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It’s official: Buffalo Wings are no longer a meal in California

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State of California attempt to establish rules of operations for a bevy of industries during the coronavirus pandemic, one particular set of rules may ruffle a few feathers.

We regret to share that buffalo chicken wings do not constitute a meal, per the State of California.

As part of clarifying the definition of a meal for purposes of allowing bars to remain open or closed under Newsom’s shutdown orders, the state’s Alcoholic and Beverage Control announced a litany of items that are disqualifying as a “meal.”

They include, according to the guidelines:

  • Snacks such as pretzels, nuts, popcorn, pickles, and chips
  • Food ordinarily served as appetizers or first courses such as cheese sticks, fried calamari, chicken wings, pizza bites (as opposed to a pizza), egg rolls, pot stickers, flautas, cups of soup, and any small portion of a dish that may constitute a main course when it is not served in a full portion or when it is intended for sharing in small portions
  • Side dishes such as bread, rolls, French fries, onion rings, small salads (green, potato, macaroni, fruit), rice, mashed potatoes, and small portions of vegetables
  • Reheated refrigerated or frozen entrees
  • Desserts

In a post to Facebook late Monday night, Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R–Bakersfield) decried the state’s attempt to define a meal.

“The Governor of California now puts in writing what constitutes a meal where you can order alcohol – yep – he’s going to tell you what you can and cannot eat for a meal. No more salad and wine – no more beer and wings!

Alex Tavlian
Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.