Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Anchor Bar

1047 Main Street, Buffalo, NY - (716) 886-8920
Posted By Bill Altreuter on 11/12/2011 1:38:00 PM
There was a time, not long ago, when the Anchor Bar's wings were the nonpareil. That time has come and gone. First off, it is necessary to state that you cannot get the real chicken wing experience more than thirty miles out of Buffalo. Sorry Rochester, too bad Batavia. Other places serve wings, but they are never quite right.

They aren't quite right at the Anchor these days either. Sometimes they are burned, sometimes underdone, nearly always indifferently prepared. More than once lately I've taken someone from out of town there and found that the wings had the slightly off taste associated with cooking oil that had been over-heated.

There are lots of places with a superior chicken wing in a radius of a couple of miles: try Gabriel's Gate, or Coles (best taps in town). Most people in these parts will tell you Duffs is the best, and I can't say it isn't. That's where President Obama stopped off last time he was in town, so it has it's own piece of history.

3 out of 4 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

Scorecard

1 - Overall: Won't Eat Again
Overall: Won't Eat Again
Wings
Rate this place
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



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com