Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Going Home - Buffalo

I just got back from a trip home. I didn't just visit my home, I also visited the home of Buffalo wings - Buffalo, NY. There's more to Buffalo than just wings, though.

While planning, I was informed that I had to go to Ted's, which has been charbroiling hot dogs for over 70 years. We went for lunch & I was surprised at the amount of people who lined up against the wall to place their order at the grill. I thought the hot dog was somehow passé. Ted's showed me that it was not, and, moreover, it comes with a side of really good fries. One of my dining companions had the onion rings, which are so delicate that they look as though the coating will fall off. Not the kind of fast food that I was expecting.

After lunch, we thought the best way to settle our stomachs would be to head over to Anderson's for some lemon ice. It was just as they promised - soft-serve, lemon-flavoured ice. Not too sweet, but far too cold for the chilly day.

After talking to a few locals, I was told that Anderson's is really the place to go for a Beef on Weck, which of course raises the question, what the heck's a weck? It's a roll, like a kaiser roll, covered in carraway seeds & salt. While I was too stuffed to possibly eat more than a lemon ice at Anderson's, I got the chance later on at the Niagara County Fair to have one. Served with mustard & horseradish, I have to say, a pretty good sandwich!

Of course, what trip to Buffalo is complete without those famous wings? I've been told that the better wings are at Duff's bar, but the Anchor Bar claims to be the home of deep fried chicken wings, coated in spicy sauce. I went to the Anchor bar on the day after Thanksgiving, apparently their busiest day, and was quite pleased with the wings. The Anchor Bar in the Buffalo airport, however, is just an airport outpost. Still, at an airport, 'tis better to have poor wings than no wings at all.

I still have to try more food in the area, particularly visit Duff's for their wings. I'm not sure when I'll be back but the wings aren't about to fly over here to Germany on their own.


Cathy said...

Looks like a fun trip! I'm a sucker for a good hot dog every now and then :)

taste traveller said...

Cathy, there's certainly something about 12 inches of hot mystery meat! ;)

Tangled Noodle said...

I do the same thing - when we revisit a place we'd lived in before (we've moved around a lot), I'm always trying to visit all the old food haunts. And I wonder why I bring back 10 extra pounds . . .

'Dogs will never be passé for me and I'd love some of that lemon ice. But I think a special trip to Buffalo for Beef on Weck is in order!

taste traveller said...

lol! It's like every time I go anywhere, i bring back 10 extra pounds! :-)

Buffalo is actually a lot of fun - if you make it, take a day & hop the border to go to Niagara wine country. I'll post on that soon - it was divine!

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