Update: This place no longer serves wings.
Location: 941 Main St, Duryea, PA 18642
Phone number: (570) 451-1500
Wing Night: Wednesday
Wing Night Price: $4-$6 for six wings
Wing Types: AuRants Retro Wings, The Hellfire Wings, Southern Fried Piglet Shanks, Thai Chili Ranch Boneless Bites, Crispy Blue Corn Wings
Wing flavors: Ancho Chili Maple Syrup, Buffalo Bar-B-Q Aioli, Coconut Curry Cashew, Ginger Maple Mustard, Hellfire, Hoison Amino’s Glaze, Honey Jalapeno Remoulade, Honey Sriracha Amino’s, Makers Mark Whiskey Bar-B-Q, Mamma Boy’s Mild, Retro Hot Buffalo, Sriracha Straight Up, Teriyaki Plum, Wassabi, Zinfandel Remoulade, 22-pepper Hellfire Dry Rub, Chili Lime Rub, Cinnamon Chili Moroccan Rub, Middleswarth’s Style BBQ Chip Rub
First Visit – 4/20/16
Overall Rating: 74
Lynch’s Rating: 40 out of 50
Perhaps better known for their interesting meat selection (ostrich, kangaroo, and shark as a couple examples), AuRants is a non-traditional restaurant located in Duryea. You’re going to see that non-traditional theme throughout this review because they do some interesting things here with their wings. The place itself is very nice – a great place to take someone on a date or celebrate someone’s birthday. It has a small bar area with a large draft and bottle beer selection. The dining area is larger with a good number of dining tables. Our server knew his stuff and did a decent enough job, although there were a few mistakes made. I think this is mainly due to the confusing way they run their wing night. Instead of the usual approach of charging a price per wing, they charge based on orders of six on the type of wing you order. On top of that, they charge an additional amount if you order more sauces. I’m still not positive on how the pricing works, but I’ll try to outline it within the size section. Overall, the place is very nice; they just need to adjust the wing ordering to make it easier on the customer and the server.
For their regular menu, AuRants has you pick a protein of your choice and then the method of how you want it cooked. They mostly follow suit for their wing night. First, you pick the type of wing you want, ranging from $4 for six apple cider brined wings to $6 for six crispy blue corn tortilla chip breaded wings. Yikes, that’s a mouthful (no pun intended). The wings overall are big and meaty. From there, you pick a sauce of your choice. It seemed to me that the first sauce you choose was included in the original price. You can order additional sauces for $2 each. While $1 a wing sounds like a bit for a particular wing, they really do fill you up.
Like I said, AuRants is very non-traditional, and so are their wings. Not only do you get to choose from a variety of wings prepared different ways, but they also offer a huge selection of extremely unique sauces. You could make the argument that the wings without any sauces are tasty enough. Throw in wing sauces like Teriyaki Plum and Ancho Chili Maple Syrup, and I’m sold. You’ll struggle to find a sauce that you want because they all sounds so interesting and delicious.
The Retro wings are cider-brined wings that are slow roasted and then flash fried. The wings have a nice crispiness to them and a hint of cider that separates them from a regular fried wing. If that’s not enough for you, you can have them tossed or dip them in the sauce of your choice. The Crispy Blue Corn Wings were absolutely delicious. The wing is breaded with blue corn tortilla chips and fried for an amazing taste. Quite honestly, I could have eaten all six of these without any sauce on them. They just had a huge amount of great flavor. I’m a sauce man though, so I needed to try out some of the sauces. I ordered the Retro Hot Buffalo sauce. It had a good flavor with a nice spice. I’m convinced that I actually had the Hellfire sauce due to a mix-up, but I was still happy with the flavor. The Teriyaki Plum sauce was interesting. It didn’t quite have that salty Teriyaki flavor that I love and I think that was mainly due to mixing with a Plum sauce. It was good, but I wasn’t blown away. I tried some of the Thai Ranch boneless wings, and this was my favorite sauce out of the bunch. The Thai flavor had a good kick that was mellowed out with the Ranch sauce. Overall, AuRants is not really a wing place, but it is worth checking out mainly for the unique experience.