I hate it when I make myself a lunch and then forget to pick it up on my way out of the house when I head to work in the morning. Not because it gives me an opportunity to go out to lunch, which I rarely do, and to have something hot to eat instead of a boring ham and cheese sandwich, but because that sandwich has been sitting out all day it won’t be fit to save and eat tomorrow. Oh well, mistakes happen and you just have to do what you have to do…and sometimes that means going out to eat for lunch.

If you know anything about Atlanta area geography, my office is in the middle of a triangle with corners more or less in Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead and Doraville. To say that the area is diverse is a bit of an understatement as there are people here from just about any cultural region in the world. As you can imagine, it’s not hard to find one or more restaurants purveying cuisine typical of those regions if you’ve adventurous enough to give them try.

I wasn’t feeling overly adventurous today so I decided to head to J. Buffalo Wings, a little wings and sandwich shop up Buford Highway a mile or so from my office. J. Buffalo Wings is a local chain with 10 locations around Atlanta and one location in Athens.

I’ve been to J. Buffalo wings a couple of times in the past at the suggestion of one of my co-workers. Usually I order the Philly cheesesteak and fries but this time around I was jonesin’ for some wings. I ordered the 10-wing special with medium wing sauce. When the girl at the counter asked me if I wanted fries or fried rice I decided to change things change things up and get house fried rice instead of fries. That turned out to be a good choice.

My order came out fairly quickly. The wings weren’t quite as large as I’ve had at some of the other wings joints I’ve been to but they weren’t scrawny either and the sauce was quite good. I was a bit surprised at the size of the side of fried rice that would have easily filled up of a typical Chinese ‘half-order’ fried rice take out container. They weren’t stingy with the meats in the fried rice which included chicken, beef, pork and shrimp. I added a little soy sauce to the rice to suit my own tastes.

So how did J. Buffalo Wings do on the Thumbs Scale? I couldn’t find a reason to give them less than 2 out of a possible 2. The wings were quite good and the fried rice was easily as good as any I’ve had and may have even overshadowed the wings just a bit. I’ll definitely be going back…probably when I forget my lunch again.

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