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Daily Wing Specials | Buffalo NY

Hello friends.

That’s right…I have now lived in Buffalo for two years and I continue to enjoy my time out here on the Niagara Frontier.  As I noted in my first Chicken Fried Buffalo post, I am a fan of Western New York and the quality of life here.

It is also evident to anyone that knows me or has read this blog that I am also a fan of Buffalo-style chicken wings and my love of wings definitely predates my relocation to Buffalo.  When trying to decide what to write in this anniversary post, I pondering many things but for some reason it all came back to chicken wings.

One of the things that I have founding puzzling about a city and region that boasts some of the best wings in the country was that I could not find a single list of daily and weekly wing specials in one place.  Where could I find a good, cheap wing on a random Wednesday night?  It was that quest that gave me the idea to just start my own list.

My goal in this post is not to do a listing of the BEST wings in Western New York…even though two of my favorites are on the list.  This post is the beginning of a comprehensive list that I will update occasionally.

I know that there are many other establishments that have wing specials on these same days and in some cases might have better or less expensive wings, but I have personally made myself available at each of the places on this list.  As I find others, there will be updates and additions.

Wellington

The Wellington Pub

MONDAY

WELLINGTON PUB

Wing Special Price:  .45 each

1541 Hertel Ave

Buffalo, NY 14216 North Buffalo, Hertel Avenue

716.833.9899

In my opinion, the best wings in the city of Buffalo can be found at the Wellington Pub in North Buffalo.  Every style of wing that I have tried has been outstanding and they feature a different  “special” wing each Monday night.  The dry “fajita” style wing is one of the best chicken wings I have ever tasted.  Also, they will finish your wings on char-grill if requested.  Add to these wings a couple of $1 Molson drafts, Monday Night Football and/or WWE RAW and you have the best of Buffalo.  CFB NOTE:  The Wellington will be full of local regulars so be respectful and don’t be a jackass.  You’re welcome.

TUESDAY

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE

Wing Special Price:  $11.99 All-You-Can-Eat

6727 Transit Rd

Lancaster, NY 14221

716.204.9293

Readers of this blog know that I shy away from restaurant chain locations whenever possible but this wing special is too good to be left off the list.  This Pennsylvania-based chain is a regional competitor to Buffalo Wild Wings.  They have 26 different sauces so there is something for everyone’s taste.  CFB NOTE: Remember, pace yourself because it is a marathon not a sprint.

WEDNESDAY

BUFFALO SPORTS GARDEN

Wing Special Price:  .45 each

2945 Southwestern Blvd

Orchard Park, NY 14127

716.674.4113

If you are in the Southtowns on a Wednesday, the Buffalo Sports Garden serves a quality wing…along with $2 Coors Light Drafts and ½ Price Appetizers.  BSG is also expanding its footprint by adding patio seating.  CFB NOTE:  This place gets very crowded at happy hour and seating at the bar can be scarce.

THURSDAY

GORDON’S ON DELAWARE

Wing Special Price:  .50 each

2263 Delaware Ave

Buffalo, NY 14216

716.874.3020

One of North Buffalo’s best “dive” bars, Gordon’s has over 20 craft beers on tap and live music.  Also, Gordon’s has .50 wings on both Monday and Thursday nights.  They do not have beer specials but Miller Lite and Labatts Blue drafts are $3 every day.  The Spicy Cajun BBQ wings are very good.  CFB NOTE:  The service can be a bit slow because sometimes the bartender also serves as the cook.

FRIDAY

SAVOY RESTAURANT AND TAVERN

Wing Special Price:  FREE (5 – 8pm)

149 Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14201

716.768.3100

What is better that cheap…FREE AND TASTY. One of the trendy “new” bars in Allentown, the Savoy is one of those places that does “handcrafted cocktails” and Whiskey Tasting Wednesday.  CFB NOTE:  The Savoy is small and the drinks are expensive…you have to pay for the chicken in some fashion…but domestic beers are 2-for-1 and for $5 you can get a plate of bacon. This is a first stop on a nice Friday afternoon for a couple of beers and a few wings.

SATURDAY

Mammoser's

Mammoser’s

MAMMOSER’S

Wing Special Price:  .60 each

16 S Buffalo St

Hamburg, NY 14075

716.648.1390

A favorite of most folks in the Southtowns, this is probably the most unique spot on the list. This little bar in the village has great wings…if you like your wings on the dry side.  Also, Mammo’s unique sauce has a chili powder flavor.  They have occasion beer specials but unpredictable.  CFB NOTE:  This special is actually for a double order priced as a single.

