Location: 406 Green Ridge St, Scranton, PA 18509
Phone number: (570) 961-8904
Wing Price: $7 for 10 wings
Wing Night: Monday and Thursday
Wing Night Price: 40 cent wings
Wing Flavors*: X-Mild, Mild, Medium, Hot, X-Hot, Waldo’s Death Sauce, Mild Ranch, Medium Ranch, Hot Ranch, Mild Bleu, Medium Bleu, Hot Bleu, Butter Garlic, Mild Honey Garlic, Medium Honey Garlic, Hot Honey Garlic, Porketta, Old Bay, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Captain Morgan, Caesar Parm, Cajun Dry, Mild Cajun, Medium Cajun, Hot Cajun, Taco
*Combine any wing flavors
Overall Rating: 85
Lynch’s Rating: 41 out of 50
We decided it was time to make another trip to Waldo’s since our last visit over three years ago. Our decision was made very easy by the fact that we heard they had redid the menu, added plenty of new flavors, and build an outdoor patio area. I drive by Waldo’s quite a bit since I’m always on Green Ridge Street of Scranton, but I somehow never noticed the new patio, most likely due to the fact that it is mostly fenced in with a small gate to enter. I entered through the patio gate and immediately thought it was fantastic. There is a covered outside bar area with some tables for dining around it. There are also plenty of tables not covered if you want the full outdoor experience. It looks like there are some heaters for those colder nights, but we went on a warm day so there was no need for that. Looking at the covered dining area, I am going to guess that they will put up some type of wall and bring the heaters into the enclosure to create an awesome outdoor/indoor place for hanging out. They have about 6 drafts on tap outside. We went during a Victory Tap takeover and got to enjoy some delicious brews while dining outdoors. They did provide table service outdoors, and all the wings we ordered came out pretty fast. My quick peek inside revealed that not much has changed on the interior. If you’re a fan of the old Waldo’s, you have the option to hang out inside, but personally, I highly recommend the outdoor dining.
When compared to other places, Waldo’s wings were definitely below average. When compared to prices of other wing places though, Waldo’s excelled. On their wing night, which they feature on both Monday and Thursday, they offer wings for only 40 cents a piece. A price like that is very hard to find this day and age. On top of that, Waldo’s allows you to place an order in any amount you want. I’m traditional, so I stuck to my normal 5, but if you wanted to go crazy, you can probably get 3 or 4 of some flavors. Don’t go too crazy and order 1 of every flavor though. People would start claiming you’re a psychopath.
Waldo’s offers a good base of a large variety of flavors containing a mix of the classics and some that are more unique. If you want your classic Mild or Butter Garlic, they’ve got you covered. Want to try a wing that’s a little crazier like Taco or Porketta? Waldo’s should be able to help you out. What really pushed them over the top for me was the note on their menu that states you can combine any flavors. That opens up (as Aladdin would say) a whole new world. They may even have some secret sauces that aren’t on the menu, so be sure to ask and you may be in for a little treat.
I decided to amp up my usual Hot order by trying the X-Hot. In the past, any time I ordered the step up, I was always surprised at how tame the flavor actually was. Well, let me tell you, these bad boys were super spicy. It was a darker, red sauce full of peppery spiciness. Don’t get me wrong though, they had a ton of flavor that I enjoy quite a bit. Waldo’s didn’t sacrifice flavor just for the sake of heat here. Let me warn you though, it’s not for the faint of heart. I’d almost be concerned for anyone who wanted to try the next step up, Waldo’s Death Sauce. The Hot Cajun Bleu was a flavor thought up in the mind of yours truly. For the most part, it captured the essence of the combination. It had a great Cajun taste to it along with a spicy backbone of the hot sauce. I only got the slightest hint of bleu cheese on this one though. I wish there was a bit more because it would have mellowed out the heat and Cajun spice a bit, which I think would have been a fantastic flavor. Finally, the Caesar Parm is a classic combination that’s hard for me not to order. I love both flavors and Waldo’s does a really good job of combining them for the perfect balance of Caesar and Parmesan cheese. I ordered these with the mild sauce and I’m happy I did because it allowed the Caesar Parm flavor to come through with just the tiniest hint of hot sauce.
Serniak’s Rating: 44 out of 50
I got the JanJ Spicy, Asian Blazin, Bees Knees and Sweet Jalapeno. Let’s start with the Asian Blazin. They had what you want in an Asian sauce. Had some heat, had some spice and had that saltiness that you expect from Chinese food. Nothing overpowered the other. More of a thicker sauce compared to what you get with just a teriyaki sauce. Next we have the JanJ Spicy. Not sure who JanJ is. Perhaps they’re paying homage to the fallen J and J security who were the henchmen of Triple H. Gotta be that. This sauce was spicy but not wildly spicy, just right. You knew it was there but it didn’t take over your tastebuds. It was a very flavorful sauce. To me, it was like their house hot sauce kicked up a notch. Continuing on I went of menu and had the sweet jalapeno. Didn’t hate this sauce, but I was left wanting more. I figured with actual jalapeno on the wing it would have much more kick. They didn’t. It was much more sweet, which is fine but I was hoping there would of been a more give and take between sweet and spicy. Oh well. Lastly, and the best that I had there were the Beez Kneez. I was a bit skeptical of just a honey and garlic combo but man they were excellent. The honey and sweetness were there but it was garlic that took the lead here. It was prominent throughout each bite. I there were some added herbs in there as well that played a nice role. I typically don’t get excited about honey but I’m glad I went against my grain and got them because they were the truth.
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Overall Rating: 56 out of 100
Wing Night: Monday and Thursday
Wing Price: $0.30
Phone number: 570-961-8904
Wing to get: Hot Ranch
Lynch’s Rating: 26 out of 50
Waldo’s is a pretty small bar located near the bottom of Green Ridge Street. It is a very missable building with a sign of a walrus over the door. I always thought it was a townie bar, but I was surprised by the crowd once I entered. There were plenty of people who could be described as townies, but there was also a younger crowd there. It was surprisingly crowded, too. The bar does allow smoking, which the patrons were taking full advantage of. My clothes reeked of cigarette smoke the next day. It took quite a while for the food to come out, and the waitress said our drink orders can only be placed at the bar. We only wanted water, which is provided in water bottles. I hate when places don’t give you tap water and charge you for the water. Between the outrageous amounts of smoke and the many inconveniences of service, Waldo’s wasn’t exactly the best place to eat wings.
There was a decent selection of flavors. A lot of the flavors I have seen before, but they had a whole menagerie of wing choices.
These wings were slightly above average, but at $0.30 a wing, they are the cheapest around. You will be filled up without spending a pretty penny.
I ordered the Hot, Hot Ranch, and Hot Honey Garlic. I was underwhelmed by the flavors I ordered. The Hot was very spicy, but didn’t hold much flavor. That buttery taste that I love from a wing was absent. It was just a salty hot flavor. The Hot Ranch were decent. The Ranch added a good flavor to the Hot sauce. The Hot Honey Garlic were lacking the Honey part. The Hot and Garlic were pretty dominant, but I didn’t get a sweet honey taste. I was looking forward to it, but I was let down. I also tried the Captain Morgan. It could have done with a bit more sauce, but it was actually pretty tasty. It’s more along the lines of a sweet sauce, but I can go for those once in a while.