B is for Blue Cheese and Celery Sticks for Buffalo Wings

Wings Should Be Enjoyed with Blue Cheese and Celery Sticks, Not Ranch Dressing
Wings Should Be Enjoyed with Blue Cheese and Celery Sticks, Not Ranch Dressing

“Would you like blue cheese or ranch dressing with your chicken wings?” Every time I hear a restaurant server ask this question, I cringe. Like every other Buffalonian, wings should be served with blue cheese and celery sticks and NOT ranch dressing. (Sorry, Hidden Valley.)

We Buffalonians Take Our Wings Seriously

You can take the girl out of Buffalo but you can’t take the Buffalo out of the girl. Wings are the reason I will never live a vegan lifestyle. I keep a bottle of Frank’sRedHot Sauce, aka: chicken wing sauce, in my pantry to dash it on other foods to emulate that savory, hometown wing flavor.

We Buffalonians take our wings seriously. Sure, we get flack for snow-filled winters but we’re proud of our wings. Annually each summer, Western New Yorkers and others from across the globe flock to Buffalo to celebrate the mighty wing during the National Chicken Wing Festival.

For those who want to talk the talk, they are “wings.” They aren’t “chicken wings.” And do I need to clarify people refer to them as “Buffalo wings” because wings originated in Buffalo, N.Y., and are not some freakish part of the buffalo animal.

Next time your travels lead you to Buffalo, order a dozen wings with a side of blue cheese and celery sticks.

My favorite place for wings when visiting Buffalo? Sal’s Lounge in Depew. Here in Southwest Florida, Buffalo Wild Wings and Buffalo Wings & Rings satisfy my fix.

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

14 thoughts on “B is for Blue Cheese and Celery Sticks for Buffalo Wings

  1. I’ve never understood the need for anything to be served with Buffalo wings. Shouldn’t the sauce on the wings alone be enough?

  2. Oh, yum! Bring it on!

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  3. Mmm this has made me so hungry for BBQ, I wish the weather would change. That looks so good, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Harry makes awesome wings, but he’s one of those wimpy guys who want a side of ranch. Actually, it’s just for dipping the celery – he eats the wings straight.

    Stopping by on the A to Z Challenge from Debbie & Harry’s Kitchen.

  5. I read the title of this blog and thought “OMG, why do people even put ranch on there wings??…” Needless to say I was relieved when I read on. I have seen this phenomenon more and more, mainly on the West coast. There is nothing like a good blue cheese to dip the wing in, it tones down the spice while enhancing the flavor.

    And my mouth immediately started watering the minute I read “FranksRedHotSauce”. yum.

    Good post and thanks for the tips where to get good wings in Buffalo. I have never been, but that seems like a good reason to go.

  6. Hello! Ok, don’t everyone gasp at once, but I have never had Buffalo Wings! I am a vegetarian. But, since my hubby loves wings, I have to say, I enjoy getting that weird little side of celery sticks and dressing. It makes the appetizer delish for both of us! LOL!

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