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Painted chicken wings, how Bar Bill Tavern makes their signature wings

Posted at 5:51 PM, Jul 02, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some say they are the best wings in town, some enjoy the slow roasted beef on weck sandwiches, and many in East Aurora say they head to Bar Bill Tavern on Main Street because it feels like home.

"Most people enjoy a crispy wing but we are dedicated to a crispy wing," Clarke Crook owner of Bar Bill Tavern said.

The local landmark has been serving up hometown favorites for 52 years. Crook says the cooks in the kitchen focus on quality and consistency when it comes to wings and beef on weck.

"It's important to have a level of consistency," Crook said. "Bruce Springsteen once told the band 'play like this is the first time you are hearing us or play like it is the last time someone is hearing us' and we feel the same way about the chicken wings."

Some of the secrets to the Bar Bill chicken wing:

  • Fresh, never frozen
  • Cooked long for maximum crispiness
  • Painted in homemade sauces
  • Served with flats on one side and drums on the other with homemade blue cheese and crispy celery

Bar Bill is also expanding into the Northtowns. Crook says they hope to open another restaurant by this fall at the Old Red Mill in Clarence.

"We are very much into the restoration of buildings and icons and purchasing the Old Red Mill was a Clarence icon for many many years," Crook said. "We want the Clarence Bar Bill to be a Clarence asset, we hope the community embraces it."