"We just call 'em wings here": inside the birthplace of the original chicken wing

Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 17:42:22-04

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get a closer look at the place that started it all. 

The "Home of the Original Chicken Wing" first opened in 1935 right on the foot of Lake Erie, earning its name Anchor Bar. A decade later, it moved to the Main Street corner and has been there wingin' it ever since.

The Bar started as an Italian restaurant, but co-owner Teressa Bellissimo happened upon her now iconic invention when family members wanted something different.

She simply fried the wings, smothered them in a secret sauce, served them up and the rest is history.

Anchor Bar Vice President Mark Dempsey says, "It was their culinary invention that put Buffalo on the culinary map." 

Dempsey takes pride in their plump, meaty wings and cites the Bar's commitment to authenticity that keeps wing lovers coming back. 

He says, "The customer service is great, but it's the ambience. There's quite a bit of history and memorabilia, quite a bit of awards, a couple gold medals. A lot of celebrities have been here as well, so it's a very unique place."

The Anchor Bar has been around for over 75 years and recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Buffalo wing. 

Or here in Buffalo, we just call 'em wings!

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