Located in a strip mall near the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside. But it’s a good-times pub; and more important, its wings are some of the city’s best. They are grilled or fried; the unique twist is that they are available double dipped. That means that they are fried and sauced, then grilled and differently sauced. The grilling ads delectable smoky aura.
Choose a sauce combo from a range of mild, medium, and hot, Cajun, BBQ, and honey mustard. For a wide-spectrum taste-buds experience, I like Cajun + honey-mustard. It’s got penetrating flavor that is peppery (but not ferocious), tangy, and just a little bit sweet. What’s most impressive is the chewy-crisp texture of the wings’ skin, which makes them a joy to gnaw.
Beyond wings, Elmo’s menu offers sandwiches and wraps, a Friday-only beer-batter fish fry, house-made chili, and a few salads. Among the salads is the Buffalo special, which includes mild, medium, or hot breaded chicken, carrots, celery, and, of course, blue cheese dressing.
Ambience is unmitigated sports-bar, with five TVs to watch while you drink and a wall full of jerseys signed by the Buffalo Sabres, who used to eat at Elmo’s after practice.