12.9.14 – Old Forge Chicken Coop Podcast
4.1.14 – Chicken Coop Podcast
Overall Rating: 87
An amazing place where the service is exceptional, the variety of flavors is outrageous, and the taste of the wings are phenomenal. If the price was a bit lower, this would be the best place around.
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Price: $0.45
Phone number: 570-822-1899
The Chicken Coop is a typical sports bar geared more towards food. The menu features plenty of sandwiches and other bar grub. They were not lacking in seats, but when we walked in, there was a wait. You could tell it was their wing night because every table was packed with people masticating on wings. Luckily, we got a seat at the bar immediately, which was good because people kept piling in. There was plenty of seating along with a good-sized bar. No matter where you sat in The Chicken Coop, you could see everyone else in the place. It improved the atmosphere for me as everyone seemed more open. This place makes a killing during games because they are not lacking in TVs and the walls were adorned with Eagles and Steelers regalia. Even though they were packed, we had no issue getting drinks and our order taken. There was a bit of a wait on the wings, but I attribute this to how busy it was. The staff was friendly and jovial. One of the bartenders struck up a conversation with us after we said it was our first time. Eating wings there, that is. He told us his favorite and then asked what we thought was the best.
Look at that list above! They have tons of flavors and an interesting variety, all with their own unique identity. Most places will throw wings at you with a slight variation like hot, hot garlic, and hot garlic parm. Not at The Chicken Coop. Wings like Teriyaki and Wasabi make this place a 10 for the amount and variety of flavors.
If only The Chicken Coop didn’t charge so much, this place could have easily been number one on our list. They were a pretty decent sized wing, definitely above average. For $0.45, it would have gotten a higher score, but it actually had a hidden fee. Everyone hates hidden fees. In general, I prefer orders of 5 so I can get more of a selection, which is necessary here. How it worked at The Chicken Coop was a bit different. They do allow you to get orders of 5, but they consider it a split of an order of 10, which carries an extra $0.99 per order. Basically, this makes each wing $0.55, which is the highest price wing I have seen on a wing night. My one friend theorizes that the high price is for crowd control. Regardless, it is a high priced wing.
These wings were perfect! I usually get 15 wings, but I got 20 because there was such an interesting array that I couldn’t resist. I ordered the Old Bay, Teriyaki, Asian Sesame and Hot Ranch. The Old Bay was a dry rub. This honestly may have been the only OK one. It did have that Old Bay taste, but a little more seasoning wouldn’t have hurt. I can’t ever say no to a Teriyaki wing, and I was not disappointed here. It was perfectly salty with plenty of taste. Asian Sesame had a great asian taste with the hint of of fruit, either pineapple or orange, but I couldn’t quite place my finger on it. The Hot Ranch was a perfect blend of the traditional hot and ranch dressing. A really good flavor. That’s all the flavors I ordered, but that’s not to say that’s all I ate. There was trading on all fronts. Every wing tasted exactly as it should. The Parmesan Peppercorn had a strong taste of that cheesy parmesan at first, then ended with a hint of peppercorn. It was crazy how dead on it was. The Wasabi wing was a delightful surprise. I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to pull it off, but they did. It was a creamy white sauce with a slight tinge of green. You could taste the wasabi, but it was not overpowering in the least bit.
Individual Score: 42
The Chicken Coop is a sports bar that doesn’t try to have anyone think any different. The walls are coated with flat screen tvs and Eagles and Steelers swag. This place would be a dynamite place to watch a game to watch a game no matter what team you are rooting for. The atmosphere and the service don’t’ overwhelm or intimidate you so you could root for anyone. Definitely a good vibe from this place. Both bartenders who served us were more than willing to strike up conversations to make us feel comfortable during a busy time. Just stand-up people.
I’ve seen more wing flavors at places but I don’t believe I’ve seen a better variety of different genre of wings. They had your standard hot and mild but also had cajun, parmesan peppercorn, general tso, asian sesame, old bay and even a wasabi flavored delight. This is the reason I gave it a ten. There were so many different kinds of flavors to choose from.
My only gripe with the Chicken Coop wasn’t with their size of their wing, which to me was pretty large and in charge, but it had to do with their price compared to their size of the wings. For their wing night, the Chicken Coop has them at 45 cents a wing, but if you want to not get wings in orders of 10 and instead get flavors in denominations of 5, then its 55 cents a wing. Meaning if you get your order in groups of 5 wings you’re paying extra. I find this unnecessary and unusual based on the fact that I haven’t seen this before.
These wings kicked ass! They were everything I wanted in my night having wings. The plain hot wings had a kick that I really appreciated and had a touch to it that I just knew wasn’t just frank’s red hot. The parmesan peppercorn were exactly what you would expect from that flavor and I loved it. I also got general tso wings at well. They didn’t surprise me but they were on point and had a zest that was felt with every bite. Lastly, I got the cajun. After eating these I said with confidence that the cajun wings were possibly the best wings I have ever had. I still have this thought to this day. They were out of sight. The sauce had a smokiness that has never been reached in a wing that I have ever had before. They were all so enjoyable that I can’t wait to go again.