Sport Hill Inn

Sport Hill Inn 8.24.17

Basic Information:

Location: 984 E Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA 18512
Phone number: (570) 507-9861
Wing Price: $7.99 for 10 wings
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 25 cent wings
Wing Flavors: Mild, Hot, XXX Hot, Honey Hot, Sport Hill Inn BBQ, Honey Mustard, Garlic Parmesan, Sweet & Spicy, Ranch, Garlic Mild, Teriyaki

Overall Rating: 69

Lynch’s Rating: 32 out of 50

Environment: 8
What was old is new again. Sport Hill Inn, known previously as Serafina, which was known previously as Anna Maria’s, is the newest name tied to the restaurant located at 984 E Drinker Street in Dunmore. The place hasn’t really changed much since Serafina. In fact, the menus still have the Serfina name on the front. The inside is made up of distinct areas that really have their own feel. The front entrance brings you into a large, modern-looking bar area with plenty of seating at the bar and high tables. There is also a very large dining room if you wanted to sit down for a nice meal. My favorite part, which happened to be where we sat, was a nice outdoor, covered patio area for some killer outdoor dining. I didn’t get a chance to check out the dining room section, but based on the patio and bar area, it was definitely not busy. Unfortunately, they only allow orders of ten, even on their wing night, so we all had to agree on the flavors we wanted to ensure we got a good variety. We got our orders in quickly and received our food in no time. All in all, it was a pretty good experience. If you’ve been to Serafina in the past, expect much of the same with Sport Hill Inn.

Wing Size: 9
There was a time when the world was a much simpler place. Kids went outside, people actually talked to each other, and wings were 25 cents. This day in age, it’s becoming very difficult to find these things in the wild. Well, except for 25 cent wings, which Sport Hill Inn serves on their wing night. It’s crazy, it’s almost impossible to see a price like this anymore for regular wings. When that check came, I was amazed at how low it was, especially considering the amount of wings we got. While these aren’t the biggest wings you’ll see, you can’t beat that price,. So, go crazy, order 5 more, because, you know, you only YOLO once.

Wing Flavors: 5
You will most likely not be blown away by the wing options at Sport Hill Inn. While this will make most people happy, we at the Wing Men prefer variety and surprises. Don’t get me wrong, there were enough options for us to have a decent selection to eat, but maybe put a weekly special on the menu to experiment with what works. Or start allowing mixture of any sauces. Even better, include some Cajun, Chipotle, Sriracha, Bacon, or Blue Cheese in the mix to really expand your options.

Wing Taste (x2): 5
We had a big share fest with the 40 wings we ordered. The Hot were pretty well executed. It was a classic Buffalo sauce with the right amount of spice and flavor. I really do like the Hot from Sport Hill Inn. Is it the best around? No, but it is a tasty wing that I’m sure you will enjoy. Another standout flavor for me was the Sweet & Spicy sauce. In fact, this was my favorite of the night. It reminded me a lot of a Jack Daniel’s Sauce with a good, spicy kick. The Ranch was a bit of a letdown. Basically, it was ranch dressing on a wing. I will say it did seem slightly different, almost spicier, but it was pretty darn similar to ranch dressing. The Garlic Parmesan was a thick white sauce consisting, as you probably could have guessed, of garlic and parmesan cheese. The garlic was strong in this one, but the parmesan cheese was a bit lacking. Overall, the Garlic Parmesan was a bit underwhelming. I wish both the Ranch and Garlic Parmesan were mixed with hot. I think this would add another level of flavor that would make these wings stand out a bit more.

Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50

Environment: 7
We have an old building that we’ve been to before but it is a new place, sort of. We went to Sport Hill Inn, which is located in Dunmore and occupies the space that was formerly Serafina’s. Their emblem for the place looks like a Milwaukee Bucks logo, which I think is sharp. Not many bars around here that embrace the Greek Freak but we might have one now. The setup was pretty much the same. Nice clean, classy bar on the inside with a fair amount of tables and equipped with an outside seating area that has plenty of room with TVs to watch whatever you’d like. We didn’t check it out, but if all things are the same as before, there’s another side to the place past the bar that also has plenty of seating. There’s even a downstairs area that I used to perform stand up comedy in that can really be utilized if the right idea gets implemented. I said the place was sort of a new place because when we got the menus, the name Serafina’s was on the menu. Perhaps the business is still in the family and they kept everything the same but changed the name of the place. Who knows. It was however surprising to see that. Our server was very nice and joked around with us. She was personable and in good spirits. That goes along way. The place is called Sport Hill Inn but I couldn’t really notice if it’s trying to be a sports bar or a classy type of cocktail loung place. It’s the kind of place, and we’ve seen this before, where a place has a wing night but wings aren’t their flagship meal. Maybe at Sport Hill, their best dish is Italian? Couldn’t tell you. The place is pretty new so maybe they’re trying to do a hybrid kind of a thing.

Wing Size: 10
Like Billy Bob would say ‘I give it a ten a ten a%#@%^#) ten.” Why? Because wings on Thursdays are a classic 25 cents a wing that’s why. Makes you feel like it’s 1999 when you get the bill. The size of the wings are around the average mark. Not to wildly big but also not way tiny or anything like that. You did however have to get 10 for them to be 25 cents, which if that’s a problem for anyone please escort yourself to another planet.

Wing Flavors: 6
Sport Hill has 12 flavors to choose from and they’re all mostly the classics. Mild, hot, honey mustard, garlic parm, sweet and spicy, ranch and teriyaki to name the majority. Nothing to out of the ordinary but it’s nice to see that they had the essentials with a few more that I would say are more than just the usual with the teriyaki, sweet and spicy and their Sport Hill BBQ, which stupidly, I didn’t get.

Wing Taste (x2): 7

We split 40 wings and got the hot, sweet and spicy, ranch and garlic parm. The hot were fine but kind of forgettable. To me, they just didn’t have any oomph to them. No sizzle. They weren’t that hot, which I’m used to but they were also kind of just there. Oh well. The sweet and spicy were loaded with flavor. Excellent balance of twang and sweetness that was good with every bite. They had a beautiful thick sauce that could make you think they were designed as an Asian style. Either way, they were spot on. The ranch were exactly that. Just ranch dressing or perhaps even ranch dip. Not exactly sure but if you like ranch on everything, and I know some of you do, this is the flavor you’ve always wanted. Lastly, were the garlic parm. I thought maybe these would end up being infused with hot or mild sauce, which happens often, but I was pleasantly surprised find out they were just garlic parm. I love when that happens. Don’t get me wrong, try getting me right and hear me when I say that i thoroughly enjoy when garlic parm wings are just that: garlic and parm. It goes together so well and so did these. Copious amounts of garlic and parmesan cheese all over them. I highly recommend them.

 

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