A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 17, 2005
Buffalo: Beef-on-Weck; Bomber Sandwich; Chicken Wings
"Beef-on-Weck" is roast beef on kimmelweck bread, a Buffalo specialty. I looked for it in the telephone directory listings.

"Bomber Sandwiches" are subs or hoagies.

"Buffalo Chicken Wings" are said to have originated at the Anchor Bar in 1964.


(Oxford English Dictionary)
Buffalo, n.
Cookery (orig. and chiefly U.S.).
attrib. Designating a chicken wing deep fried and coated in a spicy sauce; esp. in Buffalo chicken wing, Buffalo wing.
1980 C. Trillin in New Yorker 25 Aug. 84/1 The invention of the Buffalo chicken wing came about because of..the delivery of some chicken wings instead of the backs and necks that were ordinarily used in making spaghetti sauce.
1989 Washington Post 6 Sept. a3 At Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar, where Buffalo chicken wings were invented as bar snacks in 1964, owner Dominic Bellissimo sells 67,000 pounds of spicy wings each month.

Blue Plate Specials & Blue Ribbon Chefs:
The Heart and Soul of America's Great Roadside Restaurants
by Jane and Michael Stern
228 pages, hardcover, $24.95
Lebhar Friedman Books, NY
2001
SCHWABL'S (Buffalo, NY), Roast Beef for Beef on Weck.
(On pages 179-181. A guess is made that the dish is from 1910s-1920s -- ed.)

1936-1937, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 24, col. 1:
Franz Frank J
Rye Bread -- Kimmelwecks -- Our Specialty
240 High...LIncln-7773

1938-1939, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 25, col. 1:
Strasburger's Bakery
Dinner Rolls -- Kummel Wecks A Specialty
165 Goodell...WAshgtn-0565

1940-1941, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 25, col. 2:
Franz Frank J
Rye Bread -- Kimmelwecks -- Our Specialty
240 High...LIncln-7773
(...)
Heldmann's Walden Home Bakery
Sheet Cakes Our Specialty -- Open Evenings--
Real Homemade Rye -- Kimmelweck
630 Walden av...TAylr-2975

1950-1951, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 364, col. 3:
AMROCK GRILL
GOOD FOOD OUR SPECIALTY
Roast Beef on Kimmelwick -- Fish Frys -- All
Legal Beverages -- Jos. Zawistowski, Prop.
471 Amherst...RIvrside-9642

1951-1952, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 365, col. 1:
BRIDGE INN
(...)
SANDWICHES
Beef on Kummelwick
1671 Seneca...WOodlwn-9887

1965-1966, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 465, col. 2:
SCHUPER HOUSE
Try Our Famous
Giant Size
Beef On Weck
1802 NIAGARA ST.
877-9287

1963-1964 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES.
Pg. 438, col. 3 -- Art's Lounge has "ROAST BEEF ON KUMMELWECK."
Pg. 438, col. 4 -- Bordeaux's Grill has "ROAST BEEF ON KUMMELWECK."
Pg. 445, col. 2 -- Rusty's Grille has "Roast Beef Kummelweck."
Pg. 447, col. 3 -- Blue Eagle Cafe has "Roast Beef Kummelweck."

1964-1965 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES, pg. 455, col. 1:
SANTA LUCIA'S RESTRNT
(...) BOMBER SANDWICHES (...)
2447 Niagara Falls Blvd.

1967-1968 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES, pg. 483, col. 3.
ANCHOR BAR ad states "Barbequed Chicken Wings."

1967-1968 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES, pg. 487, col. 3:
SCHUPER HOUSE
BIG "BEEF-ON-WECK" ALWAYS
(...)
1802 NIAGARA ST.
877-9287

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
3 August 1972, West Buffalo-West Seneca News (NY), pg. 5, col. 3 ad:
CHICKEN WINGS
EXCITING NEW WAY!
(...)
VILLA RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA
"STILL SERVING THE FINEST PIZZA IN SOUTH BUFFALO"
Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesNew York State • Sunday, April 17, 2005 • Permalink