Shifty's boasts Syracuse's hottest Buffalo sauce -- the F Bomb. Made completely from scratch using cider vinegar, an array of hot peppers, horseradish, and a few secret ingredients, it's not for the faint of heart. It's not even for the moderately strong of heart. It packs the punch of a gimmicky, sign-a-contract-before-eating sauce (which are almost always made with artificial ingredients), but delivers much more flavor. For wimps, Shifty's makes terrific Buffalo wings in the milder rangers as well as a multitude of interesting novelty sauces.
A hidden wing gem, L&M Lanes is a small (like six lanes small!) bowling alley whose previous owner was the epitome of an unsung Upstate sauce hero, toiling in a cramped kitchen over a pot of make-you-cry sauce. L&M was sold in recent years, but word has it the sauce lives on, the recipe having been part of the deal with the new owners. For a quieter, more traditional eating experience, you can also try nearby Jeremiah's Tavern, perennial winner of local wing awards.