Buffalo’s Chicken Wing Crawl

By: Megan Pasche

There are some places that are synonymous with a type of food, and Buffalo is one of the best examples. Growing up, it was a Friday night ritual, going over to Buffalo for some pizza and wings. The appeal of Buffalo’s most famous export, wings, hasn’t diminished any since then, if anything, the popularity has only continued to grow. Nowadays, there is a entire crawl dedicated to this delicacy. And you can’t visit Buffalo without trying them at least once.

Almost every neighborhood has wings somebody, somewhere calls their favorite; so trying to name, “the best” is an often fruitless endeavor. What people can agree upon however, is that most of the places with the “best” wings, source their wings from the same provider and use a similar ratio of butter and Frank’s Hot Sauce. This article highlights some suggestions: some popular restaurants and some more hidden gems. Either way, you are sure to find some delicious tasty treats.

Anchor Bar

This place is touted as the “home of the original Buffalo wings.” They serve over 1000 pounds of wings every day, and have locations in Buffalo, Williamsville and Hamilton, Ontario. Their Buffalo restaurant is located at 1047 Main Street. It serves as a kind of “chicken wing museum” with memorabilia adorning the walls. Bar Bill Tavern

This bar located in East Aurora can get filled up quickly, as they have quite a dedicated following. They have delicious wings and rumor has it that the Teriyaki ones are some of the best you will find. If you’ve never been there before, it can be a bit intimidating. When you get there, you need to talk to a bartender to get your name on a list for a table. They take only cash. Located at 185 Main Street.

Duff’s

This place has one of the widest varieties for sauces, and their wings are super saucy and super crispy. Their warning states, “medium is hot, medium hot is very hot, and hot is very, very hot.” The original Duff’s is located at 3651 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. Duff’s wings are also served at Buffalo Savors Grill at Seneca Buffalo Creek.

Kelly’s Korner

This looks like a bit of a dive bar from the outside, but on the inside, you’ll find to-die-for wings. Their hot wings are said to be some of the best in the city. They fry them, coat them in a dry rub and then dip them in hot sauce. This bar is located at 2526 Delaware Ave.

La Nova

This pizzeria has delicious pizza and wings. Their BBQ wings are coated with BBQ sauce and char-grilled; they char the wings just enough to caramelize the sauce and also give them some smoky flavor. If you want to sit in and eat, check out their West Side location at 371 West Ferry Street.

Nine-Eleven Tavern

This small bar has very dedicated regulars and also, deliciously unique chicken wings. They have their own secret sauce (only one person, the owner/chef, knows what is in it) they make it right from scratch (it has garlic flakes and a sweet/tangy flavor). This gem is hidden on a side street (11 Bloomfield Ave), and they only take cash.

Gabriel’s Gate

This historic building in Allentown dates back to 1864 and serves some of the best wings around. They are big, juicy, crispy, saucy and delicious. Located at 145 Allen Street.

This is by no means a comprehensive listing of all the places to get chicken wings in Buffalo, but it should provide a good start in the search for the best of Buffalo’s tastiest invention.

Buffalo Wing Festival

September 5 and 6, 2015

Taking place at Coca Cola field, this festival is five dollars a day, and if you love wings, this is most certainly the place to be. The inspiration for this festival came from the movie, Osmosis Jones, when a compulsive eater had a goal of taking part in “The National Buffalo Wing Festival”. At the time of the movies release, there wasn’t actually a festival of this kind, so Drew Cerza (who is known as the “wing king” in Buffalo) decided to make it happen.

Events during the festival include: Bobbing for wings, creative sauce offs, a miss Buffalo wing pageant, eating contests and more. More info at buffalowing.com