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Buffalo Wing Trail

Chances are that if you are heading out to lunch or dinner in Buffalo, you’re going to come across some Buffalo wings. It’s part of the staple diet on a lot of Buffalonians. That said, how does one keep track of the best wing joints around town? A lot of times, a restaurant will have great wings, even though it’s not necessarily considered a wing joint. With so many delicious wings to choose from, it can be tough to figure out where to go when you want to eat wings.

For those of you who want to help promote your favorite wing-slinging establishments around town, Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN) is working on a way to keep visitors to Buffalo up to date with all things wings. In 2018, the WNY promotional organization is launching the Buffalo Wing Trail.

Currently, VBN is seeking input from the public regarding the various places around town that should be recognized for their wings. BRO readers can cast their ballots below:

City restaurants:

Southtowns restaurants:

Northtowns restaurants:

There are 16 wing joints featured in the drop-down bar to choose from in the “favorite city wing” category. Then there are additional hot spots to choose from in the respective Southtowns and Northtowns categories. I’m happy to see that there is a field to write-in additional favorites that are not on the featured drop-down bar. I recently had some of the best wings in Buffalo at Roaming Bison Tavern (a relatively new restaurant on Hertel, between Elmwood and Military). They had a smoky bourbon/blueberry sauce that was mind-blowing – one of the best wings I ever tried in Buffalo. I also have to throw Potter’s Field into the mix – they have an outstanding wing that I feel should make the cut, though they are not listed in the drop-down field either.

That said, it’s going to be tough to choose the top twelve wing joints, because there are so many that should make the list. It will be interesting to see how the battles play out from year to year.

By the way, does anyone have a decent suicidal wing anymore? Even the hottest wings around town don’t seem to be very fiery. A super hot wing, while still being flavorful, could be the golden ticket!

“The voting results will be one factor VBN uses in determining the restaurants that will be included on the trail. The trail, which will highlight 12 different wing restaurants throughout Erie County, will be promoted through a variety of platforms, including a brochure, video and a section on VBN’s website and 2018 touring guide. It is being developed in consultation with “Wing King” Drew Cerza, founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and will debut by the spring of 2018.” – VBN


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • joefrombuffalo2

    “Come to Buffalo for the wings, stay because you got too fat to fit into a plane seat.”

  • Me

    I was told if you are a Buffalonian youre not allowed to call them Buffalo Wings, they are just Wings.

    • Johnny Pizza

      The buffalo Wings vs. wings naming is just how we Buffalonians tell other Buffalonians from out-of-towners apart from each other.

      I wonder if its the same for the Philly cheesesteak.

  • OldFirstWard

    Chicken Wings, Wings, or Buffalo Wings whatever you wish to call them, they have been ruined in this city by price gouging. I rarely ever order them anymore. (I make my own). Twenty years ago, you could get wings for $12 to $15 a bucket for jumbo wings. Prices are now approaching $50 a bucket and the size and quality vary day to day. I see the wholesale prices and while they are higher than in the past, in no way do they justify these outrageous retail prices. Add to the proliferation of wings across the country and even around the world, our little secret has been exploited and killed.

    • Johnny Pizza

      This has happened with lots of foods that gained popularity very quickly. Look at avocados, the price of cocoa (because dark chocolate uses so much more of the stuff) and coconut water.

    • eagercolin

      Prices increase with demand — film at 11!

  • Ivan Putski Jr

    if you’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing a commercial chicken coop, or even worse getting behind a truck hauling a flatbed of chickens in cages stacked 5 high, you would never eat chicken again. I vowed I wouldn’t do it anymore. lasted about 1 week. i love chicken wings

  • BushwackJack

    Chicken wings taste as good in every part of the country. Just like pizza.