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Chicken wing sections that are traditionally fried without breading and then coated in sauce.

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Chicken Wings - Eating "Buffalo" Wings Like a Buffalonian

  • Jul 1, 2013
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Buffalo wings may be one of the most famous and beloved bar foods in the United States, but when one goes in and orders up a plate of these simple little delicacies, are they really getting buffalo wings? In most instances, they're not. Buffalo wings were invented in the city of Buffalo, New York, in 1964 at the Anchor Bar by Teressa and Frank Bellissimo. The story of just how they came about tends to vary from telling to telling, but what's inarguable is that they happened. The Anchor Bar is still around, by the way, alive and well right in its original Buffalo location. The Anchor Bar is still considered one of the supreme destinations for wing kings, although there are a million different spots in Buffalo where you can get a perfectly good plate of wings. The most renowned location away from The Anchor Bar is Duff's, a local chain with three or four locations. People in Buffalo will take arguments about the best wing spots well into the night. The legendary pizzeria La Nova and Just Pizza are among dozens of other popular spots, but The Anchor Bar and Duff's are easily the two giants of Wing Town. If Buffalo ever breaks out in civil war, it WILL be over those two wing spots.

Forget all the imitators, like Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo is still the only city on Earth that does proper wings. Everyone on the outside just screws it up. There's absolutely no debate about the right way to prepare buffalo wings: You deep fry them. I know oven cooking has its champions, but then they're not wings. The real deal is ALWAYS done in oil in the deep fryer. Also, when I say wings, I mean WINGS - not those itty bitty little popples that are thumb-size. REAL wings are about the size of your fist. Once they're done deep frying, you slather them in hot sauce. For an authentic wing, make sure it's Frank's Hot Sauce. It's like going to Philadelphia and ordering a cheesesteak: There are NO substitutes. If anyone asks you what kind of sauce you want on your wings, you're at the wrong joint. All the wings in Buffalo are served with hot sauce unless you ask otherwise. Carrots and celery and blue cheese on the side. The wings themselves are normally a side dish to a pizza. If you're complaining about your cholesterol at this point, why the hell are you even eating out?

In Buffalo, to properly order a dish of wings, it takes only a trio of words: Double wings hot! The first is the size of the order: Single, double, or triple. Single is ten, double 20, and triple, well, you can figure it out. The second is the order itself, the wings. No, no one in Buffalo ever calls them buffalo wings. They're just wings. If you're being formal, they're chicken wings. Asking for buffalo wings will net you nothing but confused looks from the server and mark you as the person from out of town. The final word is the degree of hotness in the sauce: Mild, medium, or hot. Make a note that if you ever drop into Duff's, every sauce degree is one up from what the label says. Mild is medium, medium is hot, hot is very hot, and they do serve a very hot there which I'm not crazy enough to try to order. The highest heat degree served at Duff's is called Suicide, and that's the official name. Be very, VERY careful with those suckers.

Wash down with ice-cold beer or pop while bitching about the terrible fortunes of the local sports teams. There's plenty to bitch about.

Real wings should be crispy on the outside, more tender on the inside. The meat can't afford to be dry, and you shouldn't be fighting to chew or drinking as you chew. The main taste of the wings comes from the chicken skin being dunked in hot sauce. Proper wings DO have bones - none of this boneless bullshit, that's watering them down for the masses. They're also large - if you're trying to eat wings smaller than your thumb, they're not proper wings, and that's that.

Wings are an integral part of the culture in Buffalo. They're the city's contribution to the American cuisine landscape. You know how ubiquitous they are in Buffalo? Let me put it this way: There's a nationally famous festival, the Chicken Wing Festival, which is held every year in Buffalo. That festival might sound like a fatherly tradition dating back to the 70's, but nope! The Chicken Wing Festival was only first held in 2002, and it was inspired by a late 90's animated movie called Osmosis Jones, in which Bill Murray played a character who lived a very unhealthy lifestyle and was determined to get to a chicken wing festival in Buffalo. It was a natural idea, but chicken wings are such a part of the culture here that we were taking them for granted and ignoring a great idea for a festival. The city's light flipped on and, a few years later, the Chicken Wing Festival was an annual tradition drawing vendors from all over the world.

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July 03, 2013
I love Buffalo wings! what an epic write up in time for July 4th too!
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Quick Tip by . January 24, 2013
One of my absolute favorite "dipping" foods.  I don't know what it is, but the combination of crispy chicken wings, hot sauce, and ranch dressing (others prefer blue cheese, but I don't like the stuff at all) just screams "perfect."  I prefer my wings "naked," since I think breading can give wings an unsavory, soggy texture that makes it more filling than it should.  Wings are a perfect companion with a good pizza and bunch of your friends …
review by . October 13, 2010
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I can still remember a time when even in commercials we would hear about how expensive buffalo wings were.  Some places would advertise them cheap at $1 each and thats damn expensive when you think about it.  A plate of 8 would run you......$8!      With the advent however of every sports bar, chain pizza parlor, grocery stores and even specialized locations, you can see how public demand made the price of those delicous little chicken wings got the price down, more …
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2010
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My wife and I make amazing buffalo wings. The ingredients to the sauce are:  1 cube butter  1/2 cup garlic   24 oz tomato paste  approx 2/3 of a bottle white wine  A quart of Tabasco sauce  (added in that order, giving time to cook a bit between additions). The wings are then marinated in the resulting sauce, then roasted in it. in the oven. Very, very spicy though!
Quick Tip by . October 15, 2010
We lived in the Buffalo area for fourteen years in the 80's and grew to love "wings". There were so many places to enjoy a serving of wings with the celery and blue cheese on the side. Done right they are plump, fall from the bone and melt in your mouth. We were always given the option of mild, medium or hot, and we could divide our order to have some of each.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
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I've had good wings, bad wings but the idea is great. Little pieces of chicken with a tangy sauce on them.
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A Buffalo wing, hot wing, chicken wing, or wing are chicken wing sections (drummettes and flats) that are traditionally fried without breading and then coated in sauce. Classic Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is composed of two ingredients: a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter.  Buffalo wings are traditionally served with cut celery and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo wings are named after their place of origin, Buffalo, New York. The local residents of Buffalo generally refer to them as "wings" or "chicken wings" rather than "Buffalo wings". The appellation "Buffalo" is also now commonly applied to foods other than wings (such as chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, and popcorn chicken) that are seasoned with the Buffalo-style sauce or variations of it.
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