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Buffalo Food

Buffalo is renowned for the variety of its indigenous delicacies. Our homegrown specialties include:

  • Chicken Wings: In 1964, Terressa Bellisimo made an impromptu snack for some patrons who were enjoying an evening at the Anchor Bar, her family's bar and restaurant. She took some chicken wings that were left over from the day, deep-fried them, added some hot sauce and served them crisp and hot. Her friends loved them and gradually other restaurants throughout the city - and eventually the world - began serving this new delicacy. You can still find the Anchor Bar at 1047 Main Street in Buffalo.
  • Beef on Weck: Another of Buffalo's unique taste treats: thinly sliced roast beef piled high on a kummelweck roll (a German kaiser roll sprinkled with caraway seeds and pretzel salt and baked again for several minutes until crusty) dipped in au jus and spiced with fresh hot horseradish.
  • Charcoal Grilled Hot Dogs: According to Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. by Jane and Michael Stern (Broadway Books, 1999), "Western New York is probably more fanatical about frankfurters than any other place in the country...what makes them great is the way they are cooked: over coals that infuse each link with pungent smoke flavor and burnish its taut skin with a seared crust."

  • Famous Buffalonians

  • Wolf Blitzer: Blitzer is the anchor of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, a nightly newscast that debuted in December 2000. Blitzer also hosts Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, the only Sunday talk show seen in more than 212 countries and territories. He won an Emmy Award in 1996 for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. In 1999, he was honored with the International Platform Association's Lowell Thomas Broadcast Journalism Award for outstanding contributions to broadcast journalism. He is the author of two books.
  • Charles Burchfield: Watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield is one of America's most original artists. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, Burchfield developed a unique style of watercolor painting that reflected distinctly American subjects and his profound respect of nature.
  • Samuel Clemens: One of America's most acclaimed authors worked as the managing editor of the Buffalo Express newspaper from 1869 to 1871.
  • Grover Cleveland: Twenty-second and twenty-fourth president of the United States. Mayor of Buffalo and Governor of New York State. Only president to serve two non-consecutive terms.
  • William Fargo: Founder of the Wells, Fargo express company which dominated transportation in the American west in the 19th Century. Mayor of Buffalo from 1862-66.
  • Millard Fillmore: Thirteenth U.S. President. Elected Vice-President in 1848, he ascended to the presidency on the death of Zachary Taylor in 1850.
  • Bob Lanier: "Buffalo" Bob Lanier began his basketball career at the city's Bennett High School before moving on to nearby St. Bonaventure where he was a three-time All-America selection, leading the Bonnies to the Final Four in 1970. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 1974 All-Star game. His career numbers for scoring and rebounding rank among the top 20 in NBA history.

  • More Fun Buffalo Facts

  • Frederick Law Olmsted, the world renowned landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York City, designed Buffalo's park system; Buffalo was the first city to have parks connected by parkways and is one of a few cities with viable parkways.
  • All Cheerios are made here.
  • Originally formed 12,000 years ago, the Falls at Niagara have moved more than 7 miles upstream, thus carving out the Niagara Gorge - a seven-mile canyon. The American Falls are 190 feet high, 1,060 feet wide and the Horseshoe Falls stand 185 feet high and 2,200 feet wide.
  • The Niagara Region also played a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Many former slaves escaped to freedom in Canada via the Niagara River at both Buffalo and Niagara Falls. There are homes in the region that have been identified as points on the railroad.
  • The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, formerly the Wilcox residence, was the scene of the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States on September 14, 1901, following the assassination of William McKinley.
  • 200 miles of fresh water shore border the area.
  • Chicken wings were first served at the Anchor Bar on Main Street in 1964.
  • In 1905, the NAACP was founded in the region, with its first national conference in Buffalo.
  • Erie Canal opened in 1825, 363 miles from Buffalo to New York City.
  • Experts estimate that there are 1,200 to 2,000 angel faces in Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica.
  • President Millard Fillmore is buried at Forest Lawn cemetery.
  • Buffalo has the largest concentration of theaters in New York State outside of New York City.
  • Pedaling History Bicycle Museum is America's bicycle history center and the world's largest bicycle museum.
  • Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina was constructed in the shape of a Bison, visible from the marina's observation tower.
  • Kleinhans Music Hall is one of the only acoustically perfect buildings in the world.
  • More bagels made here than any other US city.
  • Buffalo is the only city in the United States to boast five Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes.
  • Batavia Downs Race Track is the oldest running pari-mutuel (wagering) harness track in North America, dating back to the early 1940s.
  • Buffalo was the first city in the US to light streets with electricity.
  • The village of LeRoy was already known as the Patent Medicine Capital of the World in 1897 when local resident P.B. Waite created a powdered gelatin dessert, which his wife named Jell-O.

From Buffalo Niagara Convetion & Visitors Bureau