Location: 2658 Nuangola Rd, Mountain Top, PA 18707
Phone number: (570) 868-6098
Normal Wing Price: $8.50 for 12
Wing Night: Wednesday
Wing Night Price: $6 for 12 wings ($0.50 cents each)
Wing flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, Hot Garlic, Sweet N Hot, Cajun Blue Cheese, Bacon Chipotle Ranch, BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Garlic and Butter, Fire House Habanero, Spicy Thai Peanut, Cajun Dry Rub, Dill Pickle Dry Rub, Taco Dry Rub, Old Bay Dry Rub. You can add blue cheese to any sauce or mix any sauce you want.
First Visit – 7/20/16
Overall Rating: 71
Lynch’s Rating: 37 out of 50
The Ice House Pub is a bit of a trek from our home base location of Scranton, but I was willing to take the trip after seeing the menu and hearing many good things. Ice House Pub is located right off 81 in Mountain Top. The place is larger than I expected with a big bar area, and an even bigger dining area complete with a pool table, plenty of seating, and a small arcade section. We sat at a high table in the bar section where our waitress immediately brought us menus and told us about their specials. Little did she know that’s exactly what we were there for. Our waitress was great. She was quick to take our orders and was always checking up on us to make sure we had everything we needed. There was a small wait for the wings, which was surprising as it wasn’t overly crowded. As we waited, we passed the time by playing some darts by the bar and enjoying one of the many craft beers offered by Ice House Pub, which our waitress said we could sample before we buy. We also discussed how much we love all the different special nights they have, such as a build your own pizza night or a build your own mac and cheese night. Overall, I liked the place. It had a welcoming atmosphere and great service.
Wings come in orders of 12 at The Ice House, but they do allow you to split orders to enjoy two different sauces if you please. On wing night, which is Wednesday, wings are $6 for a dozen. If you’re one of those genius mathematicians, you probably immediately realized that comes out to 50 cents a wing. These wings are pretty large. I ordered 24 because I wanted to try as many flavors as possible. Let’s just say I struggled to put down my normal number of 15.
I love the number of options for wing flavors at the Ice House Pub. They have your typical fare of Hot, BBQ, and Garlic and Butter. On top of that, they offer some variety like Bacon Chipotle Ranch, Spicy Thai Peanut, and Dill Pickle Dry Rub. They allow you to add Blue Cheese to any sauce or mix any sauce you want for an additional 50 cents. That greatly expands your wing choices. It seems that they also offer a weekly wing special for wing night. For our visit, we were treated to something like a Sweet Garlic Barbecue. I didn’t quite catch the name, so I’ll leave it to Serniak to fill in the space.
For the wings themselves, I felt like they were a little hit and miss. The Spicy Thai Peanut was definitely interesting. It had a strong spicy Thai flavor with a slight hint of peanut. Honestly, I wish the peanut flavors was amped up in the sauce. The Fire House Habanero definitely brought the heat. It seemed to be sprinkled with the sauce, which you would know was intentional once you tried one of these wings. It had a strong habanero heat that lingered in your mouth. If you order these wings, save them for last as you may not be able to enjoy your other wings. The Cajun Blue Cheese was another wing that I felt could have amped it up a bit in flavor. The seasonings and taste were there, but they seemed to be on the backburner. I wish it had a stronger Cajun and Blue Cheese taste to it. Finally, the best wing of the night was the Bacon Chipotle Ranch. If this was the only wing I tried, Ice House Pub would have received a glowing 10. This sauce was fantastic. It was full of great flavor with each part of the bacon, chipotle, and ranch somehow standing out. If you try one wing from this awesome establishment, go with the Bacon Chipotle Ranch.
Serniak’s Rating: 34 out of 50
I’m greedy. And I always want more. Maybe my expectations were to high, but the wings at the Ice House were good but nothing out of this world like I hoped. I wasn’t feeling like my gluttonous self and only ordered 15. I got the cajun dry rub, chipotle bacon ranch and the bourbon glazed garlic, which were the feature, off the menu sauce of the week. The cajun dry rub were cooked very well, and were loaded with seasoning but it somehow wasn’t loaded with flavor. It was truly baffling. Visibly, it seemed like it was going to blitz my taste buds out of orbit, but they didn’t. Strange happenings. Next the feature sauce, the bourbon glazed garlic were a healthy attempt at something you don’t usually see, bbq and garlic, and it was just alright. Nothing that encouraged me to tell our server to make sure they should always have it on the menu permanently. Again, it’s not that it tasted bad, it just was decent. Finally, the chipotle bacon ranch were the bell of the ball. This sauce had it all. It had a beautiful appearance with its deep yellow color laced with bacon bits. It had had a ton of sauce, which is always a plus. And it simply tasted great. The spiciness of the chipotle ran up against the ranch with a great ground attack then from the top rope came the bacon which sealed the deal and made me the winner of this flavor showdown. Gotta get this flavor. It’s a must.