Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, Home of Chicken Wings

There are a lot of dimly lit bars filled with eclectic knickknacks across the country, but only one can claim to be the birthplace of a wildly popular finger food. The Anchor Bar, 1047 Main Street in Buffalo, New York, is where in 1964 Teressa Bellissimo unwittingly invented Buffalo chicken wings. She whipped them up as a quick snack for her son’s friends, and they caught on.

I’ve loved chicken wings for years, and always wanted to try where they first began. I finally got that opportunity in a recent trip to Buffalo. The wings were dry and well done, great for dipping. They’re served with a wooden bowl to discard the bones. I washed them down with a beer, of course, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If you’re ever in western New York, I’d recommend checking it out.

Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield originally started their ice cream business in the late 1970s, built a national brand, and then sold it to a European corporation called Unilever in 2000. Throughout their history, they re-invested their profits into left-wing social causes, which was part of the brand’s appeal among its fans.

As for me, a tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont seemed like a fun detour on a recent trip through the Green Mountain State. The 30-minute guided factory tour was somewhat underwhelming; I expected something a little more impressive for an international ice cream company.

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Endwell Motel

Endwell Motel
This sign for the Endwell Motel, at 3211 E Main Street in Endicott, New York, west of Binghamton, is a wonderful example of Populuxe style. I haven’t been able to determine when it opened, but it looks like circa 1960s. Usually you find motels advertising free HBO or Cable-TV, but this sign is so old it thinks TV in color is a draw.