Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour continues with Buffalo wings from New York, which joined the union on July 26, 1788.
The state: New York, America’s 27th largest state by area and third largest by population. New York City, the state’s largest city, is the second largest and third most diverse city in North America. All rather unimpressive, I know, however, from New York City’s central “Manhattan” neighborhood it’s a quick six hour drive to Buffalo, where Buffalo wings were invented. And from Buffalo, it’s only another two hours to Toronto, where you can get some culture.
The food: The state’s greatest contributaion to American cuisine, the Buffalo wing. Unlike most other foodstuffs that were invented in America and managed to find themselves over to, say, rural North Dakota, we know exactly where these wings came from. That’d be Anchor Bar, where, in 1964, someone had the crazy idea of taking the wings marked for the soup pot and turning them into an icon. The Anchor Bar’s owner deep fried them, slathered them in Frank’s Red Hot, and gave birth to an American classic.