UCF area offers dozens of wing hot spots
From buffalo or barbecue to black and gold, there are dozens of options local wing places offer.
With Buffalo Wild Wings, Wing Zone, Froggers and the fairly new East Coast Wings & Grill, the UCF area is stacked with options for those who enjoy chowing down on a chicken wing from time to time.
For those who can't get enough variety with their sauces, East Coast Wings & Grill might be your kind of spot, offering 75 different flavors to go with its wings.
Having opened Dec. 5, 2013, East Coast Wings & Grill offers burgers, quesadillas, wraps and salads. However, its 75 flavors — which many patrons are still working their way through — are its main attraction, said Rio Smith, East Coast Wings & Grill manager.
But apart from its food and flavor-infused sauces, Smith said the atmosphere and experience are what keep customers coming back for more.
"We just try to give the best experience possible," Smith said. "[The] first impression, we understand, is a lasting impression. We want to see everyone smiling."
But if you prefer some more narrow options than 75 flavors, Buffalo Wild Wings offers a different variety in its 14 signature sauces, five signature seasonings and five limited-time-offer sauces that rotate every few months. BWW also offers 36 different draft beers for those looking to wash their wings down with a cold one.
And for those looking for a little entertainment while they eat, BWW displays dozens of TVs for the avid sports fan.
"We are the premier sports entertainment restaurant in the UCF area," said BWW general manager Forrest Young.
As far as wings go, Young said BWW's most popular wings are the traditional wings with Caribbean jerk sauce, though his favorite is the old-fashioned boneless traditional wings.
The unapologetic couch potato might want something a little more speedy than a sit-down restaurant. Without sacrificing freshness, Wing Zone specializes in speedy but fresh delivery.
"We start it from scratch, just like Mama did, and then we deliver it to you," said Scotty Rimany, Wing Zone marketing manager. "We employ a lot of teamwork. We are typically [at your place] in less than 30 minutes."
Rimany likes his wings on the spicy side, as his favorite menu item is the Nuclear Habanero wings. He described them as deliciously spicy, although the Collegiate Way location's most popular item is the honey barbecue wings.
Although not as speedy as Wing Zone's delivery, Froggers also prides itself on offering made-to-order dishes.
"You might have to wait a bit but you know you're getting the freshest wings out there," said Froggers general manager Dustin Newman, who is also responsible for creating the Muddy Frog wing sauce — a mix of the restaurant's black and gold sauce and others.
"It has a little more heat, but more flavor," Newman said.
Along with the Muddy Frog, Froggers offers about 50 sauces for patrons to enjoy, such as teriyaki, black and gold or 3-mile island.
Its alternative sauces are also rather popular, as its homemade ranch and blue cheese sauces — which aren't an extra charge — are often bought by the pint.
But its wings aren't the only things drawing crowds. Monday night wing night — where its 40-cent wings are doled out by the thousands — normally bring in about an hour and a half to a two-hour wait just to get a chance to taste Froggers' satisfying sauces and save some cash at the same time.
But just down Alafaya Trail sits the Moat Sports Grille, a UCF staple.
If you're not willing to wait hours to get a chance at 40-cent wings, on Sundays and Mondays, you can get all-you-can eat wings for $11.99, but that deal lasts for other occassionas we all.
"We also do all you can eat wings on game days," said Adreana Jewell, bar manager at the Moat. But the game day specials aren't limited to just UCF sporting events.
"For the World Cup games, we did that, too," Jewell said.
The Moat also offers 49 cent wings after 10 p.m.