- Joined: 11/26/2007
- Location: Albany, NY
RE: Best Buffalo Wings
Mon, 11/26/07 2:47 PM
Originally posted by wowzer2
Although I'm not a native upstate New Yorker, I went to college in Upstate NY. I did not eat my first wing until 1987. After finishing college, I left NY and lived throughout the country (Illinois, Texas, NJ) and never quite found the same quality of wings as in Upstate NY. I've tried loads of places throughout the years, and here is my own personal favorite list:
1) Anchor Bar, Buffalo NY. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I had my first taste of the original wing. And it was probably the best wings I've ever had in my life, period. Meaty, crispy, served hot with generous portion of blue cheese sauce. The wings are absolutely fabulous here. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. Hands down, one of the best places on the planet for wings.
2) Scubber's Hot Wings, Latham NY. 590 New Loudon Road, Latham NY 12110. This was the place that I visited nearly every weekend while in college. The wings are offered in several different sauces. The "medium" is hot enough for most people. "hot" is extremely hot, and they even have "atomic" which I don't recommend. The wings are fried individually upon order, and served up fresh and hot. After frying up the wings, they put them into a plastic tub and put the sauce onto it and then shake everything up to make sure its evenly coated. Most restaurants will simply just pour the sauce on top. Now a few words about the sauce at Scubbers. I was always fascinated how the sauce at Scubbers would "stick" to the wing. If you just use plain RedHot sauce, its simply too watery and just falls off the wing without sticking. Without breading the wing, they do something to the sauce to make it thicker. My guess is that they add a bit of corn starch or oatmeal to the sauce to thicken it up a little. This makes the wing crispy, yet light and fantastic! Only bad part about this place is that they're closed on Sundays (which s^cks for football season). Simply one of the best places for wings around.
3) Donkey Cafe. 602 Grace St, Scranton PA. One of my friends who went to school in Scranton introduced me to this place about a year ago. I've been back 3 times since then and am more impressed each time I go. The place is a dump. One half of the place is a bar, and the other half is a restaurant. It gets very smoky inside. The wings are not that meaty (as compared to Scubbers or Anchor), but fried crispy and served in a wonderful sauce.
I've tried loads of places throughout the country which claim to have good wings, but I just find them to be downright mediocre. Here is a list of my wings which are "average": Cluck-U, Hooters, BW3, Chili's, Bennigans, Peabodys (Saratoga NY),
I go to scubbers all the time, one of the best wings ever. (I eat wings probably twice a week, mmmmm. I'm addicted to hot sauce.) Their sauce is simply DELISH!!! You are correct about the sauce, it sticks to the wing almost paste like, but not. I never seen such a thing, and its crispy and great. I tried their hottest sauce and it was great, nice heat and I could handle it, but I would never get it again because I felt the sauce makes it way through my entire body destroying everything that it came across. Pure lava at the end, I literally cried on the toilet and I decided to give up hot sauce forever, but that didn't last long, haha. The wing itself is normal size, not too big not too small. 20 wings are a meal for the normal wing eater.
Dislikes: Not open on sunday, price(almost $8 for 10 wings, ouch), they sell wings by the 10's(boo). I always go back for more. I use to buy their sauce, but $10 for 9 oz was getting too much for me.
We probably went to the same college that is located down the road from the school.
Also, there is a pizza joint called Manor House in Rensselaer NY, I think they could beat out scubbers wings. From what I heard, 2 former chefs run the place and the one guy loves hot sauce. They make their own sauce and its probably the best sauce I've tasted, (sorry defcon). They have mild, med., hot and TNT. I tried their TNT and it was just heat and no taste. Their "hot" has the perfect balance of heat and flavor (the best). I just love how you can see the spices in the sauce, delish. Also, their boneless wings are breaded crispy wonderness.
Both places are equal in greatness, but Manor House gives you wings by the dozen and their 12 wings are a meal and they cheaper compared to Scubbers.
I've been reading this thread for about 6 months now, and since someone brought up scubbers I had to reply.