Wing Stop not worth flying to

The newest chain restaurant has invaded Greensburg but is not living up to the hype. Wing Stop, founded in 1994, opened its aviation-themed restaurant with 1930s and 1940s aviation decor in the Greengate Centre Circle in September, marking the first and only Pennsylvania franchise.

The company prides itself on its delicious wings that include the flavors original hot, Cajun, atomic, mild, teriyaki, lemon pepper, Hawaiian barbeque, garlic parmesan, and hickory smoked barbeque.
According to the company’s press release, “Wings are made fresh to order,” and “there are no heat lamps, microwaves or holding bins in the store. Side dishes are made from scratch and prepared daily in each location.”

By Katie Manni,
Staff Writer

The newest chain restaurant has invaded Greensburg but is not living up to the hype. Wing Stop, founded in 1994, opened its aviation-themed restaurant with 1930s and 1940s aviation decor in the Greengate Centre Circle in September, marking the first and only Pennsylvania franchise.

The company prides itself on its delicious wings that include the flavors original hot, Cajun, atomic, mild, teriyaki, lemon pepper, Hawaiian barbeque, garlic parmesan, and hickory smoked barbeque.
According to the company’s press release, “Wings are made fresh to order,” and “there are no heat lamps, microwaves or holding bins in the store. Side dishes are made from scratch and prepared daily in each location.”

I unofficially tried their product at the Club Fair/Community Day held by the Seton Hill Government Association (SHGA) on Tuesday, September 18. Wing Stop had free samples for anyone who attended.

They served lemon pepper, garlic parmesan, barbeque, and original hot wings.

The sampling of wings I received was disappointing, but because of my knowledge of food service, I blamed the poor quality wings on extended hot holding conditions. I was naïve in believing the wings would be better if I ordered them from actual establishment, so I set out on my journey.

Unfortunately, my second experience at the Wing Stop was not memorable. I ordered the lemon pepper and Hawaiian boneless wings, seasoned French fries, and a dinner roll.

The wings and dinner roll were mediocre, at best, and also expensive. I was expecting the Hawaiian wings to be have a pineapple-based barbeque sauce, but all I could taste was a light ginger flavor.
The fries, however, were better than I expected and played with the palate by combining sweet and salty seasoning.

Overall, I felt my money could have been better spent if I were to purchase frozen chicken strips and a prepared sauce. If you are still curious about the Wing Stop, give them a try. Maybe your taste buds are different from mine.