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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, but the wooden statue of Teresa is gone.

1047 Main St., Buffalo, NY
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.
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Inventor of Buffalo Wings

Went here 7/13/19 and it looks as if the statue has been removed. Regardless, the restaurant is still worth the trip. A lot of fun stuff to see inside, and of course the wings!

[Nick Rotolo, 07/22/2019]

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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