Inside the kitchen where the first Buffalo wings were made

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BUFFALO (WWLP) – 22News is in Buffalo for UMass Hockey’s historical Frozen Four appearance– and you can’t go to Buffalo without having some wings!

UMass fans who traveled here from all over the country are out exploring the city Friday while the hockey team prepares for their first-ever National Championship game on Saturday. For many, that means trying the city’s famous buffalo wings.

22News went to the Anchor Bar on Main Street for a behind the scenes look at how wings are made at the birthplace of the original buffalo wing. Anchor Bar CEO Mark Dempsey told 22News it actually happened by accident!

“Frank and Teressa  Bellissimo opened the restaurant in  1935 and they invented the wing in 1964. So the story goes, she was actually in the kitchen ready to make some soup stock for the next day and her son’s friends came in and wanted something a little different. They didn’t want the normal Italian fare that the Anchor Bar was famous for, so she took these lovely wings that she was going to make soup stock with and put them in the deep fryer, put a secret hot sauce on there and low and behold the chicken wing was born.”

The home of the original chicken wing serves a couple million pounds of wings each year. 

So how is the original buffalo wing made? Dempsey said the wings are fresh, never frozen, and never breaded. After they are deep fried, the wings are tossed in one of three sauces– mild, medium, hot, or bbq.

Dempsey said the Main Street location in Buffalo is the original Anchor Bar, but there are 15 locations total throughout the United States. Dempsey travels to each location to make sure they are staying true to the original recipe.

“We’re the original. What the standard is judged by. When you come to the Anchor Bar and have our wing, that’s the true way a wing is supposed to be.”

WEB EXTRA: Full interview with Anchor Bar CEO Mark Dempsey

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