EatItUpScreenFood lovers rejoice, because while we are justifiably proud of our chicken wings, there is so much more to the Buffalo culinary scene than hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. Start with enormous ethnic diversity, add in a profusion of local farms and orchards and a microclimate in nearby Niagara County that is ideal for fruit and grape growing and what do you get? You get great restaurants, delicious local specialties, wine trails, farmers markets, gourmet food shops, cooking classes, and more. Click here for a quick tour of Buffalo’s culinary wonderland.

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by Matt Steinberg

WingFestivalThis weekend, September 5-6, the National Buffalo Wing Festival will be making it’s 8th annual appearance at Coca-Cola Field, tempting devotees of our contribution to snack-food history with offerings from over 20 restaurants. In addition to its many gustatory delights, the festival will have entertainment and contests, ranging from cooking demonstrations and wing-eating contests to quiz shows, the Electric Company (Hey, you guys!!) and the Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant.

The festival has been a local since it’s inception, and recently has also drawn national media attention from CNN, The Today Show, the Travel Channel, The Food Network, Discovery Channel, and newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Come downtown and see what everyone is talking about, and bring your appetite!

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by Doug Sitler

wingsProbably the most frequent question I am asked by visiting journalists or out-of-town visitors is “Where’s the best place to get chicken wings in Buffalo?” It is one of those questions that almost leaves me speechless – not because I can’t think of any wing joints to suggest – simply, there are so many places that do an excellent job serving up Buffalo’s most-famous culinary creation.

Here are some of my favorite places to get wings:

The Anchor Bar – the original birthplace of the chicken wing. This downtown pub serves up wings to aficionados, morning, noon and night. It is a “must see” destination for visitors who want to experience the place that started it all.

Duff’s Famous Wings – my favorite destination before a University at Buffalo sporting event. This Sheridan Drive pub cranks out the wings – which many consider the best in Buffalo. For the brave wing eater, try Duff’s hottest style of wing titled “Death Armageddon.”

Gabriel’s Gate – for years, “The Gate” has been serving up the perfect wings – crispy and saucy. Some people claim that this funky Allentown restaurant’s wings are hard to beat. You won’t find any argument from me!

Grover’s Bar & Grill – this East Amherst restaurant is known for its burgers, but to me, the wings are top rate. Great place to bring the family or watch the game with your friends.

The Place – tucked away a block off the Elmwood Strip, this neighborhood pub serves up wings nice n’ saucy. Friendly bartenders and patrons provide a fun atmosphere to chow down some poultry delights.

I also hear great things about Bar Bill in East Aurora, Glen Park Tavern in Williamsville, and Papa Jakes in Buffalo. You tell me, what places would you include on this list?

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The Anchor Bar invented the chicken wing in 1964. More than 40 years later, the Anchor Bar is still serving up this worldwide phenomenon to people visiting from across the globe. Check out this video for the inside story on it’s birthplace.