Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wild Wings Café – Knoxville Tennessee

This restaurant is not to be confused with Buffalo Wild Wings.  It took us about 3 years after we moved to East Tennessee to stumble on this place as its tucked away on the back side at the far west end of Knoxville’s Turkey Creek Shopping area.

The setting is not what one would expect behind a huge shopping complex and near I-40!  The structure and setting reminds me of a Bahama Breeze Restaurant. I ‘borrowed’ this photo from the Internet as our most recent visit to Wild Wings Café was this winter…

This photo was also ‘borrowed’… I like it because it shows the inside of this very large restaurant and entertainment venue at a very busy time…large crowds and lots going on!

Our photo shows a portion of the inside of the restaurant looking from our table over toward the big bar area.  Wild Wings Café is not just a restaurant and it’s not just an entertainment venue…it’s also a huge sports bar.  Look at all the flat screen Televisions!

Speaking of entertainment, to check out some of the free live music events scheduled at Wild Wings Café, you can go to

The food at Wild Wings Café is all about comfort and quality sports bar cuisine. We both ordered the Legendary House Salad topped with bacon and cheese, served with balsamic vinegar dressing and a piece of cheesy Texas toast. ($1.99) It was very nice…

On a previous visit, we both ordered the Big Buffalo Chicken Salad. ($8.99) For this salad you choose between fried or grilled chicken and then you specify the marinade for the chicken.  The chicken is then served on cold crisp greens with cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, bacon and it’s served with homemade blue cheese dressing.  It was an excellent and very satisfying dinner salad!

Other dinner salads include: Incredible Chargrilled Chicken Salad; Café Club Salad; Fajita Fiesta Salad; Totally Terrific Thai Chicken Salad; The Wild Chef, and; Hunky, Chunky Chicken Salad.  Prices range from $7.49 to $9.99.

I ordered a bowl of the soup of the day… ($3.99) I can’t remember what it was…and I can’t find my receipt…but I think it was broccoli cheese soup.  It’s one of my favorites! 

As might be expected in a sports bar, there are no less than 30 appetizers on the menu at Wild Wings Café.  On our next visit I plan to try the Hot Shots ($6.49), spicy sausage and cheese fritters with honey mustard for dipping, and the Drunken Shrimp ($7.99), shrimp plunged into beer marinade and broiled then served with bread for sopping up the sauce.

Laurie decided to try one of Wild Wings Café’s 7” Flatbread Pizzas.  This is the Pepperoni with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. ($4.99) While it wasn’t the best pizza ever, it was very nice and it hit the spot.  In addition to 3 other Flatbread Pizzas, Wild Wings Café offers Wild Wraps, Sandwiches, Burgers and Sliders…along with 8 different extras or sides…

As per the company website, Wild Wing Cafe was born at the beach.  Specifically the first restaurant opened on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island.  “…vacationing families and laid-back locals flocked to the town’s first-ever restaurant to serve gourmet chicken wings and buckets of ice cold beer.”  The first Wild Wing Cafe opened in the late 1990s with only eight sauces and rubs as compared to the plethora of choices offered today.  

Did I forget the wings?  Well…what can I say!  We were hungry and we’d skipped lunch.  So since we were dining on a day when Wild Wings Café was offering all the wings you could eat for a fixed price, we placed an order for our first batch of 10 wings…and then our second batch of 10!  We chose several sauces for our wings…and there are no less than 33 options!  We tried 4 different sauces…Atomic Meltdown, Red Dragon, Flaming Parmesan and The Slayer.  The wings were very good indeed!

With 33 wing sauces and rubs, it seems fitting that the company now has 33 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Tennessee.  Our Knoxville location is at 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive.  Phone: 865-777-9464.  Website: We’ll be joining a group at Wild Wings Café for dinner and some bluegrass music in late April…but we will be back for the wings and appetizers before then!

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. We'll have to give it a try as we love wings. We went to a sports bar last night and the food was very good but very slow and I won't be going back.

  2. Wow---never heard of that place... The food looks great --and is reasonably priced... Thanks for this info.

    That snow was a surprise yesterday to many.... My son in Chattanooga lucky headed home early --so he made it. Others did not make it home.


  3. I'll have to keep an eye out for it in Florida. Very reasonably priced food & generous servings, especially that first salad for $1.99. I would have been surprised with the setting too. Very nice David.

  4. Dear Dave, Sounds like a nice place with a very nice setting.
    The salad looks good and the soup seems nice. I like broccoli cheddar too.
    The pizza looks nice though the wings sound really good and reasonable at all you can eat!
    Glad you had a nice time.
    Blessings, Catherine