The show aired for one season, 22 episodes in 2010. The Travel Channel’s Food Wars would pit a city’s two big players in a local signature food item against each other, and, amazingly enough, name a winner. Perhaps that’s why the show lasted only one season: it’s hard to see how any iconic restaurant would allow itself to be named a loser on national TV. The inaugural episode took place in Buffalo, NY, where Anchor Bar faced Duff’s in a Buffalo wing competition. Anchor is generally thought to have invented the hot wing, while Duff’s is Anchor’s most famous competition in the region.
A few things we learned: Duff’s wings are smaller, yet they are fried longer, which would lead one to believe that they are more well-done. We find that interesting because we’ve found Anchor’s wings to be crisper. Duff’s wings are certainly hotter and saucier – maybe all that sauce softens the crunch some. It’s been a few years since we’ve been to Buffalo but we left the city with a preference for Anchor’s wings. That said, it was our impression that local popular opinion favors Duff’s. Buffalo Journal posted the entire Buffalo wings Food Wars episode. Have a look.