This past weekend, on a drive to and from Chicago, I hit Anchor Bar on the way out and Duff's on the way back. The idea was to have a fresh comparison between them. Duff's wings were much meatier than Anchor's. The batch of ten I ordered had enough content that I failed to thoroughly clean the last couple of bones in my order. The medium sauce is about the same heat level as the hot at Anchor, but it is much thicker and saltier as well. This means there is less crunch to the skin, and also that you get a whole lot thirstier than you would at Anchor. The wings are served with both celery and baby carrots, which is nice, but the blue cheese dressing seems to be mixed with mayo or something, and is sweeter and much more smoothly homogenous than I'd prefer.
The crowd when I arrived -- at 2:00 PM on a Sunday -- was largely college-aged, however, and I assume these salty/sweet highlights might well be geared towards the taste-bugs of a generation weaned on processed foods. The wings are quite good -- no doubt about that -- but the crunchier, less dressed wings at Anchor hit more of a note with me, as does the lighter, more piquant hot sauce. But I must say, comparing them back-to-back was the kind of thing I'd do on a regular basis if I lived around here!