Wendell's enjoys cult status in the Buffalo Wing world. As much as it pains me to say, I'm not exactly sure why. Here's the way I see it - I'm local and I love Buffalo wings. If this place was that good, I'd go all the time.
Here are my thoughts - They have a lot going for them in the atmosphere department for a wing place. It's a throwback joint in a throwback town. Wood paneling, dartboards, juke box, etc. They serve really cold beer. They make good sandwiches. It could easily be on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.And of course, they are all about the wings.
They have the whole range covered from mild to scorching hot. They utilize the two wooden bowl system for serving at the table (one for uneaten wings, one for bones). There is definitely something for any wing lover.
Here are the things I have a hard time overlooking - The wings themselves are a little scrawny. The sauces to me are too buttery. The price is not great. The service is ok but the wait time for food can be excessive. The restaurant is unapologetic about this fact, almost proud of it. They have a little poem about it on the menu.
So in conclusion - The place is unique and very authentic. If you don't mind being patient and doing things on the restaurant's pace then you won't be caught offguard. Your opinion of the wings is up to you. I think they are good, not great.
I want to love Wendell's as much as the reputation but in this case I think it is a matter of style over substance. I definitely think it is worth a visit to decide for yourself.
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