Bomb Bay Cafe

Update:

This place is open at another location. Details are posted in the American Grille at the Bomb Bay Cafe Review Page.

Second Visit

Overall Rating: 78

Location: Archbald
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Price: $0.45
Phone number: (570) 521-4288

Wing flavors:Mild, Medium, Hot, Hot Garlic, Garlic Parm, Boom Boom, Butter and Garlic, Caesar Garlic, Peanut, Teriyaki, Sesame Teriyaki, Jack Daniels BBQ, Robbie Mazzoni, Honey Mustard, Horsey Wing, Carolina Blue, Carolina Gold, Hot Honey, Chris’s Sauce, Dreamy Creamy Cheese Sauce, Balsamic Bleu Cheese, Butter and Garlic/Parmesan, Apple Whisky, Spiced Rum, Tina’s Sauce, Lemon Pepper, Spiedie Sauce, Asian Duck, Asian Duck Red, Lemon Garlic, Chipotle BBQ, Ginger, Creamy Caesar (Hot, Mild, Medium), Creamy Caesar (Garlic/Garlic Parm)Dry Rubs: Hot Brown Sugar, Southwestern, Porketta, Old Bay, Apple Wood

Wing to get: Boom Boom

Lynch’s Rating:

Environment: 7
Wing Flavors: 10
Wing Size: 6
 
Wing Taste: 9
I gave a slightly lower score this time around due to the fact that I stepped outside of my usual flavors that I know I loved and tried something new. The Dreamy Creamy Cheese Sauce were quite delicious. It was almost like an alfredo sauce on a wing. The Balsamic Bleu Cheese were surprisingly good too. It’s a flavor I’ve never seen anywhere else. The bleu cheese evened out the strong balsamic vinegar. Tina’s wing is a mix of Boom Boom and Teriyaki. The saltiness from the Teriyaki was mixed will with the Boom Boom. I was sort of getting a hint of a peanut sauce from this flavor. The Porketa were a bit of a let down. I’ve realized I have to stop getting dry rubs because I’m always let down. There is never enough flavor there. The Caesar hot were good too. The Hot sauce was very spicy, but also had a strong vinegar flavor. It almost overpowered the Caesar, but you could still taste it.

Individual Score: 41

Serniak’s Rating:

Environment: 8
Wing Flavors: 10
Wing Size: 5
Wing Taste: 7
I ordered the southwestern, speidie sauce, spiced rum and balsamic blue cheese. The southwestern were a bit disappointing. It was a dry rub, which I will admit are usually less than stellar if they are not porketa. The same issue occurred again and that is a lack of flavor. There wasn’t much to them. I don’t understand why you can’t cake the wings with the dry rub ingredients. The speidie sauce were alright. If you have ever had a speidie you would understand what this flavor is all about. The marinade that consists of a speidie sauce is olive oil and vinegar with Italian seasonings mixed in. The speidie sauce was good but I could of used more of it. The spiced rum had some real good heat to them. Mixed with the flavor of the heavy rum flavor this wing was everything I wanted. Finally, the balsamic blue cheese were my favorite. They were exactly what I thought they would be; balsamic vinegar mixed with blue cheese. The sauce looked like a darker blue cheese. Each flavor were fully represented, which made each bite terrific.
Individual Score: 37 

First Visit

Overall Rating: 84

Lynch’s Rating:

Environment: 7
I’ve been by Bomb Bay a number of times, but have never stopped in. To be honest, I don’t think it has even been called Bomb Bay Café all that long. From what I’ve been told, the name has recently been changed. The place is actually pretty cool. It’s got a large dining room and a large bar area. It also has a small outdoor patio area some dining in the great outdoors. The day we went, it was nearing 95, so we avoided that aspect. The place is well-lit, clean, and has plenty of TVs for sports. There were a large number of people inside when we arrived, which very much surprised me. That may explain why our wings took so long to arrive once we ordered them. Our waitress wasn’t all that friendly, but she did her job. After we got our wings though, we didn’t see her. She didn’t check up on us at all. It also took a while to get our check, so we asked the bartender, who seemed like a decent enough guy. The atmosphere and environment were great, but the service not so hot. If that was a better, this place could have easily been a 10.
Wing Flavors: 10
I was floored and very excited when I saw the menu. There has got to be more places like this out there in the world. They experiment and take chances that most people don’t even want to attempt. The selection of flavors and unique options were awesome phenomenal. There were also two flavors not on the menu that were special new flavors. We noticed them a bit too late, so missed out on those options.
Wing Size: 6
The wing size did vary quite a bit. You did get some clunkers in the bunch, but there were some small ones too. These were some higher priced wings for a wing night.
Wing Taste: 10
I was overly impressed by the amount of flavors and equally impressed by the taste. We coordinated our flavor choices in order to get the largest variety possible. The Hot were very spicy, which is what I want when I order a Hot. It had that typical NEPA valley wing flavor, where it is salty and more vinegary than buttery. I enjoy it though, as it reminds me of my youth. Those were the days. The Boom Boom seemed to me to be a mixture of hot sauce, ranch, a hint of cheese, and a strong pepper taste. I enjoyed these. Hot Caesar Garlic were tasty too. Strong on the Caesar flavor and not so much on the Hot flavor. Sesame Teriyaki were delicious as all hell. The saltiness of the Teriyaki and the taste of the Sesame sauce was a good blend. It was a nice, thick, sticky sauce. The Robbie Mazoni wings were fantastic! This was a mixture of butter, Parmesan cheese, and Old bay. For anyone who knows what Aw Shucks corn is, it’s just like that. They were pretty crispy to boot. This was the first wing I tried, and I was in heaven. I thought to myself, this is going to be my new favorite wing out of all the wing places I’ve been too. That ended up not being the case. See, I eat my food in what I think is the worst to the best. So, I saved my last Robbie Mazoni for last. I was let down though, as the last one was not as good as the first. Maybe some of the seasoning rubbed off, but it didn’t have that same tasted. I may have to go back to double check these wings. Chris’s sauce was described to us as a sauce made with Habanero peppers. That immediately caught Serniak’s ear. I was expecting something super spicy, but that was not the case at all. Actually, they may have been a bit milder than the Hot wing. In fact, they kind of hot a sticky sweetness to them. I still enjoyed them though.  The Horsey Wing was very interesting. It was a white, thick, creamy sauce that had a taste of Horseradish. I would have guessed that the taste would be super overwhelming, but it was done correctly so it was not overbearing in the least bit.

