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Franks For The Memories is a family run restaurant in Mundelein, Illinois grown famous for introducing the Chicagoland area to the delicious taste of "Buffalo Wings" which originated at Buffalo, New York's Anchor Bar in 1964.

20 years later in 1984, Jim and Carol Schultz, natives of Buffalo who had relocated to the Chicago area years before, decided to open the restaurant and share with everybody the tasty morsels that made them homesick. Franks for the Memories is considered to be the first restaurant to offer Buffalo Wings in the Chicagoland area, as well as the Midwest.

Today, Franks for the Memories, run by Jim Jr., serves up hundreds of pounds of Buffalo style chicken wings each day with the authentic side of celery and blue cheese dressing to those who seek a unique and great tasting meal. 29 years later we are still going strong and satisfying a large audience, some who travel quite a distance to get their hands smothered with our hot sauce.
HISTORY of BUFFALO WINGS Franks For The Memories Menu

There are a number of legends about how Buffalo Wings came to be, but among all of the variations, we at Franks For The Memories acknowledge Teressa Bellisimo and the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY as the originators. The story below is actaul text taken from the Anchor Bar's own website on how things came to be.

"On a Friday night in 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic's friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat.
They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup.

Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn't take long for people to flock to the bar to experience this new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.

The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate Buffalo Wings, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa's the proclaimed "Best Wings in the World."

Although we do acknowlegde this as the true story, there are other variations of the story, even variations involving the Anchor Bar itself. Here are some other versions that are listed on WIKIPEDIA - the Free Web Encyclopedia.

One story is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar, located at 1047 Main Street (between North Street and Best Street) in Buffalo, New York on October 3, 1964, co-owner of the Anchor Bar with his partner Frank. Upon the unannounced late-night arrival of his son, Dominic (and several of his friends from college), he needed a fast and easy snack to present to his hungry guests. It was then that he came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.

A second version as told by Dominic Bellisimo (Frank and Teressa's son) to "The New Yorker" reporter Calvin Trillin in 1980 stated: "It was Friday night in the bar and since people were buying a lot of drinks he wanted to do something nice for them at midnight when the mostly Catholic patrons would be able to eat meat again." He stated that it was his mother, Teressa, who came up with the idea of chicken wings.

The third version of the origin involved a mis-delivery of wings instead of backs and necks for making the bar's spaghetti sauce. Faced with this unexpected resource, Frank Bellisimo says he asked Teressa to do something with them.

The fourth version has nothing to do with the Bellisimo's or the Anchor Bar. Calvin Trillin stated in his 1980 "New Yorker" article that a man named John Young also claimed credit for serving chicken wings in a special "mambo sauce." Chicken wings in mambo sauce became the specialty at his Buffalo restaurant in the mid-sixties. Young had registered the name of his restaurant, John Young's Wings 'n Things, at the county courthouse before leaving Buffalo in 1970.

Buffalo wings are also used in competitive eating events, such as our annual Franks For The Memories Wing Sling.

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The best Buffalo wings in the Chicagoland area. Nay, the state. No, the Midwest! Oh what the hell - the best outside of New York.
Jonathan C.
03/28/2008 | More...
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Best wings around: I grew up on Franks wings and now stop in every time I am home. You won't find better wings anywhere.
D Basler
02/01/2008 | More...
Best Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Midwest!
Tony DiMaria
June 14, 2007| More...
The owners are from Buffalo and the wings are authentic. And they are VERY VERY VERY good! They are also a great value! The other food is also good, but the wings will blow you away!
I. Prene
April 15, 2005| More...
Franks For The Memories and Buffalo Wings

An experiment in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. caused the creation of “Buffalo Wings”. The owner, Theresa Bellissimo, took chicken wings, removed the tip and cut them at the joint, leaving the drumstick portion and the flat part. She then deep fried the pieces and basted them in a butter and hot sauce recipe. From what was an improvised snack for her son and his friends grew to be the most popular item at their restaurant. The popularity eventually spread to numerous other restaurants in the Buffalo area, and from there, down the east coast and all across the country.

20 years later, Jim and Carol Schultz, natives of Buffalo who had relocated to the Chicago area years before, decided to open the restaurant and share with everybody the tasty morsels that made them homesick.

Today, just as my parents did, we prepare our Buffalo Wings authentically - they are large, meaty, crispy and delicious. Select from mild, medium, hot and extra hot sauces as well as several specialty sauces. Family owned and operated for nearly twenty five years, our Buffalo style wings have continuously been a Lake County favorite. We hope that you enjoy!

Jim Jr., Jodi & Lili Schultz
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