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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/30 12:18:00 (permalink)
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Most chains wings are mediocre at best.Would love to go to Buffalo one day and try The Anchor Bar. My wife makes the best I know.


If you can find the time, the upcoming Roadfood tour of Buffalo in September would be a great time to catch a break from the SC heat and replace it with some heat from the Anchor Bar wings.  (Trust me, I know about the heat from growing up in eastern NC.)  You would really enjoy the food here that weekend.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2009/06/30 15:09:27 (permalink)
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Most chains wings are mediocre at best.Would love to go to Buffalo one day and try The Anchor Bar. My wife makes the best I know.


If you can find the time, the upcoming Roadfood tour of Buffalo in September would be a great time to catch a break from the SC heat and replace it with some heat from the Anchor Bar wings.  (Trust me, I know about the heat from growing up in eastern NC.)  You would really enjoy the food here that weekend.


Looks like I'll miss you all by a week or so. I'll be in Buffalo for the Wing Festival the 4th-7th. Can't wait to try Anchor and Duffs, as well as some other local spots. Not to mention the actual festival...
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/06 18:52:22 (permalink)
I had wings at Buffalo Wild Wings last night, undercooked, almost nonexistience sauce on them. I don't understand it, none of the chains in Texas, cook them til they are crispy and even when you ask for a lot of sauce, you might find a small puddle in one corner of the container. When I lived in cental n.y., they filled the container with so much sauce, they had to saran wrap around the container so it wouldn't leak out and. the wings were always fried til they were crispy
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/07 17:52:04 (permalink)
With one major exception (Dinosaur BBQ) I wouldn't ask for Central NY foodies to give me good BBQ. Why should Texans be good at Wings???

I think it is a regional specialty !!! Can they be done everywhere, Sure they can !  Are they ?  Nope !
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/07 22:11:34 (permalink)
In my area of Florida virtually every restaurant, sports bar have wings on the menu. Unfortunately most of them aren't very good. The only way I really like wings is Buffalo style and the best I've found around here is a chain called Hurricane Wings and Grill which probably has about 40-50 locations around Florida. I did find a couple of local places that did wings but didn't care for either of them. One of the local places recommended by a friend only had some funky teriyaki sauced breaded wings . I did make it to Anchor a few years back and that's been the gold standard for me ever since
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 13:33:54 (permalink)
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 13:55:02 (permalink)
Hey Mayor,
some of here in CNY can do other things besides wings
my Q is the rage everywhere I go.
P.S. John Stage has sold out & Dino really sucks now.
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/09 14:17:40 (permalink)
I happen to have eaten at the Dinosaur less than a month ago  and the food is just as terrific as ever!  (The place was  packed as it ever was, too)
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/10 23:31:54 (permalink)
Kman,

It's been too long since we toured the site of our first teaching job, and my graduate study location (Oswego) I guess we better plan on some food investigation up there in the near future!
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/06/11 00:45:24 (permalink)
actually the que at leapin lizards on onondaga blvd  in syracuse rivals the Dinosaurs
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/07/17 20:59:51 (permalink)
The National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, NY is a must for all wing lovers.
Check it out: 

Its held in downtown Buffalo every Labor Day weekend and draws thousands of people. As a local, if you go I strongly suggest getting before the gates open! By mid afternoon its gets packed with people.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival By the Numbers   
  • 407,000 people
  • 2.4 Million Wings Consumed
  • 137 Tons of Wings In Weight
  • 191 Restaurants Participated
  • $125,000 in Charitable Contributions
  • 1 Wedding

post edited by Liquorsuit - 2010/07/17 21:00:59
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/07/18 10:05:30 (permalink)
1 Wedding?  I just can't get my head around that! 
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:03:05 (permalink)
Any place that sells Pizza & Wings...always sounds like a good idea, but the wings usually suffer....
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:37:08 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.



If I'm going to kill an animal to eat it I'm damn sure going to respect it enough to eat every bit of it as I can, including organ meat.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2010/08/24 12:54:32 (permalink)
Big Kahuna Kooks

Any place that sells Pizza & Wings...always sounds like a good idea, but the wings usually suffer....


