Buffalo, New York: Inventor of Buffalo Wings

In 1964 Teresa Bellissimo whipped up a late-night snack in her bar -- and invented Buffalo Wings. The Anchor Bar is still in business, and a wooden statue of Teresa holds out a platter of her culinary invention.
Address:
1047 Main St., Buffalo, NY
Directions:
North side of downtown. The statue stands outside the entrance to the Anchor Bar, which is on the east side of Hwy 5/Main St. just north of E. North St.
Admission:
Free
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Rotted sculpture?

Inventor of Buffalo Wings

The hands and plate of wings have fallen off.

[Joannah Soderborg, 04/12/2017]

Bummer. Hoping for a speedy repair or new statue. That caused a Smiley Water Tower to fall off its rating!

Home of the Original.

Inventor of Buffalo Wings

Be sure to hang out at the bar. You'll get a good taste of the local flavor.

[April and Pete, 09/25/2015]

Inventor of buffalo wings.

Statue of the Inventor of Buffalo Wings

Great wings. Got there around 3:30 pm and the place was packed. Wait time was 20 minutes so we sat at the bar in the owner's chair. (Shhhh...)

[Brenden, 10/02/2014]

Anchor Bar owner Teresa Bellissimo invented this triumphant spicy appetizer in 1964. Her likeness, depicted holding a batch of buffalo wings near the spot where the breakthrough occurred, was carved from a Maple tree that fell in the storm of Oct. 2006.

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