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namreb Nov 16, 2006 02:37 AM

Looking for the best authentic wings in Buffalo
and any other places you recommened.

will be there for a week.

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    namreb Nov 28, 2006 02:36 AM

    thanks everyone!

    i will be there wed!

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      houdini Nov 27, 2006 08:24 PM

      Ditto on BarBill's in East Aurora. IMHO, better than Anchor Bar for wings and superior beef of kimmelweck. And the price is right too.

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        bfloserver Nov 27, 2006 04:10 PM

        Another great idea: Mother's restaurant downtown. Some of vthe best wings ever (although their bleu cheese sucks), and a phenomenal menu for all other foods and wines as well. Great atmosphere, great location.

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          roze Nov 21, 2006 12:06 AM

          Have to give it up for the Bar Bill in East Aurora. It surpasses Duffs and Anchor Bar anyday.

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          1. re: roze
            Jambalaya Nov 30, 2006 12:21 AM

            By the way, I tried this place over the Thanksgiving Holiday and it was everything you said. I was really pleased with the Beef on Weck. The problem with my fave place, is they are not open until around 4 PM and I was looking for something around lunch time. The beef was lean, tender and plenty of it. To top things off the service was really quick even on a crowded Holiday weekend afternoon. On top of all that, the popcorn's free. Great place, thanks for the rec.

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            sic fan Nov 20, 2006 01:40 AM

            Here is my take on the wing situation.

            The Anchor Bar's wings are meaty and juicy, but the sauce is lacking. I have also found that the wings arrive at the table a little spongy or mushy. They are either not fried crisply enough, or they sit around waiting for the waitstaff to deliver them.

            Duff's has some of the spiciest and greasiest wings, but the chicken wings themselves can be puny and over-fried. They're cheaper and I prefer them to the Anchor Bar. It says on their menu something to the effect of medium is hot, medium-hot is very hot, and hot is ridiculous. They're not kidding around, so if you are sensitive to spice, you should stick with the medium.

            I think the best wings ANYWHERE are at Gabriel's Gate on Allen St. The plump, meaty and juicy wings have a nicely crisp exterior, glistening with a coat of sauce. The sauce burns less than that at Duff's, so you can maybe order one level of heat higher than you normally would. You can also get chicken fingers tossed in the same hot sauce, served with a heap of fries.

            Gabriel's Gate also brews their own brown ale, sort of like Newcastle Brown Ale, but with a little bit of hops at the end. It goes really well with the wings.

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            1. re: sic fan
              Jambalaya Nov 20, 2006 11:29 PM

              Glad to hear a wing rec for something other than the two old standards. I agree there are much better places than Anchor Bar or Duff's. Although I've never had the wings at Gabriel's Gate I can recommend those at Elmo's out in Amherst. This one was pointed out to me by someone on this board a while ago and I keep going back there. The place is just a standard bar, but they have a good variety of wings that are done crisp with nice sauces including my fave, BBQ.

              Re Beef on Weck, if you are looking for a beer with that beef I believe you can forget Charley the Butcher. Its been a while since the one time I tried the place so my memory could be wrong. My advice is to hit Mr. Bills, just down the street from Charley's. This too is a corner bar frequented by locals. They do a good RB sandwich and a lot leaner than at Charley's.

              1. re: Jambalaya
                jmoryl Nov 21, 2006 02:13 AM

                The thing about wings in Buffalo is that there are many, many places with good wings, so the quality of the bar becomes primary. And I'm not too thrilled about the atmosphere and beer at Anchor and Duff's. A place like Gabriel's Gate has much better atmosphere. Lately, I've been going to Cole's on Elmwood because they carry about 30 decent microbrews on draft and serve up decent wings, weck, etc.

                Schwabl's is not the kind of place I'd want to hang out in, unless you really like 60's - 70's suburban time warps. But the weck is good.
                For things besides wings and weck, there are many decent places - do a search. Anyone know what happened to Bill Rappaport's Restaurant site that was hosted by UB? Seems to be dead lately.

                1. re: jmoryl
                  Jambalaya Nov 21, 2006 03:56 PM

                  Good choice on Cole's that's definitely another place to try for wings. For the original poster, keep in mind, both Gabriel's Gate and Coles are downtown places, where as Elmos is out in the burbs. Not that either one of these locations is superior to the other since the greater Buffalo area is so small distance is not that much of a factor. You just need to know about this distinction.

                  1. re: Jambalaya
                    namreb Nov 28, 2006 02:36 AM

                    what type of poster are you talking

                    or do you mean "poster wing place" like poster child!

                    thanks for any input

                    1. re: namreb
                      Jambalaya Nov 30, 2006 12:19 AM

                      Sorry my reply was not clear. The "...original poster," I referred to in my 11/21 reply was you. I was addressing the comment re the location of the various wing places to you. I hope that helps.

                  2. re: jmoryl
                    Jambalaya Nov 21, 2006 04:17 PM

                    I just ran into one of his posts when I googled for the address for Grovers. In it he says he moved to Texas, clicking on the post brought me to his old website. I couldn't see any dates so I don't know if I was looking at an old info or what.

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                namreb Nov 18, 2006 07:32 PM

                coming last week in november!

                1. L_W Nov 18, 2006 06:05 PM

                  Other places to try:
                  Grovers on Transit in East Amherst for HUGE burgers at a low price
                  Chop House for upscale steakhouse in downtown Buffalo
                  Butterwood desserts on Main St in Williamsville for desserts

                  You didn't say where you coming from, but some of the chains that are "local" to the area (and at least not found in the NYC area) are: Tim Hortons, Mighty Taco, Ted's Hot Dogs. Not that I am saying to GO to any of them TM is basically Dunkin Donuts, Mightly Taco is Taco Bell and THD's is Nathans but they do things differently if you want some fast food with a local flair

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                  1. re: L_W
                    Jambalaya Nov 21, 2006 03:59 PM

                    No list of places like this is complete without the mention of John and Mary's Subs, another Buff. institution. You'll find them primarily out in the burbs and they make great subs.

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                    JNUNZMAN Nov 18, 2006 05:47 PM

                    Try Charlie the Butcher for beef on wec. It's near the airport.
                    Excellent, but no atmosphere.

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                      bevoray Nov 18, 2006 05:36 PM

                      Duffs for wings
                      Andersons for beef on weck

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                        jes Nov 18, 2006 12:25 AM

                        Anchor Bar is where wings were invented and its kinda an institution in Buffalo. Their wings are good but the wings at Duffs are better.

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                          ridgel Nov 16, 2006 06:54 PM

                          Agree with Anchor Bar for wings. If you have a car would recommend Eckl's in Orchard Park, a southtown suburb, for the best beef-on-weck around. Nice family atmosphere with a comfortable bar and club type dining room as well as a more family oriented one.

                          Also, in East Aurora, also a southern suburb, the Bar-Bill has great beef-on-weck and wings. Very casual bar atmosphere - friendly service.

                          For more upscale dining in town recommend Hutch's on Delaware Avenue just above Gates Circle. Great chili relleno appetizer and a NY strip as good as those found in Morton's type steak houses.

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                          1. re: ridgel
                            namreb Nov 17, 2006 01:22 AM

                            i can't wait to try
                            the trip was delayed so now i can really plan it out

                            i hae heard about the wic bread
                            can't wait


                          2. ericalloyd Nov 16, 2006 02:55 PM

                            for wings:
                            3651 Sheridan Dr [near millersport] in buffalo/amherst

                            for beef on weck:
                            789 Center Rd in West Seneca

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                              chaz Nov 16, 2006 03:17 AM

                              The Anchor Bar invented them.

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