There are no truly authentic Buffalo wings in California. Period. Search the chowhound boards for yourself and see if you disagree with me. I have traveled all over this state and tried wings everywhere. If you can prove me wrong (and I sincerely hope you can), please post a reply.
I lived in Atlanta for a decade while in school, and basically subsisted on Buffalo wings. I took it for granted that if you wanted to watch the Braves or any big game, you could go get REAL wings and an unlimited beer selection at any one of the local chains like Three Dollar Cafe or Taco Mac. When I moved to California 9 years ago, I was pleased by the availability of all types of food, from haute cuisine to holes-in-the-walls. But nobody makes a buffalo wing properly!
A quick LA/SF area chowhound search was pathetic. If you're considering suggesting Hooters or El Torito or Tony Romas, don't bother to post. If you think ranch is appropriate to even be offered as an alternative to bleu cheese, then you just don't know -- please don't bother to post. I could write a dissertation on why bleu cheese (and celery) is the only proper complement to Buffalo wings.
I found this post by jupiter, from way back in 2002. It is encouraging, because I feel the EXACT same thing. Just replace Boston with Atlanta, and I could have written it -- every single word. With proper credit and thanks to jupiter, I would like to plagiarize, er... re-post it here:
I am an east coast transplant from Boston, and one of the very few things i have been [not] able to find since i moved here (aside from a good fried clam) is Buffalo Wings! isnt' that crazy? In Boston they are plentiful and almost every bar serves them and they are almost all cooked the same way and served with COPIOUS amounts of Beer.
They are good and hot and delicious and apparently not anywhere to be found in this town. Now, if you are from San Francisco, or the bay area, i do not expect you to respond, cause the buffalo wings they have in this town ,are NOTHING like what they serve in most bars back east. The wings here are more salty and sour than they are hot. They are not deep fried, and they are never served with real blue cheese dressing, they always seem to come with Ranch dressing instead.
I have been searching for good wings since i got here and my husband thinks i am insane, since i order them at almost any place that has them on the menu, and they always suck, but i am determined and convinced that there must be a place in this town that does them right.
So.... if any one reading this has felt this same frustration, and knows what it is i am looking for, and knows where to find it, then please, let me know!
i will name a few places in Boston that live up to par of the type of wing i am looking for (for those of you that are out here from boston and might be familiar with this sort of thing) Wing it, Sunset Grill, The common ground pub (remarkably, all of these places are within a one block radius of each other)
ok, i am done,
thanks in advance,
The reason this is so urgent now, is that my wife (who is from Atlanta) is pregnant and is craving wings. We are going back to Atlanta next month.