Gagsters, Niagara Falls, New York

Chicken wings – two words that would raise me from the dead.

And if you’re gonna go for wings, you owe it to yourself to go authentic. On a trip to Canada, staying just an hour north of the US border, we headed south to Niagara Falls in upstate New York to a joint we had visited before in 2015.

And I’m delighted to report that Gagsters still do the best damn Buffalo wings I’ve ever had.

The restaurant sits on the edge of a soulless parking lot, across from a McDonald’s, and it would be really easy to drive right past it and have no knowledge whatsoever of the delights that await inside.

Wings are the house speciality, and we ordered a serving of 100 medium spice Buffalo wings with extra helpings of blue cheese dip. Sure, that seems excessive…but when in the US, it’s go big or go the fuck home.

And in the spirit of excess, we also got a helping of the lovely ‘white’ pizza and a couple of buckets of Rolling Rock beer.

But we were here for the wings. And they are simply outstanding. Cooked in that perfect, mustardy Buffalo sauce that you can smell from across the table – these are what I’d want for my final meal if my ass ever ends up on death row.

Dunk the chicken in that blue cheese dip before every mouthful and you’re guaranteed the finest taste sensation known to man.

As well as the top notch grub, the service is cheerful and welcoming and the restaurant has recently been given an internal overhaul.

If you ever find yourself in the Niagara Falls area, you owe it to yourself to drop in at Gagsters and forever change the way you think about chicken.

This shit right here is the benchmark.

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