Wingstop was chosen by the festival committee as the best overall wing company at the fifth annual National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 3. Wing King is the highest award given, exemplifying the best tasting wings, the ultimate in enthusiasm and spirit, and the fans favorite overall wing restaurant.
“We were proud to be honored with the 2006 Wing King award. To be recognized by festival promoters as embodying the spirit, enthusiasm and flavor of the National Buffalo Wing Festival – is truly an honor,” said Dave McDonald, director of technical services and Wingstop’s festival organizer. “We start planning a year in advance and had our sights setting on being named the Wing King this year. Chicken wings are our passion, we love showing it and this year being named Wing King proves it.”
For the third consecutive year, Wingstop’s Atomic sauce was ranked as one of the top three Traditional Extra Hot Sauces at the festival.
Festival attendees were entertained at Wingstop’s booth with Atomic wing eating challenges for adults, lemon pepper wing eating contests for children and stick horse races while they waited to chose from five of Wingstop’s nine proprietary flavors that were available at the festival.
Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings. The chain now serves boneless wings that are made from 100 percent all-white meat chicken breast coated with a proprietary batter and breading. Wingstop features nine wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are always made-to-order and served steaming hot. Customers can also choose from homemade side dishes: fresh-cut seasoned fries, bourbon baked beans, pearl potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vegetable sticks, rolls and assorted dipping sauces.
Wingstop has more than 550 restaurants either open or under development in 25 states and consistently tops industry growth rankings. Wingstop was chosen Festival Favorite Restaurant at the 2005 National Buffalo Wing Festival and their Cajun sauce took first place honors for the Best Creative Spicy Sauce in the festival’s blind taste test. In July 2005, Wingstop ranked number 13 in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains (ranked by percentage increase in units) and was ranked the number one chicken wing chain by Entrepreneur magazine in 2005. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Fame inductee, signed on as the chain’s national spokesman in 2003.
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