SUNDAY

MISTER GOODBAR

Wing Special Price:  .50 each

1110 Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14222

716.882.4000

A dark and dingy “dive” bar, Mister Goodbar has upped its game recently by adding an extensive craft beer selection.  This is one of those places where you can see everything cooked at the end of the bar.  In addition to the wing special Sundays, MGB has $1 off craft pints.  CFB NOTE:  Parking can be a nightmare and its location next to Buffalo State can sometimes add the “young and drunk” element.

 

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Watching the Dallas Cowboys in Public

Well, it is Sunday in Buffalo and the Bills are on the road playing the early game in Miami.  Why is that such a big deal?Cowboys Helmet

Of course, I do follow the Bills since they are my local team and I have recently hired away two of their best employees.  I also have a couple of games in a season ticket group but the main reason this matters is because of NFL broadcast rules.

You see with the Bills playing the early game, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will not be shown on Fox even though it is the national game.  So instead of being able to watch the game in the comfort of my downtown loft, I must make the trek to a drinking establishment to view my beloved Cowboys and unlike my days in Chicago, this is not as easy as it seems.

The King of Craft Beers

The King of Craft Beers

In Chicago, almost any bar you walked in to on a Sunday had DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket.  I spent many Sundays at Kelly’s Pub and Reading Room in Lincoln Park with a group of my ne’er-do-well friends drinking Coors Light in cans, Three Floyds’ Robert The Bruce and making our own lunch.

As all NFL fans know, DirecTV holds the monopoly on out-of-market games and they have continued to increase the amount bars and restaurants must pay for the service.  The pricing is based upon the occupancy/capacity of the establishment.  If you have a small bar…like so many in Chicago…you can afford the fee.  For the big bars, DirecTV has increased the cost so much that fewer of them on the Niagara Frontier are making the investment. I do not blame them.  They will make good money when the Bills play but unlike Chicago, a melting pot of ex-pat NFL fans…there is even a Bengals’ bar my friends…there are not enough fans of other teams who flock to the bars to watch games.

Is that you Keith?

Is that you Keith?

With that context in mind, I made the short drive to Buffalo Wild Wings in the Southtowns for the Sunday Ticket.  While I am not a fan of chain restaurants/bars, I must admit that the staff at this BW3s…as it will always be known to me…does a nice job both in the front and back of the house.  It is close to my office and we have made ourselves available there on occasion after work.

Since I am out in public watching the Cowboys, I just wanted to provide a couple of tips for Tex-pats and Cowboy fans when watching a game outside the safety of your own home.  It might help when you find yourself in the situation I am today.

1.  Keep your head on a swivel…you never know when “that guy” is going to start a lengthy diatribe of why he hates the Cowboys and Texas in general.  This will normally happen when the experts on the pregame show pick against his squad or that team immediately falls behind the Jaguars by two scores.

Chicago-Bears-Starter-Jacket

Old School

2.  Make sure you have a couple of nice things to say about the local team or the team of the fan wearing the Apex or Starter jacket from 1993.  If either of the aforementioned scenarios include the Giants, Eagles or (Insert Politically Correct Name for the Washington Franchise), just lie…God will understand.

3.  Get to the bar early and ask for the Cowboys game on a small monitor in an out of the way place…preferably with your back to the wall and a clear view of the door.  Near the bathroom is always a positive when you need to vomit after a Tony Romo turnover.

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

Rick Perry Eating A Corndog

4.  If the establishment has food, always ask the staff for the corn dog platter or the fish sticks.  The bonus is if they don’t know they don’t have it and head back to the kitchen to ask.

5.  Always ask if Shiner Bock is on special. In the likelihood that they have it, you are in business.  If they don’t, this opens the door for your server/bartender to tell you the specials. If the special is Jagermeister, run for the hills…quickly.

Is that Vanilla Ice?  Of course it is.

Is that Vanilla Ice? Of course it is.

6.  If the Cowboys are playing at Jerry World, tell your server you will be paying $9.50 a beer…just like being there.

7.  Make sure you hydrate with plenty of ice water since you will probably drink a couple of beers.  Sometimes the Cowboys’ performance will force you to self medicate.  In that case, make sure you have access to public transportation or a designated driver.

8.  Finally, show good Texas manners like your mother and grandmother taught you.  NFL Sundays can be a tough shift in a bar.  Tip well and be nice to the staff…you might want to come back for the next game.

Well, it is almost game time and I hope these little tips will help you in the future when you are watching Cowboy games outside of the Republic.

I hope everyone had a great Sunday and Go Cowboys!

UPDATE:  Cowboys win in Philly 17-3.  How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!

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