Friday, July 6, 2018

Amherst, NY Edition: Duff's Famous Wings

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Duff's is a famous wing joint outside of Buffalo that also claims to have served up the first chicken wings.

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In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. 
It was in 1969 that the local tavern known simply as Duff’s served up their first batch of chicken wings. Selling nearly 20 pounds of wings a week, Duff’s began to create a name for itself and a reputation for having the best wings in Buffalo. It was around 1985 that it was established that Duff’s wings were indeed famous, and the name became official. 
Duff’s Famous Wings in Amherst, New York still operates in the same original location.
Duff’s Famous Wings restaurants put the same tradition into making every batch of authentic Buffalo wings; the same tradition that was used when Louise introduced the wings in 1969.
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Lisa and I ordered the same wings as we did at The Anchor Bar so we could do a fair comparison.

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We ordered Mild and BBQ.

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Oh, and I got a Loganberry, which I had overheard the table next to me getting. It's a blackberry-raspberry drink popular in the Buffalo area that reminds me of Kool-aid. I am into it!

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So the BBQ wings here had a much thicker sauce that looked like it had been setting a while longer. It also was thicker; possibly more tomato paste in the sauce?

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The mild wings were similar in that they had a little kick - any more than mild would have been hot. And, these weren't saucy - but dry and crispy.

If I had to choose, it would be The Anchor Bar all the way.

Duff's Sheridan Patio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato