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The menus of Winger's and Buffalo Wild Wings may read suspiciously similar, but the restaurants are two different chains. And soon they'll be located less than a mile from one other. Buffalo Wild Wings, a Minneapolis-based chicken wings and ribs restaurant, applied for a liquor permit last month for the location at 4219 S. Steele St., by Tacoma Mall. A company spokeswoman told me via email that the restaurant would open this fall. Winger's, a franchise of the Salt Lake-based company, opened in October 2008 at 5221 Tacoma Mall Blvd. My question: Does Tacoma need two wings restaurants so close in proximity?
I think a field trip to Winger's is in order for advance research. I don't usually review chains, but this just screams taste-off. For a first-time visitor to Winger's, what should I order? I'll check in at the restaurant sometime before Buffalo Wild Wings opens this Fall and report on my wing v. wing smackdown.
BETTER QUESTION: Which locally owned and operated Tacoma/South Sound restaurant has great wings? Why? Don't just tell us about your favorite wings in the South Sound region, give us details on what makes them tasty. Comment below, please.
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Winger's Grill & Brewhouse Where: 5221 Tacoma Mall Blvd., TacomaInfo: Open since October 2008Website: www.wingers.info/tacoma.htmPhone: 253-471-9464
Buffalo Wild WingsWhere: 4219 S. Steele St., TacomaInfo: Expected to open the week of Oct. 31, 2011Website: www.buffalowildwings.com