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WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 09/28/05 4:23 PM
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First let me say, that by wings, I implicitly mean buffalo style wings. Not BBQ, teriake, or other flavoring or dipping sauce.
In buffalo, they don't say "buffalo" wings. All Upstaters know what wings are. The buffalo is implied.

Any hoo, that's not the point, the point is today's review calling the Anchor Bar the "king-of-the-hill...serving the best chicken wings in America."

I think the "(that we've tried, at least)" part of that comment, should've been highlighted, made bold, put in huge italics...and not in parenthesis.

I admit, Duffs may not be the best. But Anchor Bar?...the original, sure, but the best wings in America Buffalo?

COME ON Buffalonians, let's hear it! is Anchor Bar the Best?

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Thu, 09/29/05 4:44 PM
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The bum rush of responses is overwhelming!

I guess, I was surprised the reviewer called Anchor Bar the best wings in America.

Anyone want to chime in?

Bueller?

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Thu, 09/29/05 5:33 PM
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The bum rush of responses is overwhelming!

I think the problem here is that unless a person has tried buffalo wings all over America (coast to coast and border to border), they probably don't feel qualified to proclaim another spot as having the "best wings in America".

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Thu, 09/29/05 8:27 PM
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I'll let you know my valued opinion when I visit Buffalo for a "roadfood" trip on Oct. 22nd! I'm a tough wing connoisseur, and you WILL hear from me ....stay posted to this forum !

I'll try both Duff's and Anchor Bar, and of course, I'll go on my own little "beef on weck" tour ...

I can't wait to see if that Anchor Bar is everything its cracked up to be!

ellen

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Fri, 09/30/05 12:40 AM
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I admit, Anchor Bar is better than Duffs, but I can name 5-6 places that are better than Anchor Bar.

I await your trip results ellen.


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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Fri, 09/30/05 9:19 PM
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scorereader, where are those Buffalo wing places?
(those 5 or 6 that you like even better than anchor bar and duffs?)

I'll sure try to make my way to them , whether they are in Buffalo or not...

I really enjoyed the sampler platter at wild wings cafe in charleston, sc.....(they got other locations, too)

talk to you soon,
ellen



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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Tue, 10/4/05 6:19 AM
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I actually like Duff's better than Anchor Bar. I do appreciate Anchor Bar for the originality -- but, I consider it more of a destination stop for history's sake rather than for food. When in Buffalo, with the uninitiated, I would take them to Anchor Bar just so they could experience the "original" buffalo wing. Invariably, if we end up at Duff's later in the trip, they tend to agree that Anchor Bar are inferior.

That said, I think that wings are dependent on two serious criteria. One is the personal tastes of the person doing the eating. There are people that can eat wings coated in sauce so hot it can liquify metal. Others prefer more natural tastes. The second thing is the quality of the cook -- overcooked or undercooked wings are awful; and you can find those in some of the best places on the worst days.

I would be happy to hear which other places you find a better alternative, as well. But, when I stay in Buffalo, I usually stay at the Marriott, which is about a mile's worth of staggering distance up the road from Duff's!

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 10/5/05 2:38 PM
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Here's three more great wings places in Buffalo, they happen to sell pizza too.

Pizza Junction on Erie
Dino's Bocce Club in Amherst
LaNova in Buffalo on W. Ferry

FYI-I don't think the Anchor Bar is bad. Nor is Duff's. Both are good.
Both I would go to with enthusiasm.


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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Fri, 10/7/05 8:18 PM
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Thanks, I will try to check out at least one of those places the next time I am up that way. I am pretty sure that I have driven by Dino's once or twice. It must be out by the hotel where I usually stay.

Steve

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 12/21/05 1:37 PM
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I love wings, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to try them all over the United States! I'm up for the challenge, though! ;-)

I love the heat, though - pour on that sauce! The hotter, the better for me!

~Jessica

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Thu, 02/2/06 2:25 PM
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I disagree. The Candlelight Inn is the best place for wings and I've only tried them.I don't live in Buffalo.
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Originally posted by Scorereader

The bum rush of responses is overwhelming!

I think the problem here is that unless a person has tried buffalo wings all over America (coast to coast and border to border), they probably don't feel qualified to proclaim another spot as having the "best wings in America".

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Thu, 02/2/06 2:43 PM
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I like Duff's better than Anchor Bar.

