Break out your bleu cheese dressing and your celery sticks, and your antacid, as Saturday is dedicated to one of America’s greatest past times — the succulent and spicy hot wings.
Saturday is National Chicken Wing Day. According to NationalChickenWingDay.com, the first “wing day” was proclaimed in 1977 by then-Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski. But why Buffalo? Well, because it’s the city that lays claim to the original hot wing — the “Buffalo wing.”
The invention of the hot wing is credited to Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. The story goes that Bellissimo wanted something quick and easy to feed her son and his college friends. She allegedly fried some chicken wings and tossed them in butter and hot sauce, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. And the rest is heartburn history.
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More information about National Chicken Wing Day can be found on its Facebook page.
Although there are about 1,200 miles between Buffalo, New York and the Mississippi Coast, several chains will be offering wing specials on Saturday.
▪ Buffalo Wild Wings is offering $9.99 for small boneless wings and fries and $12.99 for small traditional wings and fries.
▪ Chuck E Cheese has $1 off on a small order of Buffalo wings until July 31.
▪ KFC has a $10 Chicken Share. You can select nine tenders, six pieces of chicken or 12 hot wings.
▪ Diners at Hooters on Saturday can get 10 free smoked wings with purchase of any 10 wings.
▪ Wing Zone has a Buffalo chicken sandwich and potato wedges for $6.99 or 100 wings for $59.99.
▪ Wingstop has several deals on Saturday including five free wings with any wing purchase from 11-5 p.m. and 20-piece boneless wing basket for $20.