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The Saucy Rise of America’s Obsession With Chicken Wings

Believe it or not, America’s love for chicken wings hasn’t always been as deep seated as it is today.  There was once a time where the wings were the least desired and cheapest cut of chicken available at the grocery store.

Then it glowed up.

Like the “hot chick” that’s ignoring you now because you called her ugly and nerdy in high school, the chicken wing got a saucy makeover that made her everyone’s WCW (Wing Crush Wednesday).

The concept of drowning chicken wings in hot sauce happened how most delicious creations happen: by accidental experimentation.

The widely accepted story of Buffalo hot wings is that in 1964, Teresa Bellissimo, co-owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, put together leftover wings and hot sauce for her son and his friends as a late night snack while they enjoyed a few beers.  The shareable snack became such a huge hit that they decided to make it a permanent item on their menu the very next day, marking the beginning of the legend of the ‘Buffalo Wings.’

It wasn’t long before the dish gained enough popularity that it ceased from being a regional New York dish, spreading its wings to become a nationwide staple. All pun intended. By the 90’s, countless other bars had wings on their menu, Domino’s and Pizza Hut added it to complement pizza orders, and brick and mortar ‘wing only’ chains like Wingstop and Buffalo Wild Wings broke through as mainstream chains.

Fast forward to today and you’ll find that the range of sauces you could douse your wings in has grown tenfold.  We’re talking lemon pepper, bbq, garlic parmesan, teriyaki, sweet soy, gochujang… the list just keeps growing.  While wing popularity grew largely due to its dexterity as a shareable bar food snack, the ingenuity of chefs have refined it into a more diverse dish, featuring flavors unique to different types of cuisines and regions.  Restaurants like Pok Pok in Portland, Button Mash in Los Angeles, and Turntable Chicken Jazz in New York City innovated the concept by expanding on different cultural takes on wings.

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It seems crazy to say that the ‘hot wings’ concept has only been around for a little over 50 years because it seems like the appetizer has been around as long as television has.  Go to any bar and you can probably order a 10-piece with your beer. You may even see it in most restaurant menus under the “appetizer” section, too.

Wings have really become a staple in American culture, and have become so seductive to our tastebuds where you can’t have just one.  So the next time you’re at your favorite wing joint sucking down all that glorious meat off the bone, pay homage to its humble beginnings… by ordering another 10-piece (and a beer).

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Features Nightlife Restaurants

This Bowling Alley Strikes Your Taste Buds With Its Jaw-Dropping Menu

Bowling alley food in general has a bit of a reputation. For me, it usually falls into that sweet spot where awesome meets disgusting. It’s salty burgers, fries that are somehow over-crisped and soggy at the same time and light beer in bowling-pin-shaped bottles. You can’t help but love it and hate it all at once. But one chain of bowling alleys is redefining the bowling culinary experience — or maybe it’s more accurate to say they’ve created a bowling culinary experience where previously we had none.

Bowlmor, which has locations around the U.S., was founded in 1938 in New York, did brisk business through the bowling boom of the ’70s and ’80s and barely made it through the ’90s, when Tom Shannon, an entrepreneur with a vision, took over and implemented game-changing ideas that made the business take off again, eventually merging with some of the industry’s biggest names, like AMF and Brunswick.

One of the big changes, as mentioned, was the idea that the food and drink selection at a bowling alley doesn’t necessarily have to be all about microwaved tater tots and overdone corn dogs (though, again, I have a soft spot in my stomach for the sorts of foods that grease up your fingers just right when you’re trying to make a comeback in the eighth frame). Bowlmor’s menus include all kinds of amazing-sounding gourmet foodie options that don’t feel too ostentatious for the bowling alley setting. Let’s have a look at a few of their selections that we are dying to try:

Pizza Cake

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Just look at that thing. One of Bowlmor’s great ideas was to improve upon some of our favorite foods with giant, gourmet, shareable portions. More to come below, but this pizza cake definitely has what it takes.

Pizza Cupcakes

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And if you’re more of a cupcake fan, they’ve got you covered there as well. I, for one, am in favor of a pizza version of every dessert.

Wings

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Bowlmor’s selection of wings is nothing short of comprehensive, with something for everyone: classic buffalo, garlic parmesan, cajun, sweet chili, lemon pepper, honey BBQ and mango chipotle.

