Skip to comments.Some not impressed by McDonald's new wings
Posted on 10/12/2013 2:07:12 PM PDT by SamAdams76
McDonalds Corp. has started serving chicken wings, but some locals say the new item may not fly in Gainesville.
Coinciding with the beginning of football season, Mighty Wings have temporarily joined the menu until mid-November.
Hoss Rice, a manager at Gators Dockside, said hes not concerned about the competition because atmosphere plays an important role in attracting customers. The people that are going to go to McDonalds for chicken wings are just driving on their way home and are like, Man, I really want some wings, and I dont have time to go somewhere good, he said. Alexis Thomas, a 21-year-old nursing sophomore at Santa Fe College, said she doesnt think McDonalds poses a significant threat to existing wing joints because, as of right now, the restaurant only offers one flavor.
I think if they switch it up and add original or buffalo, it will make an effect, she said.
However, Thomas said she thinks the atmosphere doesnt have as much influence if the food is good.
The way your food is made determines whether or not you want to eat there, she said. Depending on how hungry you are, you are going to want to sit there and eat regardless. All you are worried about is getting that food in your mouth while its hot.
David Alexander, a 22-year-old UF telecommunication junior, expressed a different sentiment about fast-food wings.
I think what makes the best wings is the quality of the chicken and how well theyre seasoned, he said.
Alexander said atmosphere does play a large role in the settings in which people traditionally enjoy wings.
You eat wings while youre watching a football game, and you cant really do that at McDonalds, he said.
McDonalds is just trying to find a way to capitalize on a popular food that everyone enjoys, he said.
I dont think they are truly mastering the craft of chicken wings, Alexander said.
There has been an enormous amount of excitement across our great nation over the past month concerning these chicken wings. With respect to McDonalds, this is said to be the most revolutionary product since the Egg McMuffin debuted back in 1972.
Now this is a crazy idea...take the drumsticks and "wings" from chickens, deep fry them in batter, and offer them for sale as an entree item, along with the requisite side order of fries with milkshake.
Offered up in cardboard boxes in sizes of 3, 5 and 10, this is truly a daring move by McDonalds. Unlike other products that are heavily processed, like chicken nuggets that is essentially chicken by-products chopped into a pinkish slurry before being reformed into "nugget" shapes, McDonalds pretty much keeps their "Mighty Wings" in its natural state. They just tear off the drumsticks and wings from the actual chickens and serve them up as is.
Due to the buzz over these "Might Wings", I stopped into a McDonalds franchise and ordered a cardboard box containing five wings - three drumsticks and two wings - and proceeded to eat them, sans sauce.
There was definitely a lot of batter on these wings that was very filling. It seems that they are heavy on the batter. But once I got down to the actual meat, it was moist and tender, just how you expect an actual piece of cooked chicken to taste. But I definitely had way more batter than actual chicken meat.
It had been a while since I walked into a McDonalds (except to use the bathroom on a long road trip) but I found the restaurant to be mostly clean. The restaurant was located in a rather sketchy area of Rye, NY so the clientele was on the low-rent side, mostly people in sweatclothes and ball caps, staring glumly off into space as they munched on their food. There were a few misbehaving kids who were squirming and making whiny noises that were totally ignored by their parents. But I couldn't ignore them as much as I wanted to.
While the chicken wings were not terrible, I do not think I would go to McDonalds to order them again. If I want chicken wings, I will typically go to a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise, where I can sit at the bar and drink craft beer while watching whatever sports event is happening at the time.
Speaking of Buffalo Wild Wings, they must have over 100 large screens in their restaurants scattered about the area. Their restaurants are brightly lit with loud music and a very convivial atmosphere. Not exactly a yuppie crowd but not a low-rent crowed either. Kind of a working class crowd but more on the cubicle paper-pushing side and not of the bus driver/construction worker/warehouse worker variety.
Those look like grease balls....ugh
McDonald’s should stick with In N Out’s approach.
Me & my wife tried these new wings. YUCK! A dried out greasy mess. First and last time.
Best wings in Florida....Anthonys!!!
There’s nothing but skin, grease, breading, and seasoning on a wing anyway.
I wonder what happens to the rest of the chicken after they tear off the wings. Chicken salad? Chicken wrap? We may never know.
I read some McDees wing reviews.
“Customers might look at the prices and question the value. The wings come in packs of three for $3.69, five for $5.59, and 10 for $9.69. That sounds expensive for fast food, but customers are getting their money’s worth.”
They gotta nuts to think of keeping that price point.
If McDonalds wants to sell its crappy wings, draft beer and a big screen might help.
For what they were, I liked the ones I had and would get them again. Were they “Buffalo” Wings? No, they were spicy chicken wings like you would get at Popeye’s.
I got mine at a McDs in beautiful Metter, GA. There isn’t anything else around.
As for “flavors”, if I want flavored wings, I get “buffalo” wings. Why would you want any other flavor? Leave that for the “Buffalo” wing restaurants.
Those are wings, they are half-wings.
We all say McDonald’s food tastes like crap but I bet you there isn’t one American alive today who hasn’t been to one of their restaurants at least once in their lives. They’re an American institution, and who cares if their wings are horrible.
They suck, especially for $1 each.
