The milestone is being celebrated Thursday at the Anchor Bar, the Buffalo tavern that's credited with inventing the dish on a March night a half century ago.
"When you look at the beginnings of it, it was very, very small," said Anchor Bar VP of Franchises Mark Dempsy. "It was just a snack for the family, and over the years it just got bigger and bigger and restaurant chains started popping up featuring the chicken wing as the main part of the menu."
According to Anchor Bar lore, the restaurant's owner, Teressa Bellissimo, whipped up a snack at the request of her bartender son, Dominic, after a group of his friends got hungry while having late-night drinks.
She cut up some large chicken wings to make them easier to eat by hand, deep friend them and served the snack covered in hot sauce with blue cheese dressing and celery on the side. The rest is foodie history.
Today, Buffalo-style wings are a bar favorite nationwide.
"It looks excellent for 50," said one party-goer. "Especially when it gos right in to your mouth."
The Anchor Bar's current owner is throwing a birthday bash at the tavern Thursday afternoon.