5-Pound Burger

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There are many things in the running to be declared the modern equivalent of breaking bread, but my vote’s on sharing a burger, and what better way to do it than with this monster, which you can share with several friends without sacrificing a full serving. And hey, if you’re feeling especially ambitious and hungry, take it on solo — we’re not here to judge.

2-Foot Hot Dogs

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Ditto for Bowlmor’s monster dogs, which take the classic footlong and double it. These come in two flavors: The Coney Mega Dog, which comes topped with mustard, Coney sauce, and onions and is beautiful in its simplicity. They also serve up the Chi-Town Mega Dog (pictured above) topped with peppers, onions, pickles, tomatoes, neon relish, and mustard.

The Breakfast for Dinner Burger

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Putting a fried egg on a burger is a delicious move, but it’s nothing new. Bowlmor’s version, however, has sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, and maple ketchup on it. They’re not messing around. Breakfast for dinner never sounded so good.

Cocktails

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And last but certainly not least, Bowlmor’s gourmet selections include a range of house cocktails that sound like a dangerously good time. A couple highlights: The Madhattan is described as a cross between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan that’s made with whiskey, Cointreau, sweet vermouth, and bitters and is served in a cocktail glass. The Liquid Courage is gin, lemonade, club soda, and elderflower liqueur. Who knows? It might just help you land that strike.

Overall, Bowlmor sounds like a place I’d stop for dinner that happens to have great bowling and games. Go for the food or the fun, but stay for both.

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Cravings

This Beer Bread Tastes Like Buffalo Wings

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The Superbowl is long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy buffalo-flavored treats. We already know hot sauce makes everything better, and buffalo wings are always a crowd pleaser, so why not mix some in with your next snack? That’s what the folks over at SoberDough are doing.  They’re purveyors of beer bread mix, for a quick bread that only requires a bottle of beer, a stir, and a pop in the oven before it’s ready.  And their flavor of the moment is, you guessed it, buffalo.  Or as they call it, “Buffalovin’ Wing.”

No word on what’s actually in the bread; we’re guessing it’s a relatively standard mix pumped up by hot sauce and maybe a bit of sweetness. We can only begin to imagine the possibilities.  Leftover sandwiches with buffalo chicken and blue cheese dressing, buffalo bread “French toast” with bacon, or even just toasted with some butter — we’d love to get our hands on some of this.

So what do you think? Awesome idea or a trend gone wrong? Let us know in the comments!

H/T Cool Material

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Features

How to Throw an Anti-Super Bowl Party for One

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So there’s some mega-important-spectacular sports thing happening Sunday. People are really excited about it. Weed is involved somehow. About ten years ago, Janet Jackson had her breast exposed on national television during it. I googled pictures of it after class in middle school.

Whether you’re not that into sports, extremely introverted, or “C,” there’s a slight chance you’d rather do anything else this Sunday than watch grown-ass men hurl themselves at one another for six hours, with brief breaks in between for un-skippable YouTube ads. This feature is for you.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the web’s bougiest, most time-consuming recipes to make, or simply single-serving-sized party recipes so you can get into the S**** B*** spirit without ever having to actually get into the spirit at all. Let everyone else scream themselves silly with Natty Light and soggy nachos. You’re doing this ish in *style.

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Blue Cheese & Buffalo Chicken Pot Pie

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Recipe: Domestic Fits

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Cannoli

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Recipe: Everyday Southwest

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Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

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Recipe: A Spicy Perspective

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Steak Nacho Casserole

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Recipe: Temp-tations

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Chips & Cheese Chili Casserole

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Recipe: Averie Cooks

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Spinach, Artichoke, and Brie Crepes

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Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest

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Artichoke and Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Recipe: Petite Decadence

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Avocado Egg Cups

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Recipe: Onion Rings and Things

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Avocado Stuffed Meatballs

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Recipe: The Healthy Foodie

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Baked Potato with Ricotta and Tomatoes

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Recipe: Framed Cooks

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Baked Potato Roll-Ups with Brie and Pancetta

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Recipe: Apron and Sneakers

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Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

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Recipe: BS in the Kitchen

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Totchos Supreme Burger

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Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest

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Frito Pie Burger

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Recipe: Jason and Shawnda

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Steakhouse Mushroom Burger with Creamed Spinach Sauce

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Recipe: Pink Parsley

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Clementine Whiskey Wine Cocktail

