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Review: A&D Buffalo's

A&D Buffalo’s Several DFW locations, including 4005 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, 817-834-1111; 10455 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-234-0449; 1601 S. McDonald St., McKinney, 469-952-2314 www.adbuffalos.com Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily (hours may vary by location)

Posted 8:07am on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

There are big franchises and independent restaurants, and then there’s the middle child — that’s where A&D Buffalo sits.

It’s a small nationwide chain with locations here (Dallas, Haltom City, McKinney) and there (Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Some are found inside malls, while others sit in suites inside strip malls and shopping centers. The menu remains mostly unchanged regardless of location.

As you might’ve guessed, the place is known for wings. But before I get to that, there are a few wingless diversions: the chicken tenders ($5.99-$6.99) are your standard fried fare. (I’d love to see a restaurant turn this classic on its side.) Although juicy, the cheeseburger ($4.39) with added mushrooms (50 cents) was also nothing memorable.

Both can be ordered with crinkle fries ($1.69-$3.39), but skip those for the onion rings ($2.49), a thick, battered, and much better alternative.

Now for some wings: At first, it might seem like A&D Buffalo’s doesn’t have the widest selection of flavors, but it has the essentials: BBQ, Buffalo, lemon pepper — its best flavor — and teriyaki. The Buffalo wings range from mild to extra lip-burning hot, just in case you need an impromptu, extreme lunch food challenge.

If you count each degree of heat as a “flavor,” which most chains do, then A&D Buffalo’s has just as many as the other guys. Honestly, I don’t care for that extra “Hawaiian” flavor at Wingstop anyway.

Prices are bit more competitive, too, compared with the big chains: 100 wings (one flavor) will run you $52.99, (30 wings, $17.59, 50 wings, $27.99; and 75 wings, $40.99).

And although 100 wings sounds like a sensible Monday night meal, it’s not wings that are A&D Buffalo’s strongest offering. That would be its Philly cheesesteak ($5.19 or $8.49 with six wings).“I go for the Philly, always,” says Daniel, an employee from a neighboring business. He says he has been going to the A&D Buffalo’s in Dallas for almost a year. Two other customers I met said the same thing.

It’s a thick roll, with slightly crispy edges, with slices of beef, mayo, green peppers, mushrooms and cheese piled on top. It’s a hot, cheesy and filling option, and any meat-crazed diner will quickly see why it’s A&D Buffalo’s flagship product.

Despite never having an authentic cheesesteak (I’ve never been to Philly), the one at A&D Buffalo’s is enough to make me a return customer. Some say the sandwich is supposed to include Cheez Whiz, although I find the idea a bit horrifying. A&D Buffalo’s version doesn’t include any Whiz, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping a steady stream of people with Philly fever.

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