You've likely heard of Buffalo wings but few outside the city know that Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is where they originated in 1964—and ... More
Anchor Bar (The)
You've likely heard of Buffalo wings but few outside the city know that Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is where they originated in 1964—and where they still make some of the best. If wings aren't your thing, you can choose from made-to-order pub food. Minutes from the Buffalo Theater District, this casual, unpretentious bar is features live jazz Friday and Saturday evenings. The walls are covered with awards and articles extolling the famous wings.
I have been to this place a few times in the last few years. But i doubt if i will go there anymore.
The wings are good but the service is atrocious.
Starts with their seating arrangments where they give the worst seats to colored folks.
Then the service if poor..maybe based on the seating. Think twice before you go there, esp. if you are not white.
Used to be a great place for food, especially before the Sabres games, but sadly not anymore. My family was always excited to be dining there.
The wings arrived lukewarm with soggy celery, before the rest of our order, even before the salads. We got them within 5 minutes of ordering, when I can remember it usually took at least 10 -15 minutes to get them served up (which makes me think they were already made and hanging around under the heat lamp for a while waiting for an opprotunity to get rid of them rather than throw them out), and bread was an afterthought. Everyone got their order at different times, in one case 10 minutes after everyone else. The pizza was better than what you can get in Rochester, at least, but the sausage had a bad aftertaste. Pasta was ok, forget the sausage again.
The wait service has become increasingly abysmal, this time waited 15 minutes to place our orders and had to get up and find the waitress 20 minutes after we were finished just to pay the check (tip already figured in and definately not earned). But boy, she was right there to collect it, wasn't she. She breezed by once somewhere in the middle to inquire as to the condition of our food but didn't hang around long enough to find out the answer. We got the impression that we were an afterthought to our server. They weren't that busy at the time, either. This has been a trend we've noticed for our last several visits there, so it's not a "just caught them on a bad day" thing.
Success has definately gone to their heads, and bred indifference at best and arrogance at worst.
We won't be going back, ever, which is really sad; nor recommend anybody else go there. The wait to be seated there sometimes, the declining quality of the food and the very poor service just aren't worth spending the bucks for, nor compensate for the mystique of going to "The Anchor Bar".
Momma Theresa would be sad if she was still alive.
The setting of this place appears to be in quite a sorted dank and forboding area. Parking was non-existant due to so many tourists and curiocity seeekers. Then to enter through first a greeting gaunlet of multiple people smoking outside directly infront of and indeed blocking entering. Once in a mob of people waiting for a place to sit with some person taking names and treating folks like he was doing them a favor for permitting them to be their! Same with our waitress what an attitude. Food was ok. The check was given to us in a very uncaring way but it was accurate. I was happy to leave this place although I was met with another intake of cigarette smoke. This place seems to be making a killing on the fact that is ground zero for wings. Be carfull ging to ground zero joints. Buffalo, NY, best?????
I have been a patron at this bar for many years. I dont live in theBuffalo area but many a time I have gone out of my way to pay a visit to it.
One of these times was yesterday. I have the following comments to make:
1) The taste of the wings has deteriorated dramatically. Whilst in past years I found them juicy, succulent and flavourful, I have noted in the past few months that the wings have become rubbery, hard and devoid of flavour (as was the case yesterday)
2) The service I received was abysmal. I asked for wet wipes and was told they dont provide any, I asked for a box to take left overs and received no bag to place the box in, waited for my check for 10 minutes as the waitress who served me disappeared. To make matters worse she was very matter of factly and did not make my dining experience a pleasant one.
What was certainly a wonderful experience in the past has certainly gone down hill and for the forseable future at least I shall be staying away.
This is the birth place of the "Buffalo Wing". A must see when in Buffalo! Some clients treated me to a night out that included the Anchor Bar and a hockey game. I only thought I knew what good wings were until I tasted these wings! DAMN! GOOD STUFF! You have to go check it out!
I used to go to the Anchor Bar when I was in college specifically for the wings. Since graduating, I've missed them. I was very glad to discover that a couple of the grocery stores in my city now stock the Anchor Bar Original Wing sauce, so I can make my own at home.
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