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Recipe: Foxes Love Lemons

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The White Thyme

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Recipe: Rachael White

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Golden Ale Beer Cocktail

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Recipe: The Beeroness

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Spicy Michelada

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Recipe: Spoon Fork Bacon

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Blood Orange Shandy

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Recipe: The Boy’s Club

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Recipe: Chocolate Moosey

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Salted Caramel Mug Cake

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Recipe: Babble

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Nutella Mug Cake

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Recipe: Live Love Pasta

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Single Serving Monkey Bread

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*Alternatively you could go outside, call up your best friend’s cougar aunt, step on Legos, or basically do anything else that isn’t quite so grating as watching the fucking Super Bowl. Carpe diem.

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Fast Food

Attention Homer Simpson: Donut Pizza Exists

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Last night I had a dream that someone made me a hamburger using a donut instead of a bun. This morning I found out that Domino’s Guatemala is introducing a new donut-shaped pizza that’s filled with buffalo wings . . . which is pretty much everyone’s dream come true. Coincidence? Probably, since I live in California and my chances of tasting this Guatemalan donut-shaped creation are pretty much nil. Still, Foodbeast fans in Guatemala should pick one of these babies up so I can try this thing vicariously through them.

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The pizza is basically a pan pizza with a hole in the middle, meaning you can get mushrooms, pepperoni, or whatever your donut-driven heart desires as a topping. The hole is then filled with an order or two of buffalo wings or ribs to take your pizza experience to the next level. The whole wings-as-part-of-a-pizza thing is almost enough to make me forgive Domino’s for the fact that there are no actual donuts involved in this pizza. Almost. Go ahead and enjoy your special pizza, Guatemalan Foodbeasters. I’ll be stuck here in California, dreaming about donuts.

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H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Deals

Hooters Offering Free Wings to All Moms on Mother’s Day

If you’re racking your brain on what to get your mom for mother’s day, or you’re a mom and just want some free wings, Hooters has you covered.

Hooters restaurants will be honoring all moms this Mother’s Day with a free order of 10 boneless wings, tossed in their wing sauce of choice. The offer is good for all ladies who dine in at participating Hooters restaurants on Sunday, May 13th.

Anyone want to pretend to be my mom for the day? My actual mom would the silly out of me if I brought her to a Hooters. Ungrateful mom, I know.

 

 

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Products

Buffalo Wings and Celery Soap — An Ironic Way to Get Clean

The last thing I would consider using to get my fingers clean would be buffalo wings. Seriously, can you think of a more obnoxiously messy, yet utterly delicious pre-meal? Interesting enough, there will be millions of wings eaten during today’s Super Bowl, and even more millions of dirty fingers that wish one of their favorite foods hadn’t just coated their fingers in buffalo deliciousness.

Who would have thought we’d be able to wash off our fingers with…more buffalo wings? A young lady out of New Jersey by the name of Robyn has found a talent in creating soaps that are dramatically realistic to their real life counterparts.

In this case, Robyn has made some olive-oil based Buffalo Wings and Celery Soap, made-to-order, with custom scents (she has plenty to choose from, from Juicy Watermelon to something called Metro Chic), none of which are buffalo-sauce flavored.

Don’t eat these…in case it wasn’t utterly obvious. ($7.95 @ Etsy)

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Cravings

Buffalo Chicken Wing Cupcakes, Because This is America

It’s a turbulent time for some. As the Superbowl rapidly approaches, many a home chef will be wondering to themselves, How do I please the strange mixture of people coming over to watch the big game? Should I serve meat pies? No, too manly. Cupcakes? No, what is this, a viewing of 7th Heaven? Wait…wait…I got it…

Buffalo Chicken Super Bowl Cupcakes. I’m not sure what came over the always talented Stef and her incessant need to create awesome things for her cupcake blog, but she’s done it again. And according to her recipe, this isn’t as “disgusting” as the shock value of her picture would lead you to believe.

The buffalo chicken cupcakes aren’t terribly sweet, in fact, they’re more along the lines of “cornbread sweet,” if that helps you get in the right mindset. There’s no chicken in the cupcake, they work great as appetizers, and the entire cake features a blue cheese buttercream frosting.

She’s included a detailed recipe for those looking to break some jaw vertebrates come game day, but here’s a picture to tide you over between link-clicks: