade I've lived here. We're definitely not hurting for awesome wing places in San Diego, but sometimes I get a strong craving for Buffalo Wild Wings' mild sauce.

Well, North County San Diego residents, the wait is over; you no longer have to drive to Temecula, Orange County or Chula Vista to get your wings fix. Encinitas is getting North County's first Buffalo Wild Wings and it opened last week. I went to get a to-go order Sunday night and the place was packed with a long wait for a table. Even to-go orders had 30 to 45 minute waits (call ahead).

Once my wait was over and I was diving into my order of wings, I decided it was definitely worth the wait.

Encinitas Buffalo Wild Wings Quick Facts

Where: 1068 N El Camino Real, Encinitas
Phone: 760-942-2945
What: A sports bar atmosphere known for its chicken wings (also serves burgers, salads and sandwiches).
Specials: $0.65 wings on Tuesdays.

Are you a fan of Buffalo Wild Wings? Where do you hope the next San Diego Buffalo Wild Wings will be?

-Photo courtesy of Gina Tarnacki


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