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Going to Buffalo This Weekend...

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maenadde Oct 15, 2009 07:04 PM

...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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    Kat_in_Ossining RE: maenadde Oct 16, 2009 05:57 AM

    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.
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...
    Also look into getting to Schwabl's for some amazing beef on weck, a local roast beef sandwich specialty that is fantastic!
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...

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      sbp RE: Kat_in_Ossining Oct 16, 2009 06:26 AM

      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.

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        maenadde RE: sbp Oct 16, 2009 01:18 PM

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

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          sbp RE: maenadde Oct 16, 2009 01:39 PM

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

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        maenadde RE: Kat_in_Ossining Oct 16, 2009 01:15 PM

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

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        houdini RE: maenadde Oct 16, 2009 06:45 AM

        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.

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          leavinglasvegas RE: maenadde Oct 16, 2009 07:29 AM

          Check out TEDS HOT DOGS!

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            sbp RE: leavinglasvegas Oct 16, 2009 10:33 AM

            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).

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            rkaene RE: maenadde Oct 16, 2009 12:54 PM

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

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              maenadde RE: rkaene Oct 16, 2009 02:01 PM

              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!

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              maenadde RE: maenadde Oct 18, 2009 02:39 PM

              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!!

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              Elmo's
              2349 Millersport Hwy, Getzville, NY 14068

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                sbp RE: maenadde Oct 18, 2009 02:59 PM

                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.

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                juliewong RE: maenadde Oct 24, 2009 08:24 PM

                We went to Rochester today to check out a sail boat and returned through buffalo - we went to Charlie's for beef on weck - it was terrific - love the salted bun with caraway seeds. Would return again.

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                Charlie the Butcher's Kitchen
                1065 Wehrle Dr, Buffalo, NY 14221

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