They're a quintessential dish for Super Bowl Sunday, one of the most legendary snack foods in existence and a must-have menu item at all of America's best sports bars: they're Buffalo wings, and they're wildy popular. But where did they come from?
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Crisp, spicy, saucy, juicy and tender, wings have become a staple of American cuisine, yet the dish bears little resemblance to its cousin, straight-ahead fried chicken. There is one place where it all began, and here is where you will find America's best Buffalo wings.
It all began in the now-famous Anchor Bar, located in Buffalo, New York. That's right, the Buffalo wing is named after its birthplace. According to Anchor Bar lore, in 1964, owner Teressa Bellissimo threw some wings, which up until that point were usually just thrown away or used in stock, into the deep fryer and tossed them in an impromptu sauce as a late-night snack for her son, Dominic, and his friends. The rest, as they say, is history. The bar has since gone down as a must-visit when in Buffalo, and its wings are one of America's most iconic dishes.
So what exactly was in that impromptu sauce that made the nation crave Buffalo wings?
Unfortunately, the signature recipe found on Anchor Bar's website doesn't list out all the ingredients. However, classic Buffalo wings are made by tossing deep-fried wings in a mixture of Frank's RedHot and butter, usually with a few additional add-ins like garlic powder (here's a recipe). They're customizable (go ahead and add a dash of the world's hottest hot sauce if you like), and just about every bar puts its own spin on them. Even some of the biggest celebrity food stars have their own versions.
So while not everyone can make it to Anchor Bar in Buffalo, here are more than 20 other places where you will find the best Buffalo wings in America.