Individual Score: 43

Serniak’s Rating:

Environment: 8
The Bomb Bay Café, which has been suggested to me by people of the Jessup area for weeks was a terrific place to hang out and have some wings in. I admit, I did not expect it to be so festive in there. The place was jammed and everyone had wings. Also, everyone was in a good mood to the people at the bar to the people at tables to the wait staff. Everyone must have been enjoying the warm weather indoors together. They do have a dinning room area away from the bar. Now they didn’t have a pool table that I saw and usually that means I dock a place a point but they had several tvs with sports on all of them and the atmosphere was so pleasant that you don’t need entertainment like that.
Wing Flavors: 10
Nothing is perfect but the Bomb Bay Café wing selection is perfect for this Wingman. Those flavors are mild, hot, hot garlic, garlic parm boom boom, old bay, butter and garlic, caesar garlic, peanut, teriyaki, sesame teriyaki, jack daniels bbq, Robbie Mazzoni, honey mustard, horseywing, Carolina blue, Carolina gold, hot honey and Chris’s sauce. They even had 2 on the wall that we didn’t even see and if we did we would of got at least one of them.
Wing Size: 5
When you walk inside and when you get their menu they say they have jumbo wings and that make you feel good. But I’m here to tell that only some of them are jumbo. Some are pretty big but there some that are small as well and for 45 cents a wing that slight untruthatude knocks it down a few pegs.
Wing Taste: 9
I ordered hot, Chris’s sauce, boom boom and horseywing. The hot were a lot like the wing sauce you would get if you ordered hot wings in other places in the valley such as Barrets. The Windsor and JWs. Flavorful, not to hot but there was some spice. Chris’s sauce was a habanero based sauce. Interestingly enough, I prepared myself for some really spicy wings but it did not deliver that. They tasted fine but I was hoping for hotter. Boom boom actually were hotter than the Chris’s sauce in my opinion and they had a cooling ranch taste to them. They were real good. Lastly, I got the horseywing. I am a big proprietor of horseradish and these wings did not disappoint. First off, these wings look like they were dipped Elmer’s glue because they are completely white. An odd sight indeed. But they were very tasty. Though my sinuses were cleared right out due to the horseradish they were never overbearing.
Individual Score: 41
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3 thoughts on “Bomb Bay Cafe

  1. Hi, I’m Mark Semkew, the unpaid consultant for the Bomb Bay Café and I would like to thank you for your fantastic wing site! I first learned of your site about a week or so ago and I am very impressed with your totality of review! I saw that you all were here on July 23, 2013, which of course was our regular wing nite. I want you to know that during the month of July we were having supply problems with our vendor. We had to impregnate our regular Jumbo wings with inferior sized wings, hence our low score regarding wing size. Understandable!!! We just want you to know that we DO NOT change our wings for our wing nite like many area bars do. We are totally committed to giving our customers the BEST product we can at the LOWEST possible price given the market conditions. We also offer a HUMONGOUS VARIETY of sauces, even on our very busy Tues Nite Wing NIte ! We also allow our customers to suggest their own choices of a mixture of sauces. It’s all about the customer here. We want feedback, whether it’s positive or NEGATIVE! It’s the only way to get better! As you know, wings are sold by weight therefore we have little control regarding size of the individual wing. But we insist on purchasing the Jumbo Variety. We, as a restaurant also insist on serving only FRESH, not frozen chicken wings. In closing, again we thank you for your site which gives NEPA customers a fantastic guide to get the best wings for their buck! And that is the bottom line!!!

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