On the way back from visiting Niagara Falls, my homeboy Joon and I took a route through downtown Buffalo, looking for something to eat. And when in Buffalo, where else do you grab a bite other than at Anchor Bar. The home of the original buffalo wing.
You can’t miss it when you approach where Main Street and E. North Street meet. They’re not shy in letting passersby know that this is where Teressa Bellissimo.
The bar’s association with Buffalo wings originates in the 1960s. Then-owner Teressa Bellissimo is credited with the creation of the dish when she deep-fried some wings and covered them in Frank’s RedHot hot sauce and butter. Chicken wings were previously used for soup or thrown away. She served them with blue cheese dip as hors d’oeuvres at the bar. They were initially offered for free.
On March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat.
They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience their new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.
The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate the Buffalo wing, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa’s the proclaimed “Best Wings in the World”.