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Anchor Bar

1047 Main Street, Buffalo, NY - (716) 886-8920
Posted By byron coley on 4/14/2014 9:40:00 AM
Although many people seem to have decried its fare over the last few years, our experience with wings at the Anchor Bar continues to be first rate. The place is about a six hour drive west from our house, so when we're driving in that direction, we often get an early start and make it our lunch stop. We've tried (and will continue to sample) other commended Buffalo-area eateries for wings, but Anchor Bar's remain the standard. There's nothing quite like getting there around 11:30 AM and sitting down at the mostly-still-empty bar with and order of hot wings, a dinner salad (uninspired, but it's more a balm for the conscience than anything else) and a cool beverage. Some of the other spots we've hit have more meaty wings, but the crunchy skin of the Anchor Bar's offerings remains king, and the blue cheese dressing they serve with the celery is chewy and chunky -- just right. The place is touristy as all get-out, but if you avoid the busy hours it is definitely worth a visit. The wings are truly fine.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Notice the crispy exterior on the wing.  The leftover sauce is tasty to mop-up with bread.
"Notice the crispy exterior on the wing. The leftover sauce is tasty to mop-up with bread."
Stephen Rushmore





Crisp skin, hot and, believe it or not, chickeny, not drowning in sauce, and fresh, crisp celery to boot.
"Crisp skin, hot and, believe it or not, chickeny, not drowning in sauce, and fresh, crisp celery to boot."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The deep-frying process keeps these wings crisp and intact.
"The deep-frying process keeps these wings crisp and intact."
Stephen Rushmore


Potatoes like these have various names across the country.  Here they're called Anchor Chips, and they're prepared particularly well at Anchor.  In the background is marinated eggplant.
"Potatoes like these have various names across the country. Here they're called Anchor Chips, and they're prepared particularly well at Anchor. In the background is marinated eggplant."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A typical platter of 10 wings.
"A typical platter of 10 wings."
Stephen Rushmore


You can really taste the bleu cheese in this creamy bowl of wing soup.  (Photo and caption by buffetbuster.)
"You can really taste the bleu cheese in this creamy bowl of wing soup. (Photo and caption by buffetbuster.)"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The traditional Northeast Restaurant Wall Of Fame.  Continued on the opposite wall, too.
"The traditional Northeast Restaurant Wall Of Fame. Continued on the opposite wall, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Interior decor
"Interior decor"
Michael Stern



""Home of the Original" chicken wing is proclaimed before you walk into the bar."
Stephen Rushmore



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