Bites Nearby: Winging It in Cloverly

Buffalo Wings & Beer does wings 170 different ways.

By Ben Gross April 7, 2011

According to Time magazine, the first plate of “buffalo wings” was served at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. In the 45 years since, buffalo wings have found their way into many restaurants, convenience stores and even eating contests. Lots of national chains feature the popular appetizer, but one local establishment boasts more than 170 different ways to enjoy the tasty chicken part.

Cloverly’s Buffalo Wings & Beer (BWB) is, by some accounts, East County’s destination for wings. (They’ve also got six other locations: Eldersburg, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown and Leesburg.)

Wings are sold by the pound (which equates to about seven or eight wings) and start at $7. The 170 different sauce combinations claim isn’t inflated. Sauce choices include traditional buffalo (with spice ranges of “chick” to “insane cock”) garlic, teriyaki, Old Bay, Cajun and just about any other flavor imaginable.

If you choose to walk into a restaurant with “buffalo wings” in the name and not order wings, their impressively large menu also offers sandwiches, subs, wraps, as well as unexpected items like fried ravioli, steaks and crab cakes.

But it’s the wings that keep people coming back. Steven Leonard, who was taking advantage of the covered outdoor patio, is one of their fans.

"The wings are the good, fried type and you can’t beat the beer prices,” he says. “The staff and people are cool too."