Wild Wing Café
2085 West Grand River Rd
Okemos, MI 48864
Food Rating: – Tasty. But it is kind of hard to mess up chicken wings.
Service Rating: – Hostess was a dummy. The actual service was good.
Atmosphere Rating: – Casual. And they didn’t change a DAMN thing inside from when it was a Bennigan’s
Price Rating: – A tad pricey for fried chicken in sauce
Overall Rating: – If it was a little cheaper I would be all over this place
I’ll be honest, I was a little anxious when I heard that we would be trading our local Bennigan’s for a new wing joint that I had never heard of. I am a fan of the chicken wing, so I hoped for the best.
Well the place, Wild Wing Café, finally opened, and I waited a week or so to allow them to find their flow. I’m not a fan of rolling up on opening day and watching everyone run around like chickens with their heads cut off. You have to give them a little bit to get used to, ya know, the restaurant business.
Right off the bat I was displeased with the hostess. Apathetic and dumb. But whatever, our encounter with her was just the few seconds it took her to put us at a table that was too small for our party.
The actual waitress was a lot better, and while she got one of the orders wrong, she was friendly about it and had the problem fixed right away. She even brought me a glass of milk!
I ordered a Strong Bow Cider as it was happy hour, and everyone who tried it agreed that it tasted watered down, or Strong Bow Light (which isn’t a real thing, heads up). Who knows. The Shock Top beer I had after that tasted just fine. Mmmmmmm, Shock Top……
Now, on to the FOOD!
What do you order at a restaurant named “Wild Wing Café”
The answer: salads WINGS
The names of the flavors on the menu were slightly racist (which isn’t a bad thing, I snickered). They have a flavor called “The Oriental” with a description of “AH-SO-GOOD”. The biggest problem is WHAT IN THE HECK DOES THAT ACTUALLY TASTE LIKE? They had a few items on the menu that you just have to order to find out what it is, I guess.
They have 33 flavors of wings, and as much as I would like to, I can’t try them all in one sitting as A: I don’t think they will bring me 1 of each flavor, and B: I wasn’t 33 wings hungry. Fortunately, they have sampler platters. 5 wings of 5 different flavors! So we ordered two of those monsters. I can’t remember all of the flavors we got, but I do know this: I got the “Braveheart” which is supposedly the biggest baddest wing they have. I thought “I’ll be the judge of that!”
Well, the jury is in, and the “Braveheart” is a monster. Is it too hot? No. Should you eat that flavor first? Again, no. It was so hot that I couldn’t taste the first few wings after eating it. One member of our party who was going to eat one licked her finger, and said “oh god, I don’t want that!” and handed it off. If you order any “Braveheart” flavored wings, eat them last and make sure you are ok on refills. It won’t knock you down right away, it is more of a “creeper” that will let your lips and tongue know exactly who the new sheriff in town is as soon as you think it is safe. Don’t be a girl, try it.
All in all, I was not displeased with this new wing joint. The wings were big, the flavors creative and tasty, and judging from the quick glance of the non-wing part of the menu, it looks like they have other tasty meals. But seriously, get the wings.
The pricing leaves a little to be desired. The 5×5 sampler was a cool $20 after tax, and the beers will set you back $5-7 for something worth drinking. With alternatives like BWW on Tuesday or Thursday, or Old Chicago on Mondays, you’d be a fool to pay that much for wings considering 3/7 days of the week you can get them for ¼ the price. However, if you find yourself craving wings on Wednesday, or the weekend, give them a shot!