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Battle of the wings veterans shaping up on Buffalo's Transit Road

A typical platter of Buffalo chicken wings.

Philadelphia is known for, among other things, its cheesesteak sandwiches. The most prominent vendors of the local delicacy are Geno's and Pat's located directly across the street from each other at Passayunk and Wharton for decades.

Now, Buffalo may be getting its version of the same war-of-the-icons when a franchise of the Anchor Bar, where Buffalo Wings were created, gets ready to open an additional venue on Transit Road opposte a Duff's francise, a major Anchor Bar competitor. Franchise holders Michael and Anthony Schiappa announced on Friday that they will open an Anchor Bar this fall in the former Corner Bakery Cafe at 7662 Transit Road on the Amherst side of the street. The current Duff's franchise is across the street in the Eastern Hills Mall.

The two longtime Buffalo names won't have the neighborhoods all to themselves, however. A branch of the Quaker Steak & Lube, which has won the “festival favorite” award at the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival three times, is located at 6727 Transit Road, about a mile and a half south the the Eastern Hills Mall.

Anchor Bar credits itself with the invention of the Buffalo Wing in 1964 by original ownerTeressa Bellissimo. Duff’s, which was founded in 1946, began serving wings in 1969. Five years ago, the two businesses were featured in a "Food Wars" episode on the Travel Channel in which Duff's was declared the winner after a blind taste test.

The original Duff’s is at 3651 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. There are other locations in Orchard Park, Depew, Niagara Falls, Texas and Ontario, Canada. , as well as the one in Clarence and three Canadian franchises in Ontario. Anchor Bar’s original location is at 1047 Main Street. There are franchisedlocations at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Darien Lake Amusement Park in Genesee County, and in Hamilton, Ontario.

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