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“The Only Thing Keeping This Place Open Are The Wings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buffalo Chips Restaurant

Buffalo Chips Restaurant
26620 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135-5045
239-947-1000
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Ranked #52 of 163 Restaurants in Bonita Springs
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Fort Myers, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“The Only Thing Keeping This Place Open Are The Wings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I find myself returning to this shack in the middle of a low-income section of Bonita Springs. The traffic aplenty, the homeless are always looking for a handout, and the trailer park behind the motel on Old US 41 sums up everything I've said about Bonita Springs. That is, until you step foot inside Buffalo Chips Restaurant.

Decorated with license plates from every state on the inside, Buffalo Chips is the little biker bar turned tourist trap serving some of the best chicken wings in Southwest Florida. If you can get past some of the attitudes from the servers who work here, especially during the day, and just concentrate on the wings, you'll find yourself coming back to this place over and over again.

My favorite staple at this greasy feeding trough are the 10 wings tossed in their secret-blend medium sauce. I'm almost afraid to ask what's the "secret" seeing how this place went down hard in a drug bust a few years ago. But, whatever that "secret" is, I think the local DEA officers need to come down and run lab tests because their wing sauce is addicting.

The clientele can be a little rough, but they're a friendly group of people. They are a rather unique group of socialites who welcome you into their conversations. So, if someone sitting across from you at the bar is staring you down as your face is covered in the "secret" wing sauce, they're more than likely wondering how you're enjoying the wings. Don't be afraid to smile with some chicken wing meat stuck in between your teeth and say, "Hi!" as you're wiping the liquid crack-cocaine that is their sauce from off your face and fingers.

The beer is cold and there's plenty to go around. If you're not a beer drinker, then that's your problem, their Pepsi products are cold, as well. There's karaoke on Friday nights, though, this will be the only night you don't want to hear low-income trailer trash singing "Achy Breaky Heart" in the key of "the unknown." But, if you have assimilated to the lower class way of living and find yourself reaching for white trash stardom, then this is the place for you. Pick out a song from the book, grab the microphone, and hope that Simon Cowell doesn't hear your howling from Hollywood.

Will I be back here again? Absolutely. Who knows? Maybe you'll even hear me sing some ungodly country tune off-key while holding an ice cold bottle of Bud Light in one hand, a microphone in the other, and some wing sauce smeared all over my face. And, for the tourists, welcome to Southwest Florida and welcome to Bonita Springs....home off Buffalo Chips Restaurant. :)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wings,wings,wings!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

Have only eaten wings here and they are the greatest. Love 'em! My mild wings were perfect. Friends mild wings were MUCH hotter. Casual place with crazy parking ( field next door). But if you want a good wing, try Buffalo Chips.

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Winnipeg
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bar food in a friendly environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We went for the chicken wings but also had other selections on their menu - good variety and reasonable prices. The beer was inexpensive and the food portions were generous. Sports bar atmosphere but not excessively noisy.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great wings, fun place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Whether you want to have some of the best wings in town or just have a drink while watching the game this is the place for both. You have to try their buffalo wing pizza.

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Sarasota, Florida
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Lip smacking and finger licking good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We visited for the first time last night upon hearing good things about Buffalo Chip's wings, so thought it would be fun to experience. We decided to visit on the 60 cent special wing night, Mondays. We arrived around 7pm and the restaurant was packed, but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for them to find the two of us a seat. We sat inside, and it was very noisy from the music and everyone talking having a good time. You should go here for the food, not the atmosphere so much, unless you are in the mood for a loud bar environment. We first ordered some beers on tap, but then noticed that they had better beers in the cooler, and our server delivered them right as we both ran out of the first, perfect timing! We tried 3 flavors of sauce on the wings: the Hot, Medium and the Zippy Cajun. Of the 3 we tried, we really liked the Medium the best, it had the best, most yummy flavor! The Zippy Cajun was really good too, it was sweeter and slightly more spicy than the medium. The wings were small to medium but were done to perfection and the homemade sauce was the hit!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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