I stop at McDonald’s twice a year, on the way to Maine and back again. I like to order a Big Mac meal with fries. Used to be a small order of fries, but since Muchelle put her oar in, I now order a medium order of fries. Thanks, Muchelle.
I actually like the taste of a Big Mac. And twice a year shouldn’t be enough to kill me.
“McDonalds is just trying to find a way to capitalize on a popular food that everyone enjoys, he said.”
Well Duh! Welcome to business 101, how far did they have to look to find such brilliance. And the manager from the Dockside, which I am sure has a bar, that said he’s not worried because McDonald’s can’t compete with their atmosphere? Double duh! No kidding a place that serves booze, wings and probably has multiple big screens to watch the game on not worried. I’m shocked, shocked I say.
Wings were HUGE about 5 years ago.... talk about late on the curve
There was a local c-store that had a deep fryer and sold chicken, lol, probably better than McD’s... lol. More adventurous anyways
I make my own BBQ wings and they are goooood! My opinion of course since I eat all of them myself.
(she died in 2002)
Quarter pounder with cheese, filet o fish sandwiches, egg mcmuffins, and of course their world famous fries are what I like from them. Hmmm. I live only two blocks away from one. Think I’ll go help an American company by spending my money at one of their restaurants right now. Forget about the sushi I was craving right now, I want a quarter pounder, fries, and hot fudge sundae. Yum yum.
A friend of mine’s favorite part of chicken was the wing. Way before Buffalo wings became popular. I like the dark meat. Breasts are OK for a sandwich but any of the dark pieces are better.
The main criticism seems to be simple snobbery.
I stop at McDonalds twice a year, on the way to Maine and back again. I like to order a Big Mac meal with fries
That’s funny because I eat the same meal twice a year when I go through Moab, UT on my way to southwestern Wyoming. LOL
They are my only McDonalds meals of the year.
I used to like the QP, but I just can’t eat it anymore without getting horrible indigestion. Ditto on the fries, they just don’t agree with me. Gee, it’s hard getting old! LOL. I will occasionally have a sausage & egg bagel for breakfast (no cheese and no “fake” butter sauce). They’re okay. Dunkin Donuts has better ones.
I stop at a McDonald’s in New Hampshire. And the dogs in the back seat love it, because there’s a little river that runs behind the parking lot, and they can get a drink and cool off, as well as do their duties.
“McDonalds should stick with In N Outs approach.
Indeed, thats the way the original McDonalds started. The McDonald brothers owned a drive in where they sold all sorts of food besides just burgers, fires and shakes. They even served seafood. But they noticed that the vast majority of their sales came from the burgers, fries and shakes. They took a risk in eliminating all other food from their menu and decided to sell burgers, fries, shakes, and sodas only. Their gamble paid off. It was a success.
One problem I think McDonalds has is that it has too many menu items. Keep it simple like In and Out. There menu board has too many items on it. Yes, I know In and Out had a secret menu.
Another thing is their food isn’t that great for the price they charge.
Oh yeah. Been there numerous times. Chicken sandwiches there are the best and the one I go to has good milkshakes too.
Since Obama, McDonald's accepts EBT now, which might be the target crowd for this.
My son makes the BEST wings. He buys BIG ones at Sprouts, marainates them, grills them, makes dipping sauces. They are SO good! McDonalds can’t match this PERFECTION! he is 1600 miles away. I miss him and I miss his cooking!
EBT should only be for real food, like the old government commodities, should never be for fast food or junk food
Wow, I thought most democrats stop nursing at 10 or 15, but 21? What the heck do I know, though.
I don't patronize establishments that glorify or target thugs or gang bangers in their advertising so won't be trying their wings anyway.
The thinking now is EBT is a permanent way of life so we can't deny them anything the working class has. There is little work they can do anymore that a computerized machine can't do better, faster, cheaper.
I avoid McDonalds, generally, but will eat there as a last resort if I am traveling or unable to find the time to go to a sit down place.
If you get the fries fresh, they are pretty good, and the $1 soft serve ice cream cone is good.
But that is about it.
Did you ascertain the identity of the person spitting in the batter?
They sure don’t look like the genuine chicken wings that can be had in Buffalo.
I have seen a lot of advertizing of *Buffalo wings* and *Buffalo style wings* and have yet to actually have any resemble the real item.
Want real Buffalo wings? Get them in Buffalo.
Nonsense...you don't need to go to Hamburg, New York to get an original Hamburger...
My mom often makes similar comments about the price of wings. As a kid, we often had fried chicken wings for dinner. I always thought it was a treat. I didn’t realize it was also a way that mom could feed a family of seven for very little money. They were a “butcher’s cut”, cheap parts that you could get for next to nothing.
We also ate a lot of beef shanks (makes a good pot roast), another once cheap cut that’s gotten pricey.
I’m not a huge fan of most wing places. Usually there’s too much breading for my liking, and some of the sauces get kind of silly in their heat level, IMHO. What’s the point of eating a chicken wing if the Nuclear/Death Sauce if all that you can taste?
For me, the best hot wing is a perfect balance of crispy, salty, and tangy-hot. Seasoned flour for the coating, deep-fried until golden and crunchy, then tossed in a sauce made of melted butter and a splash or two of Frank’s hot sauce (I prefer the vinegary tang of those kind of pepper sauces to straight Tabasco).
Celery sticks and homemade bleu cheese dip on the side.
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