ATLANTA -- The debate about where to find the best wings is just as heated as the story that started it all.
There are several different stories about how Buffalo wings were created. None are well substantiated. All are up for debate.
The first Buffalo wings were allegedly prepared by the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. A group of late-night college boys showed up hungry. Owner Teressa Bellissimo came up with the quick idea of deep frying chicken wings and tossing them in Cheyenne pepper sauce.
Another Anchor Bar story suggests the crew was snowed in, and forced to get creative with the leftovers so they wouldn't starve. In a 1980 interview with the New Yorker, Teressa's son suggested another story: It was a Friday night and they wanted to help the Catholics at the bar celebrate when they were able to eat meat again.
Another man named John Young registered the name of his Buffalo restaurant, Wings 'n Things in the mid-1960's. He claims credit for the modern chicken wing since he served them in his special "mambo sauce.:
Whatever the beginning, chicken wings have become an American favorite. According to the National Chicken Council, four out of five Americans eat wings; 57% like it served with ranch dressing, 43% barbecue sauce, 38% hot sauce and 35% blue cheese.
Atlanta-based Hooters is challenging America to eat 1 million wings today to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day. To help reach the goal, the restaurant is offering all you can eat wings for $12.99 today. They've promised to post hourly updates on their Facebook page.
That goal seems reasonable when you consider Americans eat 1.23 billion wings over Super Bowl weekend.