B-Macs on Buffalo in Warsaw has a less traditional wing served up short-order style

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By: Michael Tomko
miketomko@outlook.com

Michael Tomko

Last week I called into a radio station, answered a trivia question about a David Spade movie, and won a couple tickets to his stand-up act. I guess all those late nights in college watching Tommy Boy and Black Sheep have finally paid off. I had to go to Warsaw to pick up the tickets, so I figured I would check out the downtown area and get some lunch.

There were a couple of places to eat near the courthouse. I walked past a Mad Anthony’s and an Italian place, but a chrome storefront on an old building with a weird name caught my eye. It was called B-mac’s on Buffalo and it was open for lunch.

The place looks like an old soda shop from the ’50s. I’m not sure on the history of the place, but the décor looked a little older and used, which would make me think it was an original soda shop rather than a renovated old building decorated to look like one. It has a counter that spans the whole front and the cooking equipment behind it for all to observe.

When I go to visit a small town, especially a county seat with an old town square and a big courthouse in the middle, I usually try to find somewhere small and unique to eat at. This place fit the bill perfectly. I didn’t really have wings on my mind when I drove out to Warsaw, but I thought this would be a cool place to highlight. I was curious how they made them here, so I put an order in for some.

You can’t get wings by themselves here, so I ordered the basket. The basket only contains four wings but it came on a bed of waffle fries. The wings have no sauce but come with a thick deep-fried breading.

Even before I took a bite, I could tell what I had here. To put it simply, these are chicken strips with bones in them. The breading is thick and hard, just like you would put on a chicken strip. I believe the whole wing was breaded, cooked and then frozen. It was probably bought by the restaurant in bulk and then just re-cooked in the fryer when ordered, just like they do with chicken strips.

This isn’t a bad way to cook wings — they are actually pretty good — but it is just not my preferred way of having them served. The breading is thick and hard when you bite through and it actually does preserve the chicken a little to prevent it from becoming overcooked.

The breading is also salty and contains quite a bit of heat. There is a layer between the breading and chicken that contains the cayenne pepper, probably mixed in with the flour to attach the breading before cooking the first time. I would say the heat is about a 3 out of 4 on the scale.

The price is really high for these too. It was six bucks for four wings and some fries. Even if you account two dollars for the fries you still have a CPW of 100 cents. I’ve been told that when running a restaurant it is usually cheaper to prepare the food yourself than to order it already prepared. This would help explain why price of these wings would be higher than better quality wings at other establishments.

I usually do not order wings at a short order fast food place like this, but I was curious to see what the wings would be like. When McDonalds tried their wing experiment, they used these type of wings. The special was a sloppy joe sandwich that day and it would have probably blown the roof off the wings.

Although the wings weren’t the best I have ever had, B-mac’s is a neat place and definitely worth checking out if you are in Warsaw for breakfast or lunch.

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