Seeing Things and Eating Wings in Buffalo,NY!

The weather was a rather inclement on the first day of our Niagara Falls trip so we decided to take a slight detour from the Falls that day and instead explore Buffalo, NY. for some sights, history, and of course, wings!

First stop: historic Canalside. Once the western terminus of the Erie Canal, it’s now a lively cultural park which hosts events, live music, and activities for tourists and residents. There was not a lot going on when we stopped by on account of the dreary weather, but we enjoyed walking around taking photos.

Autumn Aquarius Buffalo Shark girl

This spot also had a personal significance to me because of my ancestral connections to the area. A few Lairds from my family tree actually lived in Buffalo for a bit while they worked on the Erie Canal, and about an hour away in Eagle, NY my 4x great grandparents James and Anna Laird are buried in the Eagle Cemetery.  Unfortunately, we did not have time to venture down there. That’s another trip for another time, but it was still amazing to just be in a place that my ancestors once lived.

Autumn Aquarius Erie Canal

We really didn’t have much of a heading after Canalside so we decided to check out some antique shops we saw along the way, but they were closed! I did a little Google search and found the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: the spot Teddy Roosevelt took the oath of office. They give a super interesting tour and if, like me, you roll with Senior Citizens who hold a lifetime National Parks Pass, the tour is free!

Autumn Aquarius Buffalo museum
Teaching the former prez how to take a selfie.

All this sight seeing made us rather hungry, and being in Buffalo, NY of course made me crave- you guessed it!- CHICKEN WINGS. We sought out Anchor Bar , the restaurant where this staple of American cuisine was created. Over the years, the buffalo wing recipe has been imitated and amended all over the country to suit different tastes and regions, but when you are in Buffalo you have to make time to pay homage to the O.G. buffalo wing recipe at Anchor Bar.  We kept it simple and ordered a ten count of the original recipe served with a side of celery and bleu cheese, and a caesar salad to share for good measure. My aunts aren’t big chicken wing eaters but I could tell by the “wows,” “mmmms,” and the smiles that the dish was a win. I also may or may not have politely “cleaned up” all the remaining sauce with my spoon.  Definitely recommend! 

Chicken wings autumn Aquarius

We ended our day in Buffalo with live music and more food at Food Truck Tuesday in Larkin Square. It was a treat to sit down with locals and visitors and pass the evening with good music, good food, and good people in an awesome city.

Autumn Aquarius Larkin Square

 

 

 

 

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Jamie is a writer with a passion for adventure, history, and more. When she’s not out exploring the world, Jamie is at home in sunny San Diego, CA chasing sunsets and carne asada fries, preoccupied with research, or invested in a good book and a cup of tea.

6 thoughts on “Seeing Things and Eating Wings in Buffalo,NY!

  1. You totally have to do Anchor Bar! I love that in Buffalo! I am originally from the Rochester area. One thing I love is that you can get Anchor Bar wings and hot sauce at the airport in Buffalo after security so you can bring some home too!

    1. OMG that’s so cool! Thank you! I love when people think about that because I love bringing stuff home for family and friends. We flew out of Toronto so I couldn’t take advantage of it, but that’s awesome!

  2. Great story! Next time you’re in town, try Duff’s wings.. if you think Anchor Bar’s are good, wait until you have Duff’s.. they actually won “best wing” in Buffalo.. also check out the Pierce Arrow Car Museum- it’s amazing! Glad you had a nice trip! 🙋🐦

    1. Thanks Ms. Birdlady ❤! Buffalo is a great town and I’m hoping to visit again! I had heard about Duff’s but we had such a short time and it was a bit out of our way. That’s the first stop the day I visit again! Thank you for your recommendations ! I appreciate it!

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