In CNY/WNY, many of the pizza places make the best wings. That's where Dominos got their idea in the 80s. But it's definately a regional thing, because here in DC I haven't found one pizza place that makes good wings. There aren't many good (delivery) pizza places either! I sure do miss home on football days.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/19 22:12:50 (permalink)
We went to Pluckers today. It was like they put the sauce on them before they cook them. You don't need a napkin because sauce doesn't get on your fingers. That seems to be the norm in the dallas ft worth area.  Even if you request a lot of sauce, there might be enough to get one wing wet. I'm originally from central NY where after cooking them, they toss them in the sauce and then pour it all into the container then they have to triple wrap the container with saran wrap so the sauce doesn't leak out. When you eat them, you use numerous paper towels, then wet naps.
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/20 13:21:03 (permalink)
ynotryme

actually the que at leapin lizards on onondaga blvd  in syracuse rivals the Dinosaurs


It's Limp Lizard... I work a few blocks away, which is also a few blocks away from the Dinosaur in Syracuse. If I want bbq, I go to Limp Lizard. I agree with the other posters that Dinosaur has gone way down in quality, and I won't go there anymore after the past few terrible meals that I'd had there. Waiting over an hour for a table to get ice cream scoops of mushy, cold pork, fatty, grizzly ribs, and dried out, chewy brisket? No thanks. I won't even buy their sauce anymore since I found out I can get Brooks bbq sauce up here.
 
Back on topic, I've had wings all over the country, and they can't rival what we have at a lot of the local pubs and restaurants here. They're all a little different, so if you're in the mood for a particular flavor, you have the option. Wild Wings is a place we go to A. drink beer B. maybe eat some wings.
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/20 23:22:22 (permalink)
Well with all the Dino trashing going on, I can say I believe the Dino serves the best chicken wings around. Brined and smoked and finished on the grill, I order the hoisin sesame wings once a week for lunch. I still dine at the Dino once or twice a week and haven't noticed the big decline everyone talks about (place is still packed...but then on one goes there...its too crowded).
 
I have been sampling the Lizard and they do some things very well (great chili), others not so much (brisket being one of them)...have yet to try their wings. The more the merrier I say.
 
As far as the worst wings...hands down the Pizza hut wings I got at a party a few weeks ago...mush on a stick..
post edited by Cosmos - 2011/06/20 23:23:46
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/21 09:24:46 (permalink)
I agree about the Dino wings, I used to get the Wango Tango wings and those were never bad. But based on my other experiences, I just can't eat there anymore. Once bitten, twice shy as they say.
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Re:Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/21 21:56:28 (permalink)
IMHO the places to avoid are the ones that boast "voted best wings around " 
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 05:54:45 (permalink)
I never understood the whole "Buffalo Wings" bit.
 
It's just chicken wings. Can be bought anywhere on Earth. Hell, you can get them in North Korea.
 
Put the chicken wings in the oven or fry them.  Add sauce, blue cheese, bbq sauce, whatever. Use celery if you want to. You have chicken wings.
 
I can see a place having bad chicken wings, but chicken wings themselves are difficult to muck up.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 12:55:45 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I do my best to avoid any place that serves the wings of chickens to human beings.


Foodosaurus

Michael - What does that even mean?


He means that Waffle House does not serve wings.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 12:58:32 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.


For a slight extra charge Hooters will serve all drummies.
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 13:17:21 (permalink)
Generally I avoid Buffalo Wild Wings for value reasons.  The last time I was there I had the "lunch special": six skinny wings and a tiny salad which was served on a plastic plate which my plastic fork kept sticking to.  "All that" and an iced tea came to $14, including a tip for drop it (foof & check) on your table "service".
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 13:19:04 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

I have had wings at the Anchor in Buffalo. Make that wing. I agreedto taste one. The taste was fine. But it was a wing. I don't eat wings, necks, gizzards or the part that goes over the fence last.


For a slight extra charge Hooters will serve all drummies.
At the Buffalo Wild Wings in Westminster, MD, you can get all drummies for no extra charge.  Usually get a 'six free wings' coupon a few times a year.


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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/23 17:26:02 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

I do my best to avoid any place that serves the wings of chickens to human beings.


Too bad Five Guys doesn't serve wings. 
 
That way you could avoid two things at the same time!
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RE: Places to Avoid: Buffalo Wings 2011/06/25 21:23:10 (permalink)
Buffalo Wild Wings opened today in Daytona.
I could hardly wait...........for another chain place to open that I WON'T go to.
just like Joes Crab Shack that will probably open on the pier in Daytona.
an article in the local paper quoted one of the principals in the company saying "we specialize in fun". not a thing was said about the food.
thats great, a resteraunt  exec NOT mentioning the food.
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