Location: 1044 Main Ave, Dickson City, PA 18519
Phone number: (570) 489-2229
Wing Night: Tuesday
Wing Night Price: $0.50 cents a wing
Wing flavors: Regular (Hot, Medium, Mild), Garlic (Hot, Medium, Mild), Garlic Parmesan (Hot, Medium, Mild), Parmesan (Hot, Medium, Mild), Chris’s Sauce, Robbie Manzzoni, Butter and Garlic, Butter and Garlic Parmesan, Jack Daniels BBQ, Brad’s Sauce (tomato based), Sesame Teriyaki, Honey Mustard, Creamy Caesar, Creamy Caesar (Hot, Medium, Mild), Creamy Caesar (Garlic, Garlic Parmesan), Boom Boom, Tina’s Sauce (Boom-Boom Teriyaki), Carolina Gold, Carolina Blue, Horsey Sauce, Spiedie Sauce, Asian Duck, Lemon Garlic, Chipotle BBQ, Dreamy Creamy Cheesy, Peanut, Ginger, Hot Brown Sugar, Southwestern, Porketta, Old Bay, Applewood
First Visit – 10/11/16
Overall Rating: 82
Lynch’s Rating: 40 out of 50
Driving along Main Ave in Dickson City, you may have noticed a slight change to the scenery in the form of a new restaurant called American Grille at the Bomb Bay Café. While it’s not a new building, it really stood out to me because it replaces a long-standing bar called Mug Shots. On top of that, Bomb Bay Café was a restaurant that used to be located in Archbald that we went to as The Wing Men a number of times in the past and loved. So let’s get down to it. Even though Mug Shots was a highly recognizable restaurant to me because I drove by it hundreds of times throughout my life in NEPA, I never once stepped in the building. So, every aspect of the Bomb Bay Café was like I was walking into a new restaurant. It was much larger than I expected. There’s a huge, square bar along the back wall and plenty of booths and tables in case you wanted to sit down and enjoy your dinner. There were only a handful of people in the place, so we had our choice of seats at the bar and got started. Our bartender was extremely nice. He was very amicable and could talk to you about anything. He knew his stuff about all the wings and was always checking in on us, too. We did have to wait a little bit for the wings to come out even though there weren’t too many people in the place. It was cash-only place when we went, but they are in the process of setting up the card system.
We made out visit to Bomb Bay Café on Tuesday to make sure we got those sweet wing night wing prices. Wings are 50 cents each on wing night and you can place orders 5, so this really allows you to try their huge variety of flavors. While they do offer a mix of smaller and bigger wings, I felt like my wings fell a little bit more on the smaller side.
One of my favorite things about the old Bomb Bay Café was the large variety of wing sauces they offered. I’m happy to say that they carried on this tradition in their new location. Of course they carry your classics like Hot, Butter and Garlic, and Honey Mustard, but they go well beyond that with all their offerings. They have special sauce mixes such as the Robbie Manzzoni (Butter, Garlic, Chipotle, Parmesan) and other non-traditional options like an Applewood Dry Rub or a Horsey Sauce. They’re bound to have something to please even the most eclectic tastes.
It would seem that Bomb Bay Café has also brought their delicious sauces with them because these wings were fantastic. I ordered a decent variety with all the different wing sauces. First up was the Regular Hot. This was the only wing sauce that didn’t wow me. It had a decent level of spice with a high acidity that could be perceived as harsh to some. It was a good and average hot. The Horsey is a style you don’t see too often. That’s unfortunate because that horseradish taste always seems to work on a fried wing. The Robbie Manzzoni is packed full of great flavor with its combination of butter, garlic, chipotle (may have been another tasty spice), and Parmesan cheese. There’s a lot of stuff happening on this wing and it all works. Finally, I ordered the Hot Creamy Caesar. This is a classic wing sauce that is always delicious and Bomb Bay Café follows suit. It has the right balance with only a hint of the hot sauce and a strong taste of creamy Caesar dressing. It’s so hard to choose, but this may have been my favorite wing out of the bunch.
Serniak’s Rating: 42 out of 50
This place really picked up where they left off from a few years ago. I got my standard 20. Of course, going to a place for the first time or the 2nd time, which ever way you want to look it is fine, I got their hot. I actually thought, their hot were ordinary. Had the hot flavor and heat that you’d expect, but that was it. Kind of similar to several places version of their “hot” wing. That’s what happens when you’re a spoiled wing blogger. You want every flavor to knock your socks off. We’ll work in it. Next I got Tina’s sauce, which is a teriyaki mixed with boom-boom sauce. This is a combination that not only I didn’t expect, but one I’ve never seen before. Nothing like a good surprise. It was a good call on the part of the Grille. The saltiness of the teriyaki mixed with the creaminess of the boom-boom was was an excellent duo. Next I got the southwestern dry rub and I’m glad I did because the Grille did a very smart but often overlooked aspect of dry rubs and that’s they coated each side of the wing. Not just the top. As for the flavor, it was loaded with different spices. There were so many flavors involved that I’m ballparking the number of different spices involved from 6 to 411. Finally, I got the Carolina Blue. I remembered how much I loved this flavor at the old place, so I wanted to relive the past. I was rewarded for this play because the Carolina Blue were top notch. That mixture of bbq and blue cheese is such a one-two punch that even Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t be able to handle even if he’s on the gas. The sweet and smokey wrapped together with the sharpness of the blue cheese is something I need more of in my life. I’m sure you felt the same.