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Oct 15, 2009 07:04 PM

Going to Buffalo This Weekend...

...and my manly-man wants wings (surperise!). Buffalo doesn't seem to have a Chowhound, so I'm looking for some direction to great wings. We've been to the Anchor Bar, so if someone has a sugestion (excluding the Anchor), it would be very much appreciated!

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  1. I've been to Anchor--an historic place for the Buffalo wing, but the wings aren't the best. I've heard Duff's in Buffalo is much better.
    Also look into getting to Schwabl's for some amazing beef on weck, a local roast beef sandwich specialty that is fantastic!

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    1. re: Kat_in_Ossining

      Elmo's on Millersport Highway (just north of UB Amherst Campus) also has great wings. Not as smothered in sauce as Duffs. Some people like their wings well drained, some don't.

      1. re: sbp

        Funny you should mention the drier wing, sbp, as my wing connoisseur actually prefers them less smothered.

        1. re: maenadde

          Typical order in Buffalo is a dozen wings, hot, crisp and dry.

      2. re: Kat_in_Ossining

        Thanks, Kat - I've been reading about the beef on weck... sounds good, I'm certainly up for giving it a try.

      3. If you want to sample both local chow favorites, Wings AND Beef on Weck, go to East Aurora and BarBill Tavern. It's about the only place I can think of that has both and does a good job on both. Duff's is more a college hangout and the Wings are passable. Avoid at all costs that tourist trap called Anchor Bar.
        If you do go to BarBill, be advised that they mean "hot" when they say hot. You can order hotter sauce on the side.
        It's a quick trip out the 400 to East Aurora and you won't be disappointed.

          1. re: leavinglasvegas

            Yes, if New Orleans cooking has the "Holy Trinity and the Pope", the Buffalo version is Wings, Beef on Weck, Ted's Hot Dogs, and sponge candy.

            Get a foot long dog, tell them "burn it", have it with the works. Best combination of attributes for a hot dog. Great sausage, great cooking technique (real charcoal), great toppings (they make a terrific mildly spicy hot sauce).

          2. Andersons custard multiple locations in the area. Cinnamon is my favorite.

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            1. re: rkaene

              Much thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I really appreciate it. Looks like we're going to work in the weck tasting & Ted's dogs. (might even try for some cinnamon custard, if we come across an Anderson's.)

              I have to agree with the Anchor Bar thoughts here... I found it much more focused on 'tourist' than taste (my dinner was inedible, sent back, and the second one no better)

              Thanks again for the recommendations!

            2. UPDATE FOR THE WINGS...

              Went to Elmo's, and I gotta say I was a bit worried about the 'divey-ness' and moderately rowdy bar crowd (but hey - there was a game on, so no big deal). The patrons were a strange mix of the animated sports fans, and families/50+ diners in what was a full house. The staff was very friendly, and most important - the food was great. Wings were head-and-shoulders above the Anchor Bar, and though I didn't go with the Weck (a little too much caraway for my taste), I had the French dip, and it was delicious!
              We both found the food a bit salty, but it was quite forgiveable due to the tasty satisfaction we got. We're going to try Duff's next, and see how they compare.
              Thank you for this recommendation!!

              2349 Millersport Hwy, Getzville, NY 14068

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              1. re: maenadde

                That's great! Since wings and weck are both bar food, some of the best in Buffalo are in bars.

                If you've never been, you MUST try Ted's. No other hot dogs like it.