Several weeks ago, Mike, Marty, and I ended up visiting Wingstop for lunch. I forgot how it was decided but I remember asking them about it on several occasions prior because I’ve never heard of the brand before coming to Tennessee. Having been exposed to two of the more well known names in the chicken wings business (Buffalo Wild Wings and Wing Zone) and being a fan of wings altogether, I was eager to try it.
Wingstop is a franchise brand of restaurants with a focus only on chicken wings and sides. The theme for Wingstop is based on nostalgic aviation memorabilia but I didn’t notice any such theme from the Murfreesboro location. Owned by Roark Capital Group, Wingstop is a chain of over 600 restaurants with the endorsement of Troy Aikman, who Wingstop claims to be their #1 fan.
Wingstop’s menu is fairly simple: consisting only of chicken wings, boneless wings, and boneless strips available with 9 different sauces and 9 different sides. One of the things I liked about Wingstop is that I was offered samples of any sauce I was curious about. This makes a big difference because some chicken wing restaurants boast nearly a dozen+ sauces, but if you’ve never been a customer there, you end up taking a gamble on a flavor that you might hate.
If there is anything to complain about, I will say that there are two things: the wait and the price. The first complaint really isn’t that big of a deal because you can order in advance over the phone. Otherwise you’ll find yourself waiting at least 10 minutes for your food because everything at Wingstop is made to order. Secondly, the price is a little steep. I ordered a 10 wing combo that was listed on the menu for $8.49. This included 10 wings (5 in parmesan garlic and 5 in mild), fresh cut seasoned fries, a dipping sauce (bleu cheese), and a drink. Had I ordered à la carte, I would have been paying over $10 just for a lunch. Ouch.
While not initially impressed with Wingstop, I ended up eating my words because after taking my first few bites of my food, I was hooked. The wings are about average sized but are fried to a light, crispy outside texture. Each piece had a comfortable amount of meaty chicken goodness and was slathered with a generous amount of the sauce. The mild sauce was exactly what I expected: the right amount of vinegary tang and gentle warmth. My favorite however, was the parmesan garlic sauce. The sauce reminded me a lot of a garlic butter sauce you would use in spaghetti. It was buttery with a hint of garlic and a generous coating of parmesan sprinkles.
Last but not least are their seasoned fries… These fries are unlike any fresh cut fries I’ve ever had. Imagine the best fresh cut fry you’ve ever had: golden brown, piping hot, and a crispy outside… and then add a subtle sweetness to it. These were so good, no ketchup was needed. While savoring each fry, I deduced that the seasoning had sugar in it. Marty didn’t believe me and asked a staff member if the seasoning had sugar, which they confirmed that I was right. With Marty’s order, he got a side of cheese sauce for the fries which complemented their fries perfectly. A+!
My visit to Wingstop was started out decent and ended even up better. As I said before, the wait for the food can be alleviated by ordering over the phone in advance. The price on the other hand, is something you’ll have to deal with if you’re willing to try Wingstop. Of course if you love chicken wings and fries, then my review should make your decision that much simpler.
452 N Thompson Lane, Ste C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-4310