America's Best Buffalo Wings

Who makes The Daily Meal's list of the country's top 10 wings?

America's Best Buffalo Wings
iStock/Lauri Patterson

Buffalo wings are such an ingrained part of American culture that, if you didn't already know, you'd assume that their origin dates back further than to 1964, when Teressa Bellissimo prepared the first batch for a voracious group of her son’s friends in the kitchen of Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y.

Click here for America's Best Wings Slideshow.

It's hard to imagine life without such a culinary creation that's so versatile that it can be created in hundreds of styles, served boneless or bone-in, taste great with dozens of dips, and served as either an appetizer or a meal. Wings are now on the menu at virtually every bar that serves food, at pizza chains, and even at upscale restaurants. Just 47 years after being introduced to the world, most Americans have several wing options just a phone call away.

When the NFL and its players association were negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, many feared that a lockout would have a disastrous effect on the chicken-wing industry. “It would kill wings, it would be terrible on wings,” Joe Sanderson of Sanderson Farms Inc. said at the Reuters Global Food Agriculture Summit in March.

Buffalo Wild Wings, a now-omnipresent chain inspired by delicious wings, echoed Sanderson’s sentiment and offered its customers, who were hungry for both wings and football, six free wings if they signed a petition to end the lockout before July 20. The lockout ended shortly after the deadline, but Buffalo Wild Wings made good on its promise anyway. Two great American industries had been saved.

Let's face it, it's virtually impossible to make “bad” wings, and so it wasn't easy to determine America's 10 best. However, the bars and restaurants on this list go above and beyond, serving wings fit to be eaten at dinner for a month straight. The pictures alone will make your mouth water and your stomach yearn. Hopefully, you're lucky enough to live close to some of these wings to make it happen.


Be a Part of the Conversation

Have something to say?
Add a comment (or see what others think).

Comments 5
3.22222
Ratings18


Like this story? Get updates by email, facebook and twitter
Get daily food and wine coverage


Latest from The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal Video Network
David Guas Cooks Up Vidalia Onion Marmalade with Grilled Mini Sausages

5 Comments

Pianoman's picture

Anchor Bar wings are good but Duffs are the best.

swhitt1987's picture

Living in Buffalo, I have had my fair share of excellent wings. Though I do love The Anchor Bar's wings (and Duff's which is generally on these lists, but for some reason not this one), there is a small bar in East Aurora, NY called "Bar Bill Tavern" that has the best wings I have ever eaten. Everybody I know who has eaten their, whether from the Buffalo area or visitors from out of town, agree. Check 'em out their AMAZING!!!

swhitt1987's picture

Living in Buffalo, I have had my fair share of excellent wings. Though I do love The Anchor Bar's wings (and Duff's which is generally on these lists, but for some reason not this one), there is a small bar in East Aurora, NY called "Bar Bill Tavern" that has the best wings I have ever eaten. Everybody I know who has eaten their, whether from the Buffalo area or visitors from out of town, agree. Check 'em out their AMAZING!!!

KelliHines's picture

Thank you for writing this article. There are some really great wings out there today...but I must say...

My husband makes the BEST WINGS!! He is in the process of trying to get his sauce bottled. We had friends over one night and made wings, everyone went crazy about them! He sent home glass jars of his sauce with them that night. Now, they bring the jars back to him when they are empty so he can make more. They say they eat it on everything! Everyone should check out our FaceBook Page - Rick's Wicked Wing Shots or www.wickedwingshot.com

I hope one day soon, EVERYONE gets the chance to taste RICK'S WICKED WING SHOT!

tdm-35-icon.png

Ryan,

I'm sure you'll get too many responses to count, but having sampled my share, I can tell you that while Pluckers deserves it's spot, Krazy Mike's in Little Rock is better than Pluckers, and is far and away the best wing I've ever had.

Thanks for the article!
- Nathan

Add a Comment

Upload a picture of yourself no larger than 3MB, please see Terms for details
CAPTCHA
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
CAPTCHA
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human