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Not chicken and you like it hot? Give Wild Wing Cafe a try

Try the 12-wing plate with 'The Gold Rush Wing' and 'The Boss' and a side of fries at Wild Wing Cafe.
Try the 12-wing plate with 'The Gold Rush Wing' and 'The Boss' and a side of fries at Wild Wing Cafe. Jason Vorhees/The Telegraph

Wild Wing Cafe has cold beer and chicken wings. That’s a winning combination.

And if you like beer with wings, burgers, sandwiches, nachos, maybe served by a 22-year-old waitress, you’re probably going to like Wild Wing.

I feel like I should just take the rest of this review off, because that’s really about it.

Wild Wing is a great place to watch a game. The food is well above average for bar food. There’s a ton of variety and quality across the menu. The fries are absolutely excellent.

I saw the Georgia-Auburn game there. Wild Wing didn’t help the Bulldogs tackle, but the full bar helped me watch them try.

Wild Wing also attracts the family crowd. The restaurant allows smoking on the porch, but it’s partitioned off well enough that I don’t think it’s a problem for non-smokers.

I like the festive atmosphere, but Wild Wing is friendly enough that it’s suitable for kids, too. Though a plate full of buffalo wings is not going to help the childhood obesity epidemic ... .

But I digress, because they have salads, too. I mean, I haven’t tried them because they’re not coated in butter or Tabasco sauce (well, except for the “Big Buffalo Chicken Salad”), but between the salads and some of the chicken dishes, I think you could cobble together a few healthy meals.

As for the wings, they’re very good. Big and meaty and well sauced. As with every wing restaurant, if you want them hot, order them extra hot.

I’ve been to Buffalo and had wings there. They taste better at the Wild Wing in Macon, possibly because Buffalo is pretty much a terrible place. But it’s the 33 flavors of variety that set Wild Wing apart from other wing joints.

The smallest order is 8 wings, which they charge $6.39 for. That’s about 80 cents a wing, for you Auburn graduates.

If you want to mix and match a bunch of flavors you pretty much have to order the 25-wing platter, which gets you five different sauces for $18.99.

These are reasonable prices, but it can get a little expensive to try a lot of variety at once. Also, the blue cheese they give you is too small, and they charge for extra dipping sauces. But that about covers all of my complaints, other than the aforementioned ability to improve Georgia’s tackling.

Does Wild Wing have the best wings in town? I have no idea.

Do they offer the largest variety in wings? That seems likely. Surely no one else has such a large and solid menu of other items to back up their selection of wings. I particularly like some of the wraps they offer.

Should you visit if you like beer, waitresses and absolutely excellent bar food? Without a doubt.

Wild Wing isn’t 4-star dining. But you wouldn’t judge it against 4-star dining. For what it is, Wild Wing is among the best places in town. I’ll give it 3.5 stars, with a lean toward a perfect score of 4.

Wild Wing Cafe

3.5 stars

Address: 5080 Riverside Drive, The Shoppes at River Crossing, Bibb County

Phone: (478) 477-9453

Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Price range: 8 wings for $6.39. Sandwiches, wraps and burgers from $6.59 to $8.79

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: Yes, on the porch

Alcohol: Full bar

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Medium to high

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Health Rating: 100

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