The founding restaurant of the "Buffalo wing" opens a franchise in Frederick.

If you love chicken wings, you’re going to love this new restaurant in Frederick. The city is now home to an Anchor Bar, originally from Buffalo, New York. Credited with inventing the popular spicy hot wing, the Anchor Bar is a culinary legend across America. The company started a franchising program a few years ago and now has stores in Texas, Michigan, California and Ontario, Canada.

If you haven’t heard the story of how the Buffalo wing was invented, here’s the gist. The owner’s son had a group of friends coming into the bar for a late night snack. She took some of the chicken wings she usually reserved for soup and threw them in the deep fryer. The wings were then coated with a spicy sauce and served to the hungry crowd. The wings were a big hit and soon became a staple item on the menu. The secret recipe has been replicated at bars and restaurants around the world. Visitors to the bar can even buy bottles of the sauce to take home.

Anchor Bar Frederick

Anchor Bar Frederick, Courtesy of Facebook

The menu at the new location in Frederick has wings (of course), plus a few Maryland specialties as well. Crab pizza, crab dip, and steamed shrimp are posted alongside the Anchor Bar’s favorites. In addition to the traditional spicy sauce, the Anchor Bar has a range of flavored barbecue sauces and rubs including Maryland’s own Old Bay. The 6,000 square-foot location also features a full bar and 40 flat screens, perfect for catching a game or six.

The new Anchor Bar is located at 5605 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, near the Francis Scott Key Mall. 

Have you ever been to the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo? How do the wings in Maryland stack up to the original recipe? Tell us in the comments!

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