New Year, New Food

Photo: Heather Yeomans

Meagan Greene

While some students stick to health and fitness for their New Year’s resolutions, Statesboro offers the resolution of trying new food.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar, less formally known as BWW Bar and Grill, is a franchise with locations all over the United States and Canada, popular for their Buffalo wings.

“Our main focus is beer, wings and sports,” Ryan Allen, the front house manager at the Buffalo Wild Wings located off of North Side Drive, said. “The restaurant hopes to bring the community together with a good time of watching sports teams go head to head on the big screen TV’s.”

“Over the break a lot of locals came in, even when the college was out. I believe the president of Southern has visited as well,” Allen said.

Things that really set this business apart from other sports bars in the area include amenities such as a juke box that is run by an app added to your phone making any song you’d like to hear readily available along with Buzztime Player Portal that allows guests to play trivia against other customers live.

Along with the new technology and beer you can drink, the food is a big part of what makes BWW the place to be this year.

“My favorite food would have to be wings with Parmesan garlic sauce and buffalo chips with buffalo seasoning and jack cheddar cheese. They are on point,” Allen said.

“I like their lemon pepper wings and their ranch is really good, better than most places I’ve been,” Anna Denison, sophomore public relations major, said.

South City Tavern

South City Tavern is a bar that has a quaint, concession style food area, where you can walk right up to the window and order.  Local entrepreneur Chris Springfield, who also owns the Capital Room in Athens, GA, owns this joint.

The South City menu doesn’t differ much from the norm with classic appetizers such as spinach and artichoke dip and other traditional starters.

As far as entrees at South City go, the new spot serves up burgers including options like “The Quickie,” which is a simple burger served with cheese ketchup & mustard and the “Heart Attack Burger” which is topped with an onion ring and PBR sauce.

Along with burgers there is a selection of wings and wieners such as “The Dexter” which is a hot dog with sautéed onions and sweet BBQ sauce.

Ryan Hughs, bartender at South City Tavern, said, “The food is awesome at South City, my favorite thing to order is the mac and cheese bites.”

El Jalapeno

Taking the place of what used to be the Jaman Caribbean Café, El Jalapeño is yet another business that is new to this area.

El Jalapeño is a traditional Mexican style restaurant that offers meals and sides that your typical Mexican restaurant would offer

Also on the menu there is a section for those out there who have nixed the meat and would like a solely vegetarian dish such as bean burritos, veggie quesadillas and chalupas.

The prices are low and the quality is high at this restaurant that now joins the competition for Mexican- and Latino-inspired food against other places in the area, such as El Sombrero and El Rinconcito.