The Nutrition Facts for Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant Meals

Medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on July 28, 2016Written by Diana Wells on July 28, 2016
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Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular spot for those who enjoying watching sports games with their friends. But sticking to your healthy diet or weight loss plan can be challenging when eating out, especially with so many tempting options.

It’s hard to know which ones are OK and which ones to stay away from. We are going to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings and see what menu options are healthy and which ones would be better to skip.

History of Buffalo Wild Wings

The first Buffalo Wild Wings (or B-Dubs as they like to call it) restaurant opened in 1982 in Ohio. It was started by Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery. They wanted a place with Buffalo-style wings like the ones served in Buffalo, New York where they used to live.

The first location was near Ohio State University and quickly became popular with the college kids. It became the place to go for wings, beer, and sports. They continued to open other restaurants near other college campuses. In 1996 they had a new CEO who wanted to appeal to a broader range of people. The company continued to expand and eventually became publicly traded in 2003.

They now have locations in every United States state, the Middle East, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Can you eat at Buffalo Wild Wings if you are trying to lose weight?

When you are trying to lose weight and be social, it can be difficult since most social situations involve food or meeting up at restaurants. So if your friends want to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch a game, is there anything on the menu you can eat while sticking to your weight loss plan? The truth is that you can find things to eat, but you will have to ignore the temptation of some foods. You will also have to make some adjustments to your other meal selections that day in order to stay on track.

You may want to eat a small healthy snack beforehand to help you resist the really high-calorie options. Buffalo Wild Wings is not known for low-calorie foods, but with the right planning and adjustments, you can eat there without totally blowing your diet.

Are there healthy options at Buffalo Wild Wings?

Eating healthfully and eating out can be a tricky combination. While Buffalo Wild Wings wouldn’t fall under the category of healthy, there are healthier options you can choose. There are also particularly unhealthy options that you will want to avoid.

As with many restaurants, most of the menu options have a very high level of sodium. If that is something you need to avoid for medical reasons, it’s important to do your research before eating out. This will help you make an educated decision and know how much sodium you are consuming, so you can adjust accordingly.

It is recommended that you eat less than 2300 mg of sodium per day. There are a lot of menu items that far exceed the amount in that one item. That does not include sides or other meals you may eat that day.

Many menu options are high in calories and sodium, but we have chosen a few items that are lower in calories, fat, and sodium to help you make some healthier choices when dining out at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Healthier menu options

Menu itemCaloriesFatSodium
Celery sticks150 g80 mg
4 naked tenders plain2002 g1200 mg
Side salad1101.5 g650 mg
Kids’ chicken tenders, plain1501.5 g900 mg
Garden salad with grilled chicken2307 g121 mg
 

These are just a few selections that could be eaten on occasion within a healthy diet. Even these healthier options should not be eaten on a regular basis.

What are the least healthy options?

There are a number of unhealthy options on their menu. Those that were selected for our least healthy options are highest in calories, fat, and sodium. These are menu selections that you would do well to avoid if you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Least nutritious menu items

Menu itemCaloriesFatSodium
Buffalo mac and cheese137085 g4770 mg
Chicken Caesar salad67042 g3290 mg
Traditional wings, large, spicy garlic146086 g3540 mg
Boneless wings, large, Thai curry2040133 g7050 mg
Boneless wings, large, hot161088 g6960 mg
 

This is just a sample of the fat, calories, and sodium in many of the menu items. These are items that contain more than two or three times the amount of sodium recommended each day, and a high number of calories and fat. Everything combined make these dishes some of the unhealthiest on the menu.

Takeaway

Remember that the nutrition information for each of the items listed are for just that item alone. It does not include sauces, sides, or dressings. With this in mind, you can see that it would take planning and adjustments to be able to stick to a healthy diet or weight loss plan. However, if you don’t want to be left out the next time your friends go to Buffalo Wild Wings, you can make it work. There are many temptations on their menu that have a large number of calories, fat, and sodium. If you are able to resist those and stick to healthier options, you can join your friends and cheer on your favorite sport’s team.

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