Take Wings Before You Take Flight at Anchor Bar at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

A few months ago, I flew into Buffalo, NY, for a bucket list trip with one purpose: try as many variations of the famed buffalo wing as possible. Anchor Bar, Duff’s, Elmo’s…I sweated through them all. It was an epic journey that I will cherish for all time. If you are unable to commit the time and calories necessary to undertake such a food pilgrimage, fear not: Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) houses a satellite location of Anchor Bar so you can truthfully boast to your friends back home that, yeah, you’ve had authentic buffalo wings.

And perhaps Anchor Bar is the most authentic, as they claim to the original inventors of the glorious Buffalo Wing, the result of Anchor Bar owner Teressa Bellissimo creating a tasty midnight-snack for her son and his pals in the 1970s. Located at the upper level of the terminal, inside the security checkpoint, Anchor Bar is open from 8 am until the last scheduled departure of the day. The airport menu is extensive and while you can order wings at all hours of operation, they have other offerings like soups, salads, and sandwiches for the wing-phobic.

The wings are on the large size and fried, so the outside has a nice crisp to it. The sauce is tasty and you can buy a bottle or two to take home as a souvenir. They offer mild, medium, hot, spicy BBQ, and something called “Anchor Bar Suicidal Sauce.” I would try it if I wasn’t deathly afraid of super spicy foods, but hey, if you’re feeling adventurous before your flight, more power to you!

Want to try something truly unique from the Buffalo area? Do yourself a favor and order a Beef on Weck. It’s thin sliced roast beef on a salted roll called a kummelweck. . It is melt-in-your-mouth good!

The Anchor Bar has a large bar area where you can sooth your spicy tongue after eating so many wings. They have an extensive menu offering beer, wine, and spirits. How about a nice cold Canadian beer to go with your meal? Whatever your drink and wing of choice may be, I’m wishing you tasty travels!

Pro tip: Of course order the wings but go crazy and get the combo with Beef on Weck for a delicious and authentic Upstate New York taste experience!

This is the look of pure joy brought on by wing consumption

Image Credit: Lara Pasternak