I have lived in the Niagara area in Canada all my life but had never made it to the Anchor Bar. We had tickets to a Sabres game so my husband and I thought that we would give our children the full Buffalo experience before the game. We told them about Anchor Bar and about its historic significance because it is the place that invented Buffalo Wings. We were all very excited. The excitement quickly ended. We ordered the Antipasto Salad as an appetizer. Just as my daughter was about to take her first bite of the egg, she noticed hair on it, multiple hairs actually. The waitress was very kind and offered to provide us with another. We kindly refused as our appetites for this were ruined and we waited for the pizza and wings. When the our cheese and "pepperoni" pizza arrived, we quickly discovered that there was no pepperoni on it. Again the waitress offered to return it to the kitchen to fix this but we were worried about our timing for the game so we chose to eat the cheese pizza. The pizza was not fully cut into slices, it was very difficult to separate the pieces and when we didn't manage to isolate one, a giant mound of cheese slid right off and onto the pizza tray, leaving us with crust and sauce. The crust is so thin that it cannot support the weight of the toppings. It is so flimsy, you cannot even pick it up to eat it by hand.
If the food issues were not enough, I commented partially through the meal to my husband that I smelled cigarette smoke. He assured me that there is no smoking in the restaurant. He was absolutely right, however upon leaving we realized that smokers had gathered directly outside the emergency exit door that we were sitting near. The smell wafts right in.
To the restaurant's defense, they did not charge us for 10 of our wings but that is not enough incentive to convince us to return. There are much better places for pizza and wings in Buffalo at much better prices. Don't get sucked in to the hype. Washington Square is a much better option for a pre-game restaurant.
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