The History of the Hot Wing (Plus Our Award-Winning Versions!)

One of the most popular items on the menu at Wicked Willie's Sports Grill is our award-winning, jumbo chicken wings. In addition to wings being a popular food with just about everyone already, the way we cook 'em up puts them among the best hot wings the Lake of the Ozarks

Ever wonder who came up with the brilliant idea to serve wings in the first place? The one fact people seem to agree on is that wings were first introduced in Buffalo, New York in 1964, which is the reason they are often referred to as Buffalo wings. As for the rest of the story, well, tales vary... 

Hot Wing History #1
We'll start with the most popular origin story which revolves around Teressa Bellissimo and a culinary "accident." Teressa owned the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. She and her husband Frank were expecting a delivery of necks that they used to make their signature spaghetti sauce. Instead, chicken wings were delivered. 

Rather than waste the food, Frank convinced Teressa to get creative with the chicken. She decided to throw the naked wings into the deep-fryer, toss them in some hot sauce, and serve them up with bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks. The delivery mistake turned into one of today's favorite foods! 

Hot Wing History #2
According to Teressa and Frank's son Dominic, it didn't happen exactly like that. He says that per his request, his mother created the wing recipe after he asked her to make up something special to serve on a late Friday night. 

Most of their customers were Catholic and weren't eating meat on Fridays at the time. The crowd that particular evening was spending a lot of money in the bar and Dominic wanted to offer them a special treat at midnight to say thank you, and the Buffalo wing was born. 

Hot Wing History #3
This third tale also involves the same family, but in this case, the wings were made for yet another reason. This story says that Teressa invented the amazing appetizer one night after Dominic and his college friends came into the restaurant hungry. Whether just one or a combination of these stories is true, well, we can only imagine. 

Hot Wing History #4
The final possible history of the chicken wing states that a man named John Young claims to have grown up eating chicken wings his entire life. He created a special "Mambo Sauce" to go with them. This recipe called for the wings to be breaded before being deep-fried and the drummies and flats were not separated before cooking. He registered the name of his restaurant, "Wings 'n' Things," in the mid-60s before he left Buffalo in 1970.  

Our #WickedGood Wings
Here at our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar & grill, we've perfected the fantastic hot wing and created five mouthwatering ways to serve them. (A couple of these recipes have even earned much-deserved awards!) Be sure to ask for bleu cheese or ranch and celery sticks to go along with them when you place your order.  


with a spicy black pepper-dijon Buffalo sauce

Grilled Jamaican Jerk
in a spicy Jamaican jerk marinade

tossed in a sweet soy-ginger sauce

Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Habanero
~2017 Award Winner~
The name says it all!

Wicked Wings
~2019 Wingfest People's Choice Winner~
Buffalo dry rub wings tossed in a sweet & spicy pineapple habanero sauce

So, which #WickedGood Wicked Willie's wings are you in the mood for? Work up an appetite and order them all! 

Come in for the best hot wings at the Lake of the Ozarks every "Wicked Wednesday" and you can even get them at a discounted price from 3:00 pm-close! Great taste and great prices... what more do you need to know? 

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