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Mon, 02/6/06 5:34 PM
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I loved BOTH the Anchor Bar and Duffs ! They were both excellent, IMO
They did not taste that much different from each other to me..

I was in wing heaven in both those places!

I also liked the wings at Nova pizza. (the pizza did'nt do much for me, however, as I still like a good ol' regular ny style pie)

I have a "stick in the mud" friend that still can't believe I flew up to Buffalo just to eat buffalo wings ! But I DID !

bus from Atlantic City to NYC then Jet Blue Airlines from JFK to Buffalo........and it was worth it!

I did check out Niagara Falls and the casinos while I was there as well...

The beef on weck sandwiches did'nt exite me as much as I thought they would, though.........I guess I just prefer a nice prime rib or even roast beef with the real good crusted edges.....
(an end cut that still manages to be pink inside is just how I like it). The beef on weck did'nt have that outer crust.

ellen in nj



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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Mon, 02/6/06 6:57 PM
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Excellent trip Ellen!
Glad you enjoyed the wings in Buffalo.

Beef on weck is a great thing if you're from Buffalo, but like Salt Potatoes in Syracuse, you either love 'em, hate 'em or can't see what the big fuss over them is. I like beef on weck, but being from Syracuse, it's not something I crave or go out of my way for. Salt potatoes on the other hand, I miss them.

Anyway, it sounds like you had a good trip! Thanks for the report!

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Tue, 02/7/06 9:51 PM
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and in MY case, I "could'nt see what the big deal was"........

I mean, I liked them,(beef on weck sandwiches) but I did'nt LOVE them.......reminded me of a good ol' french dip , but with just some salt added to the roll....

the roast beef did'nt have a heck of a lot of flavor to it (went to Andersons and another place in Tonawanda) .........but I got turned AWAY at Schwabl's !! the place was small and crowded, so I tried to just take out a sandwich.......I was sharply told that "we don't DO takeout"...

you would think it was the Four Seasons hotel or something , the way that food server told me that!!

This is my first time hearing of salt potatoes, Scorereader.... I definitely want to try them now!
Tell me how they're made!

I love good french fries (like Steak and Shakes) with all the salt on them, etc

so how could I not like a salt potato?! Whatever it is , exactly..

ellen in EHT



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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 02/8/06 10:11 AM
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Here are some facts about Syracuse you might find interesting. There's even a mention of our beloved Salt Potatoes.
http://www.syracuse.ny.us/uniquelySyracuse.asp

The salt potato is a small (golf ball size) potato that has been boiled in a brine (salt and water) until the brine has penetrated and softened the potato. The result is a salty potato which is then either halfed or quartered and dipped in melted butter.

To make, you need about 4 1/2 pounds of the small white potatoes, 3/4 pound of salt and 2 quarts water. Heat water and salt. As soon as the water starts to boil, make sure the salt is mixed in the water and add the potatoes (with skin!) and cover. (some people use high pressure boiling, especially for large batches). Once the potatoes are softened, take them out, let the water that's on the potato evaporate (takes just a minute) and serve with melted butter on the side for dipping.
Easy peasy.
(Note; once the outside of the potato has dried, there is usually a coat of salt on the skin.)

If you're a butter and salt person with your baked potato, you'll love this. It's pretty salty. Keep in mind that Syracuse was the country's salt center during the 1800's. The first salt city. The town of Salina (saline) was the town name where the salt was "mined." Later, the village part was renamed Liverpool. Syracuse grew around the Erie Canal just south of the Town of Salina. If you read about how salt was mined from underneath Onondaga Lake, you'll understand real quick how the salt potato came to be.


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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 02/8/06 11:03 AM
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Thanks for that interesting bit of culinary history Scorereader, I always enjoy learning about regional specialties since I don't get to travel much!

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RE: WINGS! (read today's review first) - Wed, 02/8/06 11:26 PM
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yeah, thanks Scorereader......

I had no idea about the "salt city" trivia...

and I had never heard of a salt potato either ! that one somehow got past me.
Sure sounds tasty enough, though! (I love salt, and I love butter!!!)

Today at work in the employee cafeteria, there was the most delicious NJ corn on the cob, swilling in the butter....

and we eat for free in the casino cafeteria, so I just helped myself to it.. yum!

ellen