RE: Buffalo Wild Wings
I think it depends on the location. I grew up in CNY/WNY and am fairly picky when it comes to wings. I went to the location in Greenville, NC about 4 years ago and thought they did a pretty decent job on Buffalo wings. I can't tell you about any of their other wings, like honey bbq and such, because I only eat buffalo wings, especially when I'm trying to ascertain how good of a wing place they are.
Of course, a lot can change in a place in four years, and I can imagine that the quality can vary substantially from place to place. But, my experience a few years back at Buffalo Wild Wings in Greenville, NC was pretty good. A lot better than Quaker Steak, Hooters, and other chains, for sure!
I suspect, as the place grows and continues to franchise out, things will deteriorate. Which may also contribute to people once giving it rave reviews, while current reviews are less than stellar.
But, I do forget how awesome wings are back home. I went to sort of a dive bar to watch PSU play the Alamo bowl. Their food was nothing special----except the wings. Which prooved my theory, that even a dive bar in CNY can make better wings than just about any place around here.