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Saucy snubs: Restaurants I'd add to the Buffalo Wing Trail

Visit Buffalo Niagara chose a "Delicious Dozen" wing places, but I think the Buffalo Wing Trail could use a few more stops.

How about a Saucy Seventeen?

First off, I'd add Nine-Eleven Tavern, 9-11 Bloomfield Ave.

The cash-only tavern has a distinctive spin on its wings, with a cheesy, faintly sweet sauce that still packs plenty of kick.

Nine Eleven Tavern is a South Buffalo favorite. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

One distinctive, celebrated branch of the wing family is the pit wing, judiciously charred as well as fried, and done up in a spicy barbecue sauce. La Nova, 371 W. Ferry St. and 3151 Main St., Williamsville, serves an excellent example of this style.

Down in Orchard Park, O.P. Social, 4247 N. Buffalo Road, is worth a visit just for its "Social wings," tossed with a spicy vinaigrette and a tangle of arugula.

The OP Social wings are herb marinated and artisan oven fired, tossed in spiced feta and baby arugula. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The marinated, oven-roasted wings at Rocco's Wood Fired Pizza, 5433 Transit Road, Clarence, are worth a stop. Their crispiness comes without a bath in hot oil, making them a favorite of people with a lower tolerance for saturated fats.

One more distinctive wing offering that keeps me coming back is found at OR by Falafel Bar, 3545 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Instead of the usual cayenne blast, the heat in this dish comes from a freshly ground Yemenite hot sauce of garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lemon. It's like getting hit upside the head with a cilantro-wrapped baseball bat, but in a good way.

OR by Falafel Bar's green wings pack a Yemenite punch. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

Of course, I have missed your favorite wing. Please let me know where I can find it. Because if you really love wings, the trail never ends.

Buffalo Wing Trail gives visitors a map to wing heaven

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