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Buffalo doesn't get enough credit for our many classic food pairings. Beef on weck, fried bologna and onions, and a fish fry with tartar sauce are staples of area menus. Yet only one food combo has people lining up outside - the almighty pizza and wing combo. "Pizza and wings go together like coffee and doughnuts," said Hector Leonardi, owner of Leonardi's in Amherst. "…

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The champ was still hungry. Halfway through the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship on Sunday, the event's host surveyed the 12 competitors' trays and declared Joey "Jaws" Chestnut was trailing. The stage, in Coca-Cola Field's outfield, was set for an upset. But Chestnut had won the event four times in a row and wasn't about to throw in the paper towel. Chestnut…

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There is no other place in the world (we checked) where people bob their heads in a vat of blue cheese, bobbing for chicken wings. Welcome to the National Buffalo Wing Festival. The festival, which has been happening for 17 years, was inspired by the 2001 comedy “Osmosis Jones” starring Bill Murray. Murray’s character, a chronic junk-food-eater, strived to attend a w…

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Arthur Bovino came to Buffalo with a plan to write a 60,000-word book on Buffalo cuisine. The New York City resident spent about a month eating in Buffalo, and more time delving into the history behind the food he found. He ate at more than 120 places, and packed on 20 pounds. When Bovino started writing, he wrote 60,000 words and kept going. "I couldn't stop," he sa…

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What do you really know about your favorite wing flavor? What if there were no limits to your sauce potential? How far would you go if you knew you couldn’t fail? Well, you can fail because Sriracha Nutella doesn’t jibe, but the rest is all at (or on) your fingertips at 716 Wing Kings’ new location at 484 Elmwood Ave. Opening in early June next to Thin Man Brewery, W…

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If you were an Anchor Bar franchise opening in New York City, what is the one product you'd stockpile to make sure customers were pleased in the first few days of business? No, not ranch dressing. According to Eater NY, Anchor Bar NY - which opened May 17 in midtown Manhattan (327 W. 57th St.) - did not have wings (or even beef on weck) available from 11:30 a.m. unti…

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A six-foot-by-three-foot display will greet customers in the family dining area of Anchor Bar NYC, proudly relaying the tale of the chicken wing's invention in 1964 on a snowy night in Buffalo. For the first time – on May 17 – Anchor Bar will open a franchise in New York City, at 327 W. 57th St. in midtown Manhattan. Carlos Rosario, a New York City businessman, is the f…

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Uh oh. Outspoken "Iron Chef America" host Alton Brown's comments on a YouTube video will likely incite anger from local wing fanatics. On "First We Feast," a YouTube food series on a channel with more than three million followers, Brown delivered controversial words in his conversation with host Sean Evans. "If you want great Buffalo chicken wings, don't go to fri…

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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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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. One distinctive, cel…

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Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in cayenne hot sauce have long been Buffalo's culinary ambassador to the world, and the number one eating mission of visitors to the Queen City. Now the region's marketing bureau is offering wing pilgrims guidance: the Buffalo Wing Trail. Including 12 stops selected by Visit Buffalo Niagara, the trail leads from Elmo's in Getzville to …

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When life gives you ranch dressing, make blue cheese. That's how "Wing King" Drew Cerza reacted to the tweet from Frank's RedHot that turned Buffalonians blue. Cerza on Monday decided to set up National Blue Cheese Dressing Day after seeing Buffalo Twitter light up over Frank's RedHot's praise for ranch dressing as the ideal dipping sauce for "Buffalo wings." "Thi…

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Frank's RedHot has issued its mea Gorgonzola. The hot-sauce maker on Monday tried to clean up the double culinary gaffe it committed on Saturday, when it sent a tweet that makes sense only if you've never set foot in Western New York: https://twitter.com/FranksRedHot/status/972528778516742144 For Buffalonians, that went over like the Sabres' "Buffaslug" logo. F…

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If you want to feel like you’re on vacation this spring break without ever leaving Western New York, head to Scallywags Grub & Spirits in Derby. The nautical/pirate theme will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a Caribbean island that pirates have invaded – or at least make you feel like you’re in a restaurant that you’d find on vacation. Every inch of the place…

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If you feel a sense of accomplishment shredding all that junk mail you get, imagine how great it would be to shred your romantic frustration - and get free wings as a bonus. Well, imagine no more. The Anchor Bar in East Amherst is hosting its third annual "Shred Your Ex Party" to help raise your spirits. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Anc…