A Celebration Party in your Mouth..with Wings over at FireHouse!

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There are two generally accepted Buffalo wing origin stories and they both involve Teressa Bellissimo, co-owner of the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. The Italian restaurant and bar was founded in 1939 by Bellissimo and her husband Frank Bellissimo, but it would take two decades before Anchor Bar would make its mark in food lore. The first story comes courtesy of Frank Bellissimo and takes place on an undetermined date in the 1960s. According to Frank, the culinary innovation happened when the restaurant received an incorrect shipment. Instead of getting the typical chicken backs and necks for use in Teressa’s famous spaghetti sauce, they got wings. “[The wings] were looking at you, like saying, ‘I don’t belong in the sauce,’” Frank recalled in a 1980 New Yorker article. Not wanting to waste perfectly good chicken, Frank asked Teressa to try to make something new with the unwanted ingredient. She cut them in half, deep-fried them and dunked them in hot sauce. The famed appetizer was born.

Dom Bellissimo, the couple’s son, later disputed this story and, instead, gave a more detailed version of events. Bartending late one Friday night in 1964, Dom wanted to treat a couple of regulars to a late-night snack. Acknowledging that this was at a time that “Roman Catholics still confined themselves to fish and vegetables on Friday,” Dom asked his mom in the kitchen to whip up something special to be eaten at exactly the stroke of midnight, turning Friday night into Saturday morning. Taking the leftover chicken parts, which were often wings, Teressa chopped them in half, deep-fried and poured hot sauce on them. Serving it with celery and blue cheese dressing from the restaurant’s house salad, it was love at first taste for the barflys. Word got around and, within weeks, the “Buffalo wing” was the pride of the city.  (foodandwine.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Firehouse No. 1 – San Jose, Ca 

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Spice Crusted Chicken Wings, The Firehouse Cheeseburger, Shoestring French Fries

There are a few things that go hand and hand with a ice cold beer..

Beer with sliders..

Beer with ribs..

and my favorite.. 

Beer with chicken wings!

One of my favorite pubs to enjoy a great tasting ice cold draft beer with some unique flavorful wings is Firehouse No. 1.

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You’ll need a Break after the Falls of Mcway..How about an Ambrosia Burger at Nepenthe!

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Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Historically, the name Big Sur, was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lays along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called El Sur Grande, The Big South. Today, Big Sur refers to that 90-mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.

The scenic qualities and the natural grandeur of the coast which result from the imposing geography, the rich vegetative compositions, and the dramatic meetings of land and sea are the area’s greatest single attraction to the public. Big Sur has attained a worldwide reputation for its spectacular beauty. Hiking, backpacking and scenic driving are major recreational activities.(bigsurcalifornia.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Nepenthe – Big Sur, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Soup of the day, Ambrosia Burger

Not sure if you have ever experienced the beautiful wilderness and waterfalls of Big Sur but if you haven’t then you definitely should.

Streams all around you as you hike through the green forest of the Mcway Trail or Pfeiffer Falls, while fresh clean air flows through your lungs and you gaze over the mountains to see a gorgeous view of God’s creation of the Pacific Ocean greeting the soft sands of the beach in a turquoise blue.

After you have completed your hike, you can get replenished at a restaurant that gives you a beautiful view of the mountains and ocean at Nepenthe.

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