Follow your spicy sauce-loving heart to over a dozen eateries chosen based on popularity, quality, and historical significance.
Wine trails and beer trails have become all the rage across America. Hopping from producer to producer is a natural extension of the classic bar crawl. But not every “trail” needs to leave you staggering home. For instance, last month, we discussed Butler County, Ohio’s Donut Trail. And now, if you find yourself on the shores of Lake Erie, New York state’s second largest city has just launched an official “Buffalo Wing Trail.” Heartburn medication not included.
Announced last week at Buffalo’s Anchor Bar, which claims it invented the Buffalo wing back in 1964, the tourism board Visit Buffalo Niagara says it polled its 86,000 Facebook followers, dug through online reviews, and spoke with the founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival Drew Cerza to select 12 spots serving unique takes on the appetizer that is ubiquitous in eateries throughout the area.
“The flavor gracing the menus of nearly every pub in North America takes on a whole new meaning in the city that created it,” the official Buffalo Wing Trail site states. “The history, character and atmosphere found in each of the 12 pubs along the new Buffalo Wing Trail are as unique and flavorful as the wings.”
So who made the cut? The trail begins north of the city at Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant in Getzville, moves south to Duff’s Famous Wings, continues over to Glen Park Tavern, and then heads into Buffalo proper for Cole’s, Anchor Bar, Lenox Grill, Gabriel’s Gate, Gene McCarthy’s/Old First Ward Brewing Co., Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub, and Doc Sullivan’s. The trail then sends you southeast to hit up Bar Bill Tavern before heading back west and ending at Mammoser’s Tavern & Restaurant in Hamburg.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a trail you can handle entirely on foot: It’s over 22 miles from Getzville to Hamburg, and that’s going in a straight line, which this trail doesn’t do. However, if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, stops five, six and seven, which starts at the historic Anchor Bar, are all within a few blocks of each other. Oh, and according to the map, you’re also right by Buffalo General Medical Center—which, you never know, could come in handy. As Visit Buffalo Niagara says, “Your wet naps are waiting.”