On Sunday, June 25, 2017, my daughter and I had lunch at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bar and Grill, 5 Weems Lane, Winchester, Virginia. It’s at the intersection of Weems Lane with South Loudoun Street, which becomes Papermill Road going south beyond this point. The parking lot is accessible from both Papermill Road and Weems Lane, and has handicapped spaces.
Hours are Sunday-Wednesday, 11:00 AM-12:00 AM; Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-1:00 AM. The phone number is (540) 723-6900; the Web Page is http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/Detail/3111, with a link to Winchester’s Buffalo Wings .pdf menu. It’s also on Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
The door is at the left corner of the building for entry into a large vestibule where plain hardwood benches on either side allow sitting while waiting. Coin-operated game machines are here, along with a display case of sweatshirts and posters of athletic events.
A sign advertises a Fast Break Lunch on Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; one entrée and one side can be had in 15 minutes, or it’s free! A patio on the Papermill Place side of the building has an iron fence, black iron tables with umbrellas and iron chairs, and is accessible from inside.
Dining room seating has booths along one side with tables of various sizes elsewhere. The somewhat dim lighting is from small bulbs recessed in the dark ceiling. Wall decorations are sports oriented, and hang under the ring of TV screens going completely around the top of the room.
The adjoining bar room also has its ring of TV screens, game machines, high-rise seating scattered around, and a long curved bar with more than a dozen stools. The bar also has its own door from the parking lot.
Our server was Tosha, who gave us menus that were large glossy sheets with two folds and an insert. Categories were Wings, Sharables, Greens, Burgers, Wraps & Sandwiches, Tenders & Mac, Drinks, Sweet Spot, Little Buffalos, and Beer.
Calorie values are given next to the prices for each item, including drinks. After seeing that barbecued pork with grilled cheese on the menu insert was 1650 calories, I put it aside. There was also a small, loose-leaf binder listing Beer, Drinks, and Desserts that I ignored.
My daughter ordered a Cheeseburger with Cheddar Cheese plus Thick-cut Bacon added (880 calories) and an Onion-ring Platter (980 calories) as a side, and Cheesecake Bites (580 calories) for dessert. I chose a Hickory Pulled Pork Sandwich with Sweet BBQ Sauce, (1040 calories), and Buffalo Chips (290 calories) as a side in addition to the slaw that came with the order.
My sandwich was in a hoagie roll, and the pork was not pulled, but in pieces. It was good, and a lot for the money, but drippy. The Buffalo Chips were nickel-sized rounds of deep-fried mashed potatoes, and only so-so. I wouldn’t order them again. I didn’t touch the slaw because the sandwich didn’t leave me room for it. The main draw at Buffalo Wild Wings is wings, beer, and sports, but family groups with small children were there. Tosha said that it had 52 TV screens, and that it took half an hour mornings to turn them all on.
It is a very noisy place to eat; that and the overwhelming number of TV screens diminish the ambiance. It reminds me of The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, which claims 55 TV screens. I wanted to know what it was like, and now that I’ve been there, I’ll not likely be back.
On Sunday, July 10, 2016, my daughter and I had lunch at the Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar at 5 Weems Lane, Winchester, Virginia. Hours are Sunday-Wednesday, 11:00 AM-12:00 AM; Thursday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-1:00 AM.
The phone number is (540) 723-6900, and the local Web site is http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/Detail/3111. Wild Wings is also on Facebook. Takeout is available, and can be ordered on-line.
The location is at the Papermill Road end of a strip center at Weems Lane and Papermill Road. The parking lot has entrances from both streets. Mr. Noodle & Rice, and Honey Baked Ham & Café are eateries at the other end of the strip.
The Wild Wings entrance is a large vestibule with doors on two sides; one connects with a patio along Papermill Road; it also has a large display case with sports memorabilia.
The dining room is surrounded by waist-high barriers, with booths up against the barriers and the back wall, along with tables elsewhere. The back wall has a door into a bar area, which has high-rise seating and a large bar with perhaps 18 seats, and its own entrance from the parking lot.
There are three menus. The largest one is folded; its categories include Shareables, Wings, Sides, Signature Sauces and Dry Seasonings, Burgers & More, Wraps & Sandwiches, Tenders & Mac, Greens, Drinks, Beer, Sweet Spot, and Little Buffalos.
One of the smaller menus offers B-Dubs Fast Break Lunch items Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. This allows picking One Entrée, One Side, and Add-Ons; the flip side lists all of the sauce or dry seasoning varieties available for any menu item. The other small menu lists a number of special items, and is apparently changed every several months.
My daughter ordered a Bayou Po’ Boy from Wraps & Sandwiches, with Cajun-seasoned popcorn shrimp, drizzled with creamy Cajun Creole sauce, topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy coleslaw, with beer-battered onion rings as a side.
My selection was Roasted Corn Salad from a smaller menu, with grilled chicken seasoned with Desert Heat, roasted fresh sweet corn, cheddar jack cheese, house-made pico de gallo and crunchy tortilla strips atop crisp greens served with cilantro lime ranch dressing on the side.
For dessert, my daughter had Cheesecake Bites from the Sweet Spot Menu: Graham cracker outsides with a gooey cheesecake inside, deep fried and served hot with caramel dipping sauce. I had one, and it was definitely a tasty morsel. The food was all right, but a bit pricey; unsweetened iced tea was $2.79.
Although the place is essentially a sports bar, it caters to families and a number of small children were there with their parents. The 56 TV screens were a bit overpowering, and it was rather noisy with lots of servers running back and forth. I don’t believe I’ll be coming back, now that I know what it’s like.