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“Worth a visit for the original wings!”
Review of Anchor Bar

Anchor Bar
Ranked #7 of 1,043 Restaurants in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
355 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Worth a visit for the original wings!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Went here as part of a group tour in December 2013.

We'd prebooked so had a big table out the back. Obviously most of us went for the wings, which were really good. You can order 10, 20 or 50 wings at a time but if you order more than one set, they'll mix them for you (i.e. order 2 x 20, and they'll put some 10 mild and 10 medium on each plate). The other dishes looked relatively okay, if a little over-priced. The bar itself has some cool memorabilia which is worth checking out too.

  • Visited December 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Great place to take guests that are visiting.”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Locals always have there favorite, but this is where history began. Awesome ambiance, like any corner bar should have, the Anchor bar delivers.

  • Visited October 2013
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Buffalo,New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Anchor Bar a classic spot for chicken wing history”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Anchor Bar has changed over the years from a small family bar/restaurant establishment on Main Street in Buffalo to a sprawling many roomed restaurant at the same location-- like a more authentic and real Appleby's type of environment. The wings made traditional style are still excellent and what most people come for and just to be able to say you had the original wings from the exact place they were born! The Famous Chicken Wings with hot sauce( or now known as Buffalo Wings) were invented in Buffalo New York by Mama at the original Anchor Bar which is still in the very same spot since she made the first wings with hot sauce in the kitchen over 40 yrs ago for her son and his hungry friends late one night when the restaurant kitchen was actually closed and had little in stock after a busy day. That is how the chicken wing began in Buffalo and spread to other local restaurants and then to the nation and world!

Now we even have a yearly Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo where local restaurants vie for the chance to be voted BEST WINGS and it is always tough to choose but even the President came in recent years to try the unofficial favorite wings of the area which are actually often named as DUFF's restaurant wings but the beauty of wings is in the taste of the beholder so everyone has a different opinion. But if you want the equally tasty original wings from the true home of the chicken wing then you have to make a stop at the Anchor Bar in downtown Buffalo not far from the Theater District.
You won't be disappointed if you go- unless you are expecting gourmet food and an elegant decor. It is a family, friends. or couples place wallpapered in license plates from all over the country- has a kitsch and charm of its' own. Wait staff is friendly and nice. If you like wings or pizza or basic foods it will be a memorable time and you will tell others all about it for years to come but it is not cheap yet it is very affordable and comparable to most restaurants. You can even take home frozen wings boxed or have them sent anywhere in the country before you leave! Just ask for lots of napkins and make sure you have enough to drink!

  • Visited October 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Best of the best”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've dined here on more than a few occasions.The wings always live up to it's reputation.You may have a long wait to be seated but it will always be worth it. Friendly staff. A local favorite.

  • Visited June 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great food in a rough setting, but fun.”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Really good food....wings and pizza outstanding....crowded seating...slow service....but worth the wait.

  • Visited December 2013
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