Radio Social featured on Food Network for their duck wings

Food and Drink

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Western New York is known for its chicken wings, but this time it’s duck wings that put Rochester in the national spotlight.

Local bar, restaurant, and bowling alley Radio Social in Rochester shared on social media today that their famous duck wings were featured in an episode of Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The bowling alley serves food under the name “Ophira,” which is “Middle Eastern fare.”

The episode aired Monday at 2pm.

According to their website, the duck wings are charred with red Chile-pomegranate molasses with za’atar cream.

Steve Eakins is the executive for Radio Social since 2017, and he moved back to Rochester from New York City to open Radio Social.

The inspiration started with a great product in the duck wings themselves, from an amazing farm in Hudson valley. We love cooking over charcoal at Ophira,” he said. “The pomegranate sauce and spices, and chili oil balance the rich flavorful duck.”

Eakins says that the presenter of “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Marc Murphy, is his personal mentor, and makes this opportunity even sweeter.

“It was a true honor for him to shine this light on Radio Social and Rochester as a whole,” Eakins said. “My goal in moving back to Rochester to open Radio Social was to by a part in  pushing food, beverage, and hospitality in the positive direction it was heading and continue to take it new heights.”

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