4. The Buffalo Wing: Anchor Bar, Buffalo, New York
The Anchor Bar'd been a Buffalo dive since 1935, but it wasn't until late on the night of March 4, 1964, when some friends of the bartender came in ravenous, that the place became a legend. As the story goes, the 'tenders mom, Teresa (the owner of the Anchor), dropped the pieces of a chicken typically reserved for the stock pot into the deep fryer, then flavored them with a secret recipe. Her original spicy sauce was destined to launch a thousand orange copycats.
When you go: Get a double order (20 wings) to your spicy-liking (mild, medium, hot, or "suicidal"), then buy a couple bottles of sauce to go.