At least that’s my opinion, but you know what they say about a-holes and opinions. Also, my a-hole had nothing to do with my taste buds during this trip to upstate NY. I had a chance to try them both while in town for a few days recently. Both spots could not be anymore different. Much has been said regarding the Buffalo Wing supremacy when it comes to these two iconic bastions of wing debauchery. My vote goes to Duff’s!
Anchor bar is where you go as a tourist to say you ate wings at the place that invented them. It’s an old bar with great memorabilia and old motorcycles hanging on the walls. The dining area is straight out of some old Catskills looking joint and looks it’s age.
Duff’s is where the locals and people in the know go to chow down on better tasting meatier wings where they have improved on the original recipe. The dining area is brighter and cleaner looking with just some old framed black and whites on the walls showcasing it’s history. Even on a midweek evening the place was packed and there was a short wait but it was so worth it the moment I bit into one of those juicy tasty wings. The waitress we had was super nice and attentive even though you could see they were running around here like crazy with the full house.
I did like that they offered some nifty combo platters here that included a plate of 20 wings, a pitcher of soda, and a monster bowl of crispy fries for only $24 which I thought was a good deal, and perfect for two people to share. Of course, celery, carrots, and bleu cheese came with it. The wings here are fat, moist, and flavorful with just the right amount of crispiness the way we like them. Beware the wing sauces here as they are hot! We were pretty much stuffed after this gluttonous feast!
Go to Anchor Bar for the history, then go to Duff’s for a taste of better Buffalo Wings.
Duff’s Famous Wings – http://www.duffswings.com/
Being up in Buffalo for a few days you just know we had to do the touristy thing and check out the wings at Anchor Bar. Heck, it’s the birthplace of one of my favorite snacks when watching a game. Chicken wings! You just can’t go to Buffalo without hitting up the place that started it all. Unless you’re a vegan. Then don’t bother. Nothing here for you folks. More for us carnivores thank you very much!
It’s a great looking bar with a lot of history behind it. It does look it’s age. Plenty of pictures of major celebrities, sports stars, and dignitaries all over the walls. Memorabilia everywhere. Some great motorcycles are also displayed around the bar hung above. Very cool. It’s the kind of place American Pickers would love.
Plenty of seating with a few different dining rooms. This place is very deceiving from the outside. As with most touristy types of places there is even a souvenir shop in here with all kinds of swag – shirts, hats, etc. You just know a joint has jumped the shark when they install a souvenir store. The bathroom was kind of nasty and hot as a sauna. I guess it’s par the for course with these kind of old places. The service was ok if a bit on the slow side but our waitress was nice.
As for the main reason to come here – the wings. Eh, they were just ok. Decent sauce and the wings were a good size but cooked not as crispy as we requested. A bit pricey for what they offer but I figure you’re paying for the tourist factor of this spot. At least a pint of Labatt’s was only $3 which is a win in my book coming from overpriced NYC. As far as their wings go they are ok overall but at this point I have had better in many places around Manhattan where I live.
If visiting in town I guess you go here for the history and the fact just to say you ate wings at the place that started it all. A touristy “must do”.
Anchor Bar – http://anchorbar.com/