All About an Amazing Appetizer - #WickedGood Wings

There are lots of great foods to choose from on the menu at Wicked Willie's Sports Grill in Osage Beach. You'll find everything from gourmet entrees to hearty burgers and sandwiches to classic "bar food" with our own, special #WickedGood twists added. That being said, even with all of those choices, enjoying a big ol' plate of hot wings and an ice-cold beer while you watch the game seems to be a very popular choice.

Your favorite sports bar & grill at the Lake of the Ozarks not only has a mouthwatering selection of tasty wings on our menu, we're willing to bet they're the best you've ever tasted! Since they are such a popular choice, we decided to dig up a little history on this amazing appetizer. Here's what we found out. 

The First Hot Wings
During our research, we discovered that there are a few different stories about how the original hot wing was created. Unlike today, in the 1960s the chicken wing was considered the least desirable part of the bird. If it wasn't tossed into the trash right away, it's only use was for stock.

The hot wing histories below do all agree that this delicious appetizer was first introduced in Buffalo, New York (which is where the name "Buffalo Wings" comes from,) but from there the tales vary.

Story #1
Buffalo, New York Anchor Bar restaurant owner Teressa Bellissimo is at the center of the first 3 possible creations of the hot wing. According to this particular story, an ordering mistake caused Teressa to get creative. She and her husband Frank were expecting a delivery of chicken necks, which were used to make their spaghetti sauce recipe. Not wanting to waste the shipment, Frank encouraged Teressa to do something with the chicken wings that were mistakenly delivered to them. She decided to throw them into the deep-fryer, then toss them in hot sauce and serve them with a side of bleu cheese and celery sticks.

Story #2
Teressa & Frank's son Dominic remembers the same story a bit differently. He does agree that his mother came up with the recipe, but it was due to his request that she make something special for a Friday late-night snack. The majority of their customers were Catholic and not eating meat on Fridays. After a long night of drinking in the Anchor Bar, Dominic wanted to give their patrons a delicious treat after midnight to thank them for their patronage.

Story #3
Another twist on the same story credits Teressa's bright idea to the need to feed her son Dominic and his friends when they all came home from college hungry. She whipped up this delicious dish from the meat that normally didn't get used, and they loved it!

Story #4
This is the only story out of the bunch that does not involve Teressa Bellissimo. John Young stated that he grew up eating chicken wings, but the special "Mambo Sauce" he served with them was his personal recipe. He breaded the wings before frying them, and he also did not separate the drummies and flats before cooking. His restaurant's name, Wings 'n' Things, was registered in the mid-'60s before John left Buffalo in 1970. 

Wicked Willie's Wings
We don't really have any way of knowing which of the stories above is the real one. What we do know is that the "Buffalo Wing" gained popularity throughout Buffalo first, then all of New York, and eventually across the country. 

Here at our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant & bar, we serve fresh, jumbo wings in your choice of four amazing flavors. Be sure to ask your server for Bleu Cheese or Ranch and celery sticks to go along with them.  

a spicy black pepper-dijon Buffalo sauce

Grilled Jamaican Jerk
a spicy Jamaican jerk marinade

Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Habanero
The name says it all!

Teriyaki Chicken Wings
tossed in a sweet soy-ginger sauce

The next time your craving a plate of the best hot wings at the Lake of the Ozarks, head on over to Wicked Willie's Sports Grill. As a matter of fact, bring a few friends along so you can order all four flavors at once and get a taste of each of them in one sitting! 

Join us for Wicked Wednesday each week from 3 pm-close and we'll even give you $2 off of every order of wings. A #WickedGood deal for some #Wicked Good wings!
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