Hot Wings at Eddie's Tavern

Eddie's Tavern owner Dan Lewis shows one his Sergeant Bluff bar's famed hot wing. Served drenched in a Buffalo sauce, Lewis said this wing has a heat that will sneak up on you.

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | We already know who the big winners will be when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots at the 52nd Super Bowl in Minneapolis's U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.

Putting on our prognosticator cap, we think the National Chicken Council will have something to cluck about on Super Bowl. Why? Because they estimate Americans will be gobbling up around 1.25 billion Buffalo wings on that day alone.

In case you were wondering, that many wings could circle the Grand Canyon about 120 times.

The Sioux City Journal's Wednesday food feature will center around Eddie's Tavern owner Dan Lewis and Junkyard Pub N' Grub owner Joe Junck, who will both discuss the enduring appeal of hot wings.

To satisfy your appetite, here are fun facts you should know about everybody's favorite drummies.

1. THEY WERE ACTUALLY INVENTED IN BUFFALO

Legend has it that Teressa Bellissimo of Buffalo, N.Y.'s Anchor Bar created this seminal snack as a fast way to feed her son and his friends one night in 1964.

2. ANYTHING THIS TASTY DESERVES ITS OWN FOOD FESTIVAL

Leave it to Western New York city to crow about its place in food history. In 1979, the mayor of Buffalo proclaimed July 29 to be known as National Chicken Wing Day. Confusing the matter is the fact that an annual National Buffalo Wing Festival is held every Labor Day weekend in New York's second most populous city.

3. ARE YOU KEEPING UP YOUR END OF THE BARGAIN?

Statistics say that the average American will eat 90 wings this year. How are you faring in this winner-eats-all survey?

4. HOWEVER, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO BECOME A MVP EATER

Since 1993, the Wing Bowl -- a competitive eating contest in Philadelphia -- has been held on Super Bowl Sunday. This year will be no different. What's the all-time record for most wings eater? Well, it took place in 2015. Patrick Bertoletti chowed down on 444 wings while runner-up, Molly Schuyler gobbled up on 440 wings. 

Hope they had plenty of napkins.

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